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Old 07-27-08, 01:31 AM   #1
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Took a TSR-30 and an Airnimal Joey for a test ride yesterday.

I called into a bicycle dealers yesterday and they kindly allowed me to take a Pashley-moulton TSR-30 and an Airnimal Joey Explore for a test ride.
First off I took TSR for a ride, I really like the look of these bikes, the frame is a work of art. The shop adjusted the seat height but left the drop bars alone. The position wasn’t quite right for me but the reach and cockpit area felt good. It is obvious that there is plenty of adjustability built into the design of this bike. It was the first time that I had ridden a bike with a combined brake and gear lever system but I soon got used to it and began to like the way it worked.

I found the ride to be very comfortable and I purposely took the bike down some side streets where the road surface was rather poor... the bike coped with that perfectly. so I'm sure that it would cope with some old railway line cycle routes I want to try.

Secondly I took the Airnimal Joey for a spin, this bike felt very different, very rigid compared to the plush ride of the TSR. I’m sure both bike frames are equally strong but the Airnimal didn’t have the front suspension of the TSR. I would have liked to have tried an Airimal Rhino (with full suspension) but the dealer did not have one in stock at the time. The Joey was a nice bike, the ridding position was more upright and I found the bar gips to be very comfortable...... but in the end it kind of felt too much like a “normal” bike.
While in the shop I cast an eye over the R&M Birdy’s again... (I test rode one last time I was there) they ride well and look stunning in side profile photos but standing next to them reveals the welded seam / rib on the frame, functional yes, but hardly aesthetically pleasing.

The TSR was the bike I really liked and I can appreciate why owners think they are special. I know the TSR is not a folder but I took some measurements and I think I can work around that.

It is all well and good reading bike reviews etc. but it is so much better if you can try out a bike for size before you buy so I am thankful that the dealer allowed me the opportunity.
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Old 07-27-08, 06:08 AM   #2
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It may be worth trying out a Chameleon before deciding as it has the advantage of rear suspension and yet still feels like a road bike.
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Old 07-27-08, 06:23 AM   #3
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The TSR can be had in a snap in half version. Mine comes a part in the middle in about two minutes and you could pack it in a case if you had one big enough. I only did it once just to see how it works. The break in half version costs an extra £100 (£1450) if I'm not mistaken.

Also, the front suspension can be easily stiffened up to suit your weight and tastes. It can be rather springy set on the minimum tension and damping.

I too have found the suspension very sure footed on rough and broken surfaces, even more so with the change to marathon tyres. That made teh steering a bit less twitchy too.
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Old 07-27-08, 08:16 AM   #4
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You have good taste in folders!

Thanks for the review! We'll look forward to the next post announcing your acquisition of said TSR. Yes?
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Both fab makes of bikes, a hard call. I guess if budget isn't an issue the TSR.
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The Joey was a nice bike, the ridding position was more upright and I found the bar gips to be very comfortable...... but in the end it kind of felt too much like a “normal” bike.
maybe airnimal tried to make the joey feel like a normal bike by allowing everything that a normal bike has but it also folds .
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