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Old 01-29-08, 05:47 AM   #1
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Downtube Mini in Australian setting (pics inside)

Here are some pics of my Downtube Mini in an Australian setting, pootling on a rail trail after completing the Alpine Classic 200 the day before.











Last one with my daughter.
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Nice pictures of your bike.
More pictures of your daughter please!
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Here are some pics of my Downtube Mini in an Australian setting, pootling on a rail trail after completing the Alpine Classic 200 the day before.

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Last one with my daughter.
Very nice pic's Jur.

Like Sesamecrunch's pic's, a great advertisement for Downtube :-)

That looks like a very pleasant route to ride.
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You're the man, Jur! Keep it up!
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Situated here at 55 degrees north at this dark time of year, I love to see pictures of people cycling in bright light and summer sunshine. Nice scenes there.

My son and his wife now live in Melbourne Jur. Is that photo near there?
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Jur, any problem getting those 1.75 tires past the brakes when removing/re-installing the wheels?

(Good resolution and cross lighting on your pics for me to see the tire size!)

Also, is your seat post at MAX extension? If not, how much more is there?
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Also, is your seat post at MAX extension? If not, how much more is there?
I'd like to ask Jur the same question about the handle post...is this at the mininum insertion on your bike?
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Jur:

Nice advert for the Mini. I love that bike! I ride my Mini more than any of my other folders.

Looks like you ended up with a non-extending stem post? Congrats. How's it working out for you?
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My son and his wife now live in Melbourne Jur. Is that photo near there?
Yes, east of Melbourne on the Warburton Rail Trail.
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Jur, any problem getting those 1.75 tires past the brakes when removing/re-installing the wheels?

(Good resolution and cross lighting on your pics for me to see the tire size!)

Also, is your seat post at MAX extension? If not, how much more is there?
The wheels come out fine once the brakes are unhooked.

The seat post is 1" beyond the max. I have a tight fitting 1" aluminium tube inside the seat post to add strength.
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I'd like to ask Jur the same question about the handle post...is this at the mininum insertion on your bike?
Yes, it is the original handlepost at the minimum height (also answering SC's Q). I replaced the original QR with a nicer one from Salsa with no QR since I don't adjust the height. From the 1st pic you can see the bars are slightly lower than the saddle. I carry a minitool anyway to adjust anything should it be required.

I also replaced the stem and bars with nicer stuff, and use Ergon grips.
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How's the hub gear responding? Do you have any problems with skipping or mushy gears?
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How's the hub gear responding? Do you have any problems with skipping or mushy gears?
I think this hub is a bit better than the one I put on my R20 wrt cleanliness and smoothness.

As for gear skipping, there is a bit of that, especially 5th gear, and I have to make sure the adjustment marks are exactly aligned, there is virtually no tolerance for error. I think part of the reason may be the cable housing which is the helical wound type instead of compressionless housing. I find that when folding, I have to try and remember to shift to 8th gear to relax the inner cable, and for leaving overnight it helps to leave it in 1st gear, providing maximum compressive force on the housing so it settles that way.
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Awesome. I think your daughter deserves a Mini too!
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much better lookin than the ole farth in the pics .....
therefore I think she deserves a good lookin Curve instead



and off to the Chicago boat show ...
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I replaced the original QR with a nicer one from Salsa....
I thought that is what I was seeing - a Salsa seat post clamp on the handle bar stem - I
have a great RED one on my very GREEN Bike Friday. I like the way the bolt pivots as you tighten it.

Since you are at 1" above MAX at 5'10", I would likely have a hard time on a mini at 6'3".

Interesting about the ease of removing the 1.75" tires.
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much better lookin than the ole farth in the pics .....
therefore I think she deserves a good lookin Curve instead



and off to the Chicago boat show ...
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My daughter is taken with color schemes and matching. She turned down a set of blue gloves I offered her. Only later I found out why. A pink Curve might be just what she wanted...
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Fabulous pictures Jur !!
Very nice !
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My daughter is taken with color schemes and matching. She turned down a set of blue gloves I offered her. Only later I found out why. A pink Curve might be just what she wanted...
I mentioned the Dahon Curve to my daughter and showed her some of the models. Some days later I saw her ebaying for the Curve...
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Yes, it is the original handlepost at the minimum height (also answering SC's Q). I replaced the original QR with a nicer one from Salsa with no QR since I don't adjust the height.
I'm not sure if this makes sense but could one shorten the handlepost, by literally cutting it down with a hacksaw, and reposition the quick release at its (handlepost's) new "top"? Is there something particular about the top of the handlepost that will only allow it to accomodate a quick release in its stock form?
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Yep, shortening is straightforward, the tube is parallel all the way. I am toying with that idea, haven't done it since there is no pressing need. After cutting shorter, a new slot with strain relief hole needs to be made, easy as well.
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