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Old 07-13-12, 11:16 PM   #1
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Dressing up my new Tern Link D8

I just order my first folding bike and I am looking for ideas to dress up my Tern Link D8 (Gray/Orange). I order it from REI, since it is a special order, they told me is going to take at least 4-6 weeks. I think it should be here within 2-4 weeks. Anyone special order a bike from REI before?

So, I have been doing some research and trying to figure out how to dress up bike. I want to be able to ride at night and I am looking for some headlights.

Headlights-These are the headlights I am planning to get.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1200-Lumens-...#ht_2000wt_935

Panniers- Wondering whether this will fit on the Tern.

http://www.rei.com/product/825256/no...ham-rack-trunk

Advice or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance.
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Old 07-14-12, 12:21 AM   #2
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Heel clearance is an issue with the racks that come on most 20" folders, so I would imagine those panniers wouldn't be usable. However, since they're an REI product, give em a shot in the store on your bike. They don't look like they hang as low as standard panniers. I'd be more inclined to getting the Kanga rack and the front luggage truss, and combine that with a rack-top bag for the rear.
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Old 07-14-12, 06:56 AM   #3
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Congrats on your new Tern D8. Thor is a regular here and this is his site. check out the deal on this headlight, third down
http://www.thorusa.com/accessories/oneoff.htm
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Old 07-26-12, 05:12 PM   #4
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I happen to have the same model/color as the bike that you ordered.

It's not really clear from your post what your primary use of the bike will be. I think that this will dictate how you "dress up" the bike.

Keep in mind that adding stuff to the bike adds weight and may interfer with the ease that the bike folds. My primary uses of the Tern are recreational biking on established bike paths and day trips (ie. we went to the Grand Canyon and spent the entire day biking the Green Path.) Lately I have been experimenting with commuting to work.

I use battery powered LED lights set on blinking for the front and back. They are more to be seen by cars than to provide light. Initially I used a relatively bright, but bulky light on the handbars. The light would get banged up during the fold, so it lives in the trunk bag. Now I only put the light on when I need it.

I am still struggling with how to carry what I need on the bike. I started with a rack trunk, separate REI panniers and a school backpack (hung off the handlebars and snugged to the headset with quick release buckles). The backpack contains enough space for spare clothes to change into and work related papers. The rear panniers contain just enough space for a spare jacket, and a repair kit. The rack trunk contains overflow - ie. lunch from the backpack. REI panniers will fit on the back rack, but must be offset back because of the heel strike (as the crank rotates, the back of your heel moves back in the arc and can strike the pannier).

What I found was that I didn't really like putting on and taking off the rack trunk (secured by vecro), the panniers and the backpack. The panniers that I found at REI didn't carry a whole lot of stuff.

I have now moved to using the Biologic Tour and Commute bag. The Tour bag mounts to the frame using the luggage truss. The commute bag replaces both the rack trunk and the panniers. This allows me to take just two things off of the bike before folding it down, but now the luggage truss is an issue in the fold. Storage space continues to be an issue.
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Old 07-26-12, 09:18 PM   #5
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I'd advise you to hold off on both purchases until you get the bike and see how it folds.

I'm a big, big fan of high-output headlights, but for my Bromton I went with a pair of extremely low profile, low-output front & back LED lights because I wanted to leave them on the bike and not have to take them off every time I folded the bike, and put them back on every time I wanted to go for a ride. Only after I got the bike did I know what would fit and could remain on the bike when folding it.

As far as the panniers, although the type you're considering looks fairly compact, folding bikes are specialty bikes and panniers made for regular bikes may not fit. There's also the folding issue again, and possibly having to take them off every time you fold the bike. There's a heel-strike issue, because the folding bike frame is smaller than that of a regular bike, anything hanging over the side of the rear rack is likely to be in the way of the pedal's back swing.

Folding bikes are awesome, don't get me wrong, but you can't accessorize them like you would a regular bike. If you live in a big city, your best bet would be to take the bike in to the local LBSs and try things on for size. If you order something online and it doesn't work out, you might be stuck with it or face expensive return charges.
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Old 07-27-12, 12:59 PM   #6
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+1 on the suggestion to hold off on purchases. When I bought my bike from Thor, I asked him for suggestions to "upsell" me on toys/gizmos. He suggested waiting to get the bike before making any changes. for example, I was going to swap out the stock pedals for quick disconnect metal pedals. Since getting the bike eight months ago, I find that the stock pedals are fine for the general everyday riding that I do. Also I fold down my bike quite often, so the trade off from having more rigid pedals verses softer, but easier to fold is not worth it for me. Two things that I do have on order is a new saddle and cork handlebar grips with bar extenders. I am not sure if this is more common with folders or not, but hand fatigue seems to be an issue. If I don't move my hands into different grips, my hands get numb. The same issue is with the saddle. It sounds like saddles are intensely personal items. You may need to work with your local shop to find something that works well for you.

Thor had another suggestion that is in one of the many threads that he posts. Basically add-on's/improvements are much cheaper for the manufacturer. If you want higher end components, etc. it will be cheaper in the long run to buy the higher end bike initially than to replace parts as they fail. The Link D8 is a pretty good bike, but it could be better.

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Got the bike from REI. Love the bike so far. Having some issues shifting to 7 gears. It slips at least 3 times before it engage. Gonna bring it back to REI and have them check it out. Pretty solid bike so far. I also get a trunk for the Tern. They are on sale now.

http://www.performancebike.com/bikes...075738__400103

So, I let my wife tried my bike. Now, she kinda fall in love with my foldies. Now, she is ordering a downtube Nova since they are on sale on their site. Can't wait to compare the 2 together. :-)
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So, I let my wife tried my bike. Now, she kinda fall in love with my foldies.
Yeah, women love folding bikes for some reason. My Brompton is one heck of a chick-magnet.
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I just order my first folding bike and I am looking for ideas to dress up my Tern Link D8 (Gray/Orange). I order it from REI, since it is a special order, they told me is going to take at least 4-6 weeks. I think it should be here within 2-4 weeks. Anyone special order a bike from REI before?

So, I have been doing some research and trying to figure out how to dress up bike. I want to be able to ride at night and I am looking for some headlights.

Headlights-These are the headlights I am planning to get.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1200-Lumens-...#ht_2000wt_935

Panniers- Wondering whether this will fit on the Tern.

http://www.rei.com/product/825256/no...ham-rack-trunk

Advice or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Thank in advance.

Hi dumbface,
I'm a new member like yourself and also bought a Tern link d8 grey and orange, except mines ships today. Just like my other hobby of pimping up my car, I plan to do that with my soon to be bike.

I was thinking and doing a little research to either replace the stock schwalbe citizen tires and replace them with schwalbe kojak or something.
Also removing the rack from link d8, as it looks awful it with on.

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Old 07-31-12, 08:54 AM   #10
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lol yup I am known for talking myself out of a quick sale.... lol

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women love folding bikes for some reason. haha ,i agree with you.
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lol yup I am known for talking myself out of a quick sale.... lol

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Do you you carry any fenders and rear rack for the Downtube Nova? I am pretty sure that's what my wife is gonna ask next lol :-)
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the Tern Dahon SKS or custom thorusa fenders will work , so do the carriers :-)
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