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Old 04-17-10, 04:45 PM   #1
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Exploded Downtube...

'Downtube' as in the Folding Bike and 'Exploded' as in the Tech Drawing term. Time came to give the IX FS a service and I decided to replace all the drive-train and any other knackered bits.

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...A bike barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild it. We have the technology. We have the capability to build the world's first! Downtube with some replaced bits. This will be that bike. Better than it was before. Better, stronger, faster.

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Old 04-18-10, 01:47 AM   #2
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Mon Dieu! I cannot understand how anyone can reduce a bike to that amount of bits, and still get it all back so it functions as a bicycle. The man is a wizard.

The Downtube IX FS is certainly one of the most handsomest folders though, do we foresee cartridge bottom brackets, hand-carved deraillÚurs and possibly, funny handlebars?
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Old 04-18-10, 02:16 AM   #3
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Mon Dieu! I cannot understand how anyone can reduce a bike to that amount of bits, and still get it all back so it functions as a bicycle. The man is a wizard.
I'm no Harry Potter! More of a Hairy Pootler!

Just took lots of pics during disassembly and magically didn't have any bits left after rebuild.

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The Downtube IX FS is certainly one of the most handsomest folders though, do we foresee cartridge bottom brackets, hand-carved deraill´urs and possibly, funny handlebars?
The Handlebars are possibly gonna be switched and you should see my new Bottom Bracket!

I'll take 'handsomest' as a personal compliment. For when I ride, me and my bike are as one! Man and machine in harmony! - Yeah! Right!

Snafoo - Lovely to have you back on the forum.
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You're welcome, I'm a 'senior' member now, heading for a free bus pass. I'm just up the road from you in Hampshireville, we must get together to chortle at my efforts to get up hills. I still miss my Downtube IX FS possibly the most comfortable bike in the world. Do we forsee a drop-bar sprinter appearing out of your mysterious pile of bits?
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