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    New to folding world

    I'm certainly not a pro at biking or maintenance or anything like that. I've owned a Schwinn Rocket 2 mountain bike for a year. In the last year I've fallen in love with the idea of a folding bike and after much research, I bought an orange 2005 FS Downtube on Ebay. I've had it less than a week, and already love it. I've been reading through the posts in this forum for the last few weeks and have a few questions.

    Many have talked about replacing the "BB" in their bike. Can someone tell me what that is? I know a little about bikes, but I guess not as much as I thought.

    Also, are there other folder owners who have had problems specific to these bikes that they've found solutions to that would help a newbie like me to know what to expect?

    I'm sure I will have many silly questions in the future, and appreciate any helps anyone offers.

    Thank you!

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    Did I post twice? Sorry!

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    1) See if a bicycle maintance course if offered where you live. I took one. for a bit more that a overhaul of my bike + 5 evenings I learned how to care for my bike and enjoy it.

    2) The pedals "screw" into it. BB = bottom bracket. Usually you buy a sealed one, but old school BBs could be taken apart and ball bearings and grease replaced. both the front and rear hubs will need to be maintained too. My guess is that the one with your bike was cheap so it will wear out soon. To remove it you need special tools and if you screw up you will strip the crankset.

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    I'm certainly not a pro at biking or maintenance or anything like that. I've owned a Schwinn Rocket 2 mountain bike for a year. In the last year I've fallen in love with the idea of a folding bike and after much research, I bought an orange 2005 FS Downtube on Ebay. I've had it less than a week, and already love it. I've been reading through the posts in this forum for the last few weeks and have a few questions.

    Many have talked about replacing the "BB" in their bike. Can someone tell me what that is? I know a little about bikes, but I guess not as much as I thought.

    Also, are there other folder owners who have had problems specific to these bikes that they've found solutions to that would help a newbie like me to know what to expect?

    I'm sure I will have many silly questions in the future, and appreciate any helps anyone offers


    Congratulations on your selection of any make of folder since the idea of folders make them more closer, personal item like clothes or tranportation anywhere, rather than emphasis on components too much.

    I do agree though with "you get what you pay for." Quality does reflect price to a certain extent. Beyond that, pure ego enhancement. When I had my first folder for less than a month-a Dahon Boardwalk-the front wheel's hub was actually coming apart. The bike shop that sold me the bike replaced the complete innards of the hub with a axle, cones and what not. My recent purchase-the Brompton-had few, if any, and none major problems when I took it in for it's first tune-up after purchase. I only could recommend that you carefully watch out for something loose, unbalanced steering, latches cannot tighten or open, loose spokes, and other such problems for the first month or so or 100 miles of use. The breaking in period is a very critical period of time in a new bike's life span. It can make of break the bike as well as enjoyment. If you take care of it promptly, you will probably have years of trouble free use ahead of you.

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    I'm certainly not a pro at biking or maintenance or anything like that. I've owned a Schwinn Rocket 2 mountain bike for a year. In the last year I've fallen in love with the idea of a folding bike and after much research, I bought an orange 2005 FS Downtube on Ebay. I've had it less than a week, and already love it. I've been reading through the posts in this forum for the last few weeks and have a few questions.

    Many have talked about replacing the "BB" in their bike. Can someone tell me what that is? I know a little about bikes, but I guess not as much as I thought.

    Also, are there other folder owners who have had problems specific to these bikes that they've found solutions to that would help a newbie like me to know what to expect?

    I'm sure I will have many silly questions in the future, and appreciate any helps anyone offers


    Congratulations on your selection of any make of folder since the idea of folders make them more closer, personal item like clothes or tranportation anywhere, rather than emphasis on components too much.

    I do agree though with "you get what you pay for." Quality does reflect price to a certain extent. Beyond that, pure ego enhancement. When I had my first folder for less than a month-a Dahon Boardwalk-the front wheel's hub was actually coming apart. The bike shop that sold me the bike replaced the complete innards of the hub with a axle, cones and what not. My recent purchase-the Brompton-had few, if any, and none major problems when I took it in for it's first tune-up after purchase. I only could recommend that you carefully watch out for something loose, unbalanced steering, latches cannot tighten or open, loose spokes, and other such problems for the first month or so or 100 miles of use. The breaking in period is a very critical period of time in a new bike's life span. It can make of break the bike as well as enjoyment. If you take care of it promptly, you will probably have years of trouble free use ahead of you.

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    I'm certainly not a pro at biking or maintenance or anything like that. I've owned a Schwinn Rocket 2 mountain bike for a year. In the last year I've fallen in love with the idea of a folding bike and after much research, I bought an orange 2005 FS Downtube on Ebay. I've had it less than a week, and already love it. I've been reading through the posts in this forum for the last few weeks and have a few questions.

    Many have talked about replacing the "BB" in their bike. Can someone tell me what that is? I know a little about bikes, but I guess not as much as I thought.

    Also, are there other folder owners who have had problems specific to these bikes that they've found solutions to that would help a newbie like me to know what to expect?

    I'm sure I will have many silly questions in the future, and appreciate any helps anyone offers


    Congratulations on your selection of any make of folder since the idea of folders make them more closer, personal item like clothes or tranportation anywhere, rather than emphasis on components too much.

    I do agree though with "you get what you pay for." Quality does reflect price to a certain extent. Beyond that, pure ego enhancement. When I had my first folder for less than a month-a Dahon Boardwalk-the front wheel's hub was actually coming apart. The bike shop that sold me the bike replaced the complete innards of the hub with a axle, cones and what not. My recent purchase-the Brompton-had few, if any, and none major problems when I took it in for it's first tune-up after purchase. I only could recommend that you carefully watch out for something loose, unbalanced steering, latches cannot tighten or open, loose spokes, and other such problems for the first month or so or 100 miles of use. The breaking in period is a very critical period of time in a new bike's life span. It can make of break the bike as well as enjoyment. If you take care of it promptly, you will probably have years of trouble free use ahead of you.

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