Toby B


Portland, OR, USA

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  • "It's an interesting array of bags that all look significantly less practical than panniers (I see they do make one or two of those, at least). I have used a frame pack, it was like a sail in windy conditions and didn't hold much without bulging out and clipping my knees, I will stick with the rack and panniers."
    on: Restrap's On-Bike Storage for the Bikepacking Market
  • "Hmm, it's nice looking, but 2A usb-a is as retro as the cloth jacket on the cord. There are plenty of single gang usb-c pd outlets they could have riffed off instead, which would have actually been useful for charging something."
    on: Shinola's Metal Power Strips
  • "I have one, but I find it somehow to be extremely tricky to aim. With a normal surgical-tubing slingshot, after a couple of shots to warm up, it's pretty easy to at least get close to your target. But the Pocket Shot is squirelly - maybe it has some rubbery equivalent to the archer's paradox going on (haven't tried the arrow-shooting version, but under the circumstances I find it scary...)"
    on: The Pocket Shot: An Innovative, Dangerous Circular Slingshot
  • "Looks promising, note that cyclists often can't see a turn signal / indicator if they're riding next to a truck, so another design improvement would just be an extra light that's clearly visible from the side of the truck, not only in front of it or behind it."
    on: RightViu: Continental's Retrofittable Right Side Blind Spot Monitor for Trucks, to Protect Cyclists
  • "In the night-time shot we can see that the steering is cable-actuated. I tend to agree that this seems like a fairly baroque approach to something that you could do with a cargo bike designed for unfolding over load-carrying (like a flatbed boxbike). I guess it does manage to be quite narrow?"
    on: Fantastic Industrial Design Thesis Project: The Cercle Bicycle Camper
  • "It has potential, but having pulled some heavy trailers, I would say that braking is much harder than moving a big load. If you remove the physical connection to the bike, you'll need some very good stopping power to avoid plowing into the rider if they stop quickly. I can also imagine some gotchas where the lidar spots a possible collision and stops the trailer while the rider dodges around it and doesn't even know the trailer isn't still following (though a the trailer could honk, or ping your phone, etc.)"
    on: The Trailerduck: A Self-Powered, Auto-Following Bike Trailer
  • "It would be interesting to know if any bonding occurs where the materials are in contact. My instinct is no, that these are just held together by friction (like some jewelry settings), on a large scale. They are visually appealing, though I suspect you laser-weld or even silver-solder most of them without ruining their simplicity. But then you wouldn't have such a good story to tell..."
    on: Frozen Solid
  • "I like the idea, but white canvas seems like a risky choice - my current tool bags are dark blue, and if they weren't dark to start with, they'd be pretty grimy-looking..."
    on: Tough and Timeless: The New USA-Made Hand-Eye Mechanic's Bag
  • "The 'more information' link is broken, at a guess it needs its http://http://www.atelierrobotiq.com"
    on: Fiber Pattern Lamp: A Lightweight Lamp Made by Robots
  • "I like the embroidery hoop frame more than the acrylic one, I would think that even a high-torque movement (like the ones intended to drive large hands) would wear out fairly quickly from the drag on the fabric - does it affect the timekeeping any?"
    on: SH 12 Wall Clock
  • "Looks promising, though I would say I am surprised to see the retail price being projected at double the crowdfunded one - I wouldn't think enough demand would be there, at $399."
    on: Better Design Yields a Smarter Scanner
  • "Looks like those extra "In 1500 or less words..." paragraphs need to be deleted off the post."
    on: HEX - a new way to light your space
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