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02-06-13, 10:58 AM
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Posted By graywolf

Please don't break that bike up. As you show it...

Please don't break that bike up. As you show it in your photos it is worth a few hundred dollars to a collector. Sell it to someone who will restore it, and use the money to upgrade your Sports. If I...
02-06-13, 10:34 AM
Replies: 21,027
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Posted By graywolf

Not real positive, but I seem to recall that 1955...

Not real positive, but I seem to recall that 1955 was the last year they used the oiler bottom bracket, so your frame has to be earlier than that.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-12, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,327
Posted By graywolf

Brooks makes a range of sprung saddles ranging...

Brooks makes a range of sprung saddles ranging from the B66 with coils in the back through the B135 with double coils in the back and hairspring coils in the front and some inbetween models....
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-12, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,788
Posted By graywolf

In looking at IGH, I have noticed that the...

In looking at IGH, I have noticed that the 5-speed hubs often sell for more than the 8-speed hubs. you might want to check on prices before buying.

BTW, unlike a lot of people who object to the...
12-15-12, 10:22 AM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

The light uses a miniature screw thread 12v...

The light uses a miniature screw thread 12v flashlight bulb. There is a spare inside the light housing. However those may become difficult to find fairly soon.

You could use a LED conversion...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-12, 02:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By graywolf

Sorry about the delay, I was in the hospital for...

Sorry about the delay, I was in the hospital for a couple of days.

OK, basic test ride. At 40 psi the Koverts ride real nice. Smooth and fast, far better than the original tires (which did go to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-12, 11:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,172
Posted By graywolf

There are people who make a living by buying...

There are people who make a living by buying cheap on eBay and relisting the item. However most of them do not make up a bogus story to go with it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-12, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By graywolf

By measuring it. A cheap caliper is something...

By measuring it. A cheap caliper is something everyone who works on his own bike needs....
12-08-12, 01:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By graywolf

Actually, most of the brushless motors are AC....

Actually, most of the brushless motors are AC. The controller consists of an inverter and a phase converter. The inverter changes the DC from the battery to AC, then the phase converter converts it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-07-12, 03:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,073
Posted By graywolf

There are two ways to look at it. This is a...

There are two ways to look at it. This is a starter bike and you are going to replace it with something nicer real soon now, and you are going to have to make do with this bike for awhile.

Let's...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-06-12, 08:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,549
Posted By graywolf

That is usual. You will probably find that you...

That is usual. You will probably find that you need to add some air every week or two.




Usually, unless you have a good reason to do differently, you should use the same size tires as came on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-06-12, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By graywolf

Well, I have them installed, but the weather is...

Well, I have them installed, but the weather is supposed to be cold and drizzly today, so it will be another day before I get to try them out.

The tires are rated for 40-120psi, they weigh 2-3...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-04-12, 03:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By graywolf

I just got a call from the manager at eBikeStop,...

I just got a call from the manager at eBikeStop, He said he had been on the phone with the distributor of the tires and that they figured out that while the label said 65psi the tire was embossed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-04-12, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,848
Posted By graywolf

Kenda Kovert 20x1.95 120psi Tires

It would be nice to report on how these work out, but the labels on the ones eBikeStop sent me say 40-65psi. Their customer service phone number keeps hanging up on me, so I sent them an email.

As...
12-02-12, 06:39 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

Of course it was abused, it was ridden by a 10...

Of course it was abused, it was ridden by a 10 year old boy (me) in 1953. By the time I was 12 I realized that most of the problems were caused by my dad fixing it and figured out how to do it myself...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-02-12, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 847
Posted By graywolf

That place buys store returns at 10 cents on the...

That place buys store returns at 10 cents on the dollar, and sells them on eBay. Anything you buy from them is a pig in the poke. It may be perfect, or it may have some unrepairable problem....
12-01-12, 09:01 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,795
Posted By graywolf

A decent dirt bike (motorcycle) or a 4x4 utility...

A decent dirt bike (motorcycle) or a 4x4 utility vehicle should have no problem with a 100% grade. However, I will note that loose dirt will not pile that steep; about 35 degrees if IRCC.

In my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-26-12, 08:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Well, I just ordered a pair of Kenda Kovert...

Well, I just ordered a pair of Kenda Kovert 20x1.95's and a cheap, but not as cheap as the one on the bike, derailleur.

The Koverts are rated 40-120psi, which seems to be great, as I can run them...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-26-12, 11:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,112
Posted By graywolf

I am sure you found hundreds on the local...

I am sure you found hundreds on the local craigslist when you lived in Montana too. Didn't you? So quickly we forget what it is like living in the boonies.

Even here in a university town, there...
11-25-12, 07:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,211
Posted By graywolf

You can get 3 of those baskets from Staples...

You can get 3 of those baskets from Staples online for the price of that one on eBay. Have them delivered to the store for free shipping.

I do notice that the ones I have are not quite as sturdy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-12, 12:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

That is a good question. Not hard to answer for...

That is a good question. Not hard to answer for those with expensive bikes, but who is going to put $90 to $100 worth of tires on this thing? I would probably go with Kenda Kwest 20x1.5's at <$20...
11-21-12, 04:42 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

I did not say it was unridable with with a broken...

I did not say it was unridable with with a broken spoke or two, I just said they broke quite often. On the other hand wheels with modern stainless steel spokes almost never break even though I now...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-21-12, 01:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

A follow up on the Verso Cologne now that I have...

A follow up on the Verso Cologne now that I have ridden the bike a bit.

It is pleasant to ride, probably not as pleasant as some of the expensive bikes, but it is not squirrelly or anything. I am...
11-19-12, 12:02 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

Actually, the classic looking Taiwanese made 12v...

Actually, the classic looking Taiwanese made 12v generator light works pretty well and looks retro enough that only and expert is going to tell the difference. I seem to remember buying it from...
11-18-12, 12:26 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

Originally, the trigger shifter was marked BL L N...

Originally, the trigger shifter was marked BL L N H (Yes, it was for both the 3sp and 4sp hubs) and seemed to be intended to be mounted under the handle bar because the letters were upside down when...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-15-12, 09:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,152
Posted By graywolf

I have a post about setting your tension on my A...

I have a post about setting your tension on my A Guy And His Sewing Machine blog that many have found helpful.

http://tomrit.com/sewing/?p=40
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-12, 04:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Brief follow up with a photo showing the bike...

Brief follow up with a photo showing the bike loaded in the Blazer.

http://graywolfphoto.com/journal/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/In-truck-PB101811.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-12, 01:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Let me add some comments to your prices... ...

Let me add some comments to your prices...



Also from Fenway's photos, his Tokyo Citizen has exactly the same cheap derailleur the Verso Cologne has. At the moment that is by biggest...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-12, 12:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,842
Posted By graywolf

Actually, I would think knee problems would be...

Actually, I would think knee problems would be coming from lower cadences, and probably riding in too high a gear. Also the seat being too low, but the OP says that is not the case.

Those things...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-12, 09:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Joseph, the problem with the derailleur is that...

Joseph, the problem with the derailleur is that it is so cheaply made that it flexes a lot. Nothing wrong with the shifter itself. Remember my mentioning that a $16 (retail at an expensive small town...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-12, 08:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,548
Posted By graywolf

If you want to carry it on the back of another...

If you want to carry it on the back of another bike, you are going to need something like a Carry Me or one of those small wheel "A" frame bikes. Or you might consider a pair of roller blades.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-12, 08:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Thanks for the photos, Fenway. The stem and...

Thanks for the photos, Fenway.

The stem and handle bars are a lot higher quality than on the Verso. Crank looks better too. The derailler seems to be the same piece of junk mine has. Welds appear...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-12, 05:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

First Ride Actually, I am impressed. The...

First Ride

Actually, I am impressed. The Verso did better than I did.

Only a couple of miles on the local greenway and my legs felt like the were about to fall off. Before you sneer, I am sixty...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-08-12, 01:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Well, on the "it's only a little bit more"...

Well, on the "it's only a little bit more" thought; I notice that for another hundred bucks over the Crane (with shipping), I could get a Tern C7 (free shipping, and I believe he tunes them before...
11-07-12, 07:11 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

That is what I have, I do not recommend it if you...

That is what I have, I do not recommend it if you have a full chaincase on your bike. The type of stand that came with such bikes in the old days was one that was part of the rack. I saw someplace...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-07-12, 06:01 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Nicer things are always just a little bit more,...

Nicer things are always just a little bit more, Paul. But when that little bit more has to come out of the grocery and rent money it is not really an option. That said, your Crane was the bike I was...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-07-12, 05:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

I have not returned it yet. From the reports of...

I have not returned it yet. From the reports of those who have one of the others I mentioned, I probably will do so. Since I have now managed to get the derailleur adjusted so that it will go into...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-07-12, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By graywolf

I have followed up on a new thread with the bikes...

I have followed up on a new thread with the bikes name as the subject:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php/856503-Kettler-Verso-Cologne
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-07-12, 10:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,502
Posted By graywolf

Kettler Verso Cologne

This follows up on my "Joining the Fold" thread. I could not figure out how to edit that thread name to indicate the bicycle involved.

Besides that thread, I have a review of the bike on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-06-12, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By graywolf

Actually, there was a Dahon Boardwark down in...

Actually, there was a Dahon Boardwark down in Mooresville (about 50 miles from here) for $75BIN on eBay, only the guy did not reply to my inquiry. And my vehicle has a intermittent brake problem that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-06-12, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,091
Posted By graywolf

Well it arrived. Not so impressed. The...

Well it arrived. Not so impressed.

The frame seems OK, and it has horizonat dropouts so could be converted to an IG hub. The tires are Kenda Kwick 20x2.0, which I think are a mid-grade tire. The...
11-05-12, 06:40 PM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

Well they sell chaincases for the roadsters too. ...

Well they sell chaincases for the roadsters too.

On mine the rear stand is interfering with the chaincase and, being ill for awhile, I did not get that sorted out. I did get one of those...
11-05-12, 06:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,557
Posted By graywolf

I think my point was that if your power was out,...

I think my point was that if your power was out, and you did not have gas for your generator nor your car, your ebike would just be a peddle bike.

However, I think both of us were talking more...
11-05-12, 10:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,557
Posted By graywolf

Let's see, the power is out gasoline is not...

Let's see, the power is out gasoline is not available, so you can not run a generator, nor you car to charge your batteries. Assuming your do not have a wind generator that you set up after the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-12, 09:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,152
Posted By graywolf

Actually, a lot of people think the 401 is the...

Actually, a lot of people think the 401 is the best home sewing machine ever made. My mother had one. She had it long before most people think they were made. I finally figured that out, originally...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-04-12, 08:36 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,171
Posted By graywolf

It appears to have a vertical dropout, so nope.

It appears to have a vertical dropout, so nope.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-04-12, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,202
Posted By graywolf

The reason they have to remove the front wheel is...

The reason they have to remove the front wheel is because it has the quick release which makes it easy to steal. If your wheel is fastened on with nuts, the druggies have to be carrying a wrench to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-03-12, 12:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,152
Posted By graywolf

Older thread but interesting. I have 4 sewing...

Older thread but interesting. I have 4 sewing machines around here. Most of them cost me less than $25. All of them needed some work. All are from the 1950 to 1970 period. Singer 301, a compact...
11-03-12, 11:33 AM
Replies: 21,027
Views: 2,030,914
Posted By graywolf

My chaincase from Yellow Jersey had the hole in...

My chaincase from Yellow Jersey had the hole in it.

http://graywolfphoto.com/journal/2009/08/22/chaincase-getting-there/

In the second photo you can just see it next to the strap I used to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-02-12, 02:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,919
Posted By graywolf

Expensive bike snobs, heh? No a $300 folding...

Expensive bike snobs, heh?

No a $300 folding bicycle is not equal to a $700 one. If it is a mail order only one, it may be equal to a $500 bike store one however. If someone just needs a bike to...
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