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Old 04-20-10, 02:33 PM   #26
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It is indeed. SesameCrunch was kind enough to let me test ride it before I got my TSR27.

BTW, I think that it has some romantic story behind it which makes it really unique ;-)

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Okay, that's just a tease. Share, please!
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yes. we're waiting.....
OK, heh, heh. Some old timers here may remember it.

A young man who worked at the Pashley factory (where the TSR was made), fell head over heels in love with a girl. Alas, his amour was not quite reciprocated. As a last, desperate romantic gesture, he ordered up this TSR as an ultimate display of true and abiding affection. He lovingly supervised its assembly through the factory, and upon completion, presented it to the object of his affections. She rode it once - and promptly dumped him and the bike.

Heart-broken and wanting to rid his life of her memories, he put the bike up for a quick sale. Former frequent poster here, EvilV (who definitely lives up to his moniker ), drove down to the South of England to buy it. EvilV kept it for a few months, but suffered some injury and never did ride it much. So, he declared on this Forum that he planned to get rid of it.

When I read the post on my computer here in California, I decided I had to have it. But...the bike was in the North of England! What to do, what to do.... Read this thread for the excellent adventure that followed - SesameCrunch's Excellent Adventure
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Old 04-20-10, 02:36 PM   #27
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it is indeed such a small fold. just the size of the 16" wheel.
Hey, you just got your Tikit one day ago, and your eyes are wandering already?!!
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Hey, you just got your Tikit one day ago, and your eyes are wandering already?!!
hmmm. i should have been holding a brompton bike right now also but someone here beat me to it...i wonder who that person is.

honestly i can't help it. this folderitis is starting to kick in again.
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Old 04-20-10, 04:54 PM   #29
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Hey, you just got your Tikit one day ago, and your eyes are wandering already?!!
So what were your considerations for pruning your folder tree?
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Old 04-20-10, 05:48 PM   #30
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So what were your considerations for pruning your folder tree?
Actually, I didn't trim my collection. Vic bought another Tikit off Craigslist. I merely assisted by pushing/shoving him over the purchasing edge.

My Tikit has been upgraded with the Schlumpf, safety upgrade, stiffened handlepost with my old wooden dowel trick (as you may remember), dialed in the riding position and I'm quite satisfied with it.
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Old 04-20-10, 08:36 PM   #31
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I think we could all do with some positive energy. Ground rules: Post a picture of the bike or bikes, and tell us the one thing you love most about it. Even if the bike well and truly sucks, find something good about it!.
Perfect timing. Last weekend, while riding along Contra Costa Canal, I thought to myself how lucky I am to find a bike that fits my needs so well. The black TSR 27 fits in my trunk, is stiff like hell, ride well on roads (I have bald tires) and allows me to ride rough surfaces and even dirt trails. It has very wide gearing range (DD 9x3) which I geared low down to ~17GI. This way I can sustain those long and steep hills, sometimes at 4MPH though.

My goal for this year is to ride 1500miles which translates to riding about 30miles every Sunday and the TSR does the job very well.

I also have a yellow NWT that served me very well for almost a year but I don't ride it anymore so I plan to put it for sale. Once in a while I am contemplating of getting a small wheel and quick fold bike (e.g. Brompton, Strida, Tikit, etc) but I don't think I have bandwidth and TLC for more than one bike. To paraphrase one of SesameCrunch's postings, I have a single general purpose arrow so I don't even need a quiver ;-)
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Old 04-20-10, 08:43 PM   #32
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Its fast, light, and reasonably priced!

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I was wondering,how well do seperatable moultons go in to the average car boot. can you get a family full in ? or are they just too unyeilding?
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I was wondering,how well do seperatable moultons go in to the average car boot. can you get a family full in ? or are they just too unyeilding?
The front section does not reduce in height so whatever space you want to fit it in must have that dimension. Or remove the front wheel as well, easy enough. If the front wheel is out, the linear space needed is modest enough.
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I was wondering,how well do seperatable moultons go in to the average car boot. can you get a family full in ? or are they just too unyeilding?
Here is a TSR-27 in the trunk of my Alfa convertible .. an Alfa trunk has just over 12" of vertical clearance with the deck lid shut ... I love these bikes!

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Here is a TSR-27 in the trunk of my Alfa convertible .. an Alfa trunk has just over 12" of vertical clearance with the deck lid shut ... I love these bikes!

Thanks for picture. I had not thought about removing the wheels.

has any one tried 4 Moultons in a car boot? it looks feasible, but expensive!
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Old 04-21-10, 08:26 PM   #37
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Thanks for picture. I had not thought about removing the wheels.

has any one tried 4 Moultons in a car boot? it looks feasible, but expensive!
Sorry its the way my mind thinks. I can picture you taking 4 Moultons(8 half's) out of the trunk(boot) in the dark and putting them all together. Black front red back half OOOps!!
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Old 04-21-10, 09:17 PM   #38
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Dahon Speed PRO TT --> It is fast and nimble. The STI shifters and Dual Drive make it very easy to find the perfect gear.

Brompton: Of all the bikes I've bought, this was the easiest to set up. I just unfolded it and put air in the tires and it went. Although this was supposed to be my wife's bike, I found the fenders to be essential during an unexpected rainy winter and spring in Texas. Finally, I like the upright riding position in the city; less neck strain and I have an easier time checking traffic!
It is perhaps the slowest bike I ride, but I routinely commute 12 miles with it and go up and down hills. When I'm feeling tired, instead of driving all the way to work, with this bike, I'll at least get myself to park and ride halfway.

It's hard to focus on just the plusses and no negatives, but oh well...
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Old 04-22-10, 01:25 AM   #39
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"Sorry its the way my mind thinks. I can picture you taking 4 Moultons(8 half's) out of the trunk(boot) in the dark and putting them all together. Black front red back half OOOps!"
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thought the same thing,BIT LIKE OWNING A SMART CAR with interchangeable body work!
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Old 04-22-10, 04:26 AM   #40
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I got the Miami Citizen bike & love it. It is my very first folder and got me back riding again, which I think is the most important thing! Although on the low price end, I have never had any problems with it and after a year of riding it I am still happy with it, of course now that I have been bitten by the folding bike bug, I am always looking for an upgrade! BTW got to thank the members of this forum, I have learned a lot about foldables and their differences and what to look for in my next purchase (which won't be for a while) but I have a list going!
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Old 04-22-10, 06:17 AM   #42
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I really like your pics. Any issues with the Mini? I have an 08 and love it, too.
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Old 04-22-10, 02:01 PM   #43
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MY FOLDER IS AWESOME BECAUSE, AS FAR AS I KNOW, IT'S THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND ON MY END OF TOWN. I LIKE FOLDERS BECAUSE ITS SOMETHING YOU DON'T SEE ALL OF THE TIME. AND A TRICKED-OUT RALEIGH TWENTY IS A COOL THING TO SEE. WHEN I GET MINE DONE I'LL POST PICTURES OF IT. RIGHT NOW HERE IT IS WHEN I BOUGHT IT IN '08 OFF OF eBay.An estate sale from Mill Valley, Ca. $175/ shipping was $30.
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with a pair of Single digit 7 levers all ready to go. I'm modifiying the handlebars with a Softride suspension headstem and the wheels and brakes. I'm keeping the frame as it is. Once I get past the headset problem I hope to have this thing
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Old 04-22-10, 03:40 PM   #44
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My folder is awesome. It's fast enough, comfortable enough, folds fast enough and is the only folder with a "conventional size bike feeling" that I can fold and travel both nationally and internationally, without any major disassembly. Conventional bikes pale next to my Brompton S4L-R



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Okay, here goes. The post-Rome revised tikit:




Here's what's new.
  1. Huge 60T front gear, 11-32 9-speed cassette, new derailleur, and new grip shifter. Puts me at 31 - 92 gear inches.
  2. New unified aardvark and seatmast
  3. $1 Brooks B72 plus seatpost to enable it
  4. Some minor bar ends.
  5. New stem and cranks (got for free).

So what to say? It gets me from point A to point B. As everyone knows, I'm not a particularly big fan of the bike.

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Old 04-22-10, 05:27 PM   #46
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Why is my Tikit awesome?

- it makes me smile [see photo]
- rides/fits like my full size bikes
- folds/unfolds fast and no adjustment of the cockpit [seat, bars, etc..]
- best folding bike I've swung a leg over so far...











- it's a chick magnet!...
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Hahaha, Vik! You crack me up!
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Old 04-22-10, 08:58 PM   #48
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I cannot overstate how much I value three aspects of the Tikit:

It fits me

AND

It folds and unfolds quickly

AND

It is at exactly the same adjustment after unfolding -- no fiddling with seat and stem height and angle

The first two aspects are widely discussed. For me the third was the clincher. I fold and unfold at each end of my commute. On my previous folders the need to fiddle the fit -- and often to realize when riding that something did not feel quite right -- drove me crazy. Tikit solved that issue.
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Okay, Vic pushed me over the edge.

What's awesome about the tikit: it folds fairly small, and rolls on one wheel, flies in a suitcase to strange locales, but still rides well enough for me to take both on long rides and day-after-day commutes, even in grueling environments like on Rome's San Pietrini. I can take it in shops and businesses and universities: it has never had a lock, even in Rome. And I can fix and upgrade most anything on it easily.

Oh, and did I mention the tikit's close-knit community? I rode in Rome with the one other tikiter in the entire area (see below).

I would have not survived Rome without that bike.






[video=youtube;tIU_SbUohIQ]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tIU_SbUohIQ[/video]

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It is at exactly the same adjustment after unfolding -- no fiddling with seat and stem height and angle

The first two aspects are widely discussed. For me the third was the clincher. I fold and unfold at each end of my commute. On my previous folders the need to fiddle the fit -- and often to realize when riding that something did not feel quite right -- drove me crazy. Tikit solved that issue.
I hear you. With my first folder - a Dahon - I had to adjust the seatpost height & rotation, stem height and rotation, plus the rotate the bars after each fold. I rarely got it spot on so I'd stop after a block and adjust whatever was bugging me. No problem with a once a week fold...big PITA for a multiple times a day fold. I figured there had to be a better way!

The difference is huge from a practical perspective....when I ride with my Dahon buddies in Calgary and we stop for coffee or a beer...most of the time they"ll lock their bikes outside while I fold my Tikit and take it in. I think that says it all.
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