Torben Gundtofte-Bruun

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Hello, world!

I enjoy using my experience to help others. That is why I am active at a number of other sites in the StackExchange network on topics that interest me.

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I'm something of a Swiss army knife both professionally and in private, able to juggle a wild variety of things at once. I've worked in every kind of business that uses software. I'm also very good with tools, both IT and mechanic. Whether you need software design or assembling some IKEA furniture, I'm your man for the job. I'm generally soft-spoken but driven by clear principles.

I'm a twin, I've lived in five countries, I speak four languages fluently and two more embarrassingly. Also, being a father routinely develops my patience which is useful for moderating on StackExchange too.

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Sep
16
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
Thank you, I'll be sure to avoid you then.
Jun
14
comment Is it legal to pass a car on the right when that car is turning?
Sorry but I don't have time to dig up the actual paragraphs. I see your point of view, but I just happen to disagree. No harm in that.
Jun
13
comment Is it legal to pass a car on the right when that car is turning?
@unforgettableid - if I understand your right, you mean bicycling in the middle of your lane. Motorcycles should adhere to vehicular cycling because they can indeed move with the flow but bicycles should not. For bicycles, that is actually not legal in the countries where I learned to bicycle (Germany, Denmark) because bicycles are small and slow vehicles; vehicular cycling would be dangerous because it obstructs the traffic. I would definitely not dare to do so except on small, narrow, slow roads.
Sep
24
comment How do I deal with a dog chasing me when I'm touring?
@Luke: What, and pepper spray isn't? I'm surprised so many of the answers mention pepper spray as if it's something people carry around like a cell phone.
Aug
31
comment Toddler bike seat vs. bike trailer?
See also this question on Parenting.SE: At what development stage is an infant ready for a ride in a bike trailer?
Aug
31
comment Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?
+1 for the last paragraph alone.
Aug
31
comment Why are there almost no bikes with a single chainring?
My bike is like that: 1 ring in front, 8 in the back. I love this for the simplicity, plus I don't get dirty from the front ring because it's not "naked". I only use 6 of the gears and even that is perfectly fine for my 12km commute - and I'm one of the fastest non-racers on that route.
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
@Starx: What confuses me is that so many people respond that the left hand should do the front brake. I haven't ever thought about the reasons why the brakes are left/right but it seems that most people prefer the opposite of what's common, citing safety advantages?
Aug
28
comment Is there a reason for brakes to be reversed in bikes with Hydraulic Brakes?
FWIW I'm in Europe and every bike I've ever owned (nonhydraulic) has front brake on the left hand.
Aug
24
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
@Pete: What would you do? I guess just go by your own speed, and if it happens to match his speed then keep a little courtesy distance instead of drafting.
Aug
21
comment Is it considered rude to draft other random cyclists?
Your shopping bag comparison is unfair: drafting someone does not cost that person any energy. Other issues are more relevant, like safety and personal space.
Aug
21
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
Re: drafting really close, I'd never go closer than 1m distance, let alone overlapping (unless the one in front is my twin brother; the only person I'd trust that much). Because I'm riding a regular bike, I am not bent over as much and can easily see what's going on ahead, except perhaps a fast squirrel close by.
Aug
21
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
What does "cat 6" mean?
Aug
21
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
Thanks Rory - how do you start tailing, or how do others approach you before they tail you? Do they silently follow you, and wait for you to discover them?
Aug
21
comment Protocol for slipstreaming another cyclist?
Thank you. When you say annoying: does being tailed actually cost you more effort than if you were going alone? Or do you mean you'd have appreciated taking turns?
May
23
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
This works well in combination with Chad's neck pillow. As you said, moving the torso slighty forward allows more room for the head to lean back behind its equilibrium.
May
23
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Yes, this works very well, but only when placed with the opening in the neck. That way, the chin is resting on the top surface of the cushion, so it's comfortable and doesn't restrict breathing.
May
10
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
Aha, so it really is a "foreheadrest"! Thanks for clearing that up. I've never seen that in the world around me. It doesn't sound all that comfortable; will the child really sleep through any road bumps (I mean bad surface rather than just soft speed bumps)? Is this even safe to use when there are road bumps? I'd be concerned about jolts to the head, since that handlebar is mounted on the bike frame and not on the (slightly suspended) child seat.
May
9
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
@user770 it's not about the seat being uncofortable but about the head falling forward... the seat you linked to doesn't seem to have a back that can be leaned back. The one we have can do that. It's not the child that falls forward, only the head.
May
9
comment Child seat: how to keep the child's head from falling forward?
@Paul I have already considered something softer, and even tested it. I'm writing it as an answer below.