Gazelle Trim Trophy, EG Bates Track Bike, HR Bates Cantiflex bike, Nigel Dean fixed gear conversion, Raleigh Royal, Falcon Westminster.
Keeping your 20 folded
Ok, so I picked up my £20 Raleigh 20 last night (pics soon), and it's all good. I've got various decisions to make, but the first thing that sprung to mind was, it's not that small when it's folded, and it won't STAY folded. To make the fold as good as possible, I'm considering folding pedals, and straight, flat, bars, which will make a little difference. What I'm wondering is, how can you KEEP the thing folded. Has anyone discovered a good way? It's big and heavy enough when getting on and off trains, without the darned thing swinging open and hitting someone.....
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Velcro; you can buy rolls of double-sided velcro (fuzz on one side, hooks on th' other) that you can then cut into appropriate lengths and use as temporary fasteners for when it's folded. I've got some like this and it's been used a couple of times pretty successfully, and it's re-usable unlike plastic cable-ties which would maybe be an option on longer folded missions.
You might wanna investigate brompton frame clips also?
Never weighed it to be honest. It's got a carbon front rim and seatpost, light aero bars and track-hub on the rear along with no rear brakes and no rack or mudguards so - y'know - it's lighter than stock but the frame is the big offender in the weight department so it's never really truly gonna be light.
The only other things I could do would be to swap out every other component for carbon or ti bolts (cranks, bb) and go back to a nice light fork (my susp fork is heeeeavy), maybe lose a few spokes, get a nine-speed chain, but even then she would still be a bit of a hefty lass. But that's not really the point - a heavier bike gives a better workout right?
Ok I just braved the cold and hailstones, and armed with my (not very accurate) bathroom scales can report that it's coming in at (woo!) just over 10 kgs - this is around a stone and a half or 21 lbs in imperial money.
I did a control with my Fixed Peugeot road bike (just over 6 kilos or 14 lbs) and my girlfriend's Trek F400 (with all the trimmings: rack guards etc) coming in at about 14 kilos / 31lbs.
I think they weigh maybe a bit more than that - when I weigh myself on those scales it's about 7 pounds under my actual weight, (around 20% otimistic). So it really maybe weighs 12 kilos? (22 lbs) So your guess was pretty good!
Not really the best way to do this obviously - I'd like to get one of those hook scales where you can hang the object to it but have no idea where you'd get one or their name...
I'd like to get one of those hook scales where you can hang the object to it but have no idea where you'd get one or their name...
I have one of those, which I found in an old box of fishing tackle, hooks, weights, and stuff. I have never checked its accuracy (but the words "not legal for trade" are prominently displayed on it). I imagine you can get one at a sporting goods store.