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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-21-22, 02:50 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 10,422
Posted By Jipe

I fully agree with Gleearch: providing the bike...

I fully agree with Gleearch: providing the bike with the rack that perfectly fit for it is much better than letting the buyer find a rack that won't perfectly fit and will need ugly adapters to be...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-19-22, 02:58 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 10,422
Posted By Jipe

A longer wheelbase doesn't mean a more stable...

A longer wheelbase doesn't mean a more stable less agile bike. The Brompton has a longer wheelbase and is not really stable.

But it may reduce the reach and make the bike less suitable for taller...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-18-22, 03:28 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,734
Posted By Jipe

Industrial plastic is not a bad choice for the...

Industrial plastic is not a bad choice for the tensionner arm, it has some elasticity that aluminum doesn't provide, in case of a some shock against the ground, the plastic may bend and come back to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-16-22, 05:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By Jipe

The experience of the owner I mentioned is about...

The experience of the owner I mentioned is about one year old and with a Vello Rocky (https://vello.bike/products/vello-rocky), not the Vellobike+ with electric assist.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-15-22, 03:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By Jipe

Factory folded dimensions Birdy:...

Factory folded dimensions Birdy: (https://www.pacific-cycles.com/birdy/NEW-BIRDY-R20-11SP) :61cm(H) x 33cm(W) x 72cm(L)

Who trust what the brands say for the folded size (and for the bike weight)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-14-22, 04:31 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

I am not opposed to it, I just say that in...

I am not opposed to it, I just say that in practice, its not like that and that there are no spare parts available for many products.

If the manufacturer has no spare parts, the reseller cannot...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-14-22, 04:17 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

In the whole EU, its also two years warranty. ...

In the whole EU, its also two years warranty.

But it doesn't mean that spare parts must be available, the seller can also replace the product by a new one.

For smartphones, 5 years is an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-14-22, 03:17 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

There is no legal obligation to have spare parts...

There is no legal obligation to have spare parts for cars, its only a good practice of car manufacturers and its usually 7 years.

I wonder how Turkey can enforce to have spare parts for cell...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-13-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

The link you give is only applicable to some...

The link you give is only applicable to some electronic products, not to bikes )or any other product !

In the past, some manufacturers like Philips had spare parts for all there products.

But...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-13-22, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By Jipe

Vellobike and Vellobike+ (Zehus electric assist...

Vellobike and Vellobike+ (Zehus electric assist version) have already been discussed on the forum !

I have seen them in the shop of several resellers in Brussels.

They fold more or less like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-13-22, 03:34 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

As far as I know, there is no such obligation in...

As far as I know, there is no such obligation in the EU !?
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jipe

Bordo was sold by many Brompton dealer because it...

Bordo was sold by many Brompton dealer because it can easily be carried on frame of the Brompton between the seat tube and rear triangle. Due to this, there were a lot of Brompton stolen, even some...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-22, 06:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,734
Posted By Jipe

Same questions, I couldn't find this derailleur...

Same questions, I couldn't find this derailleur on the website of L-Twoo (http://www.ltwoo.com/en/), (its also not the website in Chinese).
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-22, 03:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jipe

Even a lightweight D-lock is better than a...

Even a lightweight D-lock is better than a folding one like the Bordo!

But its true that no lock resist to a portable angle grinder unless maybe the new Hiplok D1000 ?
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-22, 02:20 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,734
Posted By Jipe

Very nice bike ! This derailleur seems to be...

Very nice bike !

This derailleur seems to be the solution to have a real derailleur+cassette on a Brompton and a good chain tensionning when folding the bike without any additional chain...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-22, 04:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By Jipe

Completely stupid remark, I obviously didn't...

Completely stupid remark, I obviously didn't judged that its crowded from the video since at this covid time of the video, it wasn't crowded :rolleyes:

Crowded was a problem but the biggest...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-22, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 351
Posted By Jipe

Before covid, I was frequently going for business...

Before covid, I was frequently going for business in Korea.

Since, its easy and quick to reach by train from Seoul, I also went to this cost on week-ends.

There was much more people there than...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-22, 03:08 PM
Replies: 2,717
Views: 889,206
Posted By Jipe

I have both, so I can show a picture side by...

I have both, so I can show a picture side by side:
https://cimg2.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/748x665/b_b3s_984c8ba70f16fc500d80684365682e33d5ad4db8.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-22, 07:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By Jipe

Rohloff on the Brompton provides a range from...

Rohloff on the Brompton provides a range from about 1.5m to slightly about 8m with 54x13. Its possible to even reduce the lower with a bigger chainring since for many people 8m is too much.

I can...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-22, 11:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By Jipe

I agree with you that the efficiency of the...

I agree with you that the efficiency of the Brompton is lower, its partially due to the poor original transmission but not only. My upgraded Brompton with Rohloff cannot reach the efficiency of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-22, 03:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By Jipe

Almost all Brompton users had problems of non...

Almost all Brompton users had problems of non working 2s derailleur due to dirt. It s a well known problem of this Brompton proprietary simplistic derailleur. It requires very regular maintenance to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-22, 02:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By Jipe

On my Birdy which rear swing arm folds similarly...

On my Birdy which rear swing arm folds similarly to the Brompton and has ETRTO355 wheels (only 6mm more that the Brompton) I have a 9-34t cassette = 378% with a Shimano RD-R8000GS derailleur and I do...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-04-22, 03:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 691
Posted By Jipe

It works well but the range is too small. ...

It works well but the range is too small.

Why did Brompton reinvent the wheel with this limited range obsolete 4s derailleur instead of using a standard cassette+derailleur ?
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-22, 11:44 PM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

If it is a Birdy World 2 as it seems to be, its...

If it is a Birdy World 2 as it seems to be, its part of the Birdy 3 range and there are no risk of frame (actually rear swing arm) crack.

You might want to upgrade to the latest chain tensionner...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-22, 05:04 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

By fork, you mean rear swingarm I guess ? ...

By fork, you mean rear swingarm I guess ?

This part is really different on the Ti Birdy and Birdy 3, clearance between chain and cassette are therefore different too, so its impossible to draw...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

Brompton is not necessarily high end, there is...

Brompton is not necessarily high end, there is the A-line which is cheaper than a C-line and much cheaper than a P-line (and T-line) !
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-22, 02:58 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

Its the chain tensionner that puts the chain...

Its the chain tensionner that puts the chain again on the chainring when unfolding the bike ! So do not remove it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-01-22, 04:24 PM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

Yes, the chain is indeed not fully on the...

Yes, the chain is indeed not fully on the chainring when folded but it come back on the chainring while unfolding, I never had the chain derailing when unfolding the bike and needed to manually put...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-01-22, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

This is the Ti Birdy almost like it was delivered...

This is the Ti Birdy almost like it was delivered with original wheels... (saddle was already replaced and front rack for low rider and lock added)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-01-22, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

The Ti Birdy has a FSA SLK-light 52-36 and it...

The Ti Birdy has a FSA SLK-light 52-36 and it folds+unfold OK. But honestly, I never tried to fold it on the 36t chainring mainly because I almost never use this chainring, the 9-32t cassette is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-31-22, 03:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jipe

The Abus Bordo (including the Granit, the highest...

The Abus Bordo (including the Granit, the highest security one) is so easy to break that it is rated number one by bike thieves who love it!
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-31-22, 02:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,009
Posted By Jipe

I am very sorry for you. The drawback of...

I am very sorry for you.

The drawback of folding bike that are easy to carry is that they are as easy to be stolen !

For the Brompton in Europe its a nightmare because there is a high demand...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-22, 10:55 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

Yes, it can be mounted like that. The above...

Yes, it can be mounted like that.

The above picture comes from the R&M 2015 official catalog (you see the page number) Pacific Cycles also mount the saddle like that on some models.

R&M...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-22, 04:55 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

If you want an E-assist at least partly removable...

If you want an E-assist at least partly removable and the bike usable without E-assist, the Brompton Electric P-line seems the best option: you can remove the battery and then there is only the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-22, 04:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

Sorry, it was just for the picture of an example...

Sorry, it was just for the picture of an example of such this type of folding bike.

For the Vello, a friend of mine had one and the manufacturing isn't really good. You can for instance compare...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-22, 03:05 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1217x854/birdyworldsport_0c7d042925dacaf83e03fb055283b0af1df90825.jpg
I guess its the one on the picture above?

Yes, you are right, with the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-22, 02:53 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

As Mobamoba noted, most of these folding bikes...

As Mobamoba noted, most of these folding bikes with center frame hinge, even if they aren't heavy, are bulky and unpleasant to carry due to their folded shape.

That's why he only listed bikes that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-29-22, 04:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 764
Posted By Jipe

The FSR seems to have a very short wheelbase ?

The FSR seems to have a very short wheelbase ?
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-29-22, 04:17 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

I do not like Ergon grips because they do not...

I do not like Ergon grips because they do not provide almost no shock or vibration absorption.

I prefer by far thick silicon MTB grips like the ESI Chunky or Extra Chunky (yes, there are much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-22, 03:32 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,356
Posted By Jipe

Of your list, the one that seems to fit the best...

Of your list, the one that seems to fit the best to your requirement of being easy to carry and able to easily do 30-40 miles is the Birdy.

Its not as small and easy to carry than the Brompton but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-22, 02:42 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,080
Posted By Jipe

For a seatpost (or handlebar, or any components...

For a seatpost (or handlebar, or any components that can cause damages in case of failure), the 10$ loss is not the problem, the problem is the consequences of the component failure !
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-22, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

I think its because the steel/aluminum sandwich...

I think its because the steel/aluminum sandwich makes that the disc doesn't remain totally flat.

I read somewhere that Shimano increased the gap between brake disc and brake pads on some new disc...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-22, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

As said, I have often this kind of noise with...

As said, I have often this kind of noise with Shimano Ice tech discs. Its systematic after braking for a long time like controlling speed is a steep downhill, but it happens also randomly. I hace...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-22, 03:24 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,080
Posted By Jipe

I put an aluminum sandwich disc with a steel...

I put an aluminum sandwich disc with a steel cable attached to the bottom of the seatpost it limit the maximum extension of the seatpost and prevent to easily take the seatpost+saddle out of the bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-26-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,490
Posted By Jipe

A 9s setup doesn't necessarily last longer than a...

A 9s setup doesn't necessarily last longer than a 11s setup.

Its more the quality of the components than the number of speed that make the difference in durability.

And the difference of cost...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-22, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

I used this Topeak bottle mount for seatpost...

I used this Topeak bottle mount for seatpost (https://www.bike24.de/p1319214.html) slightly modified to fit in the hole of the Birdy seatpost saddle mount (it cannot be directly mounted on the Birdy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-22, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

I went for the solution belo, as you can see, it...

I went for the solution belo, as you can see, it must not be removed when folding the Birdy. I have the same on my Birdy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-22, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

Honestly, I do not make the Birdy nor the...

Honestly, I do not make the Birdy nor the Brompton often roll on their easy wheels.

The reason is that, due to the small diameter of the easy wheel and the very low ground clearance of the easy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-22, 05:01 AM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

The front low rider folding rack is also used as...

The front low rider folding rack is also used as a handle to pull the bike when folded that rolls on its rear rack easy wheels.

With a Brompton front block adapter and a compatible front bag with...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-24-22, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2,246
Views: 590,011
Posted By Jipe

The rear rack is folding while folding the rear...

The rear rack is folding while folding the rear wheel, so pannier installed on it must be dismounted but with Ortlieb or Vaude (I prefer Vaude) pannier, its done instantly.

Now, its also possible...
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