Speed reducers

Something what I always though off as the next step in speed regulations is becoming a reality: speed limits for bikers. On the path along the river Schelde the Flemish government has installed speed reducers for cyclist. The core of the problem is that the paths are used by amateur and professional (amongst them Thomas De Gendt and Ilyo Keisse) cyclists as a training route. In the past there have been some incidents with groups approaching other road users way to fast. The solution in my opinion is that different road users must respect each other, in this case reduce speeds when approaching kids, elders,… and only ride at high speeds when possible. The installation of speed bumps for cyclist is exaggerated and effects all cyclist all the time. Small detail: when the government thinks of this a success, they will install similar speed bumps on other rivers… I’m wondering where it still will be possible to cycle without the dangers of modern motorized traffic and without all kinds of rules within 5 or 10 years. Or to see it in another perspective: one moment we are cheering as a nation for the achievements of our champion cyclist, 5 minutes after the race as an individual you are getting in danger because of maladjusted road behavior or jelled at just because you ride a bike.

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Bike architecture

Last weekend a special bike parking opened in Ghent (BE). Kunstencentrum Vooruit, University Ghent and the city of Ghent joint forces and asked DIAL architects to realize a parking spot for 460 bikes on two levels. On top the bar of the Vooruit installed a terrace.  Nice detail: there’s a special place for parking cargo bikes! The total cost of the project (excl. VAT and fees for the architect) is estimated on 1 350 000 EUR.

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Returning new wheels

A few days ago I bought online a new wheel-set for my racing bike. When I opened the box I saw a pair of Fulcrum Racing 3 instead of the ordered Fulcrum Racing 1. Not quite what I paid for… After solving the problem I received a second delivery. While installing the wheel-set I noticed that the cassette won’t fit the body. So I send the shop some pictures. Joke oh joke, they can’t see why my Shimano Ultegra and 105 cassettes wont fit the body. Again: return to sender.

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