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Japan deals with Earthquakes, heavy rainfall, overcrowding. Completely the opposite of Europe.

What is it that makes the Japanese one work so much better? Is it just the culture?

Britain laments about rail privatisation, but the Japanese one is also privatised and still work 100x better.
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What do you mean?
Why would the relative lack of freight traffic be disheartening to a cyclist?
Not quite, i'd still go with
>Passenger Rail Champion: Tied between Japan and Switzerland
>Best All-Rounder: Switzerland
Regionalexpress lines can easily compete with, if not outright curbstomp transportation via car as long as you stay on one line. The issues usually start to arrive once you have to change lines. Schedules aren't really optimized and people are really slow while getting out. Also, getting to parallel lines is a real pain in the ass.
I use RE lines several times a week and I can confirm. Build an additional pair of tracks everywhere and achieve a 15 minute schedule on all RE lines and there will be no reason to use a car anymore whatsoever.

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Post here if you want help ̶b̶u̶y̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶ choosing a rigid 90s mtb or old road bike off craigslist
Post your local craigslist, height, and what type of riding you're planning on doing.

friendly reminder that hybrids are gay, suspension is bad, and steel is real
>for you
really gorgeous quality vintage japanese bike
cool classic touring bike, not high end though, maybe too big for you, but neat
alright entry level old road bike, maybe too small

>for your girl
maybe too large, maybe even good for you, decent old bike

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Worth the price even if it needs new tires?

Not really, it's an old low-level bike.
5'8 and looking for a road bike for a 5~10 mile commute, mostly paved road. Very low budget, around $300 max. A rear rack is a plus but not necessary.

... what happened last time i gave you a million recs ?

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>too politically unpopular to be funded
>too important to be defunded
Is there any way Amtrak can escape the political purgatory it's stuck in?
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Gas prices have to go up so dramatically that cars and airplanes are prohibitively expensive.
Like train prices won't also go up.
Train aren't that cheap to run
Am I the only one who thinks that NJ Transit trains look A E S T H E T I C as fuck?
No you are not good sir

Lets talk boats and jetskis you /o/tists.

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Name me a city where this is viable. I doubt this, even with the millionaire mcmansions near Biscayne bay.
Most people i know who commute to work by boat have a vehicle at their marina or use uber to get around on land
Diesel-electric and hybrid aren't really the same thing, unless you're talking submarines. Traditional diesel-electric is basically just an electric transmission with no storage involved. Also most cruise liners and car carriers are diesel-electric and go well over 45,000+ tons. It's not very fuel efficient, being as it uses medium speed trunk piston engines, but does have the advantage of allowing you to spread your powerplant where it's to least disadvantage from the perspective of your cargo and passenger spaces.
There have also recently been a few experiments with smaller short haul ferries that use batteries to keep the lights on and other services running without an engine running while alongside the wharf.

That said, your main point is pretty much correct. While the motors aren't a problem at all, battery storage for a week of cruising would be prohibitively expensive, heavy and bulky.
Would hydrogen be a possible alternative, once it becomes cheaper?

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Will they still need to expand Heathrow with third runway after Brexit? I can't imagine Heathrow would maintain its status for the main air travel hub for Europe after freedom of movement with the rest of Europe is revoked (meaning transiting in London to go to somewhere else in Europe would require going through customs twice while transiting through Paris or Dublin would only require going through customs once).
Heathrow was congested before the creation of European Union or even before the creation of many free trade agreements
And transiting flight usually doesn't involve going through customs
>Will they still need to expand Heathrow with third runway after Brexit? I can't imagine Heathrow would maintain its status for the main air travel hub for Europe after freedom of movement with the rest of Europe is revoked (meaning transiting in London to go to somewhere else in Europe would require going through customs twice while transiting through Paris or Dublin would only require going through customs once).
You fucking moron.
We are not party to the Schengen agreement, and so fuck all will change when changing flights in airports.

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/pybt/ Post your bike thread: weird bikes edition
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I just meant the fenders
should I post my bike?
it is in a really bad condition and in desperate need of some spare parts
I like.
I will say something nice about it and criticize it in a fair way after that.
lol trying to defend yourself with another one of your patented weird, stupid looking bikes.

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Boondoggle folly 19th century technology write your congressman edition.

Starting with DC streetcar, the most hopeless "streetcar" project in the entire western hemisphere.
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My assumption was

>if it's mixed traffic, use a bus
>if it's an exclusive right of way, use a train

And that both BRT and streetcars were a waste of time.
>> trams can make smaller curves
>> >trams are cheaper to operate because rubber tires give significantly more fraction that rails
Inb4 rubber-tyred trams... This point, with a correct conclusion, is incomplete. The mere fact of more friction does not directly conclude a higher cost.
>> trams are bidirectional
How is this an advantage?
>> trams can easily be extended onto railroads or with metro sections in tunnels
An incentive, not really strong considering a bus route can more easily extend to any road
Really depends on what's "BRT".
>> if it's an exclusive right of way, use a train
If demand or density is not there yet, a median bus lane will do.

My position is, if the corridor/area branches a lot or demand is less linearly distributed , use bus as a trunk option.
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>needs its own lane
This may only be necessary at peak times. See e.g. Melbourne's tram-clearways with a peak tram lane. Outside of peak, many routes have no need for a lane.
>trams can make smaller curves
Not really, and you really don't want sharp curves due to excessive wear.
>trams are cheaper because friction
It's more complicated. Trams are cheaper because of their power source and their longevity in addition to rolling resistance.
>trams can easily be extended onto other rails
Not where the track gauge is different. Providing quick connections may be all that is necessary or even useful. Consider also platform height for large bogied trains vs low-floor trams.
>trams are bidirectional
Not all trams. Nor do buses have trouble U-turning if the street isn't too narrow. Besides, you need a set of points for the tram to turn back with if you want/need to do that.
>zero pollution
at the place where the vehicle is used, not elsewhere if the power system runs on combustion.

I'm kind of sick of this meme that thou shalt have a 24/7 dedicated lane. That's not a rule that always makes sense. I'm tlaking about branching suburban routes rather than trunk routes of course.

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Stockholm, Sweden. Tram tracks over Sergels Torg, only five years behind schedule, thanks to a street renovation job being twenty years behind.

Tell me about your nastiest falls.

> Go on a long ride and climb up to a park that I know
> everything is going great, tons of bitches all around
> decide to take a gravel path to quick
> attempt to break
> from standing to falling immediately, brace fall is my left wrist and smash it along with smashing entire body against a gravel path
> pretty painful abrasions, spend the next 2 hours scraping the dirt out of my wounds and my house
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>riding on campus after class
>pretty good at jumping up on curbs to get across the sidewalk
>try to do it
>riding parallel to the curb
>pedal hits the sidewalk
>fall, bust my ass
>scratched up my shoulder and fucked up my wrist pretty bad
>worst of all my key broke so i couldnt lock up my bike that night
im curious if you got compensated for hospital bills?
Had brand new brake levers on a bike. They were cheap chinkshit, going down a hill one got stuck on, I flew over the handlebars and the car behind me ran me over. Broke a leg, and head and I got a severe concussion. The cars wheel was a few inches from running my head over and killing me. Car drove away and I nearly bled out unconscious on the roadside. I still to this day never knew who hit me, and had to pay my medical bills out of pocket.
>riding round local lake
>going like 45km/h, flat empty bike path
>ped crossing coming up so I ease on to the brakes to slow down a bit
>worn front pad fails
>ejects in to rotor, immediate front wheel stop
>otb, slam stem in to dick with force of a billion collapsing suns
>can't breathe, eyes streaming
>manage to choke down a breath and immediately vom all over myself
>hurts so bad I can barely move
>roll over to try and alleviate the pain
>there's a photoshoot going on by the lake, around a dozen models in bikinis, swimsuits, etc watched the whole event go down
>reactions are a mix of shock, giggling and disgust
>one of the shoot assistants ends up calling an ambulance for me because I clearly can't move

Ooof ow my pride
so clearly the worst part of this was hot girls laughing at you.

Just the other day I rode the new Brightline train. It was really nice, modern, and for once it's faster than going in your car.

U.S. will never be like Japan, or like Europe, but its the closest thing we got.

How does /n/ feel about this new train in Florida?
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Because it helps prop up our auto industry.
I agree, Anon.
If there's ever a cross-country HSR system, it would be because all of the regional HSR networks grew so large that they linked together. It would never be INTENDED for cross-country trips - it's just not competitive.
Former Floridafag here, something like Brightline would have greatly changed my time in Florida. Living in Orlando, would I have taken a job in Miami? No. Would I have taken a train for a weekend trip rather than driving?
Yes, driving in Florida is hell.
Now, if Orlando gets their shit together on Sun Rail phase 3, they could really combine to tap into an interesting market. Take the Brightline from Miami to Orlando, and then take Sunrail to get around in the city could make Orlando a much more accessible city sans car.
I would consider flying out to Florida for a weeks vacation and taking Brightline from Orlando to visit Miami and Tampa because I wouldn't have to rent a car.
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>Public transport requires communism
How much was construction initially/going to be total?

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Last thread hit the bump limit. Post here to talk about the trains and railways of the most passenger rail-dominated country in the world!

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To be scrapped Kihas would probably cost around $10000.
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Personal favourite train routes in Japan?
>Senzan line between Sendai - Yamadera in Tohoku is my personal fav

One of the fun (and rather important) fact about that line is that it is the birthplace of AC electrification of Japanese railways in the late 1950s, as they picked up the slack after France's initial attempt failed.
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There's this one section somewhere on the route between Tokyo/Nagano/Matsumoto can't remember where, where there's this beautiful pic related vista over a city between the mountains, it just really stuck with me.
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Also the vast empty plains between Sapporo/Kushiro and Kushiro/Shari, feels pretty post-apocalyptic.

Who would win mountain stage finish? Assuming average world tour pro-team climbing specialist:
Juiced 80s rider on steel bike with limited cassette range or modern "natty" rider on carbon bike with 2x11 drive train?
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Fignon, Hererra & Delgado went up alpe d'huez in around 41.50 in the 80s. So that's how fast they were then.
Quintana did it in 39.22 in 2015. That's the modern benchmark.

Pantani did 37.35 & 38.00 in the 90s and Lance rode it almost as fast in the 2000s
There's a string of other 90s and 00s riders all the way back to Quintana's time.

90s & early 00s is peak speed.
But modern era > 80s

Coppi did it in 45. 22 in the 50s on an archaic bike, which is fast, faster than Hinault & Lemond. So that's the true power of drugs and how little bikes matter. Or just how he was the GOAT.

Pic related is the bike that set the course record. The gearing looks brutal. I would guess 53/39 & 11-23
Man, juiced or not, Pantani was a beast, I hope we get to see another rider like him on our lifetime, many cycling fans will remember him forever, two days ago I saw at 8:00 AM an old guy (around 70 y.o) going out for a ride with Pantani's yellow-celeste bike and a fucking maglia rosa, Imagine how inspiring one dude can be when many years after his death a lot of riders still think about him while riding.
>90s & early 00s is peak speed.
>But modern era > 80s

this guy is 100% correct and this is the answer to OP's hypo
>Who would win mountain stage finish?
The rider with the best mix of natural talent and effective training.
>Pic related is the bike that set the course record. The gearing looks brutal. I would guess 53/39 & 11-23

My knees hurt just thinking about it.

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if you're commuting on paved surfaces, switching to a road bike would make a big difference, yes
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So after spending the majority of yesterday working on my front indexing i've hit a roadblock that I cant fix.

I finally have clean shifting with my gears, I have access to trim and derailleur movement but I cant get my derailleur to move any further outward than this. h limit screws seem to be having no effect and making any changes to my cable tension removes either trim or shifting in general.

I've got an 8 mile commute which takes maybe 33-34 minutes on a hardtail MTB and 27-28 on a road bike. Traffic, stoplights and such of course contribute more than the speed of the bike.

So it's not a huge difference, just a few minutes per day, but of course you can use the road bike for much more than commuting so if you find one for a decent price and might consider it fun, sure, but just to make your commute faster it's probably not worth it.
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sorry about the ugly picture with flash & dirty derailleur :D

Look inside your derailleur. When you've shifted it to that position, is the limit screw touching the body of the derailleur so that it can't physically move further? If it is like in my picture, you need to screw the limit screw out so that it allows movement further.

If there's still room between the limiter screw and the derailleur body, you just need more cable tension. The 5800/6800/9000 generation front derailleurs need a LOT of cable tension to function properly. Do you have an inline barrel adjuster for the cable tension? If you're not getting enough tension with it, first release tension from the inline barrel adjuster, then release the cable, pull it hard with pliers so you get it initially very tight already and then screw it back in the derailleur and then add tension from the barrel adjuster as required.
Maybe your BB axle is too long
Also clean your chain you filthy fuck

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Missing middle housing edition.

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That's just a single-car or railcar GRT/APM.

> and trams generally have single cars
What about articulated trams???

> The Chinese regulation have defined those minimum requirement for light rail and other systems similar to light rails, including monorail, low-capacity maglev, AGT, linear motor rail, and all that, however it singled out tram and say trams are not restricted by this rule.
No. This "light rail" sets it apart from heavy rail, not trams.
> Other Chinese documents say light rails are systems can carry 10k-30k people per direction per hour that are usually elevated or run on the ground with dedicated right of way that could also run underground in places like city center, while tram are system that can carry 6-10k people per direction per hour that usually run on the ground and can use elevated bridges and such to cross busy roads/area.
Reasonable except the capacity figure is needless.
>That's just a single-car or railcar GRT/APM.

I was thinking that if your system is automated, there's no reason why you couldn't use trains during rush hour and single car operation during off hours. It would be more convenient to add single car low headway capability to an existing system than to build a system from the ground up.

>What about articulated trams???

Still a single car.

Also, if there's an actual station instead of something like a bus stop, that's more like light rail.
Actually, can linear motor car work with a single tram unit? Or are they relatively large that 2-car unit will be needed to form a complete system?
>>trams have single cars
He does mean cars (carriages), not just articulated sections. In contrast, a light rail train / tram-train may have multiple tramcars coupled together.

Brisbane has just released this plan which includes interesting decisions like:
* Stop townhouses and
apartments being built in areas
for single homes.
* Audit Emerging Community land and
rezone to Low Density Residential land
where appropriate.
but on the other hand
* Provide a range of housing density types
* Improve local retail areas and add more markets
* Increase the car parking

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>* Stop townhouses and apartments being built in areas for single homes.
Great, just what we need, MORE SFR zoning.
* Audit Emerging Community land and rezone to Low Density Residential land where appropriate.
[Downzoning Intensifies]
>* Provide a range of housing density types
Good idea, but it's clearly just meaningless fluff considering that they just stated they wanted to STOP the building of townhouses and apartments.
>* Improve local retail areas and add more markets
Depends on the details
>* Increase the car parking requirements for development in suburban areas (why??)
Because free (aka subsidized) parking has apparently become a human right according to these people.
>So it's hard to say whether it will actually help or hinder Brisbane's densification and decentralisation.
Sounds like Brisbane's got a serious case of NIMBY-itis. They're doubling down on outdated practices that lots of other cities are (rightfully) abandoning. Not hopeless, but you've got to dismantle the meetingocracy homeowners use to dictate urban policy if you ever want to see meaningful change.

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Come take shelter and post some of your favourite extremely large or interesting vehicles. (Both from history/fiction)

Other Anons discuss the geopolitics of the deployment of such terrors.
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Top5 from the Thunderbirds
I presume they did their homework.
China is using those islands as a stopgap, since they'd be fucked logistically the moment an actual conflict pops up. They want the build around 12 air craft carriers proper. And Russia keeps theirs because it's their only form of power projection. If you think air craft carriers are going any where you are either very uneducated or delusional.
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We used to have locomotives like this in America.
They all got scrapped.
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The Mallard and the A4 class were like the McLaren F1, masterpieces of lightweight, high precision engineering that finessed their way to all those speed records as elegantly as anything that fast has ever done.

The PRR T1 was like the Bugatti Veyron, a brutish monster of over-engineering that pushed the entire concept of what a steam locomotive was and could be to it's ragged, ridiculous edge, beating speed records into submission with it's retarded amounts of power in the process.

Nobody thinks any less of the F1 in the Veyron era, and if anything, the Veyron's relative vulgarity has only further enshrined the McLaren F1's legendary status.
IIRC Baureihe 05 was the fastest steam train on nearly level track at 201 km/h when it had to make up time.
When they're done, I want to see them either restore a GG1 to operating condition or build either a New York Central Dreyfuss Hudson or a Boston & Maine T1 Berkshire from scratch.

There is no chance that it will. America can't even get regular passenger rail to go that fast. Let alone a one off steam locomotive made by turboautists that still only exists on paper .
You do realize that the T1's stomping grounds still exist, right? The names have changed, but whether you call it by the PRR or Amtrak, It's still there.
Really, Amtrak would have to be complete idiots to not treat it like the public relations windfall It'd be... so they'd probably have to wait a few directors before one of them gives them permission to run on the NEC.
If it's built, It'd happen eventually. Someone would be curious enough to try it, and some other people would have the means to implement it. It'd be a matter of when, not if.

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