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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-18-24, 12:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,162
Posted By Ron Damon

We'll save this latest incoherent outburst too.

We'll save this latest incoherent outburst too.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-17-24, 09:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,162
Posted By Ron Damon

Completed the Tour-de-Korea 2024...

Completed the Tour-de-Korea 2024 (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1292298-tour-de-korea-2024-a.html) on the FnHon Gust 16".
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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-24, 06:03 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

I have toured on a 91-cm and on a 92-cm wheelbase...

I have toured on a 91-cm and on a 92-cm wheelbase 16" wheel folder, and ridden some pretty steep inclines, including at home in Ring-of-Fire Bali, terrain similar to Japan's. Never, ever have I even...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-24, 05:53 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

I rode 101km one day, from Daegu to Namji on my...

I rode 101km one day, from Daegu to Namji on my tour of South Korea a few days ago. That was only my third longest ride ever on a 16" (305) wheel folder.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-15-24, 05:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

The cycling part of my South Korea tour is now...

The cycling part of my South Korea tour is now complete after riding some 600km in total. I had zero mechanical problems, no flats, no nothing. The Gust still rides smoothly and silently, with no...
Forum: Touring
05-15-24, 05:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Day 12, Daegu to Namji

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Forum: Touring
05-11-24, 01:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Hi, bro, thanks. Though I've been to Japan and...

Hi, bro, thanks. Though I've been to Japan and will return next month, I have never cycled in Nippon so I can't say which country has more developed cycling infrastructure. What I can say, based on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-10-24, 05:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 627
Posted By Ron Damon

Really? It's obsolete? It's possibly to be...

Really? It's obsolete? It's possibly to be avoided, but certainly not "obsolete". If you climb or tour with a load on long, tall climbs, you'll know that you'll have to switch between in- and...
Forum: Touring
05-08-24, 01:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Day 6, Mokpo to Haenam

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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-24, 07:16 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,731
Posted By Ron Damon

You'll want lube in there, as my pic shows, to...

You'll want lube in there, as my pic shows, to mitigate and ****** wearing down the groves when moving the seatpost up and down.

The word blocked by the system is the verb to r3tard.
Forum: Touring
05-06-24, 04:41 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Day 4, Gwanju to Mokpo

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05-05-24, 12:57 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,911
Posted By Ron Damon

You obviously don't know folding bikes.

You obviously don't know folding bikes.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-24, 06:37 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,731
Posted By Ron Damon

A shim could be the solution to your problem. Or...

A shim could be the solution to your problem. Or a seatpost and/seatpost clamp of the correct diameter.
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Forum: Touring
05-04-24, 05:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Day 2

Rode to/from the entrance of Mudeungsan UNESCO Global Eco Park (https://www.peaksandpenguins.com/koreas-national-parks/mudeungsan-%EB%AC%B4%EB%93%B1%EC%82%B0/) and visited the Jeungsimsa temple...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-24, 05:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

Yeap. The cult of BF is real, bested only perhaps...

Yeap. The cult of BF is real, bested only perhaps by the Brompton cult.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-24, 08:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

The question is now being put to the test on my...

The question is now being put to the test on my Tour-de-Korea 2024. Follow the action on the Touring channel (https://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1292298-tour-de-korea-2024-a.html#post23230812).
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Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-24, 02:08 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

I sense you are a learned man, DG. Pontious...

I sense you are a learned man, DG. Pontious Pilate got a bum rap for his passing the buck on one minor detention case of a rabble rouser from Nazareth. What only learned men will know is that PP...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-03-24, 08:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

Import agent? That's the buyer's end of the deal....

Import agent? That's the buyer's end of the deal. I am exporting. Liability? 😂😂😂 I am across the Pacific, outside the reach of Uncle Sam, and I am doing nothing more than repackaging foreign goods...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-03-24, 06:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

I'd ship kits to avoid having to install stuff...

I'd ship kits to avoid having to install stuff and then potentially being blamed for faulty installation. Wrap, pack, ship.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-03-24, 04:33 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

Hmmm...🤔

Hmmm...🤔
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-03-24, 01:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ron Damon

These rigs ticks all your boxes, DG. ...

These rigs ticks all your boxes, DG.

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Forum: Touring
05-02-24, 05:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

Day 0

Arrived in Incheon.

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Checking in at Ngurah Rai airport in Bali
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Forum: Touring
04-23-24, 06:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 959
Posted By Ron Damon

I originally came to SEAsia where I've now lived...

I originally came to SEAsia where I've now lived for over two decades in January 2001 to work for the UN in East Timor. I managed to visit Oecussi (and all other districts) for work related matters...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-20-24, 05:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,398
Posted By Ron Damon

Yeap. Every time this or a similar question comes...

Yeap. Every time this or a similar question comes up, people fall over themselves to suggest the most expensive options. Let's see. Moulton. BF. Birdy.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-24, 06:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,742
Posted By Ron Damon

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-24, 03:31 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,346
Posted By Ron Damon

Top tube looks short.

Top tube looks short.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-24, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,398
Posted By Ron Damon

Hmmm... You may be asking the wrong guy cuz I...

Hmmm... You may be asking the wrong guy cuz I don't build my bikes for speed and top end, but rather for low end and I am no weight weenie.

But how would I build a FnHon Tornado built for speed?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-24, 02:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,398
Posted By Ron Damon

Don't overthink it. I rode the length and breadth...

Don't overthink it. I rode the length and breadth of South Korea umsupported last year on this pony, including 111km in one day.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-05-24, 03:49 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,346
Posted By Ron Damon

I'd stop measurin' and start opening my wallet....

I'd stop measurin' and start opening my wallet. Pull the trigger already.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-04-24, 03:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

I remember vaguely that the Alfine 8 was sturdier...

I remember vaguely that the Alfine 8 was sturdier and trouble free.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-03-24, 07:32 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,278
Posted By Ron Damon

Kia ora, pai ki te kite i a koe, Reddleman. The...

Kia ora, pai ki te kite i a koe, Reddleman. The answer to your question is that there were earlier generations of the FnHon Storm that lacked the front-block. It's not that the front-block is hidden...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-03-24, 04:24 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

Dg, you are channeling J!pe again, saying things...

Dg, you are channeling J!pe again, saying things that are plainly untrue or pointing out imaginary problems that exist only in your mind or in a First-World bubble. ​​You keep repeating this and it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-03-24, 04:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

Yeah, the ability to stand and pedal out of the...

Yeah, the ability to stand and pedal out of the saddle is a must for me. There are hills so steep and long that one must alternate between seated and standing positions lest you collapse midway.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-24, 03:16 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

Au contraire, Dura. Except for the weight, I have...

Au contraire, Dura. Except for the weight, I have nothing but good things to say about the SRAM DualDrive3 three-speed hub. Huge range, too much actually. Good shifting, good efficiency.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-24, 03:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

Perhaps. It's an interesting idea, I'll give you...

Perhaps. It's an interesting idea, I'll give you that. A dispassionate and thorough analysis of the pros and cons, however, would need to consider the proposed part's price, weight and efficiency. It...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-01-24, 09:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

That's right, Duragrouch. My experience with 16"...

That's right, Duragrouch. My experience with 16" wheel bikes is with solely with the ETRTO305 wheel size which, to my mind, offers the following advantages over the ETRTO349 size:

Wider tire...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-31-24, 08:37 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,262
Posted By Ron Damon

Ron's Basic Bike integrity Checklist Hinge...

Ron's Basic Bike integrity Checklist

Hinge is closed, locked and tight
Ditto for the wheels and skewers
Ditto for the handlepost and handlebar
Ditto for the seatpost
Ditto for the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-24, 11:39 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,775
Posted By Ron Damon

Getting educated by J!pe, that's a scary thought....

Getting educated by J!pe, that's a scary thought.

Lesson Plan
1. The Smug European male's guide to the Birdy
2. Exorbitantly priced folders designed and manufactured by the White Man.
(This...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-24, 05:30 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,278
Posted By Ron Damon

Now, if you are asking about the FnHon models for...

Now, if you are asking about the FnHon models for 406/451 wheels, of which there are five, the Monsoon, Blast, Tornado, Gust 20" and Storm, I'd have to pick the Storm. But that's because I am partial...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-24, 05:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 991
Posted By Ron Damon

Nice Kenda Kontacts! IMO, based on use of the...

Nice Kenda Kontacts! IMO, based on use of the 47-305 and 58-406 variants, the best-value, gen-pur tire out there.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-29-24, 10:14 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,278
Posted By Ron Damon

The FSIR Spin 5 has rack eyelets on the...

The FSIR Spin 5 has rack eyelets on the chainstays, and seat tube. The chainstays, indeed the whole bike gives no flex. Tight & taut, sorry.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-29-24, 07:39 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 11,278
Posted By Ron Damon

There's no best, per se. They all have their...

There's no best, per se. They all have their drawbacks, quirks and compromises. And I consider value and price when gauging the compromises. Many of the bikes discussed on this channel are great, but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-27-24, 11:46 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,775
Posted By Ron Damon

$3,990. 😂 For a Tern. 😂😂 Yeah, bro. I still can't...

$3,990. 😂 For a Tern. 😂😂 Yeah, bro. I still can't get over it. What's next? A $5,000 Or!gami? 😂😂😂
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-27-24, 05:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 875
Posted By Ron Damon

Peering into my crystal ball I see a drivetrain...

Peering into my crystal ball I see a drivetrain change in your future if you're gonna be schlepping stuff.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-24, 11:51 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,775
Posted By Ron Damon

If that's how you want to play it, then I'll say...

If that's how you want to play it, then I'll say that your Tern is the silly spendthrift man's, road-bike-envy bike. Two can play at condescension.

I don't doubt that's the price of the SRAM...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-24, 10:42 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

For touring in Bali, I'd take just a saddle bag...

For touring in Bali, I'd take just a saddle bag and a small handlebar bag. In fact, that's what I did on my last tour of the island.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-24, 04:49 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 6,775
Posted By Ron Damon

I'd just buy a FnHon Tornado frameset for $210,...

I'd just buy a FnHon Tornado frameset for $210, and build it myself to an equivalent level of the Tern for one third the price. As they say in Singapore, "same same lah".
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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-24, 04:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ron Damon

Is this foldie a viable credit-card touring platform?

I may soon put the question to the test.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-22-24, 04:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,231
Posted By Ron Damon

Text is cheap. And boring. Post pics.

Text is cheap. And boring. Post pics.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-24, 08:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,346
Posted By Ron Damon

Freud called it the narcissism of small...

Freud called it the narcissism of small differences. I call it splitting hairs in a First-World bubble.
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