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    Forrest Redux

    Spent the evening writing up what turned out to be an epic blog post about my favourite folder and one of the best bikes ever.

    Some good reading for a cold winter night methinks...

    Forrest, My Phillip's 20


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    Nice read, 65r. Look forward to more updates.

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    Enjoyable write up. I love how you have kept improving the bike. The last two mods, the rear triangle and the fork are really more like custom frame building.

    Must post a pic once the powder coat project is done.

    When you first modified Forrest, and "fixed" it, does that mean there was no ratchet or merely that it was a single speed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    Enjoyable write up. I love how you have kept improving the bike. The last two mods, the rear triangle and the fork are really more like custom frame building.

    Must post a pic once the powder coat project is done.

    When you first modified Forrest, and "fixed" it, does that mean there was no ratchet or merely that it was a single speed?
    Forrest came to me as a bone stock 3 speed... that hub is seeing use on my daughter's Saffron now as it's hub was in terrible shape.

    After seeing Sheldon's fixed gear 20 I was inspired to build my own and I gave my friend the old fixed wheel as he wants to build up a fixed gear 20 for himself.

    The only original parts are the H frame and it was a lot of custom work on the frame... I have since swapped in another stem.

    Am looking forward to powder coating the bike and before I do that will add another bottle / pump mount behind the seat post and a spoke holder on the non drive side...

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    I really enjoy to follow the changes of this bike. Since we have two similar ones (detatchables, different brand) I know they are really great bikes. Could you plse tell me the present wheelbase on this bike?
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    The stock wheelbase on a Twenty frame is 40 inches / 100cm... net gain in total wheel base was 2.5 cm as the gain in the rear was 40 mm but loss up front with the fork change was 15 mm.

    I have been pondering building up a Twenty into an extrabike thinking that the folding ability would help with storage as you could reduce the length by about 1/3... if there is one complaint I have about my extra bike (and it is is a small one) is that parking a bike with a 62 inch wheelbase can be a pain sometimes.

    With a 40cm extension a Twenty with an extrabike conversion would be 140 cm long and should compress to about 90cm when folded...

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    I can understand your bike obsessiveness and the continual mod process on the 20, but getting married at VooDoo Donuts??? (Didn't even know they did that.)

    Does bring up a question, though: If one has to stand in line for 30 minutes for donuts, how long do you have to stand in line for a wedding? Look what you'll miss going back to Canuckistan.

    Lou
    (Who's sister-in-law married a Canadian, and has lived in B.C. for almost 35 yrs now.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    The stock wheelbase on a Twenty frame is 40 inches / 100cm... net gain in total wheel base was 2.5 cm as the gain in the rear was 40 mm but loss up front with the fork change was 15 mm.

    I have been pondering building up a Twenty into an extrabike thinking that the folding ability would help with storage as you could reduce the length by about 1/3... if there is one complaint I have about my extra bike (and it is is a small one) is that parking a bike with a 62 inch wheelbase can be a pain sometimes.

    With a 40cm extension a Twenty with an extrabike conversion would be 140 cm long and should compress to about 90cm when folded...
    Exactely! I am half way trough making a detatchable longtail just for that reason. Had the dog in a trailer this last year becouse I`ve been lazy and not fixing the ghost shifting on the Dogbike2 (tandem gearcable is in the mail now). Keep thinking I must finish the 20" longtail so that I get a smaller one to store since they are so much easyer to store (not much longet than a "big bike"). I am thinking 2,35 Big Appels and Nexus7.... I really need to find a powdercoater!

    Now I must rush down to the basement and measure the wheelbase .

    Edit: Wheelbase 101cm at the moment (horisontal drops). It needs to stay in the basement until I am done installing the wooden stove. Fire inspectors to arrive on friday and stuff is not up to standard. Put the bikes in the basement to keep focused .
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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    I can understand your bike obsessiveness and the continual mod process on the 20, but getting married at VooDoo Donuts??? (Didn't even know they did that.)

    Does bring up a question, though: If one has to stand in line for 30 minutes for donuts, how long do you have to stand in line for a wedding? Look what you'll miss going back to Canuckistan.

    Lou
    (Who's sister-in-law married a Canadian, and has lived in B.C. for almost 35 yrs now.)
    Hmmm. To me it sounds better than the "pay for your wedding the next 5 yrs full Barbie/mareng kit". It is about komittment, not about pretending to be rich for a day and pay for years and years?
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Foldable Two View Post
    I can understand your bike obsessiveness and the continual mod process on the 20, but getting married at VooDoo Donuts??? (Didn't even know they did that.)

    Does bring up a question, though: If one has to stand in line for 30 minutes for donuts, how long do you have to stand in line for a wedding? Look what you'll miss going back to Canuckistan.

    Lou
    (Who's sister-in-law married a Canadian, and has lived in B.C. for almost 35 yrs now.)
    A Voodoo Doughnuts wedding, I missed that part in my first trip through the blog.

    Looked it up on line, sounds like a neat place and the fact that they do wedding is really cool.

    I say perfect place for a cyclist's wedding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    A Voodoo Doughnuts wedding, I missed that part in my first trip through the blog.

    Looked it up on line, sounds like a neat place and the fact that they do wedding is really cool.

    I say perfect place for a cyclist's wedding.
    Pure Portland! Actually, now named by many tourists as Portland's No. 1 attraction!

    Here's the links so most folks will know what is being talked about.
    http://voodoodoughnut.com/weddings.php
    http://voodoodoughnut.com/locations.php

    My statement about a 30-minute wait is no exaggeration. Must have taken many of those "location" shots during the middle of the night to minimize the crowd.

    (On our last trip to a Voodoo, we cabled our Fridays to a pole outside the SW 3rd Ave store.)

    Only question is which wedding ceremony did 'sixty-fiver' choose?

    Lou

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    We got married on a sunny afternoon (another blog post coming on that) and they actually close the store to perform weddings, which was a voodoo ceremony... after that we took a ride around the Esplanade and went for flaming Spanish coffees.

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