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Old 06-13-07, 06:17 PM   #351
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My Swift, finished at last:



It weighs 9.0kg and is very fast.

A full photo album linkie is in my sig.
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Old 06-14-07, 05:32 PM   #352
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My Swift, finished at last:



It weighs 9.0kg and is very fast.

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Daayum! That's sweet. Looks fast just sitting there.
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Old 06-14-07, 05:37 PM   #353
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To add to my collection, I recently got 2 SA8 internal hub Downtube bikes:

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Old 06-14-07, 07:05 PM   #354
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My Swift, finished at last:
It weighs 9.0kg and is very fast.
Sweet! What size chainring is that?
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Old 06-14-07, 07:32 PM   #355
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Sweet! What size chainring is that?
Vuelta 58T, from Loosescrews or Gaerlan.
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Old 06-14-07, 08:35 PM   #356
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My Swift, finished at last:
That looks scary....

Nice work.

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Old 06-15-07, 07:10 AM   #357
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My Swift, finished at last: (photo deleted)

It weighs 9.0kg and is very fast.

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Will you start doing your tours on the Swift instead of your R20?
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Old 06-17-07, 07:45 PM   #358
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My Swift, finished at last:



It weighs 9.0kg and is very fast.

A full photo album linkie is in my sig.
Beautiful. How do you like the seat?
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Old 06-18-07, 04:57 PM   #359
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Mean bike Jur - mean!

It looks fast sat still so be careful on it! No scraped chin please!
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Old 06-19-07, 12:28 AM   #360
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@JosephLMonti: Probably no touring on the Swift; the R20 is more robust and I don't need the speed during touring, especially if touring with my wife.

@pm124: The saddle is surprisingly comfy, but it is not a Brooks... after several hours I begin to get the urge to lift myself off the saddle, which does not happen on a Brooks.
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Old 06-19-07, 05:06 AM   #361
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Picked this Citizen 20" on Craiglist for $100.00. rather nice folder, a little on the heavy side. I will be using it for my 3.5 mile commute.

Bike is in excellent shape .
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Old 06-20-07, 05:43 PM   #362
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Vuelta 58T, from Loosescrews or Gaerlan.
I don't think my Ultegra front derailleur can handle a 58T. Let me do a search, i may be lucky...
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Old 06-20-07, 08:39 PM   #363
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If your derailer can be adjusted up and down, ie a clamp-on version, then no problem.
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Old 06-21-07, 02:40 PM   #364
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My modified Brompton (still waiting for the green tyres, S-Bag and kickstand arriving next week)











British, odd skinny looking. More you look more you get used to it. Spoiled with toys, not really the best thing out there but I don't have a problem riding for hours non stop. I had no option but to name her Keira.

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Old 06-22-07, 02:17 AM   #365
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Very nice work. I like the FSA chainring.

How do you find the Thudbuster and Brompton suspension? Do they work well in concert?

Are they stock calipers ? What cranks/bb are you using?
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Old 06-22-07, 04:52 AM   #366
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The dual suspension works fine but you need to "learn" how to ride to avoid the "pogo" effect. If you don't pay attention on your riding, you end up bouncing a little.

The calipers are the "DUAL PIVOT", standard on the S6L model that I got. Koolstop salmon pads were added and I have a very effective stopping power.

The bbs are originals, and the cranks are 170mm, but I just can't remember the brand (I actually covered their logo with a black reflective tape). Next time I ride I'll check it and come back.

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Old 06-22-07, 05:35 AM   #367
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14R: Very impressive! I like what I see. A bunch of questions, since I'm ignorant about the Bromptons:

What are all those levers on the handlebars - I presume for gears? But 3 levers for 6 - 6 is right? - gears?? How are 6 gears achieved - is there a 2-gear derailer system with a hub gearbox?

And why do you like the Brommie but not the Merc? (I don't know where to look for all your reasons - sorry.)

One thing I'm not crazy about, is the lazy arrangement of cables to the back. Cables are cluttery.
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Old 06-22-07, 06:43 AM   #368
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14R: Very impressive! I like what I see. A bunch of questions, since I'm ignorant about the Bromptons:

What are all those levers on the handlebars - I presume for gears? But 3 levers for 6 - 6 is right? - gears?? How are 6 gears achieved - is there a 2-gear derailer system with a hub gearbox?

And why do you like the Brommie but not the Merc? (I don't know where to look for all your reasons - sorry.)

One thing I'm not crazy about, is the lazy arrangement of cables to the back. Cables are cluttery.
Very good questions:

The levers on the handlebars are the gear shifters from Brompton. They are ugly, not really very ergonomic but after extensive review from Bromptontalk I decided just to get used to them instead of replacing them with grip shifters. 6 speeds are achieved by 3 internal from the hub (right hand shifter, it's a SINGLE shifter with 2 "wings", I guess you stick your finger in between, I don't really know why it's designed like that) and a Brompton derailer system that uses 2 cogs in the bag (13 and 15 teeth) (left hand shifter that also comes with a little bell inbedded). 3x2=6 (I may consider a smaller front chainring since my crankset left room for it. With or without front derailleur, I may add one if I end up needing one).

The reason why I ended up with a Brompton has to do with my ex-girlfriend (that we ended the relationship in very good terms) offering me the Brompton I gave her as a birthday gift after we splitted. Could be a Merc GT6 (not the Gt3 though) but it wasn't. I am kinda happy that I ended up with this bike for several reasons (including the fact that I paid for it)


Now the cables look cluttery, but they don't bother me while riding and this is the arrangement that allows a fold without any cable problems. I didn't even bother on changing them, but I'm sure they can be arranged in a better looking way. For me, they are fine since I spend more time riding than looking at the bike
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Old 06-22-07, 10:14 AM   #369
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One thing I'm not crazy about, is the lazy arrangement of cables to the back. Cables are cluttery.
The cabling does look bad, but it's location and length are designed on purpose to accommodate folding so you can fold and go. The cabling on all other folders, I've experienced, are afterthoughts: that's why other folders can shift out of gear when folded if you don't put them into a specific gear first before folding. More impressively, the cables are arranged so they stay out of your way when folding unfolding; with some other folders, you have to watch the arrangement of your handlebars so nothing snags and you do a quick unfold. Jur, you really have to see one in person and mess around with it a lot to appreciate its design! I know Greenspeed imports them, if they're close to you.
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Old 06-22-07, 05:56 PM   #370
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It's cute

+1 on comments about the shifters. They look like classic UK engineer designs - ie durability and function eclipses all usability..

Engineer: "People will use these things? With their HANDS?"

Look at the dash of any 70s Rover/Mini/Triumph car and you'll see the same thing. UK Engineers never do life drawing, or think about tactile materials at college - instead they drink beer and dream of (one day) meeting girls so they don't really know what curves or ergonomics are. Hence blocky bakelite shifters. They'll last though. Oh yes. Or they'll crack and fall off. Oh noes!

The other thing that bugs me about the Brompton 'out of the box' is the way the rear mudguard (fender) doesn't really fit properly. Looking at the pics it has the classic 'doesn't quite fit under the brake bridge' syndrome that upsets the natural curve of the guard. A little nitpicky I know but you'd think that they'd have made it fit properly by now eh kids?

Sorry - don't mean to be trashing your bike - it looks sweet other than the bit's I've just been mashing
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Hence blocky bakelite shifters. They'll last though. Oh yes. Or they'll crack and fall off. Oh noes!
It's a win-win situation. If they don't brake I'm ok with them. If they do, I may go for something fancy-looking.

I don't know any mudguards/fenders that look good. MAYBE the Curve D3 comes with a set. Maybe...

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Notice the excellent cable routing on this bike. Unfortunately, the GF does not use cleats and likes gel seats. Or else I would sneak the bike out during the day.

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Old 07-03-07, 09:03 PM   #373
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And here are the updates to my rig. Now has a total of 2,500 miles. (About 550 miles per month, mostly commuting.)

(Yes, those are black KoolStops. PricePoint sent me the wrong ones. That's what I get for not using my LBS.)

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Old 07-05-07, 02:49 PM   #374
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Just picked up this Eatons Road king "porta / iii" last week.

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Old 07-06-07, 01:26 AM   #375
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Already posted a more detailed thread on my Jetstream P8 and its upgrades. But just wanted to add it onto this thread to join the bike family.
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