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Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-19, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 43
Posted By 2_i

Car racing acquaintances weld aluminum regularly....

Car racing acquaintances weld aluminum regularly. The welding equipment is large and expensive and you must be skilled to operate it. You might check with garages that specialize in motorcycle...
08-24-19, 07:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 194
Posted By 2_i

You could put a spacer to push the BB a bit out...

You could put a spacer to push the BB a bit out to the drive side, giving the chain less chance to catch the pins.
08-24-19, 06:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,913
Posted By 2_i

Walking on ice & other surfaces

I have fallen quite a few times in winter after parking the bike and walking towards the building - the bike had winter tires with improved traction, but the traction for random winter boots was...
08-24-19, 05:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By 2_i

When my Brompton is so mudded that I fear it...

When my Brompton is so mudded that I fear it staining the hotel room, I put it under the shower and give it a solid soak. Over time I learned to cover the lights with nylon bags. I would look for...
08-20-19, 10:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By 2_i

Sugino Adjustable FD Mount...

Sugino Adjustable FD Mount (https://www.suginoltd.co.jp/us/products/accessory/smallParts.html)

Wickwerks Fit Link (https://wickwerks.com/products/fit-link-adapter/)

There might be one more such...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-19, 08:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

Not at lot to my credit - just adaptation to the...

Not at lot to my credit - just adaptation to the surroundings and on occasion adaptation for the Brompton :D. Most people in Rwanda ride single speed and just walk up when it gets steep. I could sit...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-19, 04:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

Actually, from the photo the grade is about 30%....

Actually, from the photo the grade is about 30%. I actually was able to start the bike up from this parking, without zigzagging and my smallest ring was then 24T. Since then I went down to 20T. For...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-19, 01:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

To supplement from another thread, this is a...

To supplement from another thread, this is a random street behind my bank in Rwanda, on the way to a coffee place.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-19, 01:26 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

Depends on one's situation. When riding around...

Depends on one's situation. When riding around home during fair times of the year, I would use only two top rings. In winter I would use only two lower rings. During the last 2 years I worked for one...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-19-19, 10:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

A stiffer spring does not allow the cable to go...

A stiffer spring does not allow the cable to go slack on the smallest cog and generally maintains a higher tension in the cable counteracting any perturbations that the cable might encounter on its...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-19, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2,172
Views: 495,874
Posted By 2_i

In the end, the bike needs to bring in a profit....

In the end, the bike needs to bring in a profit. When it is too complicated to make it manufacturable at a price that people can and are willing to pay for what it may provide, the regular production...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-19, 09:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

I use Sturmey-Archer hub twist shifters both for...

I use Sturmey-Archer hub twist shifters both for BWR and cogs. I.e. from the cog perspective it is a random 3-speed shifter. The spacers that I put between the cogs are also on the random side - I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-19, 01:50 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,882
Posted By 2_i

Improved 3-Cog Shifting

From all my Brompton modifications, the shifting over 3-cogs, that replaced 2, has been the most frustrating, with gears sticking and not matching index shifter position. (For replacement details see...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-17-19, 12:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 553
Posted By 2_i

T-bag is not a bad deal given what you get and...

T-bag is not a bad deal given what you get and the size of the market it is made for. I would only recommend adapting it to work as a backpack. Otherwise, your options include:

Vincita...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-19, 09:04 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 215,314
Posted By 2_i

Sorry, right, I got confused with the cities. $15...

Sorry, right, I got confused with the cities. $15 for a few h is rather stiff. I normally try to keep the rental down to about $10/day, but I did pay significantly more on an occasion for a higher...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 215,314
Posted By 2_i

So did you end up buying a Dahon for Jeddah,...

So did you end up buying a Dahon for Jeddah, rather than the Decathlon or another one? How is it? The tires seem to be capable of coping with the terrain on which you get to ride :).
08-13-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By 2_i

I have one on a bike actually - for this I got...

I have one on a bike actually - for this I got one produced for cigar boxes at a cost of few $. Another one that I have is in a humidity activated switch for a bathroom fan. Both are mechanical and...
08-12-19, 10:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,748
Posted By 2_i

These kind of repairs work when the saddle cover...

These kind of repairs work when the saddle cover begins to expire, slightly extending life of the cover. At some point, though, sooner than you think, there is nothing there to fix anymore of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-19, 10:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 638
Posted By 2_i

Have you encountered any challenges using so...

Have you encountered any challenges using so mounted kickstand in practice? A Canadian folder with a front mounted kickstand appeared in the Forums but it later turned out that its function was to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-19, 07:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,188
Posted By 2_i

I looked at the option and it was a no-fly pretty...

I looked at the option and it was a no-fly pretty soon. A folder provides more constraints than a regular bike - it must fold small, be light and withstand all kinds of banging up. This kind of mount...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-19, 02:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,055
Posted By 2_i

I have been riding backroads of Africa on...

I have been riding backroads of Africa on Brompton with stock tires and it has been fine. To add perspective, you might sure find better bikes and tires for the sandy backroads, but nobody in Africa...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-02-19, 08:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,188
Posted By 2_i

Oh, OK, here is a Jetstream that looks like in...

Oh, OK, here is a Jetstream that looks like in the LitePro photos. I.e. Dahon is not even consistent within their declared models! This one is also named Dahon Dragon and there is also a third frame...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-02-19, 07:35 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,188
Posted By 2_i

In the bike pictured in LitePro photos the seat...

In the bike pictured in LitePro photos the seat tube ends ahead of the bottom bracket shell, justifying the need for pushback for derailleur. In Brompton the seat tube ends behind the bottom bracket...
07-31-19, 01:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,626
Posted By 2_i

It is better, but still seems like a pre-beta...

It is better, but still seems like a pre-beta release. When I clicked on some icons, that seemed to promise some settings, windows opened in which text and items flowed out of the windows, cut off by...
07-31-19, 11:16 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,469
Posted By 2_i

In comparing the bottles that burned lips to...

In comparing the bottles that burned lips to those that did not, aided by some reasoning, I can say that a direct connection to the bulk of the fluid, such as through a straight tube, especially a...
07-30-19, 04:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,469
Posted By 2_i

I bought a Shimano chainring from Amazon...

I bought a Shimano chainring from Amazon described on their website as out of alu. The chainring that came in was out of steel. This made a difference for me as the ring was for a folder. I returned...
Forum: Commuting
07-30-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 844
Posted By 2_i

Thanks for the report! If you managed to stick...

Thanks for the report! If you managed to stick with them for a year of commuting, I would say that they are not that bad :) . My airless experience is with the Mobike share bike tires and they are...
07-30-19, 12:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,469
Posted By 2_i

The Nissan Thermos bottle up there is good, but I...

The Nissan Thermos bottle up there is good, but I am not sure about the other pictured or mentioned ones. When the cap lacks insulation, all the heat exchange flows through there. Can you open and...
07-27-19, 12:39 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By 2_i

I normally want to have an adjuster in the front...

I normally want to have an adjuster in the front that I can adjust while riding. Even when adjusting off the bike, but on the road, you might want to have an adjuster high up, so that you would not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-19, 04:59 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 215,314
Posted By 2_i

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20190724_183202021_6c21e5346946bed7c8f07aecb40247a54f95fa34.jpg

Brompton Bike Hire, River Wey, Surrey, England
07-24-19, 03:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,748
Posted By 2_i

My wife commonly rides in light pants. If there...

My wife commonly rides in light pants. If there were a significant issue there, she would not be asking for fixing her saddle with the tape. By now our main saddles are completely taped over and live...
07-23-19, 04:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,748
Posted By 2_i

I just tape over the saddles that deteriorate...

I just tape over the saddles that deteriorate with Gorilla tape. It usually holds better than the original vinyl. Eventually you may replace the tape if you want. In this manner the vinyl saddles...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-21-19, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By 2_i

It bites all ways

It bites all ways
07-20-19, 01:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 758
Posted By 2_i

Topeak Mtn Morph is fine as far as utility is...

Topeak Mtn Morph is fine as far as utility is concerned but not as durable as Lezyne pumps. I moved on from Morph to Lezyne Micro Floor.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-18-19, 02:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,022
Posted By 2_i

Well, Delta just dropped their surcharges for...

Well, Delta just dropped their surcharges for sports equipment:

https://www.pinkbike.com/news/delta-airlines-eliminates-fee-for-sporting-equipment-including-bikes.html

I wonder whether them not...
07-13-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By 2_i

You rotate the rings relative to each other and...

You rotate the rings relative to each other and the number of options for a relative orientation of 2 rings is equal to or less than the number of arms. You usually go from outside in in the settling...
07-13-19, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,534
Posted By 2_i

To make a compass work I found that I needed to...

To make a compass work I found that I needed to put it on a nonmagnetic mount that was sticking out very far away from handlebars. Even then the readings could not be fully trusted. One way out is to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-09-19, 02:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,363
Posted By 2_i

I second the advice of trying them out. You can...

I second the advice of trying them out. You can have a good bike at the start that gets abused to the point of becoming useless especially if you lack tools at the location. Aren't there any Dahons...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-09-19, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,022
Posted By 2_i

I always have inflated tires and the bike is...

I always have inflated tires and the bike is always inspected by TSA - for them this is apparently not an issue. On your side, flying high up adds 10psi or so, so it is not a problem if you pump up...
07-09-19, 05:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,626
Posted By 2_i

I would indeed start with a very simple screen...

I would indeed start with a very simple screen and let the user activate functionalities at the cost of clutter. Different people have different focus but they will never be interested in everything...
07-08-19, 11:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,626
Posted By 2_i

Thanks for the effort. However, the app yields a...

Thanks for the effort. However, the app yields a cluttered display overwhelming even without a ride (and my phone is on a large side). Attempting to use the app during a ride would be just unsafe....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-05-19, 05:19 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,595
Posted By 2_i

The community would presumably benefit more if...

The community would presumably benefit more if you went with Chedech. You might burn yourself or not and we would learn about getting the bike over and and about testing out in which way it is good...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-01-19, 03:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,022
Posted By 2_i

It was a situation where the bottleneck was the...

It was a situation where the bottleneck was the first regional flight on a small plane followed by a couple of long distance flights on larger planes. I am not sure what the policy is when the last...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,022
Posted By 2_i

As one rule one might mention a significant...

As one rule one might mention a significant dependence on the dynamics at the gate/counter. I just flew a full-size bike on Delta without paying any fee. The staff was so preoccupied with figuring...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-19, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,879
Posted By 2_i

It may have more to do with the difference in...

It may have more to do with the difference in dynamics between siblings and couples. If you were a SO you might get more traction :)
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-27-19, 06:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,879
Posted By 2_i

My ultimate bribe in getting my wife to ride was...

My ultimate bribe in getting my wife to ride was in getting her a Brompton. A woman-specific Susan B bike from Terry was also helpful. Right now I work on getting her to ride in the rain and I got...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-26-19, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,879
Posted By 2_i

Get her a lock and a mount for the lock if it is...

Get her a lock and a mount for the lock if it is fancier than just a cable.
06-25-19, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Posted By 2_i

I use a combination of FM radio, SD card player,...

I use a combination of FM radio, SD card player, and speaker, bluetooth+AUX, that mounts with a tripod bolt onto handlebars. There are many options on Amazon and they are of decent quality,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-19, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,022
Posted By 2_i

Delta insists on charging a bike fee even if you...

Delta insists on charging a bike fee even if you have a folding bike that does not exceed any limits. They tried to charge us for a folded Brompton that we took as a carry-on and my wife played the I...
Forum: Commuting
06-21-19, 09:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,938
Posted By 2_i

Yes, Rock and Roll Extreme, another memorable...

Yes, Rock and Roll Extreme, another memorable experience. There was this poster riding many miles who on different occasions repeatedly raved about how good lube R&R was. At that point I was still...
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