New usename ThorUSA
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Southern Illinois USA
the chainguide breaks if overtightened ..... a flaw Tern knows and they are working on it. I am out right now, but will get more down the road, its not a big deal to mail one ...... surely easy enough to add one to a order :-)
The Tern saddlebag cover/carrying system is indeed very nice, and actually affordable for what you get. for the time being youcan also use a regular saddlebag with a heavy duty lawn bag ( trash bag) in it .... better than nothing....
The front taveller from Dahon doesnt seem to be available anymore ( in USA ) I have them on order since months :-(
The Tern Spartan rack is in stock but the top is below the tires, and only allows for pannier type bags ...
Rear panniers need to be SMALL ... You need to look for smallish front panniers and than use them in the rear. A Top bag is certainly a better choice ... Again the Tern Commute bag is first class.... not cheap... but worth is and cheaper than comparable "brand" names.
Cones... well.... there is a fine line between too loose and too tight, Despite what experts are telling, new bearings will always loosen up a bit after use, so its better if the come a little on the tight side when new... but I agree. if you know what you doing a good choice to keep them adjusted perfectely ...
Folding to the outside and tipping over... yeah ... I like the folding to the outside as it is faster and without 3 different adjustments necessary to be able to get the bike together... The tipping in a train going around corners ..lol .. I installed an esge/pletscher double kickstand which holds the bike nicely, even with panniers and stuff hanging on it ...
Magnet... fine line.. too heavy and peeps cant get the bike apart ,, too loose and it flops open... Tern is aware of that and is working on a better solution ... If You think that Dahon magnets are better ( ??? ) than those are available seperately ...
Folding pedals.... yup.... there is only a handfull of ones out there and they all seem to be on the lower side. They work for 90 plus % of peeps out there, but MKS detachables. or even small non foldable pedals ( Deep design , or system pedals like the eggbeaters ) are lightyears better...
Dahon : Freedom Unfolds
Tern : all about the ride