Bicycle components tests 2 (less significant smaller scale tests)
2020-4-1: My last (planned) review will be the Pedalcell dynamo once it arrives (due to various factors a test sample hasn't been posted yet as of 2020-8-4, in case you are looking for a review of it)
Update 2020-6-7: Sunup wants to send me an F12W front wheel dynamo to review. That's interesting so I will do that when it gets here and make a video about it. Review in progress since 2020-6-15...
The reason to stop doing comprehensive reviews of esp. all dynamo lighting:
I have no more interest to continue reviewing/analysing bike stuff except for things I buy only for myself to use, and I will only update my site for such reviews. The reasons are:
1. For dynamo lighting there is just about no progress in 10 years, there is barely any interest from manufacturers to make bike lamps 'great'.
2. There are other interesting things I could test and analyse related to bicycles but too few people are interested in proper reviews, they want 'entertainment' reviews.
The only way this could change is by getting paid for it in some way. But on youtube there seems very little interest in proper reviews, people want to read and see superficial rubbish, entertainment style reviews. Youtube definitely promotes superficial crap and clickbait to get money for themselves. All in all this makes me feel along with all the deplatforming (regardless of whether I agree or disagree with people, free speech is needed), it is probably better to quit my channel (WHS reviews) as well unless there come a lot more subscribers, comments, etc. to make it interesting/worthwhile despite the issues there.
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My review channel on youtube: WHS reviews. My other one is since August 2018, only about critical analysis of events/situations and the people responsible for them (some of those will be bicycle related).
Tests the way they should be done...
For suggestions on new topics or different parts to test, send me an email... What I would like to test, if I can fit it into other activities in 2019 is buying a Kindernay XIV hub, which has pushshifters instead of a rotary shifter with a Rohloff hub. A rotary shifter is the main reason why I do not want a Rohloff hub, nor a bike with Pinion gearbox (I tried such a bike and the shifting was heavy going too)... I've been distracted from getting a Shimano Alfine 11 in 2017/2018 because of external issues that took my time, but also because of the bad documentation for the electronic shifting version, so I may just forget about it and get the Kindernay. Price is similar to a Rohloff hub. I've seen no real reviews yet of this hub, would you be interested to see an in depth review?
The main tests about lights, leather saddles and mini pumps are updated more frequently as these topics are still of interest despite all the tests I've already done. These smaller scale tests are of less important components and I will only update the tests here when I see something really interesting or when there is a need (such as with the grips, and the bells), or if there is specific interest by enough readers of my site, in something new (send me an email to make a suggestion).
If you wish to support these reviews and my main reviews, use the paypal link below...
- New 2021-8-8: A first test with asthma medicine doping...
- What do companies do with emails? Do they reply? Here are my experiences
2021-3-21: A new page listing the replies, if any, to emails. Some companies never reply, why? There is a reason for this from a few factors which are esp. an issue with big companies. I mentioned this problem somewhere on my site long ago already, and that I mainly experienced it with big companies.
- Pocket lights (torches/flashlights): For use with travelling and for night rides for say repairs
2021-3-26: In progress and to come, a review of some pocket lights that I've used and a few that I recently bought: Ferei mini 800 modified with a neutral white Cree XPG-5B1 which I have used for travelling (annoyance: The flash mode), Convoy S2+ (annoyance: The flash modes), the Sofirn IF25A, Sofirn SC31 pro, Wurkos FC11. The latter may become my replacement for travelling...
- Bicycle trailers
2021-3-7: In progress: Experiences with bicycle trailers, in particular the Roland Traveller (which sucks!), an examination of what is availabe opn the market, what sizes are useful, and whether to buy a ready made one or a DIY build.
- Bicycle panniers for getting groceries and for touring
2021-2-23: Due to the failure of the hanging clip on one of my MSX panniers after 7 years, and as their bottoms are disintegrating, I have been looking for a replacement. I discuss some of the good and bad points of some bags by Arkel, Crosso, Vaude, Ortlieb, Buechel, Thule.
- Suspension: Front fork, springs on the saddle, fat tyres, sprung seatposts
2020-1-31: I've been thinking for a long time to write down my experiences as I've not seen a proper analysis of esp. fat tyres running at a low tyre pressure and comparing the spring from that with a suspension fork. So here it is...
- Bicycle bells, including 3 youtube videos
2018-11-5: I've not seen a proper test of bicycle bells, so I decided to do it myself: Bells with aluminum, brass, steel domes, tested in the dry and in the wet which is very important because there is a big influence of rain drops on the sound! I like the sound of bells with aluminium domes most of all, but aluminum has low mass, and this means the vibrations are stopped quickly by rain. I compare tring (ding-a-ling) bells such as from Widek and the rotating bell from Gazelle, ping bells such as the mini bell Billy plus, 50 mm aluminium standard race bells, Crane mini Suzy W, Owl vision Hoot mini (brass), Voxom KL5 (stainless), large ding-dong bells with 60 mm and 80 mm dome. The results in the wet made me appreciate the steel bells more...
- Grips: Leather and cork-based, anatomic and round
2018-11-27: Video with the latest grips that I tested and some older ones, esp. showing the best ones: Contec Mirage ergo, TAQ/Matrix G21 and Ergotec Kyoto.
- Gears Various transmission types tested and compared...
About derailleur systems with various number of rear sprockets, gear hubs, NuVinci continuously changeable gear hub) and experiences on how many gears you really need and what difference they make to your speed.
Due to circumstances no retrofit of Alfine 11, and because it's a fairly fragile hub anyway that dies on too many people (and thus likely with me too as I push stuff hard), I'm thinking of trying something else, namely the Kindernay geared hub which has thumb shifters (rotating shifters such as with Rohloff and Pinion suck).
On 2019-7-6 I added a youtube video on the Moeve Cyfly crank system that I theoretically analysed in May 2018 already. I've seen no proper tests of this system, and Moeve is not interested in that... See my analysis of the Moeve Cyfly crank system
on whether it is likely to work or not and The Moeve / Möve Cyfly crank system (ep.1 of 'stupidity in bicycling' ( https://youtu.be/kyCGvCsQRrw )
- Bicycle computers & navigation systems
Updates: 2015-7: Navigation systems on Android: Update with Osmand, Oruxmaps, Locus
About: Not a buyer's guide for bike computers, as I don't review enough of them (because I don't see the point!), but showing the problem areas in bicycle computers to guide you. I don't see much point in reviewing most bike computers which are every year just miniscule changes compared to the previous models. But on 2012-11-5 I added a section on navigation using Android devices, which is not big enough for a guide, but I think interesting and useful anyway.
- Tyre levers and repair kits to take with you for repairs on the road
This means no big and heavy workshop tyre levers!
2016-2-5: Review of the Crankbrothers 'Speedier lever' and Maxxis tyre levers, comparing them to the best (of the non-metal ones) so far, the Specialized Pry babies (ca. 1993).
- Chain checkers: Comparing the Rohloff Caliber 2, Wippermann, Cyclus with spring and indication of amount of wear.
- Floor pumps
- Bicycle mini tools, are they useful? Or is it better to carry separate tools?
2016-5-12: Storing separate tools: Use a pencil case!
- Bicycle kickstands
2016-8-27: Update on the Pletscher Zoom (bracket kickstand), and measurements of forces on bracket mounted narrow and wide kickstands, and rear fork kickstands. 2016-7: A few more Pletscher kickstands.
- Water bottles
- Pedals, click systems (SPD and others), toeclips and other methods to keep your feet on the pedals.
And not a review about any specific part, but about many:
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[ Note: I deleted patreon as it is part of the problem of removal of free speech by deplatforming people. The importance of free speech (so also of views by people you disagree with!) is related to finding the truth, as I will explain in my upcoming project soon. They also gave the terrorist organisation BLM a donation, which is an organisation similar to all complainers and whiners about western society: Trying to destroy society and its achievements and revising the truth to untruth. ESAD to BLM! ]
If there is enough support I could do e.g. a comparative review of all of Berthoud's leather saddles with the best of the Brooks saddles (esp. the B17 and Imperial, Team pro) and with bicycle lighting there are ways to go such as finally make full comparison videos with switching between lamps while riding to show the differences, and of course some more of the latest dynamo headlamps and pedelec lamps.
Last modified: 2021-3-15