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Old 10-29-09, 06:18 PM   #1
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I hate Craigslist!

I was winding down my day a couple of weeks ago. Had a few minutes before beddy-bye and decided to browse Craigslist. Not shopping for anything, mind you, just browsing. Just killing a few minutes before I lay me head down to rest for the night.

So, my drowsy eyes catch a headline - Brompton folding bike. The eyes grow wider. It was a black 2007 M model. The ad said 3 speeds. Picture showed it was the L configuration. Va va va Voom. Then, the price - . About 1/2 of what I would expect to pay! Game, set and match. It was over that quick. N+1 at work again.

Knowing I had to act fast, I contacted the seller and arranged to see it early the next day. Good thing, too, as he said there were 6 other interested parties. When I saw the bike, it turned out to be the M6L. Six speeds, purchased from Foldabikes here in Palo Alto. I paid him the price and scooted out of town before he could change his mind. So, now I am an owner of this black beauty.



I know I didn't need another folder, but what is a mere mortal to do when faced with such overwhelming temptation?!

So, the Brompton acquistion obsoleted my Merc. So, I found a good home for it with another Forum member who shall remain nameless until he/she decides to unveil it. The funds from the Merc sale went towards upgrading my Tikit. Can you tell what it is?



No? Look closer...



Now, I have 28"-120" gearing. Sweeeet!

Here's a picture of the two folded:




Like I said, I hate Craigslist . Don't you?
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Old 10-29-09, 07:36 PM   #2
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Holy Schlumpf, Batman.

I need to make an appointment to swing by for some toy-playing-with some time...
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Well. You now have all the ones I ever wanted. (Except the Birdy.)

I have the Schlumpf on my Birdy for similar gearing.
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Holy Schlumpf, Batman.

I need to make an appointment to swing by for some toy-playing-with some time...
You're welcome any time. No appts necessary, but plan for a long stay...
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congrats sesamecrunch...on scoring a great deal on cl.
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Old 10-29-09, 11:37 PM   #6
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I was winding down my day a couple of weeks ago. Had a few minutes before beddy-bye and decided to browse Craigslist. Not shopping for anything, mind you, just browsing. Just killing a few minutes before I lay me head down to rest for the night.

So, my drowsy eyes catch a headline - Brompton folding bike. The eyes grow wider. It was a black 2007 M model. The ad said 3 speeds. Picture showed it was the L configuration. Va va va Voom. Then, the price - . About 1/2 of what I would expect to pay! Game, set and match. It was over that quick. N+1 at work again.

Knowing I had to act fast, I contacted the seller and arranged to see it early the next day. Good thing, too, as he said there were 6 other interested parties. When I saw the bike, it turned out to be the M6L. Six speeds, purchased from Foldabikes here in Palo Alto. I paid him the price and scooted out of town before he could change his mind. So, now I am an owner of this black beauty.



I know I didn't need another folder, but what is a mere mortal to do when faced with such overwhelming temptation?!

So, the Brompton acquistion obsoleted my Merc. So, I found a good home for it with another Forum member who shall remain nameless until he/she decides to unveil it. The funds from the Merc sale went towards upgrading my Tikit. Can you tell what it is?



No? Look closer...



Now, I have 28"-120" gearing. Sweeeet!

Here's a picture of the two folded:




Like I said, I hate Craigslist . Don't you?
sesamecruch - your bad.....so you're the one who beat me to it.....you lucky sona......bagarn..... nice bike.....really sweet especially for the price that the owner is asking...i won't mention the price here as it is really hurting me so bad........enjoy your new ride....
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so did the Brooks come with it?
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120" Wow! That must just scoot along... How do'you find the heel-shifting?

You have such a nice (and getting to be all-encompassing) stable now... All that's missing is a Swift and an Airnimal
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120" Wow! That must just scoot along... How do'you find the heel-shifting?

You have such a nice (and getting to be all-encompassing) stable now... All that's missing is a Swift and an Airnimal
Hey! Don't be feeding my addiction! Bruce has an Airnimal and a Reach at his shop, I was admiring them a lot ....

The heel-shifting is great! Easy, responsive. It's my first Schlumpf, I like it a lot.

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No, it came with the standard B saddle.
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sesamecruch - your bad.....so you're the one who beat me to it.....you lucky sona......bagarn..... nice bike.....really sweet especially for the price that the owner is asking...i won't mention the price here as it is really hurting me so bad........enjoy your new ride....
Sorry, Vic. I knew I must have beaten out some of my BikeForum friends. But, really, I'm done with my collecting, so you can have the next one.
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lucky guy!!
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Good find with the Brommie!! can't imagine it going to a nicer, more appreciative foldernaut ..

And now, the Bay Area's fastest Tikit has gotten a supercharger.. when will it ever end?!?!?
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Wow! Good score Sesame.

There's green one for $50 in Chicago CL couple weeks ago. Someone beat me to it. I'm still bummed out about it.
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when will it ever end?!?!?
I am quite pleased with my current collection. Currently, I have:

- Hyperfold Tikit with Schlumpf drive;
- Brompton M6L - the 2 speed rear derailleur is kinda neat;
- Strida 5- no mods
- Moulton TSR 30 - no mods, except that I'm not happy with the Campy Record drivetrain;
- Moulton MK3 vintage restoration - soon to have the original Duomatic hub;
- Dahon SmoothHound - with Capreo and drop bars - my training roadie;
- Downtube Mini - my "beater" bike;
- Abio Verdion with 4 speed belt drive, internal gear - test riding this one;

I quite like the quality and diversity of this collection. Yeah, there are other temptations out there, but I think I'll sit back and enjoy this stable for a while.

No, really. I mean it. Why are you laughing?!
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Very nice bike! Congratulations on your new acquisition!
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What don't you like about it? Mrs Yangmusa's TSR also has the Record drivetrain. I find it's a pain to adjust, but she seems to like riding it. It doesn't seem to index very well, requiring multiple clicks to shift up. I even got a reputable store to take a look, but it didn't really improve it beyond my amateur wrenching.
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No, really. I mean it. Why are you laughing?!
can't help it. really i can't stop laughing now. you know how it goes - it will never stop.....it's a sickness...no worry about beating me to it (wahhhhh). honestly - you've got a nice stable out there. i may want to visit you one of this days. although i still owe bruce a visit too.....if i can just get to half of your stable i will be happy....
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What don't you like about it? Mrs Yangmusa's TSR also has the Record drivetrain. I find it's a pain to adjust, but she seems to like riding it. It doesn't seem to index very well, requiring multiple clicks to shift up. I even got a reputable store to take a look, but it didn't really improve it beyond my amateur wrenching.
That's exactly the problem. I can't get the shifting to work smoothly, no matter how much I adjust it. I know Record is not the top of the line Campy, but I can get Shimano's bottom of the line Tiagra to shift better. Sheesh!
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can't help it. really i can't stop laughing now. you know how it goes - it will never stop.....it's a sickness...no worry about beating me to it (wahhhhh). honestly - you've got a nice stable out there. i may want to visit you one of this days. although i still owe bruce a visit too.....if i can just get to half of your stable i will be happy....
You're welcome any time. I'm in Half Moon Bay. We can go for a ride out here when you visit. It's so beautiful out here.
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Congrats! Glad to hear about a happy ending.
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congratulations.

It makes my collection of four folders and one seperable seem rather small.
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