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Old 08-11-08, 08:47 AM   #26
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Ergons are softer, and the wider grips mean you can rest on them instead of having to grab them. So yes, they help with vibrations a lot.
Might be just me as all the reviews I've seen seem to rave about Ergons. It seems to me that they are quite hard and, while they are very comfortable initially, I find that after a short while my fingers start to go numb - which they never did with the cheap grips that came with my Vitesse. Luckily I have the GR2s, which incorporate bar ends - this allows me to change hand position - which I find I need to do frequently with these grips.

Have to say I'm very disappointed with the Ergons.
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Big Apples arrived today. I'm carefully looking over the Sturmey Archer gear hub manual trying to make sure I know what I'm doing when I remove the back wheel. . . hope I don't balls it up.
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Best of luck chaqzuki and hope the Big Apples do their job well for you!
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The first folder that I bought (Titan) last November weighed 28lbs. It was not until I bought my 19lb Dahon MU SL in May that I realised just how big a difference there was between the two bikes... with the Dahon I can race through the railway station and down the escalators holding the bike above my head (not folded) as I shout “excuse me, excuse me” all the way to the platform and jump on the train.
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Big Apples are on but I won't have a chance to really test them out until tomorrow. They look massive and kinda weird; not used to it yet. The clearance with the rear fender is extremely tight and might be an issue. I might have to work out a different fender solution.

Whilst changing the front tyre I was holding the axle and spinning the wheel, and could feel a clear notchiness in the hub. Seems like almost every component on the bike has been badly adjusted. I've not messed with hubs before: I assume I can adjust it in much the same way I would an open cup bottom bracket? I.e. the notchy feel is just to do with it being overtightened?
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Hmm - I ride a Dahon MU SL through London and don't have too much of an issue with vibration or commuting! Have you tried those gel pad gloves? I don't know if they're any good, but a mate uses them and says they are good. I try to avoid the underground at rush hour too, but on the occassions that I know I'm going to have to do it, I bag the bike and then it is just like trying to get on with a large suitcase. You can normally get on at the ends of the trains (or you need to spot that one carriage that has a bit more room than every other one!)

Things aren't too bad at the moment - thank god for holidays!
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(not folded) as I shout “excuse me, excuse me” all the way to the platform and jump on the train.
Not a good practice for a folding fan, if people start complaining, that could lead to change norms on the train ,so could be harder to travel with our folding bikes.

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Old 08-12-08, 01:32 PM   #33
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I thought I'd start a new thread for the forthcoming modifications I'll be making to my bike:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...11#post7258311
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Point taken...
I don’t do it that often only when running late....

I was only trying to demonstrate how light and easy my Dahon is to move around.
I’m generally a thoughtful, courteous person but sometimes it is each man for themselves; otherwise you will be left standing on the platform
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