Tests (and recommendations) of bicycle parts, esp. mini-pumps, dynamo lighting & leather saddles
Tests the way they should be done: thorough and asking the right questions...
- Bicycle lighting analysis
The analysis needed to understand what is good, bad, and what is needed in bicycle lamps and dynamos along with all descriptions of experiments that I did is so extensive, that I placed it into a separate section in Nov. 2017. This deals e.g. with LED light colour, effectiveness of lamps in the mist, difference between what you see in reality and beamshots, analysis of lighting regulations such as the German StVZO, and much more.
[ Note: Full analysis and translation of StVZO with consultation is available to companies wanting to enter this market, email for information. ]
- Bicycle lighting Reviews of headlamps, taillamps, dynamos and some oddities. Start here to see what is good and bad in products, after that you can read the analysis section to see why something is good or bad. There are links to the analysis section where I explain how to determine what makes good and bad lights and dynamos, how to analyse beamshots, and much more.
- Leather saddles Mainly from Brooks. Also analysis and correpondence with manufacturers, experiments, and a number of modifications that I made to leather saddles.
- Mini pumps. Read here what pressure you can really achieve, not the fairy tale numbers that most manufacturers tell you!
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Changes from 6 Nov. 2017:
- Nov. 2017: 1. Removal of all smaller sections such as about minitools and gears etc. as I will go back to basics, 2. Removal of all Dutch/German pages: I have not kept the pages in Dutch in sync anyway, as it costs too much work and the sales side does not support putting in a lot of work. There were only a few pages in German. 3. Separate the bicycle lighting reviews from the overviews and technical analysis. The reviews are to be linked to as 'examples' to show problems in lights/dynamos in the analysis section. DONE
- In 2018 I will likely stop selling bicycle parts as there is just not enough appreciation for what I do, i.e. the sales are far too low for the effort and guidance that I give in reviews. So I will have to do something else, and possibly work with a manufacturer, though the bike industry is really reluctant for any change and not interested in suggestions for improvements or even new ideas as is shown in what has been produced the last 6 years in dynamos and headlights, which is not impressive and barely improving over what we had in 2011. That means my interest stops, unless finally some manufacturer wants to make real improvements.
The method: How to do tests the right way, including how to determine what is important for tests
The following is only of interest if you are interested in understanding people, I explain a lot of the behaviour of people related to discussions on forums, newsgroups etc.
- The truth and the method. Here I analyse some misconceptions and tell you about what it means to make a good review, what do you need to measure (if anything), and what it means to be scientific. Being scientific is not about doing measurements, but about the way you analyse what needs to be analysed... You don't need to measure the exact temperature of a room to know whether it's too hot, too cold, or just right for you. Same with vibrations by dynamo hubs... A few topics: Do you ride faster with smaller wheels? Do you ride faster with a lighter bike? Does dynamo efficiency really influence your speed? The answer is no, or not significantly at best in case of dynamos, but many people think it is a big influence. Countering such and other misconceptions is a big part of the process of doing proper reviews!
Last modified: 2017-11-9