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    Need help choosing...

    I want to get a folding bike because I travel frequently by air and would like to continue exercising while I'm away from home. I'm a road rider and my average pace on rides is 19 mph. I've seen a lot of high performance folders, but they are way out of my price range. While I'm not looking for the same performance and speed as my regular bike, I am looking for similar feel and effort. I just want to be able to have a good workout, speed is not my primary concern. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

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    What's your budget? That will determine your options more than anything else.

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    $500 or less. thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouk View Post
    I want to get a folding bike because I travel frequently by air and would like to continue exercising while I'm away from home. I'm a road rider and my average pace on rides is 19 mph. I've seen a lot of high performance folders, but they are way out of my price range. While I'm not looking for the same performance and speed as my regular bike, I am looking for similar feel and effort. I just want to be able to have a good workout, speed is not my primary concern. I'd appreciate any suggestions.

    Have you decided between 16 inch and 20 inch tires?

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    A Xootr Swift would be a bike that meets that need but new they are $679. I would look at the used market.

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    Dynocoaster- I myself am very new (not to bikes but folders..) have been on my new Downtube 9s FS for 3 weeks. Wish I had bought one sooner. Downtube bikes are an incredible value for the dollar...hands down. they function like bikes 2x their price.

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    Thanks for all your help. I just got my Downtube 9NS.

    On my test ride, my cadence was too high on the smallest gear. Can the chainring be swapped out for a larger one and/or the cassette replaced with a smaller toothed one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouk View Post
    Thanks for all your help. I just got my Downtube 9NS.

    On my test ride, my cadence was too high on the smallest gear. Can the chainring be swapped out for a larger one and/or the cassette replaced with a smaller toothed one?
    Absolutely. They're 130mm BCD, same as the standard road bike rings.

    I'm surprised you got the NS. It's a nice bike, but has a shorter wheelbase. I didn't like going downhills fast on them. Did you find the reach long enough for you to replicate the road bike feel? How tall are you?

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    Thanks for the info about the chainring size.

    Shorter wheelbase than the Xootr?

    I haven't fully adjusted to the fit to my liking, so I can't comment yet about whether or not it has a road bike feel. I'm 5' 8".

    What about the cassette can that be swapped out as well?
    Last edited by bouk; 07-28-08 at 07:41 AM.

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    The wheelbase on the NS is 39" or so. I don't know about the Xootr, but on a standard roadie, it's around 42".

    At 5'8", maybe you're OK with reach. I'm 6'. You can always switch the stem out.

    The cassette is standard too. That's one of the best things about Downtubes - they're all standard components. You can do anything with parts from the LBS or online. I should know, I think I've done everything on them .

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    I should know, I think I've done everything on them .
    Even with a woman lol?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    The cassette is standard too. That's one of the best things about Downtubes - they're all standard components. You can do anything with parts from the LBS or online. I should know, I think I've done everything on them .
    Great, thanks!

    I just looked up the specs on the stock cassette, it's 11-32. So I'm doing a bit of research. The Capreo 9-26 cassette requires the Capreo freehub. Are there any standard cassettes that start with less than 11 teeth that will fit the Downtube I have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouk View Post
    Great, thanks!

    I just looked up the specs on the stock cassette, it's 11-32. So I'm doing a bit of research. The Capreo 9-26 cassette requires the Capreo freehub. Are there any standard cassettes that start with less than 11 teeth that will fit the Downtube I have?
    Nope. No cassettes smaller than 11 that I know of. If you want bigger gears, you can always get a larger chainring. I actually have a 61t chainring I was thinking of selling, if you're interested.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    Even with a woman lol?
    I have no comment on this matter ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Nope. No cassettes smaller than 11 that I know of. If you want bigger gears, you can always get a larger chainring. I actually have a 61t chainring I was thinking of selling, if you're interested.
    Is there some sort of calculator or conversion that would show the corresponding gear ratios of 20" wheel compared to a road bike sized wheels? Because 61T seems awfully large.

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    You mean you don't know about this?

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gears/

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    I actually have a 61t chainring I was thinking of selling, if you're interested.
    For realz? What BCD, and how much? My Mini Moulton upgrade project could benefit a great deal from just such a chainwheel as that.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyboy View Post
    For realz? What BCD, and how much? My Mini Moulton upgrade project could benefit a great deal from just such a chainwheel as that.....
    Standard 130mm BCD. It's made by Specialized for some of their TT bikes. I bought it as NOS and installed it on one bike, but hardly ridden. I'll sell it for $25. Free shipping to London, but only on August 24th . I can take pics if you want.

    PM me if you're interested.

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    I'm going to give that some serious thought. It's hard to imagine how I could find a 61t chainring for that money anywhere else.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Standard 130mm BCD. It's made by Specialized for some of their TT bikes. I bought it as NOS.
    I'm having a hard time finding large chainrings on the net. Do know of any sites that sell them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bouk View Post
    I'm having a hard time finding large chainrings on the net. Do know of any sites that sell them?
    You can find up to 60t Here

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    You can find up to 60t Here
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    You can find up to 60t Here
    Holy Cow! These are good prices. Thanks for the link.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Holy Cow! These are good prices. Thanks for the link.
    I'm sure mighty Jur would have chimed in about this site also, as I see he runs a Vuelta 60t on his Xootr . ..... on mine, I'm running a 58t, but haven't near the awesome quads of our man down under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    You can find up to 60t Here
    Sold-out!

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