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Old 07-28-07, 07:04 AM   #1
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Curve D3

Just got my bike and becoming better at folding it quickly-

A few questions for other owners.

Is it possible to roll this bike when folded? I dont seem to be able to do this since it seems that only one wheel will spin when folded. Has anyone had any luck?

Another question is the little plastic cover that sits over the gear adjustment in the rear wheel
mine seems loose then pops off a lot - anyone with a clever fix?

I intend to use this bike as part of my commute to work which includes taking it on the LIRR train and want
to be able to just roll it on - rather then carry it. Suggestions helpful.

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Old 07-28-07, 10:16 AM   #2
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Just got my bike and becoming better at folding it quickly-
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Is it possible to roll this bike when folded? I dont seem to be able to do this since it seems that only one wheel will spin when folded. Has anyone had any luck?
With the bike folded, but the seatpost left extended, yes, I've been able to angle it slightly and push it around on just the rear wheel, using the saddle as a handle. I've done this only for short distances, and haven't done this through the kind of crowds you'd probably see at a train station.

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Another question is the little plastic cover that sits over the gear adjustment in the rear wheel
mine seems loose then pops off a lot - anyone with a clever fix? . . .
This hasn't been a problem on mine. Once I pop in on there firmly, it stays tight. I've only had it off once or twice to tweak the gears. Maybe yours isn't all the way on; perhaps it is slightly warped or has other damage.
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With the bike folded, but the seatpost left extended, yes, I've been able to angle it slightly and push it around on just the rear wheel, using the saddle as a handle. I've done this only for short distances, and haven't done this through the kind of crowds you'd probably see at a train station.

So it seems by only having it at an awkward angle leaning on just one tire will it actually roll. Thats what I have come u p with- which is not a real solution. Actually Thor, who I bought the bike from, told me it would roll- so I am hoping there is a way-




This hasn't been a problem on mine. Once I pop in on there firmly, it stays tight. I've only had it off once or twice to tweak the gears. Maybe yours isn't all the way on; perhaps it is slightly warped or has other damage.
No mine is on all the way- just crappy craftmanship on that piece of molded plastic. A bit irritating to have a "nit" right out of the box
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Not to derail this thread, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out how easy it was roll my Downtube VIIIH.

Dare I say that even as a heavier bike with 20 inch wheels it is more manageable than the Curve? It's not just that the VIIIH rolls, but it rolls so well that I even take it to the grocery store, hang a couple of Sunlite baskets from the folded bike and use it as a shopping cart (although I have to admit that if I don't balance the groceries correctly the weight will knock the bike over).

And before anyone chimes in about rolling the Brompton on its little roller wheels, I doubt those wheels will make it over the gap between the train and the platform (LIRR riders know what I'm talking about). The 20 inch wheels on my VIIIH have no problems.
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Put a plastic tie around the gear wire cover and the rear seat stay about halfway down the cover, and gravity will keep both tie and cover in place.
Since the cover is tapered it is possible to slide the tie upwards for access to the adjustment.
With regard to wheeling the folded bike on one wheel, this is possible if you make sure that the wheel is not rubbing on the folded handlebars. However, the bike is so light that it is easily carried and I do not see much need to do this.
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You just have to figure out how to snap it on. Out of the box, mine wasn't snapped on either. Possibly a hint to the bike shop tech to check adjustment of the hub? The lock nut on my hub adjuster wasn't tight out of the box. I didn't find out until my gears went out of alignment. (didn't line up with the index shifter) Something to check before you snap down the cover.

Am I the only one who hates the seat on his D3? What are you guys replacing yours with, or are you just not using it for longer rides? I love this little bike, but that saddle is pure torture. I need to find something not too expensive, too heavy, or too fat for it...

Wire ties are not necessary, unless the part is broken.
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You just have to figure out how to snap it on. Out of the box, mine wasn't snapped on either. Possibly a hint to the bike shop tech to check adjustment of the hub? The lock nut on my hub adjuster wasn't tight out of the box. I didn't find out until my gears went out of alignment. (didn't line up with the index shifter) Something to check before you snap down the cover.

Am I the only one who hates the seat on his D3? What are you guys replacing yours with, or are you just not using it for longer rides? I love this little bike, but that saddle is pure torture. I need to find something not too expensive, too heavy, or too fat for it...

Wire ties are not necessary, unless the part is broken.
I actually dont have a problem with the seat- at this point. Ill try and fold it in such a way where I can roll it with 2 wheels. So far it seems as if I can only roll it angled with the rear wheel able to spin.
In terms of why I would need to roll it? For one its easier to maneuver when hopping on a train or arrivng
at a station when you have a very crowded commute. People dont necessarily want to get bumped by
a bike when going to work.
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Am I the only one who hates the seat on his D3? What are you guys replacing yours with, or are you just not using it for longer rides? I love this little bike, but that saddle is pure torture. I need to find something not too expensive, too heavy, or too fat for it...
I had a couple of spare saddles, so I did a three way swap, and the Curve ended up with a used Brooks B67. However, not everybody likes Brooks saddles.

The original cheapo saddle was comfortable enough for me, nothing special, but certainly not torture. If I hadn't had unused saddles sitting around, I don't know if I would have bothered to change it. This seems like another illustration of the "saddles are an individual choice" cliché.
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And before anyone chimes in about rolling the Brompton on its little roller wheels, I doubt those wheels will make it over the gap between the train and the platform (LIRR riders know what I'm talking about). The 20 inch wheels on my VIIIH have no problems.
Hmmmm, probably not ... from the perspective of a person who went to high school on Long Island.

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Hmmmm, probably not ... from the perspective of a person who went to high school on Long Island.

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Of course not. The recommended LIRR gap sizes are 8 inches for a perfectly straight track and can be as high as 13 inches for curved or banked tracks....and those are just the specs, the actual gaps found in stations have been found to be as large as 15 inches.
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