I ordered 2 Suntour suspension forks with 1 inch steerers / 210 mm length / 50 mm travel... I haven't got the model number handy.
My cost on these was pretty low (it helps to work in a bike shop) and if they do not work well I will use them on some other 20's I have here (my daughter's bikes).
My VIIIH, with few upgrades
Just today, bought my first folder, a Dahon MU P24 (24 speed!). The thing is pretty darn fast. Getting myself to decide between the Speed P8 and the MU P24 was like pulling teeth, but I eventually settled on the MU P24 because of the higher high gears. I really liked the Speed P8, though, as far as looks go. I think the grips may have been more comfortable, too. So far, though, I think I made the right decision and am very happy with it. I'll add a photo, later.
Some of the most fun I have have with the folders is letting other folks try them and see them discover what great little machines they are... that and the frequent thumbs up and "cool bike" comments I get from folks on the street.
Here is a picture of my first folding bike. I think I am going to name it Corgi. Never named a bike before.
It doesn't look this bad now. It is at the powder coaters and I hope to have it back any day.
gruffy - My folders came with names affixed to them and they seem to have stuck... Corgi is a most suitable name.
There is a wealth of information on Raleigh Twentys and their variants and really seem to appeal to those who like to do their own wrenching although I have seen some pretty incredible professional work done as well.
They are a joy to own and ride.
Here's my DT IXFS - An American Folder in London! ( I realise it's more Taiwanese). Liking it a lot; fits even a 6'4 dude like me, geared perhaps a little low, and I was an idiot, and bought a non quick release beam rack, but I was pleased to be able to bodge my Ortlieb Office Bag 2 on there. After 16 miles in the rain in London, fenders are high on my list.....
Welcome to the club! Nice pic of the bile and the "unknown" rider.
What is your take on the RD? I switched mine out to SRAM as soon as I could.
It seems ok - haven't got the adjustment 100% yet. I'm more of an internal hub fan for bikes like this, and I'll be looking to score a Mini and/or an FS 8H when they become available here. This is a great bike purely for riding though, rather than commuting and carrying - really fun. If I was going to upgrade anything, I'd be putting on a bigger chainring though - on the whole ride, I never got below 4th, and to be honest, I could've stayed in 5th, but I spun out too easily in top. It limited my ability to chase down carbon roadies, and I resent that!
I might be selling my H when I get the Brompton on the Cycle to Work scheme though if you are interested. Can't afford to have 3 folders as much as I like both my Downtubes
My NWT out on the pier in Red Hook just before picking up a week's worth of supplies at Fairway's.
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My foldy is a carryme. I have changed the saddle to Velo Plush saddle and a longer seat post. It is perfect for the extra distance after alighting from a bus or a train. Its small size makes it getting through a crowd unnoticeable. The size of the bike foot print is just about the size of a large guy spreading his feet about a metre a part.
No name yet... but it's new and I'm really enjoying it!
2008 Downtube 8H with the 8-speed SA hub. Simple rear rack bag, comfort grips on the way as well as a handlebar mount for my GPS.
The only difficulty I've found with my bike (pictured above) is finding a suitable carrier rack for it.
A standard rack with the vertical supports and doesn't work because when it folds up, you lose a good chunk of folding space, which of course defeats the purpose.
I tried a very standard seatpost rack which just stuck straight out and in order for the bag not to impede with the back of the seat, the rack had to be extended backward.
This causes a number of problems; First, it makes the bike more top-heavy especially when it's on the kickstand. It actually blew over in the wind!
But the worst problem is getting on and off! You really have to swing your leg high and clear of the bag.
There is one more rack I'm going to try that attaches to the seatpost but then drops down and then juts out backward like this..
Subsequently I still have this rack from my previous bike for sale if anyone is interested. I also have the pannier bags to go with it.
In Kyoto with my Curve SL and new trailer.