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07-27-21, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 178
Posted By linberl

For a city bike, consider a folding e-bike. ...

For a city bike, consider a folding e-bike. Dahon has a couple, and I think Tern does as well (but I don't trust Tern after their frame debacle). ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-21, 08:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 134
Posted By linberl

Get her a Dahon Boardwalk, they're cheap. ...

Get her a Dahon Boardwalk, they're cheap. Folders tend to not be stolen quite as much as other bikes, and it's not just Oakland, it's everywhere in the Bay Area and urban cities. My son lives in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-21, 11:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,308
Posted By linberl

The M & H models just didn't work for me with my...

The M & H models just didn't work for me with my short arms. If you tilt the bars back too much it throws the steering way off and just feels bizarre. Moving the seat forward to compensate didn't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-21, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,308
Posted By linberl

I need to find a store to try one. It "looks"...

I need to find a store to try one. It "looks" like the stem shape might reduce the reach compared to the other brompton stems, because it looks like it goes straight back and doesn't curve forward....
07-22-21, 10:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 663
Posted By linberl

I ask if they drive a car. When they say yes, I...

I ask if they drive a car. When they say yes, I tell them I bike every where with my e-bike, and don't own a car, so I'm getting more exercise than they are since they get zero when they drive. And...
07-22-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 663
Posted By linberl

For folding bikes, which is all I own, I find the...

For folding bikes, which is all I own, I find the weight on commercially available ones to be too high to benefit from the all the nice things about folders. They are more compact but still fairly...
07-19-21, 03:46 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 663
Posted By linberl

I ride a Bike Friday pakiT, 16" wheels, and...

I ride a Bike Friday pakiT, 16" wheels, and sometimes use a motor. There are tradeoffs. Folders come with smaller wheels - better acceleration but much more road feel, not always in a good way. ...
07-11-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 352
Posted By linberl

When I retired at 62 I had not been on a bike in...

When I retired at 62 I had not been on a bike in decades. I purchased an ebike online (prodeco) and rode it for about a year. During that time, the ebike allowed me to get used to riding again...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-06-21, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By linberl

If you join this group you can often find people...

If you join this group you can often find people selling New World Tourist models at very reasonable prices. The NWT is an all around bike and with fat tires (like big Apples) just eats up gravel....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-05-21, 11:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By linberl

Ok, just in case anyone else is thinking of doing...

Ok, just in case anyone else is thinking of doing the same thing, BF says it's not an issue as long as the Thompson seatpost is within min. insertion limits, which means it might not work if you're...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-21, 12:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By linberl

Ok, I emailed them. Might take a while to hear...

Ok, I emailed them. Might take a while to hear back.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 358
Posted By linberl

Is this gonna be a problem?

I'm tired of not quite adjusting my BF pakiT seat mast the same every time i unfold it. It's a titanium seat mast with no markings and nothing stays on it, not nail polish or permanent marker, even...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-02-21, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By linberl

I wouldn't expect a real cross section of models....

I wouldn't expect a real cross section of models. Medium pakiTs make sense - with stem changes they fit a majority of people. But we will have to see how this plays out. This is an unusual year...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-02-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By linberl

Ahh....so it is a shift to "stock" models. Good...

Ahh....so it is a shift to "stock" models. Good for them, smart move I think.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-21, 09:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By linberl

And I'm sure custom will remain a huge part of...

And I'm sure custom will remain a huge part of their business. I definitely specced out every little thing on my bike, much of which they didn't even have listed and had to source, lol. But there...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-21, 06:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By linberl

That's why I think they are using the pre-loved...

That's why I think they are using the pre-loved page to sell specific "ready" rather than "order" models. I do think that could make a huge difference, having perhaps 3 or 4 different models in most...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-21, 02:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By linberl

I'm not sure that's entirely the case. At one...

I'm not sure that's entirely the case. At one point BF talked about having some units prebuilt for fast order so maybe that's where they are heading. And some of those are used bikes, they aren't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-21, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By linberl

At 6'2" you are probably not a super lightweight...

At 6'2" you are probably not a super lightweight so I would not test that pole. They aren't expensive. Get a used one off ebay or something. If it fails while you're riding, you won't enjoy it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-26-21, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 380
Posted By linberl

Yeah, my pakiT has them. Since it never leaves...

Yeah, my pakiT has them. Since it never leaves my hand I don't worry about anyone stealing my lovely Velocity wheels. I only remove the wheels to either fix a flat I can't quick-patch or change a...
06-26-21, 09:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By linberl

I've found PP to be fantastic in this regard. ...

I've found PP to be fantastic in this regard. I've had 3 claims in the last year and each was settled quickly and in my favor. They also reimburse return shipping which is a huge benefit when you...
06-25-21, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 560
Posted By linberl

Yup. Screen shot the pages. Video opening the...

Yup. Screen shot the pages. Video opening the box when it arrives. Not still photos. You want clear proof if it turns out to be empty or full of something else you did not order.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By linberl

Keep in mind the titanium model is also...

Keep in mind the titanium model is also substantially lighter than a 6 speed regular Brommie, and that will make it feel more "nimble" to you as well. That may be part of what you are sensing when...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-21, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By linberl

Whichever one you get you will adapt quickly and...

Whichever one you get you will adapt quickly and stop noticing any twitchiness so imo that's not an issue. Kojaks don't make a big twitchy, either - I use them on my 16" wheeled Bike Friday pakiT. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-21, 09:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By linberl

The two bar have different reaches. It's a...

The two bar have different reaches. It's a question of what fits you properly (if at all). With Brompton it is not easy to change out the bar, although a slight riser bar can be subbed for the S...
06-09-21, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 520
Posted By linberl

Things to also consider with conversion: (1)...

Things to also consider with conversion: (1) final weight of the bike, if you have to lift or carry it or pedal it without juice, (2) front hubs aren't great if you are doing a lot of hill climbing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By linberl

The serial # can be filled in a bit with paint,...

The serial # can be filled in a bit with paint, so don't skip using the braille method. Run your finger along the bottom bracket underside. If you feel any deviations, then flip it over and if you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-21, 02:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,488
Posted By linberl

They're both cheap little nylon bags, not bought...

They're both cheap little nylon bags, not bought specifically for this purpose. I think I even got one free for some promotion. ...
05-25-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By linberl

I hope it continues to improve for you! But - at...

I hope it continues to improve for you! But - at least for me, I would do whatever it takes to continue riding, even if it meant a recumbent (which I'm not a fan of, either). But riding anything is...
05-24-21, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 934
Posted By linberl

If that doesn't work, it might be time to...

If that doesn't work, it might be time to consider a recumbent. No head angling required.
05-21-21, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By linberl

That's what I do - otherwise it's too easy to buy...

That's what I do - otherwise it's too easy to buy stuff you can't carry home!!!
05-18-21, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,014
Posted By linberl

E-bike share bikes have been in the Bay Area for...

E-bike share bikes have been in the Bay Area for a long time. You rarely see them on recreational pathways, though, as people who rent them are typically using them for transportation rather than...
05-14-21, 11:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,361
Posted By linberl

I love mine. No car for 2 years, and it does my...

I love mine. No car for 2 years, and it does my Costco runs, my regular TJ shops, takes huge packages to UPS/Fedex, and takes my guitar in case to lessons. It's also great as a walking hand cart to...
05-13-21, 11:06 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,955
Posted By linberl

I don't know why they don't do the PAS controller...

I don't know why they don't do the PAS controller the way One Motor does. It's a distinct unit that you mount on the crank (with a magnetized mounting bracket with zip ties). A single piece that...
05-03-21, 04:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,374
Posted By linberl

It's different for everyone, I think. When I sit...

It's different for everyone, I think. When I sit for long periods, I'm more comfortable leaning back with my legs out or on a footstool. But when there's pressure on my parts, like when pedaling,...
04-26-21, 01:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,063
Posted By linberl

Mmm, why is this even a question? The only thing...

Mmm, why is this even a question? The only thing you have to lose is an entry fee. Hopefully you get a cool tee shirt for participating! I'm 71, we have less time to try things and enjoy things,...
04-25-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By linberl

It depends on where you live. I ride mine...

It depends on where you live. I ride mine instead of a car (straight from home like you said) but sometimes you want to go places that are further away. I don't have the time to stay overnight when...
04-24-21, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 999
Posted By linberl

Seems to me kits are the answer if you already...

Seems to me kits are the answer if you already own a bike you love, that fits you well. If you don't, then it's a more difficult decision. You're going to have to balance the cost of finding a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-21, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By linberl

Do make sure you will be able to bring your...

Do make sure you will be able to bring your folder bike inside to classes and lab. Not all campuses allow that, especially now.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-21, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 591
Posted By linberl

Are you going to be locking it on campus while in...

Are you going to be locking it on campus while in classes and such? In that case, do not spend much on it. Campus bike theft is common. You basically want a folding beater bike. Even a really solid...
04-21-21, 03:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,374
Posted By linberl

I can relate. People are always suggesting I get...

I can relate. People are always suggesting I get a recumbent or crank forward, but the only thing that helps is cycling in a 45-50% bent position. Oddly, riding in an upright position makes it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-17-21, 09:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,488
Posted By linberl

My Dahon Uno has a super light rear rack and I...

My Dahon Uno has a super light rear rack and I can use panniers or a trunk bag. I use my Travoy with the Bike Friday pakiT. But for small super light shops (loaf of bread, etc.). I just take a nylon...
03-23-21, 06:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,436
Posted By linberl

I was not going too fast for the conditions....

I was not going too fast for the conditions. 10mph is slow, I'd probably fall over if I tried to go much slower (I can't track stand either). Indeed the parents in the pedestrian lane were...
03-23-21, 09:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,436
Posted By linberl

I was riding human powered, and I'm 71 years old...

I was riding human powered, and I'm 71 years old on 16" wheeled Bike Friday. I was maybe going 10 mph at most. FYI, it takes less than 2 seconds for a little kid to break free and run into you. I...
03-20-21, 09:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,502
Posted By linberl

If you've already got a bike you love to ride,...

If you've already got a bike you love to ride, that fits you perfectly, then I vote for conversion. Otoh, if you don't have a bike you love, get a commercial e-bike. Conversions don't have to be...
03-19-21, 09:53 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,756
Posted By linberl

If a thief wants your bike, they are going to get...

If a thief wants your bike, they are going to get it. If it's an opportunistic theft, that is something you can prevent. Your bike needs to be harder to steal than the bike next to it. Removable...
03-17-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,436
Posted By linberl

The title is "class 3 on bike paths". So, yeah,...

The title is "class 3 on bike paths". So, yeah, duh, for most places that means paths with walkers and kids and dogs. This thread isn't about rail trails or riding your class 3 offroad as that is...
03-17-21, 01:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,436
Posted By linberl

I've had little kids shake off their mom's hand...

I've had little kids shake off their mom's hand and run right in front of my human powered bike - I had to lay my bike down once to avoid hitting a little kid, and I was only going 14 mph. Dogs and...
03-17-21, 09:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,436
Posted By linberl

Where I live no one cares if you ride class 3 on...

Where I live no one cares if you ride class 3 on the bike path UNLESS you go too fast. Folks will definitely call the police if you are speeding and making it unsafe for walkers, kids, and slower...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 712
Posted By linberl

Ah, if that's the problem it is easy to isolate....

Ah, if that's the problem it is easy to isolate. Take a bit of tire tube about 3/8 in width and put around the black tube in front of the release pin and then close the rear triiangle. If the noise...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-21, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 712
Posted By linberl

Hmm....rattle on back pedal? I know nothing...

Hmm....rattle on back pedal? I know nothing about IGH but rattles are not normal. Could just need new oil, could be bearings, could be chain slop....or things I've never heard of. I would assume...
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