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Old 09-14-11, 01:32 PM   #1
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Pacific Reach IF

This is the Reach I have had since January. I believe I got the first Reach IF that came into the UK. The Reach was always a great bike but taking off the wheel to fold it wasn't for me. It's an entirely different story with Mark Sander's IF folding mechanism integrated into the Reach. I get a very firm ride because of the tensioning leaver that locks into place. The gears shift lovely and the brakes are very responsive. It is definitely one very fast bike. The fold is also compact and fast and it rolls very nice. All in all I'm thrilled with this excellent bike. Pictures below:







I bought machined pedals made in Taiwan fro m a UK eBay seller. They look great and even were in a matching blue. Apart from that they are light with a great grip using the screws to achieve this. I never get any slippage on these.












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Old 09-14-11, 06:58 PM   #2
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Congratulations! You have a very fast, comfort, quick folding, easy to wheel when folded and tasteful bike.
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Yes the fold & unfold is very fast indeed! It also has great frame rigidity & ride quality.
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What made you decide on this bike versus say the Xootr Swift? Has someone come up with with a spreadsheet comparing first separated by wheel size and then key attributes like comfort of ride, flexiness, ease of foldability (real life time to fold and unfold), overall weight. and folded size, etc? could include a separate category of coupled bikes too............... Seems like the swift would be pretty much the same as the IF but less money?
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Yes the fold & unfold is very fast indeed! It also has great frame rigidity & ride quality.
Didn't you just sell this bike on ebay? or do you have a fleet? .. what happened to the Jetstream EX?
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Old 09-16-11, 04:06 AM   #6
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Winning bidder was a con artist. In this case it was fortunate as the bike is worth far more. Keeping it now, it's far too nice to let go. will raise funds selling a non-bike possession to fund my laptop lol! Still got the Jetstream EX & Brommie ;-)
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What made you decide on this bike versus say the Xootr Swift? Has someone come up with with a spreadsheet comparing first separated by wheel size and then key attributes like comfort of ride, flexiness, ease of foldability (real life time to fold and unfold), overall weight. and folded size, etc? could include a separate category of coupled bikes too............... Seems like the swift would be pretty much the same as the IF but less money?
Why not? it folds better than a Swift by quite a margin. The Swift is a very good bike just not for me. The only other bike I'd like to have is a Bike Friday Tikit.
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With the IF seems like you can roll it around easier like the brompton and bike fridays, I'm not sure how does the swift lug around the subways but from the pics it doesn't look like that friendly of a package on a crowded train. But why in the heck do you have sooo many high end folders!?!? You have almost one of every brand except for BF. I'd love to have your collection but my wife would kill me!
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With the IF seems like you can roll it around easier like the brompton and bike fridays, I'm not sure how does the swift lug around the subways but from the pics it doesn't look like that friendly of a package on a crowded train. But why in the heck do you have sooo many high end folders!?!? You have almost one of every brand except for BF. I'd love to have your collection but my wife would kill me!
It's quite commuter friendly. Lol I am have been close to death on a few occasions ;-) I have just 3 high-enders, there are far worse on these forums lol!
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It's quite commuter friendly. Lol I am have been close to death on a few occasions ;-) I have just 3 high-enders, there are far worse on these forums lol!
Harrumpf! I resemble that remark...

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Harrumpf! I resemble that remark...

I agree ..
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And speaking of the devils lolll!
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Just get your better half interested in cycling. Connie has a Reach and TWO Moultons, one dedicated for shopping and one for road riding!
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Hello Jur nice to hear from you again. My young lady loves the Brompton but she thinks the rest are madness lol!
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@sesamecrunch planning on doing the Orgeon ride next year? I'd be up for it!
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@sesamecrunch planning on doing the Orgeon ride next year? I'd be up for it!
Are you serious?!! If so, count me in!
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those pacific cycles bikes sure are nice.
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Sesamecrunch when are you up for an all-American ride possibly Oregon?
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I'm semi-retired, so my time is flexible. What are you thinking about? The Cycle Oregon ride is sold out. We can get on the wait-list. Also, we can construct something interesting for ourselves.
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I haven't forgotten Sesame. Time to plan hahaha!
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Very cool. I was considering a Reach for the occasions when my Brompton wasn't "fast enough" or when I needed a more full size ride. I ended up getting a Rivendell Sam Hillborne - just because! You can never have enough bikes... you know, N + 1...

A couple of questions if you don't mind.

- Can you fit wider/more aggressive tread tires on, say for winter riding?
- Easy to attach fenders, racks, etc.?
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Very cool. I was considering a Reach for the occasions when my Brompton wasn't "fast enough" or when I needed a more full size ride. I ended up getting a Rivendell Sam Hillborne - just because! You can never have enough bikes... you know, N + 1...

A couple of questions if you don't mind.

- Can you fit wider/more aggressive tread tires on, say for winter riding?
- Easy to attach fenders, racks, etc.?
It's a great bike but there are no wider tyres for the 451 wheels. Schwalbe Duranos are pretty good but of no use for the Canadian winter.

Fenders & racks are very specific but can be bought from Pacific dealers such as NYCE wheels, New York. They can adapt other fenders to fit.
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What made you decide on this bike versus say the Xootr Swift? Has someone come up with with a spreadsheet comparing first separated by wheel size and then key attributes like comfort of ride, flexiness, ease of foldability (real life time to fold and unfold), overall weight. and folded size, etc? could include a separate category of coupled bikes too............... Seems like the swift would be pretty much the same as the IF but less money?
Are you trying to start WW3??
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Are you trying to start WW3??
I like the Swift and right now it is sold at a better pricing point. I find the extra fold beneficial but not everyone would need it. In such cases the Swift is a compelling alternative and worthy contender.
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Hi

There is another Pacific IF Reach user....... I've not seen another in the UK in the last 8 months I've owned mine.

The supplied comet tyres were rubbish and wore out fast, replaced with Schwalbe Duranos. Also added Ergon GP2 bar ends, longer seat post (- I'm 6'4", not easy to find but Gusset Lofy XL fits the bill) and spd pedals. I want to add some mudguards and possibly the rear rack.

It's an amazing bike, so versatile, comfortable and easy to use. I took my full size bike out the other day and that felt very strange to be so high up etc after not using it for 8 months. The 20" wheels make a massive difference, I don't have much to compare it to apart from trying a couple of friends Bromptons and some non-descript 16"/18" smaller wheeled folders, but I had no confidence in them when cornering at speed or on loose surface. My friends call it my clown bike and take the pi$$ but I don't care. I get asked about it almost everyday.......the only reason I don't think there are more around in the UK (and why I have't asked for commission on sales ) is the huge price, just don't think people can justify it.

I generally do 6 miles a day with a couple of 17 miles rides a week depending on the weather.

I'm not a bike geek but will try to answer any questions.

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