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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-21, 12:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 317
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Looking at a picture of the Downtube Nova the...

Looking at a picture of the Downtube Nova the bike looks like a very generic Chinese folding bike, nothing proprietary. You probably could replace it very easily with any similar 20" folding bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-21, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 793
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You could contact the actual manufacturer rather...

You could contact the actual manufacturer rather than the importer/distributor to see what they currently fit to the bike although they may not have had recent orders for this model. I did contact...
06-18-21, 08:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,397
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I'm in the UK and know very little about this...

I'm in the UK and know very little about this store but have made good use of the Sheldon Brown site. Even though I didn't know him I felt I did from his writing and wished he could have stayed with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-21, 03:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,337
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Just looks like a generic chinese folding bike...

Just looks like a generic chinese folding bike with a audi sticker slapped on. Surely fake as Audi is a premium brand and that bike has very low end components.

I've got an NSU folding bike which...
04-02-21, 03:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 919
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Amazing customer service but I guess you have...

Amazing customer service but I guess you have been riding very dangerous forks for many years. Normally a recall means a significant percentage of product are unsafe and forks are one of the most...
12-07-20, 03:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,214
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I don't think it's quite as simple as that, road...

I don't think it's quite as simple as that, road bikes for example are pretty awful at the bottom end based on low end components like freewheels etc but then they get pretty decent with something...
11-23-20, 06:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,214
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Spend what you want to spend on a bike. I've had...

Spend what you want to spend on a bike. I've had great service from cheap bikes which don't have suspension. A few key cheap upgrades can transform them. It's really down to how you use the bike...
Replies: 29
Views: 6,464
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Carbon fibre frames aren't particularly durable...

Carbon fibre frames aren't particularly durable and abuse-able they are a premium low weight product. It should be pointed out that both Trek and Canyon use Quest Composites for their carbon fibre...
10-17-20, 06:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,187
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You were right with your first point, it had a...

You were right with your first point, it had a truvativ compact double crankset and a 11-32T 8 speed cassette so was actually low geared and very easy up hills pretty much but lack of high speed...
10-16-20, 02:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,187
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I would definitely prioritise steel frame and...

I would definitely prioritise steel frame and forks not because they are necessarily the strongest (although often they are) but because they should give you a warning of failure which is important...
10-16-20, 01:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By Bonzo Banana

There are lots of 8 speed or more freewheels but...

There are lots of 8 speed or more freewheels but these tend to come from low end manufacturers. You see awful low end mountain bikes and ebikes with 8, 9 speed or even 10 speed cogsets which at first...
10-12-20, 10:46 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,458
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Yeah that sounds reasonable. His test was just...

Yeah that sounds reasonable. His test was just going for a ride so he was likely stopping at junctions and lots of variables. Lighter bikes are easier to get up to speed, easy to push off and get...
10-12-20, 04:03 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 3,458
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Video here comparing two road bikes, one a heavy...

Video here comparing two road bikes, one a heavy cheap road bike with a limited 12-25 cassette but at least it is freehub based. It's groupset is mainly Claris. The bike cost 200. Another bike...
08-24-20, 02:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,725
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think water ingress is an issue on all ebikes,...

I think water ingress is an issue on all ebikes, I've certainly seen it as a issue on mid-drive motors, Bosch etc which can be very expensive. I'm a fair weather cyclist with regards my ebike so...
Forum: Touring
08-24-20, 01:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,190
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I had no issues with the replacements which were...

I had no issues with the replacements which were Kenda and the sidewalls seemed about 3x as thick. Surely you can't just keep thinning the sidewalls without some consequence to lifespan and...
06-23-20, 07:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,725
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I just use a violamart front hub motor, it was a...

I just use a violamart front hub motor, it was a very cheap package costing me about 100-110 with the battery an additional purchase. I bought a cheap s/hand mountain bike for 5, a 48V 12.5Ah...
06-18-20, 08:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,725
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I know many don't like front wheel motor hubs but...

I know many don't like front wheel motor hubs but for heavier riders they don't slip and you have the advantage that you have 2 wheel drive, you can easily switch the bike back to a normal bike, you...
04-19-20, 09:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,064
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I started reading this thinking it was solid...

I started reading this thinking it was solid steel forks but then I thought it was somehow they had crimped aluminium dropouts into steel forks and then at the end it turns out it was suspension...
04-01-20, 07:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,259
Posted By Bonzo Banana

This might be bad advice but years ago when I...

This might be bad advice but years ago when I bought a cheap bike with naff front suspension I just bought the cheapest rigid forks I could find on ebay slapped them on and was away. It was a 26"...
03-29-20, 07:17 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,961
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The bad walmart bikes in my opinion are the bikes...

The bad walmart bikes in my opinion are the bikes featuring suspension especially rear suspension but lots of walmart bikes don't have suspension they are just rigid frame and fork designs. I'm not...
03-25-20, 07:30 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,961
Posted By Bonzo Banana

High end bikes are far more wasteful, the...

High end bikes are far more wasteful, the resources that go into each bike are far more, carbon fibre is far more labour intensive and expensive e-bikes have complicated motors with many proprietary...
Forum: Commuting
03-13-20, 07:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,284
Posted By Bonzo Banana

It's all perceived quality rather than real...

It's all perceived quality rather than real quality. Most US and European brands have bicycles either fully made in Asia or just assemble mainly Asian parts including frame and forks. I've seen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-20, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Assuming you can change the handlebars do that...

Assuming you can change the handlebars do that for a design that allows you to move the hand grip position by angling the handlebars but if you the handlebars are welded to the top stem then you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-20, 03:49 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 101,142
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The industry seems to have a higher failure rate...

The industry seems to have a higher failure rate where the brand creates its own frame designs but doesn't manufacture itself. Companies like Brompton, Giant etc seem to have low failure rates...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-20, 02:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Raleigh do a model around 200-250 which is ok....

Raleigh do a model around 200-250 which is ok. Seems to have higher weight limits compared to many competitor's models and seems like a good option at around that price point. Only a few years ago...
02-23-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 106
Views: 32,612
Posted By Bonzo Banana

When you look at what he recommends it's pretty...

When you look at what he recommends it's pretty much actual manufacturers, Look, Time, Giant etc and the bikes he criticises are pretty much full importers or brands who basically have assembly...
02-10-20, 03:05 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,185
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Personally I'd go with a donor bike and swop...

Personally I'd go with a donor bike and swop parts. You'll probably be able to find something cheap with relatively light use. Also I wouldn't have a problem with fitting Claris to the bike its a...
02-01-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 6,361
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Old steel mountain bikes make excellent touring...

Old steel mountain bikes make excellent touring bikes, the 26" wheels are super strong and can be loaded up quite high and the frame itself will be much stronger than a typical road bike frame. You...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-20-19, 10:36 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,340
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Thats a great price for a fairly high spec...

Thats a great price for a fairly high spec folding bike. I've seen people pay much more to get a much worse folding bike than that. The frame is 6066 aluminium which might point to the real...
12-09-19, 11:27 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 44,163
Posted By Bonzo Banana

You clearly have an elitist attitude dismissing...

You clearly have an elitist attitude dismissing just about everywhere in the world and all other price points which you have no interest in. The industry is surely a term that indicates all of the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-19, 09:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,279
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I keep reading of problems with Bosch e-bike...

I keep reading of problems with Bosch e-bike motors which are exasperated by limiting spares availability to repair agents only and many of the parts are relatively short life including plastic/nylon...
12-02-19, 11:43 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 44,163
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I realise this is a US focused forum so from the...

I realise this is a US focused forum so from the perspective that the US retail market specialist bike shops are gradually reducing 27.5" bikes may be correct but shouldn't extend that out to the...
12-02-19, 04:18 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,730
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Surely you realise that such tests are done for...

Surely you realise that such tests are done for high end lightweight frames and no one is going to put basic heavy duty frames to such a test. The cycling industry in the US and Europe and other...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-19, 04:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,802
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Not a fan of the mk 1 Birdy, here in the UK that...

Not a fan of the mk 1 Birdy, here in the UK that chain would get drenched in watery mud its almost dragging along the ground. Still a very interesting bike more of a curiosity to me than a good...
10-30-19, 12:42 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,730
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Steel is by far the most common material for...

Steel is by far the most common material for bicycles manufactured in the world and may even be the most used in richer countries too. The average price of bicycles sold is quite low even in the...
10-22-19, 02:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,461
Posted By Bonzo Banana

The first bike I ever bought new with my own...

The first bike I ever bought new with my own money was a Raleigh Royal Export, I had been planning on a different bike that was 50% more expensive at the time using lightweight tubing but I was...
10-21-19, 07:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,521
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I can see many advantages of having 8 gears over...

I can see many advantages of having 8 gears over 11 gears on the cogset but those advantages are related to cost, shifting accuracy, reduced shifting while riding but surely the one clear advantage...
10-20-19, 05:46 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,461
Posted By Bonzo Banana

There are incredibly weak italian road bikes made...

There are incredibly weak italian road bikes made of steel. They are super lightweight trying to compete with other frame materials and can only do so by using incredibly thin butted tubing and there...
10-12-19, 02:32 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 14,730
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think steel is always the best material for a...

I think steel is always the best material for a very heavy rider not because its stronger but because there are indicators with the material before it fails so keeping an eye on how the bike feels...
09-09-19, 11:41 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 44,163
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Some markets in the world never accepted 27.5" at...

Some markets in the world never accepted 27.5" at all and still sell only 26" and 29"/700c. It varies by country what has been accepted as the norm. Pretty sure 26" wheel bikes sales are the majority...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-19, 11:22 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,964
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I've not read it but the UK has similar issues to...

I've not read it but the UK has similar issues to the US except a far smaller economy and much more controlled by larger economies and we have built up debt, a trade deficit and had a large...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-19, 04:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,964
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Here in the UK and Europe we get bikes imported...

Here in the UK and Europe we get bikes imported from different countries to the USA because we already had additional tariffs and quotas due to EU restrictions so the biggest exporter of bikes to the...
Forum: Foo
08-05-19, 02:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,874
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I feel that is a very good point. Once you...

I feel that is a very good point. Once you develop technology you protect yourself much better and start harnessing resources much better even if you pollute as you do so. So population growth gets...
Forum: Foo
08-03-19, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,159
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Feels like if I buy a Mr Whippy ice cream in the...

Feels like if I buy a Mr Whippy ice cream in the future I'm contributing to organised crime.
08-03-19, 09:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,472
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I've not seen any conclusive evidence that mips...

I've not seen any conclusive evidence that mips should be mandatory, it's licensed proprietary technology anyway so wouldn't of thought it could be part of such certification. I don't think you can...
Forum: Foo
08-03-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,874
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think life is everywhere in the cosmos but...

I think life is everywhere in the cosmos but simple life. The largest biomass of this planet is in the ground, probably organic material being influenced by the heat and water below. If so many...
07-14-19, 01:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,226
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Wow, what is her lifestyle to look like that at...

Wow, what is her lifestyle to look like that at 103, she looks younger than some 75 year olds. Normally when you get to 100 it's like a walking dead zombie chair bound. You wonder if there is some...
Replies: 12
Views: 3,951
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I would check the weight limits on the Triban...

I would check the weight limits on the Triban 520, I think they are the lowest of any major brand. It used to be 100kg total load including everything. It really depends on your weight but you can...
Replies: 12
Views: 3,951
Posted By Bonzo Banana

7 days bikepacking is a long time on the bike and...

7 days bikepacking is a long time on the bike and more likely to be loaded heavily and get damage and need to be durable so I would of thought steel would also be a good option especially for...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-01-19, 06:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 12,689
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Shimano for me. SRAM are ok but my own personal...

Shimano for me. SRAM are ok but my own personal experience is they seem to need more frequent adjustment as they age. Surprised how good Shimano is for their entry level groupsets (not Tourney).
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