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08-14-22, 07:19 AM
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08-12-22, 05:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 380
Posted By The Chemist

Yep. I have two Brytons (a 420 and a 750) and...

Yep. I have two Brytons (a 420 and a 750) and they've both been great. Only bought the 750 because I needed something with Garmin Varia support, otherwise I'd still be just using the 420.
08-09-22, 04:57 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,238
Posted By The Chemist

These are definitely the way to go. You get many...

These are definitely the way to go. You get many of the advantages of hydraulic brakes (dual piston, self adjustment, better lever feel) with the ease of setup of cable brakes (no bleeding required!)...
08-09-22, 04:51 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 1,542
Posted By The Chemist

Shanghai is pretty much pancake flat, so the only...

Shanghai is pretty much pancake flat, so the only climbing that I do is up onto bridges. The longest climb (i.e. biggest bridge) that I do is only about 500m in length, with a grade of only 5-6%...
08-07-22, 05:53 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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08-07-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 2,448
Posted By The Chemist

I used to use mirrors, but this year I switched...

I used to use mirrors, but this year I switched to the Garmin Varia radar and I much prefer it.
08-02-22, 09:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 829
Posted By The Chemist

What's wrong with the gearing ranges? I upgraded...

What's wrong with the gearing ranges? I upgraded to 11 speed from 9 speed, and I got an 11-36 cassette which is basically the same as the 11-32 9 speed cassette I was using previously, but with one...
08-01-22, 05:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 465
Posted By The Chemist

If the shorts are slipping it sounds like they're...

If the shorts are slipping it sounds like they're too big for you, but yes, bibs do a better job holding everything where it should be. I switched to bibs last year and I'd never want to go back to...
07-30-22, 04:41 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 1,898
Posted By The Chemist

That's my bike. Only original parts on it from...

That's my bike. Only original parts on it from when I bought it new are the frame, spacers on the steerer tube, the stem, and the seatpost. Everything else has been replaced, sometimes more than once...
07-30-22, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4,371
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Posted By The Chemist

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A wet one today! Rode through two separate periods of...
07-27-22, 08:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 881
Posted By The Chemist

Absolutely not cotton here in Shanghai. It would...

Absolutely not cotton here in Shanghai. It would be absolutely drenched within minutes with the high summer humidity, and not comfortable. Synthetics only here.
07-27-22, 03:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 463
Posted By The Chemist

I had a grip shifter on my Dahon, and my daughter...

I had a grip shifter on my Dahon, and my daughter had a grip shifter on her bike. We both disliked them, and I have since replaced both with trigger shifters (Shimano 7 speed on mine, Microshift 6...
07-24-22, 05:13 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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07-23-22, 04:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,433
Posted By The Chemist

I have a B17 on my Dahon and a C15 on my Giant....

I have a B17 on my Dahon and a C15 on my Giant. They're both great, but I prefer the C15 primarily because it's weatherproof and I don't need to worry about covers when it rains.
07-23-22, 06:50 AM
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Views: 343,217
Posted By The Chemist

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Installed new colour-matching bar tape.
07-23-22, 06:41 AM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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07-23-22, 06:35 AM
Replies: 391
Views: 9,815
Posted By The Chemist

The entire hydraulic system is self contained...

The entire hydraulic system is self contained within the caliper. The cable is run just as you would for a mechanical disc brake, but it is used to pull on he hydraulic master cylinder, which then...
07-22-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By The Chemist

They do. I have both a Rider 420 and a Rider 750...

They do. I have both a Rider 420 and a Rider 750 and I love them both. Bought the 750 so I could get a Varia otherwise I'd probably still just have the 420, but the 750 is (or at least was when new)...
07-22-22, 06:41 PM
Replies: 391
Views: 9,815
Posted By The Chemist

I recently converted my bike from rim brakes to...

I recently converted my bike from rim brakes to cable actuated hydraulic discs (my frame had a disc mount so I just installed a new fork with a disc mount) and all I can say is that I won't go back...
07-20-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 1,070
Posted By The Chemist

I ride a "road" bike (well, a hybrid bike that I...

I ride a "road" bike (well, a hybrid bike that I converted to drop bars). Tire pressure is 60psi (700x35).
07-14-22, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 395
Posted By The Chemist

I swear by Schwalbe Marathons. I put over 8000km...

I swear by Schwalbe Marathons. I put over 8000km on my last set with just one flat in all that time (and that was near the end of their life when they were wearing out), and I've just replaced them...
07-14-22, 09:34 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,382
Posted By The Chemist

I do all of my own maintenance and wouldn't...

I do all of my own maintenance and wouldn't consider myself a mechanical neophyte, and I still prefer 1x. There's a lot to be said for mechanical simplicity even if you don't have a problem turning...
07-13-22, 06:52 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 3,382
Posted By The Chemist

I agree with this. I have a 1x11 setup on my bike...

I agree with this. I have a 1x11 setup on my bike with a 46t chainring and an 11-36 cassette, and it's basically perfect for the riding I do.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-12-22, 03:55 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 376,073
Posted By The Chemist

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07-05-22, 07:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 497
Posted By The Chemist

Bryton Rider 750. One of the cheapest touchscreen...

Bryton Rider 750. One of the cheapest touchscreen GPS head units you can buy. Works really well. Great battery life. Compatible with pretty much any sensor you can think of (including the Varia...
07-05-22, 07:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 1,660
Posted By The Chemist

In my tool bag: - Multitool - a couple of...

In my tool bag:
- Multitool
- a couple of standard size Allen keys
- Chain tool
- Spare quick links
- Quick link tool (makes opening and closing quick links easy)
- steel tire levers
- needle...
07-03-22, 03:27 AM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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07-02-22, 08:24 AM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 376,073
Posted By The Chemist

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Rode over 220km on my Dahon in the last month, which is the...
07-02-22, 08:20 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,353
Posted By The Chemist

I have a very thin headband that works to keep...

I have a very thin headband that works to keep sweat out of my eyes as long as I make sure it's down just above my eyebrows. And the weather here in Shanghai is hot and humid, so I sweat a LOT in...
07-02-22, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

Three separate rides today. Two on my Dahon...

Three separate rides today. Two on my Dahon folder (total 31km) and one on my Giant (37km).
06-26-22, 06:49 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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Tough one today. Hot and humid (36 degrees with humidity...
06-23-22, 06:33 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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06-22-22, 07:38 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,388
Posted By The Chemist

Pretty much nothing, but I ride around 250km a...

Pretty much nothing, but I ride around 250km a week so that's pretty much enough for me.
06-21-22, 11:50 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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06-20-22, 07:26 PM
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Posted By The Chemist

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This bike started as a flat bar road oriented hybrid, but with...
06-20-22, 04:49 PM
Replies: 203
Views: 5,708
Posted By The Chemist

I used to run my tires at maximum pressure, which...

I used to run my tires at maximum pressure, which for my current 700x35 Schwalbe Marathons is 85psi. Over the weekend, however, I decided to try an experiment and drop the pressure to the recommended...
06-19-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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Not too hot today (30 degrees), mostly because it was cloudy.....
06-18-22, 07:07 AM
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With my father having a skin cancer scare last year, I'm...
06-16-22, 07:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 739
Posted By The Chemist

I'm not sure if the battery life is truly 16...

I'm not sure if the battery life is truly 16 hours, but it should be reasonably close to that. Running it in night flash mode will significantly cut into battery life. Unfortunately, my Bryton 750...
06-16-22, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 595
Posted By The Chemist

Schwalbe Marathon. My last pair (28c) lasted me...

Schwalbe Marathon. My last pair (28c) lasted me over 9000km with only one flat in all that time. Have now replaced them with a new pair in 35c, and they're just as good.
06-16-22, 06:53 AM
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Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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06-15-22, 03:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,731
Posted By The Chemist

Giant (along with Merida) is probably the most...

Giant (along with Merida) is probably the most common big brand seen here in China. I've had my Giant (which is a fairly low end model) for 11 years / 25000+ km, and the frame is still in excellent...
06-15-22, 03:26 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,167
Posted By The Chemist

Here in Shanghai the yearly temperature range is...

Here in Shanghai the yearly temperature range is around 0 degrees C to 38 degrees C, and I ride in all of it.
06-14-22, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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Comfortable 24 degree evening ride. Also rode 17km at lunch with...
06-14-22, 04:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 807
Posted By The Chemist

I ride both of my bikes. My Giant is ridden by...

I ride both of my bikes. My Giant is ridden by myself when I want to go fast / far, and my Dahon is mostly used for going on relaxing rides with my daughter since it's much easier to go slow on.
06-13-22, 03:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 420
Posted By The Chemist

Giant FCR3500 Hybrid to Gravel-ish Drop Bar Coversion

https://cimg8.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/dsc05585_39039288a0c2b0a370639d273c748eb977c1e707.jpgOwned this Giant FCR3500 since it was brand new, 11 years and 25000+km ago. Just...
06-12-22, 11:32 PM
Replies: 4,371
Views: 338,896
Posted By The Chemist

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Longest ride since February, before our 80 day COVID lockdown...
06-12-22, 11:21 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 1,997
Posted By The Chemist

I just upgraded from V-brakes to cable actuated...

I just upgraded from V-brakes to cable actuated discs (my bike had both V-brake and disk brake mounts on the frame) and I am very impressed. So much easier to install than fully hydraulic brakes...
06-09-22, 06:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 1,820
Posted By The Chemist

I certainly wouldn't buy any bicycle that used...

I certainly wouldn't buy any bicycle that used anything other than standardized parts, given how much I enjoy tinkering and changing parts from time to time.
06-06-22, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 613
Posted By The Chemist

The B17 on my Dahon and the C15 on my Giant are...

The B17 on my Dahon and the C15 on my Giant are both basically set up flat (no upward or downward tilt) and that seems to work fine for me.
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