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Old 04-03-11, 02:13 AM   #1
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So I bought a Mezzo the other day.

First folding bike. I was planning to save up and eventually buy a used Brompton but I found a new 2009 Mezzo D 9 for $400. The stock brake pads were pretty awful in the rain so I've replaced them with some kool stops I had lying around. I'm really liking the bike so far though. Gonna be my travel bike. Threw on some time pedals and a brooks as well.
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Old 04-03-11, 06:18 AM   #2
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Very nice! Well done! Where does one happen upon a new Mezzo for $400? I should hang out there more often.
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Old 04-03-11, 07:11 AM   #3
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Good shopping, it's a nice bike. I'm a bit angry with mine at the moment but that's not it's fault. I covered 420km in March, before I crashed it.

Enjoy!
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Old 04-03-11, 12:24 PM   #4
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Congrats, I just got the Mezzo I4
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Old 04-03-11, 12:39 PM   #5
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Oh, I bought it off a guy from craigslist who apparently just had it because he was a company rep for Marin (who was importing the Mezzo for a while).

jefmcg, Was your Mezzo totaled after crashing it? What happened?
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Old 04-04-11, 11:43 AM   #6
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Thanks Omiak.

My fault, and it could have been much worse. I steered into another cyclist. He jumped up, checked I was ok and headed off. I didn't. Must have caught my front wheel on his front fork, bent the rim enough to stop the wheel from turning and flew over the handlebars. Landed on my back hard, but still managed to fold my bike onto a bus and get to work only an hour late.

Had the bike checked at a bike store, they mentioned the loose handlebar and said my chain needed replacing as well as the jockey wheels. IE they were looking at the wrong end of the bike! I'm now not convinced they looked very carefully at the bike, so I'm treating it with caution for a while. I replaced the wheel myself as the shop was going to take weeks to get it in, but my LBS ordered it for me in 4 days - big chain with clumsy internal stock system, I gather.

Anyway, back on the bike this weekend and very happy to be so. Took it to work today (short version: ~12km) and slow. But everything seems to be ok. The front fold is a little bit stiff, but the forks look ok, and the wheel is new, so I don't think it's a safety issue.

I haven't found a good place to have it serviced: everytime a professional has serviced it, they have forgotten to tighten a bolt and left the bike more dangerous than before the service, so I have to rely on my own judgement here. I'm learning to service it myself with the help of a local bicycle group.

Oh, and amusing fact: I've never had a puncture on the front wheel in 3 years, so the tire and tube outlasted the rim!

And it was 620km in March.
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Old 04-05-11, 12:15 PM   #7
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Ah, well glad that nobody got seriously hurt and that your bike seems to be okay.

Anyone else have any trouble with the Sockal clip? (the one that connects the front wheel fender stay to the rear triangle when folded). Occasionally I can't get it to connect properly and I feel like I would be forcing it to simply push harder.
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Old 04-06-11, 03:08 AM   #8
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The clip on mine has an allen key adjustment, that I've used once to fix that problem.

(it's a 2007 or 2008 model, so may be different)
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Old 04-06-11, 06:46 PM   #9
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Ah, good call. That did the trick. Don't know how I failed to notice that it could be adjusted there.
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