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Old 05-09-07, 07:21 PM   #26
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Old 05-09-07, 07:26 PM   #27
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Speak of the devil. No... not that one. I just checked my e-mail and it was shipped today. Not yet in the UPS tracking database so I don't have the ETA yet.
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I feel bad. Here's this poor guy with a very legitamate question concerning touring Europe and we've done gone hijacked his thread. I propose that we move it to a new thread and let this guy get on with his question.
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I feel bad. Here's this poor guy with a very legitamate question concerning touring Europe and we've done gone hijacked his thread. I propose that we move it to a new thread and let this guy get on with his question.
hey, no problem. thanks to everyone here. i'm still deciding but leaning toward buying the bike friday NWT bc it seems so versatile. i was away on vacation for a bit so sorry for the delay in responding to everyone's great posts. any further feedback would be great.

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Old 05-17-07, 08:42 AM   #30
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It's really not a big variable. The biggest single difference is that the smaller wheels will make the ride a little rougher.



You can actually use a touring bike as a general purpose or recreational bike. The big plus of the folding bike is, uh, that it folds.

By the way, if the lead time on a BF is too long, you should consider getting a stock Xootr Swift. I would then do the following:

- lower the gearing, first with an 11-32 cassette (11-34 needs a chain tensioner, and therefore sucks). If that isn't low enough, swap out the front 52T, maybe to a 49 or lower.
- add bar-ends and/or ergonomic grips.
- consider swapping out the tires, maybe to Schwalbe Marathon Racers?
- consider using front racks, since that may handle better than putting everything on the rear.

I do think the NWT will have better geometry for touring, but the Swift costs less ($700ish), is solid as a rock, can certainly maintain those speeds and will still be good for general purpose use when not on tour.
thanks for this idea - it's a great backup plan i've riddent the swift and agree it's a nice ride.
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