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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-17-24, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,448
Posted By mlau

If you're able to swing it logistically and...

If you're able to swing it logistically and budgetwise, I think Bike Friday is the best option by far.
Personally, I'm also a huge fan of the Swift...but you'd need to build it up to your liking. ...
Forum: Commuting
04-16-24, 04:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,612
Posted By mlau

Just to add, I keep a Topeak Morph in my office...

Just to add, I keep a Topeak Morph in my office in case my tires go flat.

I used to keep a floor pump, but ran out of space.
Forum: Commuting
04-16-24, 04:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 769
Posted By mlau

I dunno why biking would be political. Isn't...

I dunno why biking would be political.

Isn't biking pleasure? Freedom? Mobility? Practical? Self Sufficiency? Fun? Makes me happy?
If this is politically incorrect, I'd rather be incorrect.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-24, 06:34 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 5,448
Posted By mlau

Update: Just read some of the complaints about...

Update: Just read some of the complaints about the Helix on ******.

I really did love my Swift. It was my first folding bike, and my best one.
The Carryme was the most compact. The Brompton the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-22-24, 04:15 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 157,823
Posted By mlau

Hey Paul, Thanks for looking into it. ...

Hey Paul,

Thanks for looking into it.

Also, thanks for resurrecting the Swift.
Personally, I'm looking for any excuse to buy one...but need to clean up my garage, get rid of stuff, and wait...
09-05-23, 10:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,972
Posted By mlau

You might want to consider a bespoke folding...

You might want to consider a bespoke folding bike....like a Bike Friday.
Fly down to Eugene, Oregon. Get measured. Have the bike built to spec.
They have a number of models that will be a bit...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-17-23, 12:40 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,823
Posted By mlau

Just chiming in to say that looks gorgeous. ...

Just chiming in to say that looks gorgeous.

The Origami Swift is looking more and more like my ideal of an everyday bike. I like to feel the bike working under me reasonably efficiently, but also...
05-26-23, 02:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,972
Posted By mlau

For something different, have you considered a...

For something different, have you considered a good folding bike?

I haven't ridden one, but a Moulton might be up your alley.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-23, 04:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,993
Posted By mlau

Salute! I shoulda biked today to my office, and...

Salute! I shoulda biked today to my office, and I'm in California!

FWIW, I generally will just let me patient leave their bike in my waiting room.
We have a mix of folders and nonfolders.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-27-23, 11:42 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,823
Posted By mlau

As a (now) old fart. Thank you!

As a (now) old fart. Thank you!
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-27-23, 11:38 AM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,823
Posted By mlau

Dang....I absolutely don't need another bike, but...

Dang....I absolutely don't need another bike, but this sorely tempts me.
07-05-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,232
Posted By mlau

This is SUPER useful. I've learned to assume...

This is SUPER useful.

I've learned to assume that I don't know stuff (sorta a reverse Dunning Kreuger complex).
Thanks for helping out a bike enthusiast, who is a total noob at maintenece.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

Hardware store didn't have enough m5 screws at 18...

Hardware store didn't have enough m5 screws at 18 mm (only had one in the entire store).
I ordered some off Amazon (probably should have done that to begin with, as a huge set costs only twice much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

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Front fender added. It was pretty straightworward! Brooks...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

Just hopped on her bike: Good: The 3speed...

Just hopped on her bike:
Good: The 3speed sturmer archer rolls quite nicely! Each of the speeds quite useful. The bike is quite zippy and light feeling. I actually like the plastic throwaway...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,681
Posted By mlau

I salute you!

I salute you!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

I bought the front block from brompton

I bought the front block from brompton
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,617
Posted By mlau

Personally, I think the A line would serve you...

Personally, I think the A line would serve you well. FWIW, I have a Swytch kit on my M6R. I ordered the air upgrade for my bike, so that I can better use it with my front basket (and maybe fold...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,617
Posted By mlau

Oh yeah, looking at google: Sturmey Archer...

Oh yeah, looking at google:

Sturmey Archer hub: 970 g
Brompton 2 speed hub: 312 g

So about 658 g savings?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,617
Posted By mlau

Hey Childcarepro, I sorta understand what...

Hey Childcarepro,

I sorta understand what you're asking, as I was thinking about it myself with the A-line.
I'm not sure how much lighter a C-line urban (M2L) would be than an A-line (M3).
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

The stock plastic pedal was actually pretty nice,...

The stock plastic pedal was actually pretty nice, and about half the weight of the metal pedals I had on hand.
I kept the plastic pedal on the right side.

For the left, I installed the MKS FD-7...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

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Quite light, and very nicely made. I was thoroughly impressed with the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,622
Posted By mlau

Pimp my A-line (Brompton)

I hope that this doesn't overlap too much with Childcarepro's thread.
Last week, my fiancÚ's A-line came in.
I unboxed it Friday, and got to modding it.

Initially, I'd thought about getting my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,288
Posted By mlau

I was thinking of starting a thread called, "Pimp...

I was thinking of starting a thread called, "Pimp my A line"

However, I'm not done with parts. Waiting on a Honey Brooks to round things out. After all the upgrades, I think I'll be putting in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-04-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,288
Posted By mlau

Should be pretty great! The A line for my...

Should be pretty great!

The A line for my fiance came in. I was impressed how much nicer it is than my current older Brompton (lighter, tighter, cleaner).
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,461
Posted By mlau

Thinking about things, I'd like to have a dual...

Thinking about things, I'd like to have a dual lighting system for both Bromptons....something about fork level, and another maybe helmet mount?

Some guy on ****** seams to recommend the Cateye...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-17-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,004
Posted By mlau

Hey Ozonation, I guess the question is: ...

Hey Ozonation,


I guess the question is: What do you want? How good is good enough? What tradeoffs are you willing to have?


FWIW, this is what I've tried: Pacific Carryme, Brompton M6r,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-07-22, 05:23 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 46,823
Posted By mlau

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Swift. I'm...

Personally, I'm a huge fan of the Swift. I'm glad to see someone get it back into production.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-02-21, 08:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,505
Posted By mlau

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Forum: Folding Bikes
07-28-21, 06:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,505
Posted By mlau

I'll be picking up a Dahon Vitesse D7 tomorrow...

I'll be picking up a Dahon Vitesse D7 tomorrow for $320.
With COVID/postCOVID inflation hitting like a brick, I think it's a fair price.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-07-21, 03:55 PM
Replies: 2,383
Views: 516,374
Posted By mlau

Glad it's still working. I'm planning on...

Glad it's still working. I'm planning on getting a bike for a friend's retirement soon.

I figure that Yan's been a standup guy as long as I've been on BF....quite a long time! Maybe 16 years?
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-06-21, 05:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,045
Posted By mlau

If you don't mind a compact, but not very small...

If you don't mind a compact, but not very small fold, I heartily recommend the xootr swift.
There's one in your area for sale:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-18-21, 10:22 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,033
Posted By mlau

Relationship didn't work out. However, the...

Relationship didn't work out.

However, the bike is still pretty great.
I took off the aero bars (very twitchy).
In the future, I'll probably change the grips to a large size instead of small.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-24-21, 11:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,033
Posted By mlau

I am...although realistically, I think she'll...

I am...although realistically, I think she'll forget that she has the bike in her trunk for a few weeks.... :P

Thanks everybody!

-Matt

ps. If we ever do get married, I'm getting my Swift...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-22-21, 12:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,033
Posted By mlau

Update: she loves the bike. While I'm not a...

Update: she loves the bike.

While I'm not a huge fan of aero grips on the Swift, she loves it....a ton.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-18-21, 02:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,033
Posted By mlau

Update: I did a test ride monday night and...

Update: I did a test ride monday night and yesterday.
With all the excess crap (rack, double kickstand, north bars, etc) stripped off, this bike seriously sings!
I went with the smallest stem,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-02-21, 05:30 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,033
Posted By mlau

I'm thinking along the same lines. The Crazy...

I'm thinking along the same lines. The Crazy bars, or Jones J bars, or the Koga Denham bars look pretty attractive to me.
Currently, my tires are Big Apples.
Forum: Commuting
09-04-20, 12:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,404
Posted By mlau

I ended up just getting him a $200 gift...

I ended up just getting him a $200 gift certificate at a local bike shop that he's used.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-19-19, 10:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,893
Posted By mlau

I would recommend passing on that. A b75...

I would recommend passing on that.

A b75 would be better, or a standard 6 speed.
Forum: Commuting
11-06-19, 12:44 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,171
Posted By mlau

I smile maniacally, and get my pants caught in...

I smile maniacally, and get my pants caught in the chain.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-03-19, 07:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,141
Posted By mlau

I would agree to try before you buy. ...

I would agree to try before you buy.

Granted, I just sunk $515 in dubious bike shop repairs on my brompton. Just spent another 250 for parts to fix it myself.

Also granted, I have the awkward...
Forum: Commuting
09-30-19, 03:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,360
Posted By mlau

Btw, where are you located? Some of us...

Btw, where are you located?

Some of us will troll craigslist for fun to find bikes for new people.
Aside from a solid hybrid/mountain bike, you might also consider an English 3-speed (dutch...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-14-19, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,207
Posted By mlau

Handsome bike, and congrats on the weight loss!

Handsome bike, and congrats on the weight loss!
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-19, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,346
Posted By mlau

Why I love my folder

Hey bikeforum Foldie fans,

I just had my first vacation in a long time.
I have to repost that it was 250% better with my brompton.

1. Over at Santa Cruz, there's multiple one way only lanes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-19, 08:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,590
Posted By mlau

I might have seen you earlier! I'm on a...

I might have seen you earlier!

I'm on a black beat up brompton, on the West end. My office is in South shore
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-14-19, 10:42 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 31,040
Posted By mlau

If you read the posts, pretty much Bike Friday is...

If you read the posts, pretty much Bike Friday is recommended.

At the $1000-2000 range, it's extremely hard to beat bike Friday on ride quality.

It's like a bespoke suit... instead of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-15-19, 05:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,190
Posted By mlau

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