Tests (en aanbevelingen) van fietsonderdelen, i.h.b. fietspompen, fietsverlichting en leren zadels

Tests op de manier zoals ze gedaan moeten worden: grondig en de juiste vragen stellend...

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Why hasn't manufacturer xyz hired you?

2014-8-6: Over the years I have received various questions and comments, such as that a bicycle manufacturer should have hired me in relation to kickstands, or 'why hasn't Philips hired you?', etc. Well, these comments are good (the naysayers need not comment) but the reason is obvious: First of all note that I am interested in doing things right, according to proper test criteria. And my strategy would be different too. Secondly I will give an example, if Philips had hired me: The ball-head debacle with the Saferide 80 would have been avoided as I instantly knew this would be a bad idea. What else I would have done is to steer developments towards a non-StVZO killer dynamo headlamp based on the Saferide 80 which would undoubtedly have wiped out all other top dynamo headlamps, but also, I would have put a lot of emphasis on a very cheap headlamp (much cheaper than the Saferide 40) so as to cover the most important segments: High priced/high performance for advertising and status symbols that will give the entire brand's image a boost, then very low priced lamps for OEMs, as I think this is where most money is made. There is not much to convince manufacturers to use such cheap lamps: Price, and simple criteria for advertising. Lowering prices beyond already available budget models means almost no money made, so the effort should go into convincing manufacturers these lamps are the ones to get, despite possibly lower test values (while still being a better lamp). For this you need a change in reviews, and/or influence from the 'status symbol' of the brand.

However, the people in the bicycle business (at least those who make the decisions) are generally not interested in doing it right, but in making the most money as quickly as possible. This means making designs better than they are now, or even 'optimal', is in their view not a priority unless they can get ahead of the competition in some predetermined benchmark (such as StVZO's lux rating), and to get ahead in lower production costs and thus OEM prices which means more sales direct to bike manufacturers which means lots of sales. Longer term strategies such as above with the high class+very cheap range, is something they are not interested in, obviously.

Also note that those benchmarks such as lux-rating, are only important because most reviews are not well done. I found in forums that various people don't even see (or should I say 'notice'?) the unevenness in the beam of say the Edelux-II, just to give an example, and having uncritical people as reviewers means that lamps are rated only with criteria which are important to them and as various people don't see the unevennes, they will look for other critera. The same effect happens of course for any other type of bicycle components... When more competent reviewers are chosen to do reviews that have influence with the general buyer (i.e. when the testing criteria I use are used to evaluate components by such reviewers), then the naysayers will not have an influence any more, and things will finally change, but not sooner...

Doing something myself: Well, this could come, but lots of issues have delayed some designs I have played with...

Waar kopen?

I.h.a. is het een goed idee te kopen bij een winkel die de moeite waard is, d.w.z. waar ze verstand van zaken hebben, maar sommige onderdelen zijn moeilijk te vinden. In dezelfde geen-onzin stijl van mijn test pagina's ben ik in 2009, een jaar na mijn beoordelingen, begonnen met verkoop van de componenten die ik goed vind, i.h.b. leren zadels. Dit was eerst op zeer kleine schaal, wat in 2010 uitbreidde en in 2011 verder uitbreidde met allerlei dynamo verlichting.

Voor i.h.b. leren zadels geef ik de mogelijkheid om ze te testen. Voor meer informatie, zie hier. Iedere aankoop ondersteunt deze website, of als u rechtstreeks mijn site wil ondersteunen, zie hieronder.

De invloed van mijn website is te merken in allerlei aspecten van i.h.b. fietsverlichting waar mijn kritiek voor verandering en bekendheid van problematiek heeft gezorgd, maar er moet nog veel gebeuren... En de kosten van materiaal voor alle tests, zeker als ik de tijd die ik erin gestoken heb meereken, veel groter dan de baten...

Achtergrond: Waarom ik met deze tests begon

Zie hier You will also learn on those pages, about human nature, i.e. why people complain about my site, why they disagree, why they even get angry when products they bought, are rated low by me.

Summary: People who want to believe in fairy tales, and people who want to believe in advertisements, and people who want to follow 'athority figures' in forums they frequent, will either see the truth after reading my site, or criticise me for various invalid reasons. Usually the people who criticise are jerks which is why I am not friendly to them in responses...

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