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Old 03-17-06, 08:20 AM   #1
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UK ride reports & photos

Hi Guy & Gals

Here are a few more reports for you, PDFs again!

Bristol Ride 4th February 2006

Bristol Ride 4th March 2006

And The Origami Ride 11th March 2006
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Old 03-17-06, 09:23 AM   #2
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Nice pics, man !
Impressed by the Moultons and that sleek Jetstream ! Gimme, Gimme !
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Thanks Chop - Great Pix - that 'moulton rolhof belt drive special' looks awsome.
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Thanks from me too. Not to many folders to see out here in LA - it is fun to get an idea of how people set up their rides on all those different bikes.
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Don't worry, the number of folders will increase as the financial pressures of car ownership hits more people-and they will go to the bike shops after they are fleeced by the department store's shoddy bikes. Hopefully then they will actually learn what makes a good bike (and about the folder's existance and superiority over regular, non-folding ones).
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What? No Swift? C'mon now...

That Strida looks comfy. I rode past a guy on a Strida last week....he was all smiles.
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"not to many folders to see out here in LA"

Silverlake may be cool, but not cool enough yet for folders - maybe '68 Dodge Dart and body piercing cool.
awww s**t... the brommie was just delivered on St Patty's day. Time to get the hell out of Dodge?

(... the weather? It's rainy and a bit chilly for LA. But I got out for a ride to the local anyway... it's the only bike I own that has mudguards :-)

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Hi Chop,

Cool Rides, in both senses of the word.
I really should get over to some of these events, only being in Swindon, but I need to stop tinkering with the bikes and just ride them!
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Hi Chop,

Cool Rides, in both senses of the word.
I really should get over to some of these events, only being in Swindon, but I need to stop tinkering with the bikes and just ride them!
Nice Twenty, Easyrider !
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Cool Rides, in both senses of the word.
I really should get over to some of these events, only being in Swindon, but I need to stop tinkering with the bikes and just ride them!
Too bloody right you should! Just did Saturday's Swindon Smallwheels ride, it was cold, very windy, cut you in half! Mike Roberts and Chris Dent (thanks again guys!!!) were very patient riding slower to accomodate Jac my son (11) on my GoBike, Nia my daughter (10) on my Brompton and me on my Flevobike Oke Ja recumbent.
Due to the inclement weather we only did about 8-9 miles. Typically, the following day was crisp & sunny with less wind so we rode around Bristol in much more enjoyable circumstances.
Stop playing with it and ride the thing!!!!!
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What? No Swift? C'mon now...

That Strida looks comfy. I rode past a guy on a Strida last week....he was all smiles.
No Swifts? There were no rocking horse droppings either!

Swifts do not seem to have made it over here, I don't think they would as it's too large a fold to be useful on our itsy bitsy trains & buses!

Everyone that tried my Strida liked it, those that didn't try it agreed that it looked a lot nicer with wire wheels
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why haven't I met you when I was studying in the UK ? ggrrrrrr !
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why haven't I met you when I was studying in the UK ? ggrrrrrr !
Probably because I'm like a 'blue-arsed-fly'!!!!!

On Saturday I'm off around Belgium, France & Spain, then 1 week in UK, then 8,000 miles around Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary, Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Belgium, Netherlands, France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Spain, Oh yes & Swindon!
Most of the time I have trouble remembering what day, date etc. it is!
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I love the pictures, thanks for posting them.

One thing I couldn't help noticing, the shots of expensive folders outside, protected only by flimsy cable locks, the kind that professional thieves can supposedly cut through very quickly (I'd noticed that in the SP super light Brompton thread too). But maybe these were low crime areas, or you figured there would always be enough people around outside to keep an eye on things.
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I love the pictures, thanks for posting them.

One thing I couldn't help noticing, the shots of expensive folders outside, protected only by flimsy cable locks, the kind that professional thieves can supposedly cut through very quickly (I'd noticed that in the SP super light Brompton thread too). But maybe these were low crime areas, or you figured there would always be enough people around outside to keep an eye on things.
You answered your own query, on these rides there's always someone keeping an eye on the bikes, mine is the only bike with an Abus Extreme, a heavy duty cable and sometimes a top of the range Squire on the other wheel, my seat lock is as big as the locks these guys use during our rides!
For everyday riding, I've no doubt that they use heavier locks or take the bike inside (difficult to do when there are about 18 folders!)
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What? No Swift? C'mon now...
Well ain't it always the way! No sooner do I tell you that I've never seen a Swift over this side of the pond, than the following day I see 2 at Avon Valley Cyclery in Bath, during a visit, folowing a folding bike lecture that I attended :-http://www.long-john.com/MarkSanders.pdf
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