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>tfw you will NEVER live in a walkable city

Why is the New World so terrible for non-drivers, /n/?
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What shithole is that?
Looks like miami
I love Groningen so much. I miss going to grad school there and riding my 50 lb bike everywhere.

I'm American btw.
>live a bit outside dallas
>want to shoot myself seeing this thread

it's hot as fuck, humid sometimes, and its very car oriented

fucking 80% humidity during recent nights because it's too hot to ride in 105 weather
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I'm reading Downtown by Robert Fogelson
and I guess most north american cities were set to be unwalkable suburban commuter messes since the mid to early 1840s even before the automobile and highway revolution in the 1950s

feels bad man

Too hot for long rides lately. Too tired to get up early. Too many insects to ride late.
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Does the chain even move on that thing? And does the derailleur derailleu?

No not at all, it's just a plastic model. I want it real bad, and I don't even own any figures. I would throw away the whore if I got one and just keep the bike.
>all those times not pedaling
Am I the only one that thinks that her hair would get tangled in her cassette almost immediately?
quit being such a butt hurt faggot and get a life

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old thread hit the bump limit (>>982129)
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Happy to help.

Be sure to wear the socks you intend to ride in, if you are going to try on shoes. They should be somewhat more snug than normal walking shoes, without being uncomfortable or putting pressure on any part of your foot. You can fine-tune this a bit with the straps.

You can buy pedals online, but always always always try on the exact shoe you buy in person. Either buy at your LBS or sports outfitter, or try it on there, memorize what size feels right, then buy online.

Shoe companies all size differently. Shimano tends to run narrow but true to size length, Giro always runs small to length and narrow as well.
Thanks, what is the difference between "flat" clipless pedals and the ones with the little lip at the end. I figure its for grip/pushing power, but is it ever really a bad/good thing or just a preference?

That's just where the cleats lock into the pedal. Speedplays are just lollipops that you screw into your crankarms, the mechanism that keeps your feet attached to the pedals is in the cleat(the part that you screw into your shoes.)

I help a fair number of randos in my area get into road cycling, and I have a spare pair of speedplays just to help them get used to foot retention. It really is the easiest to get used to. Once they're into it I steer them toward Shimano pedals, cheapest and decent quality.
Very similar boat here in Arkansas, I just give up during the hottest parts if the year. I've no trouble riding in the winter, I've even ridden in Cleveland in lake effect snow with little issue. But for me the heat is just for too much, you'll kill yourself doing that.

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Should I buy a bike, or rent one?

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Thought I'd post a thread about this. Didn't take any pics of the teardown, but it was originally equipped with fenders, downtube shifters and 10 speeds. Here's a pic of my brother sanding it.
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Here's where I'm at now. Sanding was way too much effort and couldn't get around the lugs. I used a dremel and some sanding thingys to get those. The rest took paint stripper. Did a few coats, letting sit for 30mins each to get to here.
Shouldve used the stripper first
Haha yeah. I just didn't want to buy any if I didn't need it.
nice blog faggot
th-thanks. I thought people here would be interested. This board is slow and I wanted to share.

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If you don't have fenders, disc brakes, and a rack, you are a clearly the kind of cyclist whose rides begin and end at the same point once every Saturday afternoon between April and early June and then once again between late September and early November, provided it's sunny and there's no breeze

Enjoy dumping $200 worth of gasoline into your needy 5,000 pound steel baby that drains your life essence while you complain bitterly that it's too hard to ride to work because you'll be "all tired and sweaty"

This is the transportation board, cagers who own cages belong on /o/
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Yeah, I don't get it. What do we need actual brakes for, we had perfectly functional slowers for decades.
I don't. I commute 28 miles round trip. If I were to ride my bike the entire way without putting it on public trans I would have to go 240 miles. There is a body of water between my house and my job.
get a paddleboat u fuckin pleb
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meme overload

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Post beautiful girls/women of rail and cycling. No lewd posting please
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That bike should not have brakes.
She should have used the trusty arm helmet. That has saved me from a decent amount of head injuries.
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From the golden age
It is a very cool picture but...
>cow hips

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What's the best bike lock or, rather, what's the best way to lock up a bike? I was thinking about getting a motion sensor alarm and a heavy duty chain with a special padlock but I wanna know how /n/ locks up their bikes.
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I think I'm going with the Abus Granit X Plus 540 (pic related)

I live in Germany so it's not as crazily expensive as in the US.

The only thing that sets me off is the weight. It's 1,5 kg, but then again that's the weight of a full water bottle I carry around in my backpack anyway. I'll use it to lock it up in a well populated area at my university during classes.

I wish there was a more lightweight option with similar security, but I guess you can't have it all.
Lock with any lock and attach a fence energizer to the frame.

I've got an abus granit xplus bordo folding lock and that thing is pretty good too. Weighs a ton but mounts to the frame easily.
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I use pic related.

Strong enough, the lock itself is not easy to pick and it has no exploits, as in you cannot shim it open and it's really easy to carry around.
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She is so pretty.

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What is /n/'s opinion of IGH's?

Do you got any experiences?

Are they reliable and easy to service?
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>almost two pounds of extra rotating mass, all on the rear wheel
>not a big deal


Not that guy, but the reason IGHs get shit on is that they are shit.

They are suitable for one purpose and one purpose only: showing other cyclists what a special snowflake you are. There are no non-trivial real-world benefits.
Two pounds ain't shit. If you really wanted to make it sound like a lot then you could've just gone with 700,000 mg. It's also not like it's right at the rim, it's located very close to the axle.

>the reason IGHs get shit on is that they are shit.
Okay, I get it. I guess we're done here.
>I'm poor
>700,000 mg
wtf i hate gear hubs now
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>no non-trivial real-world benefits
They are tough. Winter, mud, banging around in public bike racks, years of abject neglect; hubs are able to tolerate this and derailleurs are not. Compatible with belts or cases that further enhance the toughness. If they have a twist-grip or lever they can also shift from high to low in a single motion while stopped, a non-trivial benefit in traffic.
Like fat, cargo, uni, tri, tandem, and other -cycles they fill a specific niche better than anything else. If your shitting on them for not being sporting, then you can put your carbon racer on your car carrier and drive your spandex ass over to /sp/.
This is /n/.

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ITT: cancerous means of transportation
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> Fucking seattubers
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The intensity of cosmic radiation may be 100 times greater flying than on the ground. It increases when we fly based on factors such as: the plane's altitude, the plane's proximity to the poles of the earth, the length of the flight, and the presence of solar flares. A polar crossing saves a lot of fuel costs but increases the radiation. A flight from Chicago to Beijing over the polar cap is estimated to give you the same dose of radiation as two chest X-rays.

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So I have a question about the origin of the phrase "designated service", which appears to be a term used in FRA standards to refer to locomotives that are temporarily used as B-units (i.e., because the cab equipment doesn't meet FRA regs). The regs say such locomotives need to have "DESIGNATED SERVICE—DO NOT OCCUPY" stenciled on them.

The term is used, and defined, in FRA Parts 223 (dealing with certified glazing) and 229 (general safety regs). Part 223 says that where a cab window is damaged or destroyed, the railroad must put the locomotive in "designated service" within 48 hours, or taken out of service until the damaged glazing is replaced with certified glazing. Part 229 just says designated service locomotives still need to meet the fuel tank standards.

Like I get the general idea of the type of operation the regs are talking about: Locomotive can't operate independently or as a controller outside of a yard, can't be occupied by operating or deadhead crews outside a yard, and has to be marked to indicate it's in designated service. But what the hell does the phrase itself actually mean?

Pic related: It's a locomotive marked as being in designated service.
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Same way that a slug can stay in service without having a cab. That a DS locomotive has the physical cab structure is ignored for the purposes of Part 223 and 229 so long as the cab itself is designated in a manner that crews will know that they are not to occupy it.

The main purpose of that would be so, were the railroad to order someone to occupy that unit out on the road, he'd know he had been ordered to do something illegal, and would be able to report the railroad to the FRA, or decline to occupy the locomotive without risking his job.

The whole point of Part 223 was to protect crew safety in the wake of, apparently, a rash of (what we'd call now) domestic terrorism against railroads in the 70s. Specifically, there had been a fatality in 1975 resulting from what they called "vandalism". If you look at the Part 223 testing protocols, the glazing needs to be able to take a shot from a .22 LR bullet, as well as a full size cinder block hitting the glazing, point-first, moving at high speed. If a sheet of ultra-thin aluminum (apparently thin enough to puncture like human skin would) has any holes in it after the test, the glazing fails.

Anyway the point is FRA didn't want anybody in those cabs outside of a yard, and didn't want a railroad to be able to claim the locomotive was in designated service when the guy occupied it. Recall that railroads don't do workman's comp. So a railroad worker's negligence can potentially prevent him from getting any money for an on-the-job injury. That's what the FRA is thinking there.
>The real curiosity is how yard, local, and road switching engineers differ
There is practically none. At least with locals and road switchers. The main difference is usually in accounting practices, but they'll often do the same work in the same areas and arbitrarily be defined as either.

>Specifically, at what point do local engineers get entitled to road pay, and whether a guy whose job title is a yard engineer can get road pay for the entire day just by crossing the yard boundary. Pretty wild.
Doesn't even matter for a lot of guys now that railroads are getting rid of mileage based pay and just going to flat hourly rates regardless of the type of service. It will happen that you dog catch a train, yard it, and then switch it these days.
> (i) If the broken or damaged window is a part of the windshield of the locomotive cab, all of the forward and rearward end facing glazing locations of the locomotive cab must be replaced with certified glazing.
> (ii) If the broken or damaged window is a part of the sidefacing window of the locomotive cab, all of the sidefacing glazing locations of the locomotive cab must be replaced with certified glazing.

Does this mean that if one window is broken, all in the set must be replaced? Or should it really be interpreted as "if a window is broken, replace it, and verify that all other windows in the set still comply with regulations"?
You need to realize that this code was written in a transition period.

You could have an engine that doesn't have glazed windows, but if the unglazed windshield breaks you need to replace it with a glazed one, as well as the rearward facing windows.

Got it?
Yep, that's exactly right. If any windshield piece was damaged, all the end-facing glazing in the locomotive had to be retrofitted. And if any sidefacing glazing were damaged, all the sidefacing glazing had to be retrofitted.

The reason that makes sense is that the locomotive had to be retrofitted at a certain point anyway—I think by 1984—otherwise it couldn't be used out on the road except in designated service. The locomotives they let slide was the ones that already had good glazing, but wasn't certified. FRA's objective in the rulemaking was to establish a certification regime, not only where glazing had to meet minimum standards on a nationwide basis, but where manufacturers had to produce glazing of a consistent minimum quality.

At any rate, FRA wanted all the glazing on all rolling stock that went out on the road to be certified, and letting the railroads do a slow, piecemeal replacement process might let some get through without being retrofitted. While part of the certification process was that all glazing needed to have a manufacturer's ID code and other information formed into it, it's not like non-certified glazing really stands out like a sore thumb. All the inspector should have to do is look for the panel that says "FRA Part 223 Certified Glazing Equipped". If the vehicle has the panel, it passes the glazing inspection. Maybe he looks at one end-facing and one sidefacing glazing location to confirm the glazing used is in fact certified, but not every glazing location. If something then HAPPENS and it turns out the glazing wasn't certified, the railroad's going to be in deep shit. Probably assessed as a willful violation; Part 223 allows some hefty civil penalties for that.

Minor point: It's not a glazed window. The material used in the window (i.e., the hole in the vehicle)—which may be consist of glass, plexiglass, just about anything else transparent, or (most often) varying layers of those materials—is called glazing.

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Remember when there was a thread like this one a few miles back?

No you don't.

Anyway, the title pretty much says all.
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What else would it be?
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I really like the look of the Gemini Spacecraft. Plus is had ejection seats for emergency abortions instead of some pansy LES.

Good taste
I vaguely remember hearing they were aware that a spacecraft like the Discovery would need large radiator panels to get rid of heat from the reactor but they decided against including them in the movie. Apparently any sensible design would have looked like wings and they didn't want the average uninformed movie-goer to come to the wrong conclusion.

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So after taking an entry level CAD class and subsequently getting hooked on SolidWorks, I started modelling this narrow-gauge steam engine just for fun. It started out nicely but now I have modeler's block for several reasons. One being that I have no idea how to model Walschaerts valve gear. The others being the "finishing touches" (ie instruments in the cab, numbering/lettering, etc).

This would normally belong in >>>/3/ (a board even more desolate than /n/) but I figured I could turn this into an /n/ community project. I'd absolutely love to hear suggestions of features/parts to add both for realism and for personal/aesthetic purposes.

Background: The engine is an outside frame 0-4-4 designed to run on 15-inch track (the distance between the wheel flanges). I tried to use a blend of both European and American styling but it turned out to lean more towards the Victorian aesthetic. The engine is currently unpainted though I have tinkered with several different colors (pic related). There are no instruments in the cab yet other than the firebox. SolidWorks mass analysis puts the whole assembly at roughly seven tons, which I found rather surprising.

Don't suggest adding anything too obnoxious because this is ultimately going into my design portfolio for my resume.
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I couldn't move the drivers any further back if I wanted to. Might be able to remove one of the trailing axles though.
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>4 wheels under a tender
Oh, but 0-4-4 is a pretty normal configuration, though I believe there are very few narrow gauge examples.

>that is not an actual tender
It tries to be a coal bunker, I think.

One could go full sperg and design a full locomotive to the last bolt and pipe on SolidWorks - strenght calculations included, but OP is clearly not on that level yet.

Let's see when he starts to get the drivetrain come out, that naturally would lead to pistons and steam circuit, and the it almost starts to look like a locomotive! (Carved out from a single block of unobtrainium by some advanced alien race.)
Should put those skills to work making things for Train Simulator.

Fuck yeah. Portland Rail Museum was my childhood.
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Maybe I should post this here too. I'm not usually into trains but I made this about 6 months ago. It was meant for a mod for Half-Life 1, so this is the 'high-poly' version. I was intending to use it for a cutscene shot like in the lower image showing the train speeding along towards a track obstruction but I couldn't figure out how to animate the valve gear.
I may finish it up sooner or later once I learn how to animate things correctly. There are a number of details missing, stuff like pipes, lights, the steam dome, the hinges on the smoke box door, the entire tender and any detailing whatsoever behind the camera, etc.
Of course most of the finer detailing would have to be added in via texturing, it is an 18 year old game engine after all.

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vrrrrrrrrrrrrr cccchhhhhhttt
beep beep beep beep
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Pic related is MCTS in Milwaukee. The color scheme is similar though.
> tfw I got this bus home today
Well, a 332. And it was going the other way. Comfy af tho
It's funny because a solaris bus just exploded in Gothenburg. Piece of dog shit bus.
Oh wow hashtag throwback my dude. What a bus.

PS if your bus doesn't have a middle set of doors it's shit tier. These are facts.
lmao, could you post a link? I can't find any info

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Bridges Edition

Photos, questions, projects, discussion; talk about anything related to model trains in every scale from T to backyard RRs

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Something tells me you've never imported any japanese train stuff.
I actually have some weathered g-guage wagons.

>literally the most detailed thing on Ithaqua's layout is a well defined ass

gtfo faggot
That's one of the most autistic posts I've seen here, congrats.
>That's one of the most autistic posts I've seen here, congrats.

>I actually have some weathered g-guage wagons.
Because airbrushing, or just leaving outside?

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