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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    I have given up on the small rear rack on my brompton. Its gone to meet its maker....
    Why?

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    its sold actually, .....................to a pet shop owner.

    Ok seriously. I kept breaking Brommie rack struts due to pressure openning and closing a Dahon stem extender.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...k-or-mudguards

    and

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ice?highlight=

    Mezzo had more options for good QR rear racks and the size is much bigger than what the brompton can take.
    Most bromie owner just use the very good front bag system as it does not need to be removed to half fold.
    The brompton rack is only about 60% of the size of the mezzo ,presumably to keep folded size down to minimum.
    Its mainly there to wheel the bike when folded, but can be utlitiled for touring or extra loads.
    I use a karabeana under my saddle rails to carry unexpected shopping or extra loads on my mezzo.
    There is an after market bag system for the rear rack on the mezzo in the mezzo threads with loads of options (can't find post at moment).

    most of this is not relevant to yourself.....................but you did ask.....................
    Last edited by bhkyte; 02-05-14 at 02:01 AM.
    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + downtube FS

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    This is my latest handlebar mod. I cut about 30mm off the bottom of the original Mezzo stem to get the handlebars to sit lower. I added a Satori stem, flat bars and mountain bike bar ends. So far this is the best set I have had on the Mezzo, the Satori stem gives me the forward reach I was looking for and lower bars and bar ends give a more aerodynamic riding position for cruising. I have retained the qr clamp mod on the mezzo stem as this allows adjustment of the Satori stem and also for the bars to be rotated and keep the fold as compact as possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
    its sold actually, .....................to a pet shop owner.

    Ok seriously. I kept breaking Brommie rack struts due to pressure openning and closing a Dahon stem extender.
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...k-or-mudguards

    and

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ice?highlight=

    Mezzo had more options for good QR rear racks and the size is much bigger than what the brompton can take.
    Most bromie owner just use the very good front bag system as it does not need to be removed to half fold.
    The brompton rack is only about 60% of the size of the mezzo ,presumably to keep folded size down to minimum.
    Its mainly there to wheel the bike when folded, but can be utlitiled for touring or extra loads.
    I use a karabeana under my saddle rails to carry unexpected shopping or extra loads on my mezzo.
    There is an after market bag system for the rear rack on the mezzo in the mezzo threads with loads of options (can't find post at moment).

    most of this is not relevant to yourself.....................but you did ask.....................
    Thanks for that! Well it is actually relevant... I plan on getting a Brom, just not sure if rack or no rack

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    So I've been riding the M10 everyday and one of the things I'm not too crazy about is the stock saddle. It's OK, but over a few hours is not that awesome. Locally, I've only been able to find Brooks saddles. I've read that once you break them, they are quite comfortable, but I'm not so sure how it looks on this particular bike. Opinions?

    http://i.imgur.com/xugihLV.jpg

    Are there other brands/models you could recommend?

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    I have heard good things about Charge Spoon saddles but not actually tried one myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpg View Post
    I have heard good things about Charge Spoon saddles but not actually tried one myself.
    Now that goes better with the M10. While being on that page I also found the Selle Italia C2. Anybody got that one?

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    Looks? curious .. , I sit on my saddles . how the feel maters..

    Old style leather saddles have a lot of companies wanting market share , so want leather?

    lots to choose amongst. .
    Last edited by fietsbob; 03-07-14 at 01:45 PM.

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    look at ri do saddles, many of the Asian mini bike and folder bike riders use them, super comfy, have a thick one and a race style one!http://www.rido-cyclesaddles.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dezzie View Post
    look at ri do saddles, many of the Asian mini bike and folder bike riders use them, super comfy, have a thick one and a race style one!http://www.rido-cyclesaddles.com/
    They look great, thanks.

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    Getting Mezzo Ori accessories in US?

    What are options for getting Mezzo / Ori accessories here in the US? I've tried contacting some places in UK and they either kill you on shipping or are not willing to ship at all. I can't even find any Ori dealer willing to sell to end user in US. I am interested in some kind of rack bag. Would a BikeForum member in the correct geography be willing to buy and ship?

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    bhkyte- thanks for the offer. I don't have enough posts to reply via PM. Let me see what I can do and keep you posted.

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    Just been on the Ori website and fount this conversion kit for a front derailier. 16 inch FD upgrade kit - ORi Life Style Folding Bikes
    Shame there is lack of supply of Ori products to the rest of the world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpg View Post
    This is my latest handlebar mod. I cut about 30mm off the bottom of the original Mezzo stem to get the handlebars to sit lower. I added a Satori stem, flat bars and mountain bike bar ends. So far this is the best set I have had on the Mezzo, the Satori stem gives me the forward reach I was looking for and lower bars and bar ends give a more aerodynamic riding position for cruising. I have retained the qr clamp mod on the mezzo stem as this allows adjustment of the Satori stem and also for the bars to be rotated and keep the fold as compact as possible.

    IMG_20140214_153326.jpg IMG_20140214_153433.jpg IMG_20140214_153532.jpg
    Me and Cpq meet up recently...after about a year of trying.
    I had a go on his mezzo off road around clumber park for about 25 miles through wet peddles mud gravel and wet leaves on slick tyres. I would have been very nervous on my aero /bullbars, but Cpq bike handled remarkably well. Mean while he seemed happyier on my big apple shoud birdie.

    Came to thw conclusion that this is the optimum set up for straight bars for a mezzo. Cpq summed it up well that it is remarkable what these bikes can do.

    My go faster mezzo was just a curiosity as it had developed a sudden sticky shifter cable.
    Took a photo of 2/3 of the world's known dualdrive mezzo. Funny they are were born in Nottingham.
    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + downtube FS

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    The Birdy was great apart from the fact that it dint have mud guards fitted. A few months before, I rode the Mezzo down a bridleway that was far rougher than I expected but it handled the punishment well and the Kojaks held up too.
    And here are 2/3 of the world's known dualdrive mezzos.

    IMG_20141016_142122.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by darukhan View Post
    Regarding your comment (and picture above) about the qr on an adjustable stem....

    I'm doing something similar on my Birdy, except I'm not retrofitting a qr... I'm using a stem that is already built to do this!

    The Satori STquick release quill stem allows 90 degrees of adjustment and locks in place, rock solid, using the quick release lever that has ridges in the hinge.

    The dial on top of the stem adjusts the tension of the qr lever.....

    How does the QR can hold this quill with that uneven dia? Are you able to lift the bike by handle bar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheran75 View Post
    How does the QR can hold this quill with that uneven dia? Are you able to lift the bike by handle bar?
    The QR is not the only thing that is holding this adjustable stem. Notice that this is a "quill" style stem, so there is a wedge bolt that is used. Check out this picture below which should explain it if you don't know what a wedge bolt is.

    Also, I decided not to use this stem, as it's simply too long for me. I need to find something like this, but shorter if I wast to use bullhorn bars. If I use a flat bar, I might go back to this Satori-ST adjustable quill stem.

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    Thanks for the detail...

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