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quixoticgeek

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Geek, Dyke, Brewer, Rider of Bikes, Archer, Quixotic, Generally Curious, Mostly Harmless, she/her

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All riders finished in the time limit. I'm now home. Ooph that was a long day.

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"I'm looking for a thing..."

Mastodon: "Have you tried building your own out of a cargo bike, a rasberry pi running linux, and Lego?"

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@billyjoebowers plus 50 people telling you which Linux to use...

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Sat at the finish of the the 600km Audax we organised this weekend. Have 3 riders remaining to finish. They have 2 hours left until the time limit.

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Wtf France. Wtf.

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Two people just cycled past on 3 bikes...

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Why do I have a craving for cheese?

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I made a thing! Based on the designs of Chris of Clickspring, and Quinn of Blondihacks. One simple scribe. Solid brass body with a needle for the tip.

Learnt loads. Esp that I need better inserts for brass, the surface finish is... suboptimal. I may attack it with some emery paper later.

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Lots of people got off at Haarlem. So I can finally sit. And then another hoard got on so it's standing room only again. Sigh

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What a surprise. The train is standing room only

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NS is running half as many IC trains between Amsterdam and Leiden. And no sprinters. So of course the trains they are running are only 4 car VIRM. To maximise the fuck you to passengers...

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Got 4 hours sleep. Got up, cycled 2km. Waved off 20 riders at the start of a 600km bike ride. Cycled 2km home. Now back in bed. Gonna get another 3 hours sleep I think. Riders have 40 hours to complete the ride. So I don't have to be back at the finish until tomorrow. After a nap, I hear the workshop calling me.

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Welcome to today's thread - South East Europe Day 08 08 Jun 2024 - Sarajevo - Mostar - Čapljina - Sarajevo

Crossing these borders:
Metković 🇭🇷 - Čapljina 🇧🇦

These borders on the borders map:
https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/crossborderrail-all-the-borders_935041#12/43.0612/17.6640

Today's routes on the routes map:
https://umap.openstreetmap.fr/en/map/crossborderrail-south-east-europe-v9-draft_1053482#9/43.4410/17.9158

quixoticgeek,
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@jon is this similar to how the Ice L will be ?

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I just remembered I have sausages and bacon in the fridge. Guess what I'm having for dinner

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Getting out of bed would be so much easier if it wasn't for that Newton bloke...

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Solved the backpack problem. Got this black diamond pack. Was on sale, and pretty reasonably priced. Now I need to get a rain cover for it.

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Trams on line 3 are packed. Standing room only.

They only run ever ~13 mins.

These two are related. This tram needs to be every 4 minutes...

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Amsterdam desperately needs an east west metro line...

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Sorting out the 1st part of my interrail trip. I've got a couple of trains reserved. I'm horrified to discover that the reservation has to be printed. On paper

How the fuck is that supposed to work? The whole point of interrail is flexibility. You can wake up & over breakfast in a cafe in Milan, decide today you'll go to Ljubljana. If you now have to find a printer before you get on a train, how the fuck is that going to work?

There is a concerted effort to remove spontaneity from rail travel

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Rather than banning phones for kids in school, why doesn't school include lessons in how to use a mobile phone... Stuff like "hold it to your ear, rather than in front of you like a very small empty drinks tray. And don't use the speaker functionality on public... etc...

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Is interrail valid on the sbahn ?

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Walking back from Voting earlier I noticed this interesting contraption on the pavement.

The first thing I saw was the solar panel, so I initially wondered if it was an ebike charging station. I crossed the road to have a closer look.

It's not a charging station. I couldn't see any power outlets. So what is it?

It's another attempt by some designer to "innovate" in the bike parking space.

The intention is kinda sound. Dense bike storage in min space. What's not to like? Thread time

1/n

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There's no moving parts. There's no lifting needed. Just wheel your bike upto the stand, wrap your lock around it. And you're done.

Compared to the cyclecity circle thing at the start of this thread which requires pulling the stand down, hooking the wheel up, making sure it's all aligned, and letting it lift your bike up into space. It looks like you don't need to actually lift the bike yourself. But it's still a lot of faff. Esp compared to a sheffield stand.

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Cyclists see this a lot, various attempts to make a better bike rack. None of which has come close to the simple usability of the sheffield bike stand. None. Some are denser, the Cyclecity circle is definitely a dencer way to store bikes. But if you look around here, there's not a shortage of space. It's just not needed.

What's with the solar panel? It's to power lighting. Or rather, to part power lighting. It's not big enough to provide enough lighting in winter.

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I dread to think how much Gemeente Amsterdam spent on installing this thing. But I hope that they don't spend any more on them. It's just not needed.

The sheffield bike stand is pretty much perfect for most bike parking uses. The side by side installation of the two types here shows this perfectly. No moving parts. No lifting of the bike. Just simplicity in form and function.

More Neitjes please Gemeente Amsterdam.

5/5

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@hugovk the need for 360° access means it needs more space...

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@th manufacturer claims 20 bikes in 14m²...

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