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Old 10-29-08, 03:42 PM   #3826
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yup it is... Dahon Vitesse D7HG model. here's a recent pic. i took off the rack as i wasnt needing it for today's ride.

How is the fold? These are the alluminum frame ones, right? I was looking at the just under $500 Speed 7 Sram ones with a steel frame and no standard rear rack...

the LBS guy said they do not handle as well as the alluminum ones, but are more fun...

Any thoughts?

I like the bike. I also like that they are 1/2 the price of a Brompton.
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How is the fold? These are the alluminum frame ones, right? I was looking at the just under $500 Speed 7 Sram ones with a steel frame and no standard rear rack...

the LBS guy said they do not handle as well as the alluminum ones, but are more fun...

Any thoughts?

I like the bike. I also like that they are 1/2 the price of a Brompton.
the fold is ok... not that hard but it takes a while to get used too but very easy once you got it. yup i think is aluminum, a bit light without the extra accessories (rack etc) in terms of handle i havent riden a speed 7 so i dont know the difference but i like how it drive. sometimes i wish it had the same setups like the speed pro... what i meant was the deraileurs etc hehehe
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I guess I need to update my commuter pics. I got panniers and a new rear rim. The bike was practically new when I got it but had been sitting for years, and when I rode up a sidewalk edge the rear rim tacoed (probably due to loose spokes). I got it fixed well enough to ride, but it was never right after that, and the wheel kept going out of true. I picked up my new rim today; I can hardly wait for the morning!







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I guess I need to update my commuter pics. I got panniers and a new rear rim. The bike was practically new when I got it but had been sitting for years, and when I rode up a sidewalk edge the rear rim tacoed (probably due to loose spokes). I got it fixed well enough to ride, but it was never right after that, and the wheel kept going out of true. I picked up my new rim today; I can hardly wait for the morning!







That is a very interesting commute style upright, yet flat bar bike. It reminds me of a hybrid with the handle bars, but they seem higher than most fitness hybrids...it seems like it has some of the style of a newer Dutch bike. Very cool. What kind of gears/components?

How does it sit. Upright?
Name of the Nishiki?
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It's an XRS Sport. It has a Shimano Acera X rear derailleur, Shimano Altus crank, front derailleur and hubs. It's got a 23" frame. I like it a lot but have considered putting either cruiser bars or drop bars on it because the flat bars just aren't quite right. I may just stay with how it came, though, since I'm getting used to it.

It is a very late Nishiki I think, when Derby was making them in the U.S., just before they stopped U.S. sales in 2001. When I got it Labor Day weekend this year, it still had the store price tags on it (estate sale; apparently an old dude bought it but never rode it. I also got his '66 Raleigh DL-1).

I was using the granny gears a lot when I first started riding it. Now I'm trying to figure out how to put a taller chain ring in the front; the biggest one only has 38 teeth, compared to 52 on my other Nishiki.

If you want to learn more about my bikes, click the links in my sig. I've owned one of my four bikes for 24 years; the other three I bought in the last two months (and all those purchases makes my wife nervous).
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Whoooo, got my new bike today! Motobecane Fantom Cross CX,56cm.

The box, and my current commuter:




A little box damage, but all the goods were fine.


Before assembly:


Everything was packed tightly and neatly, nothing damaged on the bike, and it only took me a bit to get it together:




I'm still adjusting things, but it should be ready for a commute in the morning!
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Whoooo, got my new bike today! Motobecane Fantom Cross CX,56cm.

The box, and my current commuter:




A little box damage, but all the goods were fine.


Before assembly:


Everything was packed tightly and neatly, nothing damaged on the bike, and it only took me a bit to get it together:




I'm still adjusting things, but it should be ready for a commute in the morning!
Wow! Nothing better than the smell of new bike!
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yup it is... Dahon Vitesse D7HG model. here's a recent pic. i took off the rack as i wasnt needing it for today's ride.

Nice folder! I'm saving up for my next purchase and it very likely will be a folder. Would most folders hold up to a daily 6 mile commute?
It's fixing to get very crowded in our office and I may need a bike that can be stored close to my desk or in a supply closet. Either that or park outside again.
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I know that the Trek 7000 is looked down upon in these parts, but I am enjoying it!
I've got a Trek 7100 that I bought about 2 weeks ago, and I've been riding to work on it every day since. So far, it's been great!
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Yep. I'm rather pleased with it. Gives me that wonderful squishy new bike feeling.

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Nope! Still fiddling with the brakes, though. I've always had problems with Cantilevers.
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Here's my commuter - the panniers are a recent addition:



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I've got a Trek 7100 that I bought about 2 weeks ago, and I've been riding to work on it every day since. So far, it's been great!
lets start a trek 7000 series club !! I have a 7100 i bought new in 2002, the only things i have changes are the saddle. replaced the freewheel about 2 yrs ago.. I think it has close to 5k on it and no complaints from me really. early on it seemed as if i had a problem, but once it was all worn in it worked ok.

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Whoooo, got my new bike today! Motobecane Fantom Cross CX,56cm.

The box, and my current commuter:


Don't take this the wrong way, Tobias, but your new bike is MUCH prettier than the old one.
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Hi there,
Nice setup!!

Can you please tell me where you bought the flag on the rear rack?

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Me & my bike, about 15 miles into my 25 mile ride this morning



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[QUOTE=Doohickie;7771975]Me & my bike, about 15 miles into my 25 mile ride this morning

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Heh. That's why I mentioned I had just finished riding 15 miles. It usually looks a little tamer than that!
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Nice folder! I'm saving up for my next purchase and it very likely will be a folder. Would most folders hold up to a daily 6 mile commute?
It's fixing to get very crowded in our office and I may need a bike that can be stored close to my desk or in a supply closet. Either that or park outside again.
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it will holdup for a 6mile commute... i ride my folder every weekend at a bike path for at most 2hours... i dont know how many miles is that but i ride my folder back and forth a bike path. it might look abit big but its small when folded or you can get a 16inch folder. my vitesse is 20incher hehehe
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I just got my trekking bars and blackburn x8's on and couldn't wait to post it.




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^^cool setup!

Here's my newly "fixed" up 97 Trek 830. I bought the bike new, but it was sitting in 1,000,000 pieces for about 7 years. I had a vision and it's riding pretty good It still needs some work, but it was fine for the 80ish miles we rode this week.



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Whoooo, got my new bike today! Motobecane Fantom Cross CX,56cm.

The box, and my current commuter:




A little box damage, but all the goods were fine.


Before assembly:


Everything was packed tightly and neatly, nothing damaged on the bike, and it only took me a bit to get it together:




I'm still adjusting things, but it should be ready for a commute in the morning!
Nice bike. Looks like my blue 54cm. I thought about getting that yellow one, but chose the blue instead. How do you like it so far? My cousin (1 of 3) who works at UPS says people at work will open packages and throw them around. My box was opened, then taped over. Though nothing was wrong with it, I think it's pretty stupid they do that. Don't forget to flip your front wheel.
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Just picked up this beauty today. Ok, not really a beauty but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. My size and everything! A little research shows me that it's a 1992 Bianchi Volpe. 7 speed STI levers, I had no idea they existed.

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I'll change out the bar wrap, put some nice fenders on it, new saddle for sure, new pedals, and within time I'll put an Xtracycle on it. Always wanted one, but I should probably get a stronger rear wheel before I do that.

The wife is a little pissed though. It's my 3rd bike this month, 2nd this week. I find myself moving a bike to open the fridge and to open the oven. They're everywhere! I have more that aren't listed in my sig, I may have a problem.
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Just picked up this beauty today. Ok, not really a beauty but I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. My size and everything! A little research shows me that it's a 1992 Bianchi Volpe. 7 speed STI levers, I had no idea they existed.

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I'll change out the bar wrap, put some nice fenders on it, new saddle for sure, new pedals, and within time I'll put an Xtracycle on it. Always wanted one, but I should probably get a stronger rear wheel before I do that.

The wife is a little pissed though. It's my 3rd bike this month, 2nd this week. I find myself moving a bike to open the fridge and to open the oven. They're everywhere! I have more that aren't listed in my sig, I may have a problem.
Beautiful bike, and the only problem would be finding more room for bikes..... wonder about adding on rooms????
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Nice bike. Looks like my blue 54cm. I thought about getting that yellow one, but chose the blue instead. How do you like it so far? My cousin (1 of 3) who works at UPS says people at work will open packages and throw them around. My box was opened, then taped over. Though nothing was wrong with it, I think it's pretty stupid they do that. Don't forget to flip your front wheel.
Heh, I got the 56cm, and I'm fairly confident in the sizing. I love the thing so far, I took it out for a quick spin around the nearby part and spend most of my time tooling around on grass and dirt, it was fun. ^.^ I'm glad I got the yellow, the other two colors weren't doing it for me.
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The wife is a little pissed though. It's my 3rd bike this month, 2nd this week. I find myself moving a bike to open the fridge and to open the oven. They're everywhere! I have more that aren't listed in my sig, I may have a problem.
Really nice bike! I think we are many that have this problem.
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