Bicycle components tests 2 (less significant smaller scale tests)
See also my channel on youtube: WHS reviews where I will re-upload some contents about bicycles from my other channel which 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'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).
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- Bicycle bells, including 2 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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Last modified: 2018-10-3