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Forum: Folding Bikes
01-21-20, 05:10 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

IMHO, for the typical use of the Birdy as a high...

IMHO, for the typical use of the Birdy as a high quality, convenient folding city bike, the Marathon can't be beat. It has great durability and puncture protection, and has width enough to be safe on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-20, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Same here. I've seen it on expensive mountain...

Same here. I've seen it on expensive mountain bikes too. It works well, and is cheap and easy to replace if you have to replace a cable. Just as long as they are black - I hear that white or...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-20, 03:00 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

That's how I understand it. Seems you can get the...

That's how I understand it. Seems you can get the bar 3-4 cm closer to you that way. I haven't tried it. It would also mean that the pin in the post would face backwards, where there are no holes for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-17-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

It has a headset cap mounted upside down, at the...

It has a headset cap mounted upside down, at the lower end of the steerer tube. So preload is done the usual way, only everything is upside down.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-17-19, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Presumably yes, if: you also use the Birdy...

Presumably yes, if:

you also use the Birdy handlepost, which has the steerer tube (might go without it, if you can get a long enough steerer tube by cutting it off another fork)
that steerer...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-19, 03:49 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I took my Birdy on a tour of Sweden this July....

I took my Birdy on a tour of Sweden this July. When I go on tour I usually ride recumbents since they're more comfortable and faster on longer trips, but they're also bigger, and swedish rail doesn't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Alfine 11

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With full touring load

Hi! I mentioned earlier that the...
05-20-19, 02:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By glye

Yes, the X-RDC axle is replaceable, SJS sells...

Yes, the X-RDC axle is replaceable, SJS sells that too. Not sure why one would want to, if it isn't broken. The problem is the freehub body.

We mentioned replacing the axle of Shimano hubs, some...
05-19-19, 01:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By glye

I got it off now, and yes, it's the same design...

I got it off now, and yes, it's the same design as the Sunrace one, and it failed in exactly the same way: Cracked in the pawl hinge, due to thin material there. This one is steel, and the Sunrace...
05-18-19, 02:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By glye

Thanks, I eventually found this one too, and...

Thanks, I eventually found this one too, and ordered it. SJS is a good shop. I hope this solves the problem. If not, or it breaks again soon, it's time for a re-think. The frame has no disc tabs. It...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-16-19, 04:27 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

That screw on my new Birdy is dome-headed too,...

That screw on my new Birdy is dome-headed too, FWIW. The plastic catch is attached using two bolts on the inside of the stay.
05-16-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By glye

Thanks, sounds good. Hope the driver is steel. ...

Thanks, sounds good. Hope the driver is steel.

The 24/42 gearing isn't actually low, most MTBs are effectively geared lower. The bike is a 36er, and the giant wheels need a correspondingly large...
05-16-19, 09:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 827
Posted By glye

I just had the freehub body of my X-RDC fail on...

I just had the freehub body of my X-RDC fail on me. I haven't been able to pull it apart yet to inspect it, but it feels much the same as another hub that failed on me recently - that one cracked, in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-13-19, 11:31 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I hope so! I got the new freehub body, it works...

I hope so! I got the new freehub body, it works fine so far. I had a closer look at the old one. It turns out the inner part if it has cracked, see the lower part of the photo. It cracked along the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-19, 01:11 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Interesting option, thanks. I switched from...

Interesting option, thanks. I switched from 10-speed 9-32 to 11-speed 9-36 to get that extra range, so the 3T isn't very appealing to me, but it surely will be to some. I'll wait and see if my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-25-19, 11:01 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

The brake is cheap to replace if bleeding doesn't...

The brake is cheap to replace if bleeding doesn't help, no worry there. The expensive bits are the frame, fork and gear hub. R&M specifies that certain bits should be replaced every 3 years or 10000...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-19, 04:08 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

My rear hub failed :( The freehub mechanism on...

My rear hub failed :( The freehub mechanism on the Sunrace hub (Capreo-style for 9t cassettes) suddenly isn't freewheeling anymore, but is so draggy that the derailer arm bends, and the chain goes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-23-19, 01:55 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Curious... do you use a roadbike cassette? They...

Curious... do you use a roadbike cassette? They are not spaced as far inwards as 11-12 speed MTB cassettes are, so would be less likely to rub.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-20-19, 04:40 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Not what you're asking, but I think it's easier,...

Not what you're asking, but I think it's easier, and cheaper, to use chainring spacers instead. Lighter too. These can be had in various thicknesses from 1 mm and up. If you need as much as 3 mm, you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-17-19, 03:55 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I've done the 11-speed mod now. 9-36t cassette,...

I've done the 11-speed mod now. 9-36t cassette, SRAM NX 1x11 derailer, and SRAM NX gripshift. The derailer is long enough to reach down past the 40 mm tyre, but there's just enough clearance to avoid...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-25-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Thanks secret_squirrel, looking forwards to the...

Thanks secret_squirrel, looking forwards to the pictures. So you see no risk of it rubbing the rim or tire?
You're using the GS / medium length, right?
What's your tire width?
Did you also verify...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-09-19, 02:05 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I am! Also interested in how you plan to do it....

I am! Also interested in how you plan to do it. My Birdy has the 9-32t 10-speed cassette originally, am considering the 9-36t 11-speed for a more usable range.

Which derailer are you going to use?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-19, 03:41 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

That is scary. A bike that requires regular...

That is scary. A bike that requires regular replacement of a core frame part isn't very confidence inspiring. The manual of my Euro Birdy from 2018 says:
- Replace front swingarm "at least every...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

It may have something to do with the average...

It may have something to do with the average weight of Japanese vs. German people. (No offence etc, I'm heavy myself.)
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-13-19, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Thanks, I'll be sure to look out for it. I've had...

Thanks, I'll be sure to look out for it. I've had another full suspension bike (old Kettler) break in a similar place. My Birdy from last year seems to have a bit of extra strengthening in this...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-12-19, 03:05 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Act as a bumper against the seatpost or bottom...

Act as a bumper against the seatpost or bottom bracket when folded? I have similar bits on my new Birdy. Only I'd expect the black bumper material to be facing the other way.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-05-19, 02:45 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

To answer myself, it does not fit. The Birdy rack...

To answer myself, it does not fit. The Birdy rack is too narrow. But I got one anyway and trimmed about 5 mm off each side of the adapter. It is very sturdy plastic, looks like it will be fine. (This...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-14-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Second mod: Replace the stock 52t with a LitePro...

Second mod: Replace the stock 52t with a LitePro 45t chainring, to shift the gearing range about 1 gear downwards. Also saves 164 grams (not that this matters). The chaincatcher on the downtube had...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Klickfix rackpack

Does anyone here know if the Klickfix Rackpack adapter fits the current Birdy rear rack? This is a simply a claw that grabs a transverse bar on the rack. The only fitting issues are the allowed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-18, 11:54 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I added a light switch. Most modern dynamo...

I added a light switch. Most modern dynamo headlights have a switch, some even have automatic daylight sensing. Most cost less than this switchless E3. Really odd choice by R&M. "People who want a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-18, 10:07 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I haven't done this on the Birdy yet, but general...

I haven't done this on the Birdy yet, but general advice is: Before removing the hold cabling, take careful note of how it's routed. Then, find a way to attach the new cabling to the old (duct...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-27-18, 02:49 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Glad to hear it, Mike. I've been considering the...

Glad to hear it, Mike. I've been considering the Alfine 11. The Alfine 8 is more solid, according to those who like to "abuse" IHGs. But the gearing range is very limited.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-18, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

(UPDATED) I have a good lead on the cassette...

(UPDATED)
I have a good lead on the cassette now. But looking very closely at the folded bike, it seems Shadow will not work out after all. The front wheel QR nut will hit the extra link on Shadow...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-18, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I've ordered a Litepro 45t chainring, which will...

I've ordered a Litepro 45t chainring, which will move the whole gearing range about 1 gear downwards. Now I've found out that Sunrace also makes an 11-speed 9-36t cassette that fits the same HBSX...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-22-18, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

The lighting system is somewhat disappointing....

The lighting system is somewhat disappointing. The Shutter Precision SD-8 hub dynamo is designed for small wheels with high rotational speed, and is small, light, and efficient. The Supernova E3 Pure...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-22-18, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

New Birdy Touring

So I'm officially a Birdy owner now. Got my green Touring delivered in the weekend. I may have to get a Kermit sticker for it, since I've already called my other green bike Yoda.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-22-18, 05:04 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Thanks, I'm considering to get one smaller than...

Thanks, I'm considering to get one smaller than 52t, I've found them down to 45t. I just got my Birdy with the special Sunrace 9-32t cassette (Capreo replacement). With that cassette it has more than...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-22-18, 04:20 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I'm fascinated that the owner of this Birdy found...

I'm fascinated that the owner of this Birdy found it necessary/useful to upgrade the stock 160 mm front rotor to a 180 mm, at least that's what it looks like. 160 mm is already huge for such small...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-12-18, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

That is really odd. You've tried both wide and...

That is really odd. You've tried both wide and narrow chains now, at least one of them should have worked. Unless... could it be that the new chain is skipping because the sprocket is too worn? New...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-18, 04:36 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Thanks for sharing. So the single speed chain you...

Thanks for sharing. So the single speed chain you used is 1/8" wide, then? Single speed chains also exist in 3/32" width, which is about the same width as an 8/9-speed chain, so it should not rub...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-18, 02:25 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Sheldon Brown says Shimano Nexus / Alfine...

Sheldon Brown says Shimano Nexus / Alfine sprockets will work with either 1/8" or 3/32" chains, so free choice. But the chainring may not because of its chainguards, so 3/32 is the safest bet I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-14-18, 03:11 PM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Sorry, I don't have my own Birdy yet, I don't...

Sorry, I don't have my own Birdy yet, I don't know much about it. You're right that 48 to 52 teeth won't make much of a difference. NB: The current model I'm referring to has a 52t chainring combined...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-14-18, 09:25 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

If you mean getting rid of v-brakes alltogether,...

If you mean getting rid of v-brakes alltogether, then I'd consider Sturmey Archer drum brakes, at least on the front. They're weatherproof and would give very good braking performance on such small...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-14-18, 01:25 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

The current Birdies are sold with a 52t...

The current Birdies are sold with a 52t chainring. Your chainring looks a bit smaller, and your chain seems to miss the cutout in the chainstay, just above it. If the chainring isn't original, the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-12-18, 04:30 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Excellent, thanks! That gives decent odds that...

Excellent, thanks! That gives decent odds that the SRAM 10-42t and the e*thirteen 9-46t cassettes will work, perhaps even the SRAM 10-50t. The Shimano 10-51t is still more expensive than the others...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-18, 08:46 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Nice! Do you know what size the biggest cog is -...

Nice! Do you know what size the biggest cog is - 36t, 40t, larger? The 11-speed XTR goes at least to 40, possibly larger.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-18, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Yes, one of my options is Dualdrive or SA CS-MK3...

Yes, one of my options is Dualdrive or SA CS-MK3 with 9-speed cassette and short or medium cage derailer.
How big tires do you think one could fit with 406 and mudguards? All the 406's I have seen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-04-18, 06:54 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Hi again. Could you expand on this please? In...

Hi again. Could you expand on this please? In what way does it affect the fold?
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-18, 05:23 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

Here we have a Kojak tyre, which in 355 size only...

Here we have a Kojak tyre, which in 355 size only exists in 32 mm width. A 44 or 50 mm tyre adds height. Second, this is offroad: dirt, leaves, plants. Riding paved only and being careful means you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-18, 02:52 AM
Replies: 1,202
Views: 287,625
Posted By glye

I hear you. Yet I also hear Riese & Müller, the...

I hear you. Yet I also hear Riese & Müller, the people who designed and developed the bike, say the long cage is fine (implicitly, or they wouldn't have sold it like that). So I'm not decided yet....
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