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05-22-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 710
Posted By robsta

I've had one of these wheels(non hub brake...

I've had one of these wheels(non hub brake version) for about 10-12 years. Used it a lot to tour around Japan.
Most of the time I have the usual fixed/non fixed flip flop hub. If I know I will have...
12-07-19, 02:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By robsta

Have to agree re second hand probably the best...

Have to agree re second hand probably the best way.
Can be a bit daunting especially if your Japanese not too hot.
However, if you want new I was in Y`s Road, Ikebukuro and they have a Fuji Track...
12-02-19, 12:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By robsta

For that price range I doubt you will find...

For that price range I doubt you will find anything like the sort of decent bike you seem to be after in Japan.
Y`s Road have the Fuji Stroll around 60,000 Yen. Second hand from Brotures will get...
Forum: Touring
12-01-19, 08:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By robsta

Touring toolkit pics.

https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1493/2808adbd_48ca_4f1e_913d_50e891992f11_795e02ee5896daef15597e19530627ac619b34fd.jpeg
09-02-19, 03:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,722
Posted By robsta

Bike Radar, especially when the British guys are...

Bike Radar, especially when the British guys are doing adventures.
RJ the bike guy, I've learnt so much from that fellow.
Park tools, although I own none of their tools
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-10-19, 04:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,312
Posted By robsta

Last time I was in Australia I made a little...

Last time I was in Australia I made a little video about how I pack my Xootr swift.
The video shows how the pivot bolt is removed.
Will search out the dimensions you were asking for tomorrow....
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-19, 07:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,235
Posted By robsta

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg4.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1340x2000/img_0201_2bdf4cf359bbb5733218734c6a474bc1defd3b64.jpg

I pack my xootr swift in a similar way. The airlines I use (in and out of...
Forum: Touring
02-23-19, 08:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By robsta

Bike Assembly Tools at Nelson Airport, NZ

Just passing through Nelson last week. Noticed the Park Tools available for use outside the airport terminal. What a good idea.
I would imagine most bike tourers would have their own tools but the...
01-27-19, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By robsta

Make a video of the quick draw. Also, if you...

Make a video of the quick draw.

Also, if you can't find a rear brake sweet spot you could just leave the brake open (as in when removing a wheel) as this is for going up a steep hill.
When you...
01-26-19, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,339
Posted By robsta

I had a similar issue and needed a smaller gear...

I had a similar issue and needed a smaller gear for longer hills.
In the end I went for a Sturmey Archer S2 kick shift. With a 39 tooth chain ring and ( I think) 18 cog it gives me about 75 and 55...
06-11-18, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,507
Posted By robsta

I have the non brake version. This morning I...

I have the non brake version.
This morning I dismantled as far as I dare.
Pretty much as if cleaning and repacking the ordinary wheel bearings. Did expose and remove some other cage bearings that...
06-11-18, 04:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,507
Posted By robsta

Thanks Dan. I watched some of your videos. ...

Thanks Dan.
I watched some of your videos.
I’ll do a careful strip down and lubricate.
Cheers
rob
06-10-18, 10:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,507
Posted By robsta

Service Sturmey Archer S2 Kick Hub

Hi all
I've owned a Sturmey-Archer two speed kick hub for 8-9 years. Works fine , maybe not as crisp changes as when new. I'm thinking of a basic service, strip re-grease/lubricate re-assemble sort...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-08-18, 11:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,470
Posted By robsta

I have a paratrooper. Done quite a lot of trail...

I have a paratrooper. Done quite a lot of trail riding on it n Australia. No jumps, no high speed stuff just dirt tracks with lots of corrugations which shake everything.
Never had any issues.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-21-17, 12:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,042
Posted By robsta

See quite a few of these in Tokyo. A few years...

See quite a few of these in Tokyo. A few years ago was tempted myself but just a bit too small for me.
12-21-17, 12:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,545
Posted By robsta

Not everybody likes them but I havenít had a...

Not everybody likes them but I havenít had a puncture with my Schwalbe Marathons in the 7-8 years Iíve been using them. Worth checking out.
08-03-17, 06:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 825
Posted By robsta

I usually travel by train from Tokyo to where my...

I usually travel by train from Tokyo to where my ride will begin. In one of the pics you can see a black bag with TIOGA on it. This is my rinko. I used to take the forks and wheels off the bike and...
08-03-17, 05:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 825
Posted By robsta

Goodbye Fixed Gear, Hello Multiple...

Funny how things work out sometimes. I had a new frame waiting for me in Australia. I was in Tokyo with my trusty SE Lager and decided to chop up the SE frame a la s and s coupling. The frame is held...
05-18-17, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,454
Posted By robsta

Ramen place is called Kouchan. It looks a bt run...

Ramen place is called Kouchan. It looks a bt run down, gets average reviews (one person marked it down because they felt the bean sprouts were too dark) but I like it.
Another option for second hand...
05-18-17, 03:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,454
Posted By robsta

I've had a Lager for about 5 years. Never had a...

I've had a Lager for about 5 years. Never had a problem with it. Easy enough to put a rack and mudguards/fenders on if you wish. I'm sure the Fuji is a fine bike as well.
Regarding shops, I've used...
11-06-15, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By robsta

Wow. I rode from Odawara to East Tokyo (100...

Wow. I rode from Odawara to East Tokyo (100 klms) and thought I was king. And that was single not fixed. I'm 50 now so this guy has inspired me. Thanks for posting the video
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-15, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,297
Posted By robsta

Here is a link to a video of the bike in action...

Here is a link to a video of the bike in action from the BBC.
BBC News - Ford's white van with built-in bike (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31734416)
02-24-15, 04:42 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 4,647
Posted By robsta

Can't really add to the lists already posted....

Can't really add to the lists already posted. When I was in Australia got sick of a puncture every fortnight at least. Put on some Schwalbe Marathon tyres and no punctures at all. I'm back in Japan...
05-27-14, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,969
Posted By robsta

383293I have a twin speed SA rear hub. Tokyo is...

383293I have a twin speed SA rear hub. Tokyo is pretty flat so I have an easy gear / into the wind and a higher gear for down wind / workout situations. Once in a while I may go on a short tour which...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-13-13, 03:07 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,958
Posted By robsta

I have a swift and a paratrooper. In many...

I have a swift and a paratrooper. In many respects the swift is the better bike. I have toured on the Xootr many times and it is a strong, well built bike that handles well and the fold suits me...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-23-13, 05:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,447
Posted By robsta

I was in a similar situation to you a few years...

I was in a similar situation to you a few years ago. After months of research I bought a Xootr Swift. I'm sure you could get a second hand one for under US$400.
I've taken mine on planes to Europe,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-16-12, 02:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,915
Posted By robsta

Hi Here is a link to give you an idea of the...

Hi
Here is a link to give you an idea of the type of stuff available. Bike shops are everywhere and most department stores will have full size and folder bikes.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-04-12, 06:31 AM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Anyone fly with their Swift?[/QUOTE] Quite a...

Anyone fly with their Swift?[/QUOTE]

Quite a few times. On the Xootr website they have some pictures of how to pack the bike into a suitcase. This is the method I use mostly. After a little...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-20-12, 04:57 PM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Thanks Paul Had a look on the Surly website and...

Thanks Paul
Had a look on the Surly website and found a two 48 teeth rings (130 and 140 mm). Would both be okay?
Cheers
Rob
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-20-12, 05:30 AM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Hi all Will soon be using the swift for some...

Hi all
Will soon be using the swift for some touring and after my European adventures would like some lower gearing.
I found the standard gearing was, for me, a little too high for the big...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-12, 05:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,954
Posted By robsta

Hi I have 24 inch wheels on my paratrooper. I...

Hi
I have 24 inch wheels on my paratrooper. I put them on as the 24s are easier to pack in a suitcase. The difference in pedal height did not cause me any probs. Of course, when on a corner you need...
Forum: Commuting
12-31-11, 04:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,579
Posted By robsta

Maybe, just maybe, there is a Mercedes forum web...

Maybe, just maybe, there is a Mercedes forum web page and in the commuting section there is a thread by a guy of how he sustained a puncture during a heroic escape from a dude on a bike.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-11, 03:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,977
Posted By robsta

Hi As you tend to ride a commuter bike the most...

Hi
As you tend to ride a commuter bike the most I would imagine a folder would be an acceptable replacement. However, it may depend on your style of riding. If you like to be out of the saddle and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-02-11, 05:48 AM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Quick question Do the standard Dahon...

Quick question
Do the standard Dahon fenders/mudguards fit on the swift?
Thank you
Rob
Forum: Touring
11-24-11, 02:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,183
Posted By robsta

Just started watching. Really enjoyed the first...

Just started watching. Really enjoyed the first two parts. I have some free time on Saturday morning, no work, kids in bed, I'll be watching the rest.
Well done
Rob
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-22-11, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 961
Posted By robsta

My swift mods

I know there is a long running thread used by swift folder members but iI thought I would share these changes as I think they would be useful for non-swift folders as well.

Bit of background. I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-11, 03:40 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,923
Posted By robsta

Thanks for posting. Great read. As a youngster...

Thanks for posting. Great read.
As a youngster I spent a fair amount of time in the UK. I would often go to the 'lakes'. I was friends with a chap from Leeds who knew this area really well.
My...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-10-11, 03:10 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,256
Posted By robsta

. Robsta, though, it seems it needs a lot of...

. Robsta, though, it seems it needs a lot of disassembling, right down to the derailleur - is that right ?[/QUOTE]

I pack my bike in the same way the Xootr website describes the process....
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-11, 04:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,256
Posted By robsta

Hi I am fortunate in that I get to travel quite...

Hi
I am fortunate in that I get to travel quite a lot. Therefore, I decided a folder would suit my needs. After what felt like way too much research I came across a Xootr Swift. I rode it around the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-06-11, 02:36 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,419
Posted By robsta

The thought of men sewing....Silence of the lambs.

The thought of men sewing....Silence of the lambs.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-11, 07:22 PM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Can not really justify why but here is a pic of...

Can not really justify why but here is a pic of my swift and myself. It took a couple of hours getting to the top from Luz. I would have preferred to have slightly lower gearing but maybe next time....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-11, 03:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,724
Posted By robsta

The main issue appears to be with those big...

The main issue appears to be with those big wheels. I would not say it is impossible but I would imagine it would be very hard to fit a bike with 700c wheels in the `airline legal` sized bag.
I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-16-11, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,375
Posted By robsta

I already have a Montague. At the mo it is set up...

I already have a Montague. At the mo it is set up as my folder for flying but that honor has now passed on to my Xootr Swift. With the Montague Paratrooper I intend to make it more of a road bike. It...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-12-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,375
Posted By robsta

I have made heaps of changes to my paratrooper. I...

I have made heaps of changes to my paratrooper. I picked up a cheap supermarket road bike (700c) took everything off it and put it on the paratrooper. I had 26 inch wheels on with some carbon forks...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-08-11, 04:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,042
Posted By robsta

I have a montague paratrooper. To pack any...

I have a montague paratrooper.
To pack any bike with 26 inch wheels will always be a struggle. It can be done but I have found needs a fair amount of dismantling rather than simple folding.
To...
04-23-11, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By robsta

How much would those items be usually sold for on...

How much would those items be usually sold for on say ebay/craigslist? If the selling price was way below an expected level it does look dodgy. Criminals tend to be able to sell items cheap as they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-18-11, 02:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 524
Posted By robsta

Tokyo Science Museum

Came across this old folder on display in the museum. Can't for the life of me remember the name, maybe Little 'Rabbit'. Nice compact fold.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-11, 03:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,747
Posted By robsta

I think it is Taiwan and costs about US$ 2300. I...

I think it is Taiwan and costs about US$ 2300. I was in my local Brompton dealer in Tokyo and I didn't see one of these. Then again i wasn't looking. I used to live in the UK and was never a great...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-18-10, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Thanks Jur Sorted. Rob

Thanks Jur
Sorted.
Rob
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-17-10, 01:21 PM
Replies: 3,929
Views: 733,354
Posted By robsta

Haven't seen this mentioned before but I can not...

Haven't seen this mentioned before but I can not release the front brake to allow me to remove the front wheel.

The approved method it to use one hand to hold the brakes against the rim (not using...
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