Why the double brake levers if you only have a front brake? You can remove those brake bosses by using a crescent wrench on the flats (at least you can on a Xootr Swift).
finally, someone else on here with swept back/upright bars! i'm using ones from civia. i really want to get the handlebars, and handlebar height, angle, seat setback, etc, right this summer. will probably buy a few different upright bars. i'm pretty confused as to which shops to approach for a "professional" fitting. i'm leaning towards taking a trip to trophy bikes since they are most likely to know how to do fitting with regards to a folder as well
maybe this is of more general interest, but I haven't heard of many non-Xootr customers using the CrossRack so I thought I'd put it here.
I was excited to pick up the CrossRack + bag given the description on the Xootr website. And when I first got it, it seemed like a terrific setup. Over time, though, I've become much less enamored with it:
1. if your seat isn't perfectly straight -- as is sometimes likely to happen given the Swift's pull-out-the-seatpost folding structure -- the CrossRack easily gets off-center and can do weird things to your balance, especially at high speeds.
2. also when you need to fold the bike, the CrossRack with much of anything in the bag makes it difficult to lift the seatpost out. so you either have to take the bag off the rack or detach the pieces. The latter takes a lot of finger stretch, and the former while not difficult is a pain esp. because I worry I will lose the clip that holds the bag in place.
3. not to mention the clip that holds the bag in place is completely necessary. even a small bump can send the CrossRack bag flying (as has happened to me too many times).
4. maybe this is not a huge problem for taller people, but with my inseam (29") the CrossRack bag is hard to fit without creating heelstrike or digging into my admittedly-fat thighs.
5. even though at first I though the CR bag was a cool design, I don't like not having compartments.
so I've removed the CrossRack and installed a regular Topeak rack so I can use my DXP bag with it. I ended up having to set it back a ways to avoid heelstrike, but I think it is going to work out well. if not, i'll report back.
I've got two crossracks and none of the bags. Seems all of your problems except for the off-center balance issue (which is user error and will occur with any seatpost mounted rack) are a problem you have with the bag. I have no idea what the bag Xootr sells is like, but the crossrack with standard Arkel paniers is pure win.
ack, a standard rack prevents the Swift from folding properly (well, the connector arms that hold it into place). looks like I'll be getting another bag and sticking with the crossracks.
jakub.ner, when you say "standard Arkel panniers" do you mean this? http://www.arkel-od.com/us/all-categ...-panniers.html
You could use any good pannier with that cross-rack. I used a Deuter in NZ. Never a whimper. :)
I've also use Axiom bags (something similar to this but not exact: http://www.axiomgear.com/products/ge...rs/monsoon-lx/)
When folding I take the bags off. The Arkel bag is *much* better than the Axiom bag for quick lifting off of the rack. Since I take the seat post and handlebar post off, the rack itself doesn't interfere with the fold (I bag all of these separatelly in the usual case).
I've had the rack in the front and in the back in the past (see pic). Currently I only use the cross-rack in the front and have a normal seat post mounting rack in the back.
oh, crossrack in the front? how well does that work? I'm heavy, so that would be a great idea if it doesn't present too much wind resistance
[QUOTE=mtalinm;12509270]ack, a standard rack prevents the Swift from folding properly (well, the connector arms that hold it into place). looks like I'll be getting another bag and sticking with the crossracks.
The connector arms will need to be bolted to either the rear triangle via 'P' clips or secured by the lower of the two seat Q/Rs otherwise the bike will not fold. You may need to experiment with the "arms" to allow the seat post to slip between them.
[QUOTE=mtalinm;12516242]indeed, I had it on the lower QR, but then the once folded the connector arms -- at least the ones i have - block the seatpost from resting on the wheel to keep it from unfolding. sorry i was not more precise....
The "arms" on the rack in my picture are round but I have tried another rack with "flat" arms and they prevented the seat post from slipping through so I know what you mean. If you use the Q/R to secure the arms there will not be much room between them. Using 'P' clips on the rear triangle gives you more options and space.
Also, if I'm popping in to shop or cafe, I tend to lock up the bike (folded) and carry the seatpost in with me. I've never liked the idea of having to carry a rack with me too when I do this which is why I opted for a conventional rack over something like the Crossrack.
jakub, thanks for the pic on frontloading the CrossRack. I tried that last night and it actually improved handling under a light load. with a bunch of groceries it was a bit dicey, though I don't carry that much very often. I think this'll work well for commuting plus helping to balance out the load as I am a fattie
Now I know this isn't exactly the same ratio as 54-13, but in some respects I was debating whether to go for a 56T or 54T chainring, so 55T kinda splits the difference. I was ideally aiming for the center gear of my XRF5 to match 7th gear on the stock Swift gearing. What's puzzling is I found myself riding home in 4th on the XRF5 most often, which is higher than 7th on the Swift cassette. Maybe I was pissed off at the service I just got!
So I feel like I gotta ride it for a couple of days to assess properly & get used to the shifting as well. Can't say I'd recommend Bikefix for their diligence, but hopefully I'll like the ride.
Just overhauled the drive train and rear hub on my fixed-gear Swift. Here are some pics:
Wow James your pics are always so... perfect. Ultra-clean bike, too.
Thanks Jur. You should have seen it after the month of continuous rain we had here in SF recently (very unusual).
Long time swift rider... Thought i'd share a little hack to keep the front wheel from turning when stopped. It gives just enough tension to return to center and not affect regular riding. Attachment 200364
Hi, all: The Swift works great as a front loader. FYI. I may replace the basket with something smaller, but not because it negatively affects handling. Attachment 200498
I keep thinking about doing something similar with mine. What front rack did you use?
Here is the industrial version: http://hpm.catoregon.org/wp-content/...k-studio-3.jpg
I've seen that. I've also been considering fabricating something similar for my alumaxootr.