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Old 08-21-08, 06:51 PM   #1
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Saw off Swift handlebar bar?

I suppose I should saw off the protruding part.



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Old 08-21-08, 10:23 PM   #2
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Maybe get a flatter stem instead?
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flip it upside down.
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flip it upside down.


Good idea!
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A black Xootr Swift? Are other colors on the menu?
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Sure, any color you want, as long as it's black.

That's what they used to say for the Model T Ford, but as you know, Swifts come in all sorts of colors. Me, I like em ugly as possible. I would have preferred olive green or camo, but this is the only one that Mr Reich had at the time.

Say, can I get a longer stem that sticks out a little farther in the front?

And I just thought of something for the Swift's marketing department. The name of this thing is a hindrance. People can't go into stores and ask for a Xootr Swift so easily because nobody knows how to pronounce the first word. It is not a word made for the English language.
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Xootr = Scooter; maybe with a bit more of a 'z' than an 's'. Not that hard I wouldn't say.
Definitely cut it down - that stem would look silly upside-down - kinda like a flaccid []....
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Definitely cut it down - that stem would look silly upside-down - kinda like a flaccid []....


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Gee, I never thought of it that way before...

Anyway, sawing it off would be better in a couple of other ways, too, I think - a trifle less weight, and less torsional stress up front with a shorter bar. On the other hand, I'd lose the option of raising it again, say if I put on a different type of bar, like a dropped bar.

I'm never good at decisions. Maybe I'll just leave it the way it is for now.
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Xootr = Scooter; maybe with a bit more of a 'z' than an 's'. Not that hard I wouldn't say.


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Xootr is pronounced "scooter"? Is that something like the guy who spells his name Jones but says you pronounce it Smith?

They should have wrote "Scooter Swift" on it in the first place if that's what they wanted to call it. That's a pretty good name, too, except it's a bike not a scooter.
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When they answer their phone, they say "Zooter."
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... Me, I like em ugly as possible. ...
Well, in that case, I think the stem is perfect the way it is.
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Well, in that case, I think the stem is perfect the way it is.

I was only afraid it might impale me if I fell on it.
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I was only afraid it might impale me if I fell on it.
I would go with a stem that had little to no rise but a much shorter extension like this one:

http://www.bikeparts.com/search_resu...p?ID=BPC101794

This would place the bars in the same place w/o exposing so much handlepost. I wouldn't cut down the handlepost...think about potential resale.
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JM - That's the opposite way I'd like to go. I would like a LONGER stem so I can stretch out farther. Are there any like that available to fit the Swift? By the way, I have raised the seat since that photo was taken.

I like my bikes to be as ugly as possible (but mechanically perfect) in order to make them less atractive to thieves in case I park them (something I don't normallly do).
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Werewolf, is yours an older Swift? The stem riser on my '07 is necked in (diameter reduced) at the top to accept a 1-1/8" stem. Since your riser doesn't look like its necked in, I'm wondering if you've got a 1-1/4" tandem stoker stem on it.
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Werewolf, is yours an older Swift? The stem riser on my '07 is necked in (diameter reduced) at the top to accept a 1-1/8" stem. Since your riser doesn't look like its necked in, I'm wondering if you've got a 1-1/4" tandem stoker stem on it.
You know, I was wondering that very thing just today, as I was mounting a new handlebar on my Swift. Mine's the same as yours--necked in.
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Old 08-24-08, 11:12 AM   #17
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Werewolf, is yours an older Swift? The stem riser on my '07 is necked in (diameter reduced) at the top to accept a 1-1/8" stem. Since your riser doesn't look like its necked in, I'm wondering if you've got a 1-1/4" tandem stoker stem on it.

It's only about six months old. It was custom made by Peter Reich. So does anybody know if I can get a longer, and maybe straighter or tilted down stem (despite what the guy said about tilted down stems above!) for it? Those necked in risers (is that what they're called?) - they wouldn't be adjustable like mine then, I guess. I like that versatile up and down adjustability feature. I keep raising the seat and lowering the bar as I get back more and more into cycling. I was away from it for a long time.
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I measured the diameter. It's 1 1/8". I've got 110 mm of forward extension now.
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Old 08-24-08, 11:30 AM   #19
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The Swift frame is pretty small for me, I guess. I'm going to try the Bike Friday Pocket Rocket again when I go back to CA next week. I really liked the way it felt in my brief test ride a few weeks ago.
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The Xoots frame is size medium. I am 5'10" and have a 120mm stem. The original SS stem riser I replaced with ally tube that I didn't mind sawing to the right length.
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10 mm doesn't seem worth going to much trouble for. Do you know if I can get a stem longer than 120mmm to fit?
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Yes; I also have a 130mm stem lying around so that's available as well. Dunno what's the maximum offered.
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