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by willem jongman
15 Nov 2008, 7:28pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High viz jackets
Replies: 125
Views: 11180

Thanks. I am not giving up. I think it is obscene that the standards exist for people working on the road with fast (over 50 km/h) cars in their near proximity (those are the conditions when class 3 is mandatory for workers), but that cycling clothing that meets those standards does not even exist. ...
by willem jongman
15 Nov 2008, 5:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High viz jackets
Replies: 125
Views: 11180

Wow, a fluo packlite jacket would be nice. I don't seem to find any now, however. I agree one could stick reflective tape on such jackets. However, it would be nice to just be able to buy jackets that meet EN471 class 3. The professional stuff is so good..........
Willem
by willem jongman
15 Nov 2008, 4:25pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: High viz jackets
Replies: 125
Views: 11180

Visibility is extremely important for vulnerable road users such as cyclists. Since standards exist to protect workers who have to brave the road to earn a living (EN471 in Europe and almost identical ANSI standards in the US), it seems daft and irresponsible not to apply the same standards to cycli...
by willem jongman
20 Sep 2008, 9:54am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Ortlieb handlebar bag & Nitto stem
Replies: 6
Views: 872

I think you have an older style Ortlieb bracket. The good thing about them is that they do not position the bag as far forward. The bad thing is that they will not always fit. You should also have a second piece of metal, of a slightly different length. With luck, one of the two should fit. If not, ...
by willem jongman
29 Mar 2008, 12:23pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine Holland?
Replies: 8
Views: 2420

Sorry, I missed that: the pale blue typeface of the link is almost identical to the regular colour of the font. Perhaps it would also be interesting to have a link to the site of the "wereldfietser": http://www.wereldfietser.nl/index.php, the Dutch Adventure Cyclists' organization. The sit...
by willem jongman
25 Mar 2008, 2:49pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Rhine Holland?
Replies: 8
Views: 2420

Great site indeed, but it lacks a link to the site of the national cycle route network: http://www.fietsplatform.nl/default.asp (unfortunately only in Dutch). The national Cycle route network (LF routes is very extensive, and is well signposted (and there are maps). If you just want to go from A to ...
by willem jongman
25 Mar 2008, 7:19am
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6284

No problem.
Willem
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 8:44pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2741

I agree, I think they are gorgeous. Made in a very small Japanese workshop with I think less than half a dozen people. If you want a speciallly clean look, you can of course have them sprayed by your framebuilder in the colour of your frame. Pity for me they don't seem to do wide ones for 50 mm 26 i...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 8:38pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Kids on the road
Replies: 29
Views: 3956

Back to the original posting. My children have been riding on the road here in Holland from about the age of four. Unaccompanied in pretty busy traffic from about nine (when we were living there my daughter rode her bike in Cambridge traffic at six). Just teach them intensively. I see many children ...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 12:42pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Cycling holiday with twins in trailer - suggestions?
Replies: 5
Views: 1037

You may want to fit Schwalbe Big Apple tyres on the trailer. Most trailers use 20 inch tyres, and in that size Big Apples are available in 50 mm and 60 mm. Fit 60 mm if you can, and inflated to little more than 1.5 bar, for a serious reduction in harmful vibration and markedly improved comfort for t...
by willem jongman
15 Jan 2008, 9:59am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2741

For narrow 26 inch fenders from Honjo: http://www.jitensha.com/eng/fndrs_e.html
by willem jongman
14 Jan 2008, 7:32pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6284

As for Newcastle: there is a Sustrans route if I remember. It took longer than we thought, so be warned. On arrival in IJmuiden it should be really easy. Nice woods and nature reserves after little more than ten minutes or so (I grew up south of IJmuiden). Sanddunes, forests (and beaches) for almost...
by willem jongman
14 Jan 2008, 7:24pm
Forum: Touring & Expedition
Topic: Amsterdam to france
Replies: 31
Views: 6284

Here is another Dutchman chipping in. For route maps of international tours into/out of Holland see the site of the Fietskaartinformatiestichting: http://www.fietskaartinformatiestichting.nl/algemeen/index.htm and particularly the map of Europe: http://www.fietskaartinformatiestichting.nl/fietsweb/i...
by willem jongman
13 Jan 2008, 7:14pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: 26" mudguards
Replies: 18
Views: 2741

I had one crack, however, from being bent over a long period of time. Why not use a fatter tyre rather than a narrower mudguard? We started with 1.5 inch Panaracer Highroads on our Thorn tandem, then moved to 1.75 inch Pasela's, and ended up with 2.0 inch Marathons (better still). On my 26 inch solo...
by willem jongman
13 Jan 2008, 7:09pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: Compatibility - chainwheels and front changer
Replies: 6
Views: 784

Yes you should have adjusted the front derailler. You should have lowered it a bit, and maybe fiddled a bit with the angle and the settings for the stops. But your current gearing is quite allright. It is outside the offical range, but that shows that the real range of deraillers is often greater. S...