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09-18-20, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks for the comment. A local store with a used...

Thanks for the comment. A local store with a used 58 size 2018 Roubaix Sport let me sit on the bike (no test rides allowed unfortunately) and with the seat set at the correct height for me (about 81...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-16-20, 06:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 209
Posted By Kabuto

I have a Tern X11 so have been following this...

I have a Tern X11 so have been following this closely for several years. I have not yet seen or heard of a Verge frame with 451 wheels breaking.



What happened to the S6L???
09-14-20, 06:02 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 614
Posted By Kabuto

It's not really a proper mamachari unless its got...

It's not really a proper mamachari unless its got an electric motor and baby seats on both the front and the back! Like this one...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-20, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,454
Posted By Kabuto

The saddle height specs they post are from the...

The saddle height specs they post are from the ground to the saddle, not the pedal or BB to the saddle. I checked with the designer directly about a year ago. Even the extended seatpost would be...
09-06-20, 02:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Kabuto

I certainly qualify as a typical newbie. As an...

I certainly qualify as a typical newbie. As an older newbie, my rides don't necessarily have to be epic though. I'll settle for just going the distance comfortably :)

Very interesting comments...
09-06-20, 02:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks for the reply. Very interesting to read...

Thanks for the reply. Very interesting to read that you have comfortably ridden a range of bike size, including bikes that are supposedly too large for you.

The Roubaix Sport 2020 size 61 I'm...
09-04-20, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 450
Posted By Kabuto

Tried a bunch of online calculators - more confused than ever

I'm looking to buy my first road bike, and have tried several online calculators that give me sizes anywhere from 55cm to 61cm (see below). I'm 183cm tall with 92cm cyclist inseam and 190cm arm span....
08-22-20, 06:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 158
Posted By Kabuto

Roubaix Sport 2020 - sizing

Edit: Problem solved.

Mods, please delete.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-10-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,044
Posted By Kabuto

Meet the All New GSD ...

Meet the All New GSD

https://www.ternbicycles.com/bikes/472/gsd
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 04:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,391
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks, I'm sure we will. You too! See you some...

Thanks, I'm sure we will. You too! See you some other summer :)
Forum: Touring
08-05-20, 04:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,391
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks for the onsen and bike path tip. My wife...

Thanks for the onsen and bike path tip. My wife can't drive so if I check it out I'll have to make my own way there :bang:
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-05-20, 04:01 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 348,875
Posted By Kabuto

That's reassuring. Do you know what your inseam...

That's reassuring. Do you know what your inseam length is?

Though not quite as tall as you, with a 91cm inseam, I'm a bit of stork.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 348,875
Posted By Kabuto

Thank you for the replies. The model is a Birdy...

Thank you for the replies. The model is a Birdy Standard Disc, which is a Pacific Cycles Japan model. Link below. The cassette is 11-32T 9-speed with a Sora RD.
...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 06:32 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,391
Posted By Kabuto

Chatting near the strange statue, tent hidden...

Chatting near the strange statue, tent hidden nearby... bingo! haha!!! small world indeed.

We'll be driving again in Hokkaido. I'd love to bike, but alas my wife has other ideas. Our entry/exit is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-20, 06:18 AM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 348,875
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks for the replies secret squirrel and Jipe....

Thanks for the replies secret squirrel and Jipe. The following bike is being offered locally so I'm sorely tempted. After reading your comments and doing a bit more research, I'm fairly certain its a...
Forum: Touring
08-03-20, 12:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,391
Posted By Kabuto

Hello waddo, I'm pretty sure I met you at...

Hello waddo, I'm pretty sure I met you at Towada-ko last year in August. It was dusk and you were on your way back to your campsite with a stash of beers in hand. We chatted for 10-15 minutes about...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-02-20, 10:43 PM
Replies: 1,371
Views: 348,875
Posted By Kabuto

How does one tell the difference between a Mk2 vs...

How does one tell the difference between a Mk2 vs Mk3 monocoque frame? Is there a telltale indicator to look for?

Also, for those running 406 rims, whats the max. tire size you can (theoretically)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-20, 07:38 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

14 gear inches seems super low. I've read about...

14 gear inches seems super low. I've read about guys doing world tours fully loaded that use a minimum of around 18 gear inches, so 14 is... wow.

How much weight do you carry when you ride? I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-20, 04:16 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

That's seriously low gearing. I'm genuinely...

That's seriously low gearing. I'm genuinely curious to know why you require such low gearing? Fully loaded touring up steep mountains???



It's a chain drop prevention guard thingy. There's no...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-27-20, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 952
Posted By Kabuto

Brompton lost that one. ...

Brompton lost that one.

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1123853-brompton-drops-lawsuit-against-dahon.html
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-21-20, 07:29 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

You're not alone there... FWIW my 2018 model...

You're not alone there...

FWIW my 2018 model Tern X11 is still going strong and I've ridden many trouble free kilometres on it in recent months (despite all the rain lately)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-21-20, 07:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

That's a nice RD, but unfortunately it does *not*...

That's a nice RD, but unfortunately it does *not* have the capacity to support the 2x10 option I mentioned above. So to do a 2x10 setup you would need to change your RD (and the Sunrace cassette too,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-20, 06:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

Link posted above already. It's an interesting...

Link posted above already. It's an interesting option.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-20, 06:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

Out of curiosity, I did a bit of googling. 3x10...

Out of curiosity, I did a bit of googling. 3x10 isn't possible, but 2x10 might be with your current RD and cassette. Here's how that would work out.
Assuming your bike has a RD-M610-SGS long cage...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-20, 03:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

Nice bike. My main reason for looking into 406...

Nice bike. My main reason for looking into 406 inch compatible Brompton style frames is for the Brompton-esque fold though, so no dice.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-20, 03:26 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

Congrats! The P10 is a nice ride. Had the bike a...

Congrats! The P10 is a nice ride. Had the bike a day and already thinking about upgrading? :roflmao:

Hehe, I know the temptation to upgrade is reaaaaaaaally strong and I'm totally guilty myself,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-20, 10:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

Let me guess ... you didn't bother opening the...

Let me guess ... you didn't bother opening the link in my first post above? actually, did you read anything other than the word "bailout" :foo:
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-20, 03:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

Interesting to read that, Jipe! Maybe my chain...

Interesting to read that, Jipe! Maybe my chain length issue is something specific to SRAM long cage derailleurs meant to work with 42T cogs.

For Shimano derailleurs, only two links extra are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-12-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

I received the Bailout cassette, installed it on...

I received the Bailout cassette, installed it on my bike and finally went for a 35km test ride this morning. The verdict - I love it! It runs more quietly / smoothly than the original SRAM 10-42...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-12-20, 07:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks! Both very interesting options!

Thanks! Both very interesting options!
Forum: Touring
07-05-20, 08:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,060
Posted By Kabuto

"rinko bikes" :) Its very interesting to see...

"rinko bikes" :)

Its very interesting to see how the word "rinko" has taken on a new meaning in English that isn't present in Japanese. Not that there's anything wrong with that though :)

In...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-05-20, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

That makes sense. It would be interesting to know...

That makes sense. It would be interesting to know approximately by how much efficiency decreases / rate of wear increases as the cog size decreases. Do you know of any studies or research? It could...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-20, 08:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

That's reassuring info! Looks like I'd be fine...

That's reassuring info! Looks like I'd be fine with my long cage SRAM RD.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-20, 08:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

Generally speaking, I would agree. But in my...

Generally speaking, I would agree. But in my specific case, my bike has a SRAM X-SYNC chainring that I want to keep, so I'm not considering the double chainring route.



Is that your assumption?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-20, 08:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

Indeed! My thoughts exactly. SRAM are you...

Indeed! My thoughts exactly. SRAM are you listening???
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-20, 02:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

The XD freehub is not an issue as my Tern Verge...

The XD freehub is not an issue as my Tern Verge X11 has one already. Its current cassette is a SRAM 10-42T, which gives plenty of range but the gaps between gears are huge, especially at the top end...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-20, 08:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,275
Posted By Kabuto

3T 9-32T Bailout Cassette for folding bike?

Does anyone have experience using a 3T 9-32T Bailout (or Overdrive) cassette with a folding bike? The gear range seems ideal for achieving a good range of gear inches with small wheels. While still...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-20, 10:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

Thanks for the PM with the link, Jipe. Much...

Thanks for the PM with the link, Jipe. Much appreciated! And although its not what I'd ideally want to build, that is indeed a very interesting bike.

I started this thread as the extension of the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-20, 05:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

About a year ago, I actually emailed Vello...

About a year ago, I actually emailed Vello multiple times but never got a reply. The Vello distributor in Australia even emailed Vello on my behalf, and he didn't get a reply either. Despite being...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-20, 03:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

The Tyrell bikes are too small for me,...

The Tyrell bikes are too small for me, unfortunately. I checked out the model range a dealer in Tokyo a while ago, and the maximum saddle to peddle length even with a non-standard long seatpost was...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-27-20, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,957
Posted By Kabuto

Is there a Brompton style frame for 20 inch (406) wheels?

Is there a Brompton style frame for 20 inch (406) wheels? I vaguely remember someone posting photos of such a bike here some time ago, but my searching skills are somewhat lacking and I didn't turn...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-20, 09:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

Yes, I'm located in Japan. My X11, which I...

Yes, I'm located in Japan. My X11, which I purchased almost two years ago for 190,000 yen? (I don't remember the exact figure) from Best Sport's rakuten store, has a 10 year warranty on the frame,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-20, 11:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

Not that I know of. As an owner of a Verge X11, I...

Not that I know of. As an owner of a Verge X11, I have been paying very close attention to this, and I have not seen any failures reported for a bike in the latest Verge 451 line up.

AFAIK all the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-20, 06:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

My X11 rides great on smooth Japanese roads. But...

My X11 rides great on smooth Japanese roads. But it runs narrow high pressure tires, so its not suited to riding off road and isn't so great on poor quality roads. Neither is the Tyrell Ive though....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-20, 05:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

168cm tall? Oh, in that case the Ive would work...

168cm tall? Oh, in that case the Ive would work for you. No problem regarding height there.

The Birdy Air has a fixed length handlepost I think. Seems quite short too.

I'm quite certain that,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-20, 04:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Kabuto

All good now. I experienced some slippage with my...

All good now. I experienced some slippage with my S8i when I purchased it used back in January 2018, but I sorted it out fairly quickly and its been fine ever since. I was a bit surprised by the lack...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-20, 04:24 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,891
Posted By Kabuto

How tall are you? Tyrell's models are designed...

How tall are you? Tyrell's models are designed for Japanese riders, so have handlebars positioned closer to the seat and a fairly short maximum saddle to pedal length compared with other brands. The...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-05-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,045
Posted By Kabuto

Interesting link! His goal was to make the bike...

Interesting link! His goal was to make the bike smaller to take on regular trains when doing "rinko" and the picture of him seated with the bike in front of him was taken on the bullet train...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-05-20, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Kabuto

I have 2 Terns and a Dahon. The Dahon has a shim,...

I have 2 Terns and a Dahon. The Dahon has a shim, but neither of the Terns (S8i and X11) have a shim, so its interesting to read that your S11i does have a shim, sweeks. I would have thought Terns...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-20, 10:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Kabuto

Sometimes the slightest amount of oil can cause...

Sometimes the slightest amount of oil can cause slippage. Try cleaning the seat post AND the inside of the seat post clamp (surfaces that clamp the seat post in place) with ethanol (or similar) to...
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