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Old 06-06-10, 07:12 PM   #1
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How about you?

I have spent many hours and dollars and micro adjusting to get my Brompton to the point where it is a close second only to my Surly LHT in comfort. I can ride it literally miles upon miles with no discomfort.
While i was out riding it today it got me to thinking if i could have only one bike period, i would have to say it would have to be a folder of some type for all the reasons most of us folderites already know of.
How about you? One bike only, would it be a folder? If you wish to name the brand go for it.
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Old 06-06-10, 08:18 PM   #2
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A folder with a IGH. Small fold and all the gears I could get into a hub.
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Right now, I am most enamoured by my Moulton APB, so that would be my only bike if forced to.
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Old 06-06-10, 09:34 PM   #4
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That's a toughy. My only uprights are all folders, but all my bikes are so different from each other that there's no way I could replace them all with a single folder. Now whether or not I actually need such a tool chest of bikes is another question.
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'Tis a hard choice. The One True folder for me is perilously close to the Dahon D7 Vitesse, or the Downtube IX FS, with all the disraylias I can cram onto it. I've had expensive folders, and one is afeared to leave them anyplace where the paint will get scratched.

A Moulton would be nice though.
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One bike only? .. my V-Brake Moulton TSR .. comfortable full suspension for long rides .. able to take a variety of tire sizes to accommodate most terrains.. separates to fit smallish spaces .. lots of drivetrain choices .. very appealing to my eye.
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I refuse to answer this question. The thought of only having one folding bike makes my head explode....
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IMPOSSIBLE!!

I need:

2X tandems for road and off road for my blind stokers
3x road bikes for racing and training, wet days and for classic bike ride days
1x MTB for MTBing and rugged off road touring.
2x Folders for pootling, commuting and touring
I need a MOULTON.

ONE BIKE?

IMPOSSIBLE... HERESY!!
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Life is too short to have just one bike.
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It didn't take me long to make my S6L my most comfortable bike. Stubby bar ends, and turning the pentaclip upside down, and it's perfect. So good that I sold my other bikes (moving from a medium sized house with a garage into a tiny flat had nothing to do with it). For about 6 months it was my only bike, but then I discovered a need for more luggage carrying abilty. So I bought an M6R, which is slightly less comfortable, the bars are too high. But the T-bag fits. The S6L can barely carry a teabag.
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Serious cyclists don't have just one bike.

And remember the other one... folding bikes are like chocolates... one is never enough.
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Serious cyclists don't have just one bike.

And remember the other one... folding bikes are like chocolates... one is never enough.
Yup that is my take on it too. But IF I were to be limited to one bike it most likely would be an IGH version of the Bike Friday NWT.

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Of the ones I have, I'd take my NWT with Dual Drive. Can be made to fit a lot of situations and is bullet-proof.

If I were a commuter (don't have to do that when you are retired) it would be a tikit or Brompton.

(I haven't been bitten by the Moulton bug yet.)

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Heresy! Why have only one bike?!?!?!

But like I mentioned in the deraily-thingymabob vs. infernal gear hub thread, the one promised bike for me would be a Brompton with Rohloff. Of course, I'd still have to have a classic Moulton (I think this summer I can finally do some of the restoration work on mine! Joy!), and probably a MuSL or Speed TT.
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I guess my suspicions were right it looks like most of us me included, find it impossible to have only one bike. I did entertain the thought as i said in my OP but then again im seriously considering the Moulton TSR2 when it comes out and i cant part with what i have now. However if its not a separable frame model then i would be less tempted.
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I think I speak for most of us obsessive bicycle owners here, who have after many self-assessing sessions, whilst gazing into the mirror, having come to the conclusion that the ONLY answer to this sickness is to........

BUY ANOTHER BIKE.
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Buy another bike.
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Between a shift to apartment living in a big city and just wanting to get rid of stuff I dropped down to one bicycle. I commute, I do long day rides and some overnight tours, and I like to take a bicycle along on business trips. I'd rather be riding than spending time on maintainance. And where I live it is a big plus to have a bike that uses mostly stock parts so I don't have to wait for deliveries or maintain my own inventory.

A Tikit with an IGH has been the one bike -- fantastic for the commute and taking along on trips, pretty good for training and light touring. Mostly I like that it fits me, it's fairly low maintenance, and it minimizes situations when I cannot use a bicycle -- so for me it's the mileage maximizing choice of a single bicycle.

There are plenty of situations where I think "hmmm, bicycle X would be better right now" -- but then I remember that having bicycle "X" would require real estate I don't need to own, maintenance I don't really want to do, and money spent on a bicycle I don't really need. And I go back to riding.
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and turning the pentaclip upside down,
Why did you turn the pentaclip upside down?
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[QUOTE=brommie;10935308]Why did you turn the pentaclip upside down?[/QUOTE

You can gain some extra saddle height (about 1.5 inch) by moving Penta Clip right to the top of post and flipping it over to get the saddle rail grooves on top, above bolt instead of below bolt.

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I am a one bike person. I cannot afford the time and hassle of taking care of more than one bike. I am using a TSR27 and it fits my needs very well. I can store it my small car's trunk, it has a wide gear range which I need to climb hills, it rides very well on roads (I am using Kojak tires) as well as on moderate dirt roads, it is stiff like hell and with the day bag I can carry road tools, camera, food and still have spare room.

Like you I micro adjusted it and I can not think of any other modification. All is left for me to do now is to keep those pedal turning.

I also have a DualDrive NWT laying around but I am not using it anymore. I plan to sell it or if I will not find a buyer, to trade for a super folder (Tikit, Brompton, Strida, etc).
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.. having bicycle "X" would require real estate I don't need to own, maintenance I don't really want to do, and money spent on a bicycle I don't really need. And I go back to riding.
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I could not say it better.
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'..I've had expensive folders, and one is afeared to leave them anyplace where the paint will get scratched.
There is simple remedy for this. Take your new bike and scratch it with a nail.

(it's from the 5th century book "Zen and Folders").

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There is simple remedy for this. Take your new bike and scratch it with a nail.

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