I picked up a Speed D7 from a local seller here and noticed there were a couple of maintenance issues that needed attending to. One thing I'm curious about are the rims: they're very rough and I get quite a bit of noise when braking. Is this a normal pattern for smaller aluminum rims?
Also, I'm having major issues with shifting and I've never had a folder before. How "smooth" should shifting be for a stock Speed D7 with no modifications to it? I'll have to visit the LBS as I've never been good with gearing (such the reason that I ride fixed gears), but I just wanted to know what I'm walking into.