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    Eschew Obfuscation SesameCrunch's Avatar
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    My Mom went to Taiwan and all I got was this...

    ...Bridgestone Moulton S-18.



    I guess that's not too bad a deal, is it?

    Replica of the original 1960's F-Frame Moultons. Licensed to Bridgestone for manufacturing. Can't get them in the U.S. presently. So, when my Mom told me she was visiting Taiwan this Summer, my hyperactive folder-acquisition cortex kicked in. After an interminable month long wait, the BSM finally arrived into my hot little hands.

    Aluminum frame, full suspension, Capreo drivetrain, 17" (369) wheels. Lots of panache and attitude.

    I've just had the chance to ride it around the block. And, of course, I have no objectivity now, since this brand new toy just arrived yesterday, so I won't bother to comment on it. I will, however, have a chance to intimately compare the TSR and BSM and will try to write up a report in the future.

    My plans are to convert it to drop bars, remove the rack and fenders and give it a sporty look. All in due course.

    It joins the TSR and MK3 in the Moulton section of the collection.



    What's that expression you Brits use - chuffed, is it? I think I'm chuffed...

    Sad part was parting with my Tikit with the Schlumpf Drive in order to make room for this BSM. Yeah, even I have a conscience about how many folders to have
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    Great looking bike and color. Congrats.
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    Oh, shiny! Congrats!

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    Did you know about the Triang kid's models, SC?

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    Don't encourage him or he will want another trip to the UK and bring this back for his lovely little boy!

    You cunning little temptress Snafu!

    SC that's a beautiful bike. I know I couldn't visit Taiwan and not come back without a folding wonder from there. Can i ask how much you paid for it. I think you are right taking the rack off and a few minor mods will make this an amazingly sporty bike! Congrats!

    I might have bought the Tikit off you lol!

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    Sweet!

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    Horrible, not at collectable, inexpensive to buy, no second hand value,not rare............................
    do you want to sell it?
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    That's a sweet-looking bike. My Tikit is givin' me the stink-eye for looking at your bike pictures...
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    Quote Originally Posted by snafu21 View Post
    Did you know about the Triang kid's models, SC?

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    I didn't know about them, but I think the little guy has designs already. Look at him horn in on me during the photo shoot. Devious kid. Takes after his mother....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mulleady View Post
    . Can i ask how much you paid for it. I think you are right taking the rack off and a few minor mods will make this an amazingly sporty bike! Congrats!

    I might have bought the Tikit off you lol!
    Ummm, did you want the price inclusive of taxes, bribes and smuggling expenses? You can get BSM's in the UK, so you may as well look up the UK price. PDR on this forum has one.

    I wouldn't have sold you the Tikit. It was a Medium size one, and a little small and flexy, even for me. With your Franken-calfs, you would have snapped the frame, much less the chain!

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    SesameCrunch,

    It is with a very heavy heart that I must inform you that you have a serious sickness. I have diligently reviewed the test results, hoping against hope that my diagnoses was incorrect, but alas....... you have the dreaded Moultonitis, I'm so sorry.
    There is no cure.
    However, if you send ME your bikes, it will ease the pain.....(mine).

    Beautiful, beautiful bikes, well done.
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    Sweet bike! Someday I would love to look at those Moultons in person.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro-monster View Post
    Sweet bike! Someday I would love to look at those Moultons in person.
    Moulton Party at SC's house! My NWT wants to come too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    ...Bridgestone Moulton S-18.


    It joins the TSR and MK3 in the Moulton section of the collection.



    What's that expression you Brits use - chuffed, is it? I think I'm chuffed...
    I think I'm going to go be sick..

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    Words fail me.

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    Folder Meet at SC's in the Bay area lets set a date! :-]
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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Words fail me.

    Hang on, hang on, how do these bikes fold? Hmmmm?
    I forgot to mention that it's a separable. Separating is kinda like folding, only slower

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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post


    Ummm, did you want the price inclusive of taxes, bribes and smuggling expenses? You can get BSM's in the UK, so you may as well look up the UK price. PDR on this forum has one.

    I wouldn't have sold you the Tikit. It was a Medium size one, and a little small and flexy, even for me. With your Franken-calfs, you would have snapped the frame, much less the chain!
    Won't tell me the price you scoundrel?!!!

    Tell me this much. Are they cheaper in Taiwan along with a lot of other folders?

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    Will your mom adopt me?

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    Wow, that's a beauty, congrats on the success of your cunning plan to acquire it! After reading about this and your Excellent Adventure, I'm feeling less guilty about driving half the length of my state to get my mitts on a Mk 3.


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    Gorgeous MK3! Congratulations! What hub does it use in the back?

    It also looks like it could use some decals. I used a nice eBay source to get the one on my MK3. Let me know if you are interested in my source.

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    Chuffed is the word....

    I'm very jealous of your growing Alex Moulton stable. The bridgestone looks great and will indeed be improved with some nice drops. I'd lose that stem for something a bit more elegant too - adjustable stems are always a bit 'MyFirstHybrid'

    If you don't want those fenders I know of a little red Mercton in London that would love to have a viable winter-ride option
    I've tried to get hold of those skinny things myself and they are just impossible to get as a spare (unless you buy a set with a bike attached...

    Intresting what you did to extend the cockpit length on the Mk3... most people would put the bars forward rather than the saddle back.

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    Hi LP!

    I agree with your aesthetic suggestions. I have a new stem in mind for the BSM.

    On the MK3, it was impossible to find a proper fitting stem as the handlebar dimension is antiquated. So, I took the simple way out and used the seat post extender (originally purchased for the Merc, btw). It works out well and allows me to keep the original handlebar, whose look I like very much for the MK3's lifestyle.

    I would love to contribute the skinny fenders to your slim Mercton, especially since my MK3 still wears the wheels from your Merc. But the do look good on the BSM too. Let me keep your request in mind, tho...

    Quote Originally Posted by LittlePixel View Post
    Chuffed is the word....

    I'm very jealous of your growing Alex Moulton stable. The bridgestone looks great and will indeed be improved with some nice drops. I'd lose that stem for something a bit more elegant too - adjustable stems are always a bit 'MyFirstHybrid'

    If you don't want those fenders I know of a little red Mercton in London that would love to have a viable winter-ride option
    I've tried to get hold of those skinny things myself and they are just impossible to get as a spare (unless you buy a set with a bike attached...

    Intresting what you did to extend the cockpit length on the Mk3... most people would put the bars forward rather than the saddle back.

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    Nice Bridgestone. Three very nice Moultons, you lucky bastid!says the person with 2 F-frame Moultons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
    Gorgeous MK3! Congratulations! What hub does it use in the back?

    It also looks like it could use some decals. I used a nice eBay source to get the one on my MK3. Let me know if you are interested in my source.

    Thanks, it has an S5 in an AW shell (imagine my surprise!) I'd be interested in your eBay source, I'll be refinishing it this year with any luck...

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