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Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 11:08pm
gaz wrote:I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."

Same here.

And isn't lugging a laptop around just a bit 1990s?

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:57pm
Vorpal wrote:hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Rubbish? Because others are faster? That doesn't make you a rubbish cyclist. Going fast doesn't make someone a good cyclist, unless they're racing.

There are a few people who pass me most days on my commute when the weather is nice. I never see them when it's grotty. Or in the winter. So who is better?
Quite, fair weather cyclists, it does make me chortle, not that I'm judging or anything..

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:52pm
hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Not true, you're cycling ergo you're not rubbish at all, there are always faster and fitter, that's life, putting a smile on and just being abe to accept it is more than half the battle IMO.
I've gone downhill over the last 12 years or so, I'm okay in (very) short bursts but the body just says no (for various reasons)..I'm not that old either.

I give it a dig and ride hard & try to get out as often as I can, some weeks not at all but I'm at peace with the fact I'm never going to be a 'fast' cyclist. I don't think I ever was even when I was 'fit', (rugby league forwards don't do too well on the hilly stuff & it gets worse when you get fat and old ) I'm just happy I can say I am a cyclist

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:52pm
hondated wrote:Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.
Rubbish? Because others are faster? That doesn't make you a rubbish cyclist. Going fast doesn't make someone a good cyclist, unless they're racing.

There are a few people who pass me most days on my commute when the weather is nice. I never see them when it's grotty. Or in the winter. So who is better?

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:40pm
Many years ago when I commuted to work on a trike I regularly caught a slow moving older rider who was almost at retiring age as he slowly pushed a low gear up a drag. During one of our short conversations he said he would love a trike but his wife said they are only for old men!

Now I am that old man, well past retiring age,trike gone and being passed by just about everyone.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:23pm
That doesn't quite solve the problem because one cannot use a device whilst it charges, at least if the waterproof part is required. The Ortlieb bag has both, but not useable at the same time. I would actually prefer something simpler and less expensive.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:16pm
Thanks Tony there is a lot of detail there but basically I just a rubbish cyclist really.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:15pm
If a rather expensive solution, there is already a bar bag from Ortlieb (Ultimate 6 Pro E - SJS link) that has electrical connections in the bag mount to make/break the power connection so will enable charging small electronic devices (laptops are probably too power hungry for any bicycle dynamo setup).

Rick.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 10:07pm
You got FCN'd..
Using your starting point you can roughly work out how many trackie suit/MTB man gained by passing you..
1. Scooters
2. Roadies with shaved legs – like girls
3. Proper rapid Single speed (real men, messengers, tarty shiny fixies)
4. Roadies with hairy legs – like men
5. Faux Single Speeds (fakengers, dirty/functional bikes, silly egg beater gear)
6. Touring Bikes (Mud Guards)
7. “Fast Hybrids”
8. MTBs on Skinnies
9. MTBs on Nobbies
10. Bromptons / collapsing bikes
11. MTB full sus on Nobbies
12. Shoppers
13. Shoppers with wicker baskets

Adjusters
Clothing; None: +3
Non-Cycling: +2
Baggies: +1
Lycra: 0
Team Kit: -1
TDF Jersey: -2

Lugagge: Panniers: +1
Back Pack/Courier: 0
Nothing: -1

Face-Mask: +1
Helmets/Nothing/Sunglasses: 0
Bike Caps /Wrap arounds: -1
Herman’s Safety Wing (orange plastic lolly-pop): +2
Trailer: +2
Child Seat: +1 each x Number of
Beard: +1
Power meter: -1
Aerobars: -1
Lower values for those starting on FCN 9-14 / Higher numbers for FCN 2-8 (see note at the top):
Flats: +1/+2
Toe Clips: 0/+1
Evidently Clipless/spds (cycling shoes): -1/0

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 9:22pm
Actually if I were going to design something for cycling, it would be a waterproof bag with a sealed mini USB, maybe in a couple of different sizes, and with a click clip for mounting on handlebars. I like my phone, and I'm happy to use it as a GPS, but it's not waterproof, and the battery doesn't last so long when I use it as a GPS. Waterproof bags are available, and dyno chargers are available. But I have yet to see a combination that makes it feasible to use my phone as a GPS for long rides or touring.

The same concept might work for a tablet on top of a handlebar bag or something.

Re: Were going around the world!!!

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 9:16pm
Good luck guys and have a great time. What an adventure!

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 8:41pm
Si wrote:He was probably a Cat 1 racer . . .
Train heavy, race light!

I was once overtaken uphill by a man who I estimate was at least in his 70s. "You're making it look like hard work . . . " he said as he disappeared into the distance.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 8:29pm
maybe he died around the corner and fell into a ditch?

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:20pm
I'm also not willing to use a rucksack to carry items whilst cycling.

You've suggested attaching the bag to a dynamo whilst you're riding to charge gadgets in the bag, I can't begin to imagine the amount of faffing about that will involve every time I get on and off the bike.

As the dragons would say - "I'm out."

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 7:07pm
dzsteven1 wrote:Hello,
I am currently studying mechanical engineering at university and for one of our group projects we have to design a biking accessory. Our group has come up with the idea of a rucksack with compartments for laptops and smartphones and other electronic devices. The bag would be attached to a dynamo on the bike so that it is able to charge electronic devices as you cycle to work or when on a road trip etc.

We need to do some market research and any feed back on this idea would be very much appreciated. Does this product appeal to you? Can you see a place for it in the marketplace? How much would you be willing to pay for it?
Thank you!

I don' t use a helmetcam, but for those of you who do, might something to charge one of those be helpful? Just wondering....
The only electronics I use on mine is the bike computer, which gets through about one battery every 8 months.

Edit: thinking about it, it might be useful to have a USB charger for the mobile, as that can go flat more easily than anything else I have.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 6:33pm
Carry laptops in panniers all the time - 6 years of commuting, no damage.

Laptops are very resilient, just don't have the disks pinning - I.e. Properly hibernate or shut down...

Unfortunately they are also power hungry compared with things like phones - one lends itself to charging on the move, the other doesn't.

Existing products exist for anything USB charged, so I'm not sure what it is youre ooking at doing.


My current 'dream design' is actually a dual camera, loop recording, system with a half decent remove able battery, or better still, 6V AC power source.
Then it can start up when the bike starts, record until a while after I've stopped (1-2 minutes, need to think about traffic light sequences) even if that 'stopped' phase is at a reduced frame rate.

Re: Wild camping in England ???

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 24 April 2015 - 6:22pm
Farawayvisions wrote:I posted a blog, Wildcamping, a guide for first timers.

http://www.farawayvisions.com/wildcamping-a-first-timers-guide/

Very good! Another well-versed blog. Thanks for sharing...b

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 6:16pm
I sometimes carry a laptop in a pannier. I put it inside a laptop bag, in the pannier. No problems (so far).

I don't wear rucksacks on bikes.

The idea sounds useful for hill-walkers, especially on a walking/camping tour with limited opportunity for charging gadgets.

Re: University Project (Charging Rucksack Concept)

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 5:55pm
The mention of laptops is significant. I don't know how vibration-proof modern laptops are (as opposed to tablets or similar, which I assume are immune from anything) - but I wouldn't trust mine in a pannier. So if I have to carry one (very rarely), into the rucksack it goes. I think it all depends on how heavy your rucksack load is. A small rucksack, lightly laden, over a moderate distance, isn't usually a problem.

Re: You either have or you don't.

CTC Forum - On the road - 24 April 2015 - 5:54pm
He was probably a Cat 1 racer who just dresses like that to go and have some 'sport' with us unsuspecting mortals
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