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    Swift Gallery

    I do not own a swift as of yet, but I would like to post pics of it here when I get one. Does anyone else think it would be a cool idea to start a swift gallery thread? I figured there might be enough swift owners to start a thread like this. The other "swift folder" thread, although very informative, is a long thread with some nice swift pictures. There is so much dialog in the other swift thread that it is difficult to scan through and find all the pictures. I thought if there was a dedicated swift gallery thread that it would be a good resource of swift photos for people researching the bike. It would also make for good bike porn in general. Any objections?

    If you swift owners are into this idea, then start posting your swift photos here!

    I will post pics once I get a swift(hopefully by this april).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
    I do not own a swift as of yet, but I would like to post pics of it here when I get one. Does anyone else think it would be a cool idea to start a swift gallery thread? I figured there might be enough swift owners to start a thread like this. The other "swift folder" thread, although very informative, is a long thread with some nice swift pictures. There is so much dialog in the other swift thread that it is difficult to scan through and find all the pictures. I thought if there was a dedicated swift gallery thread that it would be a good resource of swift photos for people researching the bike. It would also make for good bike porn in general. Any objections?

    If you swift owners are into this idea, then start posting your swift photos here!

    I will post pics once I get a swift(hopefully by this april).
    I'm up for this. I agree that there's a lot of pics in the original Swift folder thread that are lost amidst all the good wholesome content.
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    I present the many incarnations of my Swift folder (aka Swift with multiple personality disorder):
















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    Nice!

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    Cross-posted, but at least it's here now:


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    In a continued effort to populate the Swift gallery, I took the liberty of posting a couple of my favorite bikes from the Swift thread:


    Owner: there_


    Owner: commander_taco

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    good idea! where are all the swifts?

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    Very nice, Zepi.

    I like the retro flourishes (particularly the Campag hubs) and the way they are integrated with the bling Nokon cabling/Avid SL lever.

    I am surprised you can live with a 28mm Conti Contact Sport on the rear - it provided too harsh a ride for me on a non-suspended folder (good puncture resistance though).

    Why don't you get rid of the barely legible Swift decal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fear&Trembling
    Very nice, Zepi.

    I like the retro flourishes (particularly the Campag hubs) and the way they are integrated with the bling Nokon cabling/Avid SL lever.

    I am surprised you can live with a 28mm Conti Contact Sport on the rear - it provided too harsh a ride for me on a non-suspended folder (good puncture resistance though).

    Why don't you get rid of the barely legible Swift decal?
    Hey.
    I like super harsh rides and my contis are always pumped to 9 bar. It feels incredibly fast forward on the road. The Continental Sport Contacts are totally my cup of tea. And they are bulletproof, as you say.
    The Ideale Saddle does a good job and eats most of the bumps. All together it is a very sporty ride...

    And, yes, the decal... My steel frame is really ancient and has a lot of patina. The wornout decal kind of fits with it, so I left it on. That makes it a " wi i rolder " ..
    As soon as my medium-quality headset and BB start to make trouble, I will take the chance and give the frame a new glossy white powdercoat. That will be the end of " wi i rolder " ...

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    The more I see these, in all their variations, the more I really like them.

    Are there any photos of a folded Swift? I don't recall seeing one. I know that they aren't the smallest of folders but it would be great to see a couple of pics for comparison.

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    picture request?

    I have a request for a picture. If I knew how to do it I would, but since I don't know how...
    In the swift thread there was a group of photos that had the latest/prototype steel swift. Can someone grab those and put them up here? It would make it a lot more accesible instead of searching through the many pages of the swift thread.

    And to all those that have posted pics of their swift, awesome,simply awesome. The versitility of this bike is incedible.

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    Awesome. I thought this thread died. I love the classic look of Zepi's Swift. I will be posting pic of my new Swift when I get it(hopefully in less than a month now!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by big boy phil
    I have a request for a picture. If I knew how to do it I would, but since I don't know how...
    In the swift thread there was a group of photos that had the latest/prototype steel swift. Can someone grab those and put them up here? It would make it a lot more accesible instead of searching through the many pages of the swift thread.

    And to all those that have posted pics of their swift, awesome,simply awesome. The versitility of this bike is incedible.
    Here are two of them...




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    Here is a shot of a Swift that I found on google images. I really like this photo a lot.


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    Here is a Swift with a different paint job. I like it. I was thinking about maybe doing something similar but in orange or green instead of yellow.


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    I found those images on my harddrive... I do not remember where I have them from.
    I think it is some kind of conversion for legal track-racing, which requires a minimum diameter of the wheels...
    This is a beautiful bike!
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Quote Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
    Here are two of them...

    That's the one I'm looking for. I wish there was more info on this bike. The 451 wheels and the caliper brakes....that's how I want my swift built. Any idea who this guy is?

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    This fella, Guy Dickinson has posted a fair few of his steel swift on flickr if people want to have a look:
    Swift Set on flickr

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    Quote Originally Posted by big boy phil
    That's the one I'm looking for. I wish there was more info on this bike. The 451 wheels and the caliper brakes....that's how I want my swift built. Any idea who this guy is?
    I think these wheels are slightly larger than 20x451. With 451ers you can't directly put a classic race-bike caliper break on.

    Here are some words on that from peter reich (I assume it is okay to post it here as this topic seems to be FAQ):

    "I have a used Diacompe long-reach dual-pivot caliper
    brake that will work with 451s on the steel frames. [...] New Shimano or Tektro 68mm calipers (RAB has these in stock) will work on the front. The 68mm ones just reach, so 65 will be too short and make contact with your tires. Assuming you'll be using traditional drop bars and levers and don't want V-brakes, another option is to use cantilever brakes with 406 rims. "
    and
    "[...] Tektro has recently introduced a nice long-reach (53-73mm) dual-pivot brake, which I'll be using when a customer requests 451 rims.
    The reason I don't lower the rear brake bridge is that it precludes the use of fenders with fat-tired
    406 wheels. It's always a juggling act to make one frame accomodate the many options between commuter
    and recreational racer, but, thanks to Tektro, I'll be keeping the bridges high on the new frames[...]"

    But anyway, I suppose the technical descussion of the swift is better located here. Sorry for spoiling the gallery with my long posting.
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    OK, here's a few snaps for y'all. Mods include SPD pedals, Marathon Slicks, Ergon grips, Nashbar bar-ends, Minoura water bottle holder, SSM SKN saddle.


    The traditional side view



    The rip-off wide-angle perspective view:



    Bars



    Close-up of the bars

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    Nice. How are the Ergon grips? I was considering maybe purchasing a pair for my soon to be Swift.

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    Here are some pics of the updated swift folder after the following upgrades:

    1. BB-6500 Ultegra Bottom Bracket
    2. Shimano 105 Octalink Crankset 53/39
    3. Tacx saddle mount bottle cage thingee









    Inside the Audi A3
    Last edited by kb5ql; 03-04-07 at 08:28 PM.

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    Is that the original seatpost?
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

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    I used the seatpost from my Dahon Speed P8. The stock one from Xootr was too short. Don't tell James_swift

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