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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Bikesalot View Post
    This may seem a strange question, does the box in which the Swift is shipped have the word "bike" or any graphics on it that would suggest there was a bike inside?

    The reason I ask is that I live in a neighborhood with a lot of bike theft, and I'm worried that if the thieves see a box on my doorstep labeled "BIKE INSIDE"...well, I would be an unhappy camper when I got home that night. SO should I ship it to somebody else? or is there a way to let UPS know to hold it in their warehouse for me to pick up?
    it will be a big box for sure and visible to every person in your neighborhood so my advise is to make sure someone is home when package arrived. FEDEX will hold your package for personal pickup and i am pretty sure UPS will do it also. call the 800 no. with your tracking no. and they will let you know your options.

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    I found a safe place to ship it to. In my experience, you just can't rely on UPS to do what you tell them to

    BTW, I placed the order this morning (PST) and I just received notification this afternoon that it has shipped! Now that is impressive considering that Brian had to configure it for SS also. If anybody here is interested in the procedue for ordering the SS Swift, give me a PM.

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    I've just replaced the stock 52 tooth chainwheel with a Surly 48 tooth - non-pinned or shouldered. Unfortuneately just as I was about to try it out on the road the heavens opened! The gears shift OK in the back yard but I'll have to wait until later this week to try the new gearing in the real world. Also upgraded the V brakes to Shimano M770 XTs - again I'll have to hang fire before I can try them out. Full report when I do.

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    Well, I've finally replaced the stock 52 tooth chainwheel for a 48 tooth model to lower the gearing of my four year old Swift. As I have mentioned on the forum before, I live in a very hilly area and low gears are more use to me than big gears. In the four years I have owned the bike I have never used the top two cogs on the open road but I have sometimes run out of low gears on hills. I shall be 60 on the 20th October and have given up any thoughts of winning at Alpe d'Huez!

    The new chainwhell is made by Surly and is stainless steel without ramps or pins (as recommended by Xootr). It was very easy to remove the old chainwheel and install the new one. I took off for a short ride this morning to make sure the chain slipped easily across the cogs without falling off the new chainwheel. All was well.

    Because of work commitments I have not had the chance to ride for about three weeks so my level of fitness leaves a lot to be desired. Today was very windy with the autumn leaves flying around all over the place. I rode into a stiff headwind on the way out on one of my usual rides which contains a mix of short sharp climbs and long slow ones. The new lower gears were very handy! Along sheltered roads I was able to ride using 5th and 6th gears where I would usually use 3rd or 4th. On one very sheltered road with a slight tail wind I even slipped the chain onto the 7th cog - for the first time ever! When I get more ride fit I will even try for cog 8! It's early days but I think the smaller chainring will suit my riding style i.e. - slow! The new Shimano V brakes are bedding in nicely and I have lost the front end squeel from the old brakes. When I changed the 'bars to drops I was a little economical with the cables and although they look neat, I think I will be a little more generous next time I replace them. The front brake cable is not long enough to allow the steering riser to be removed for transportation.

    Living in a very hilly area is great but it does give the old legs some work to do!



    Just to show what we have in the way of hills around here - see below!



    The tumbhails show the new chainwheel and brakes. Not very exciting photo's because, let's face it, a chainwheel is a chainwheel!
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    25% gradient? Holy, you do need a smaller chainring!! Nicely done.

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    Anyone used a Topeak BeamRack on a Swift?

    If so was it a flat, A (rise), or V (drop)? Toperak says the A is for smaller frames, but the smaller wheels would seem to accommodate a V nicely.

    I know that Xootr sells a rack but I have some Topeak MTX bags I really like
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    Anyone used a Topeak BeamRack on a Swift?

    If so was it a flat, A (rise), or V (drop)? Toperak says the A is for smaller frames, but the smaller wheels would seem to accommodate a V nicely.

    I know that Xootr sells a rack but I have some Topeak MTX bags I really like
    The Swift's seat post is 34mm in diameter and many beam type racks will not fit round it. Check that the Topeak is large enough to fit.

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    I ordered royce fixed gear hubs for new wheels to my pompino but just now sent an email to the bike shop to build them up with 406mm rims Cannot resist the Swift bug any longer. I hope to order a separate black steel frame package from hpm unless they turn out to be much more expensive than Xootr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait View Post
    The Swift's seat post is 34mm in diameter and many beam type racks will not fit round it. Check that the Topeak is large enough to fit.
    ack, you are correct. they will not fit. sorry to take up the forum space. crossrack here I come...

    correct that...I see on page 96 that bunches of y'all have mounted regular racks on the back of the Swift. I will try moving my regular Topeak Explorer to the Swift (never even considered it)
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    We made almost exactly the same chain ring swap-out on our Pocket 8 Bike Fridays as Paul B. has done on his Swift, and for the exact same reason. We are a late 60's couple and have found the 48T chain ring to be as good as Paul B. has.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtalinm View Post
    I see on page 96 that bunches of y'all have mounted regular racks on the back of the Swift. I will try moving my regular Topeak Explorer to the Swift (never even considered it)
    I can't imagine commuting regularly on my Swift without a standard rear rack--they're just so handy and versatile for carrying things.

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    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26439753@N06/5107343070
    Greeting to all, i am from Singapore.
    Above picture is what i had done for my Swift.
    60T chainring, blue chainring bolts and gold chain.

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    Nice! I see that is a Vuelta ring. I also have one of those but I think yours has a nicer shape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geeli80 View Post
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/26439753@N06/5107343070
    Greeting to all, i am from Singapore.
    Above picture is what i had done for my Swift.
    60T chainring, blue chainring bolts and gold chain.
    60T, I couldn't turn that over!!

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    nothing many of you haven't done but proud to say I successfully installed a front derailleur tonight!

    got stuck at one point and thought I'd have to take it to the LBS for adjustment, but the Zinn book and a couple of YouTube videos helped me out. Still a tiny bit of chain rub on the cross gears but I'm able to trim pretty well.

    what a difference on the steep grades! given that I'm at the frame weight limit and carry 10-15# of gear, that really matters for me.

    very tempted to unload my other commuter bike...
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    Hey Swift-a-holiks! James here once again checking-in with you 406-wheeled maniacs. I see that it's been a while (99 pages of posts on the Swift!) and I'm happy to report that my fixed-gear Swift has been holding-up just fine after 4 solid years of San Francisco commutes.

    Here's an updated shot of my Swift. The only new modification is the switch from clipless pedals to BMX platforms with pedal straps. After having been hit by a car while riding my IRO back in June and hitting the pavement with the bike still clipped to me, I've decided that commuting the city clipless is not only inconvenient (skating across slick office floors in Sidis), but the inability to eject the bike in traffic in an emergency can be downright dangerous.



    The pedals are Shadow Conspiracy Ravagers and the straps are Tramp Straps.



    Shoes are Chrome Kursk , which are essentially Converse clones made of the same material as their indestructible messenger bags with a super-stiff insole for max power transfer.



    The extra-wide BMX platform provides excellent support and foot stability, and the pedal straps hold my foot securely while still allowing me to intuitively eject without having to think "twist outward to unclip". Also worth mentioning is the absolute convenience of having a street shoe to walk in when going from ride to stride.

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    Rixen Kaul have a new carrier in the offing - available early next year. It clips to their KlickFix handlebar bracket and can be used to carry rucksacs and other luggage. It is light aluminium and may provide a handy method of transporting stuff around. More details on Klickfix.de.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait View Post
    Rixen Kaul have a new carrier in the offing - available early next year. It clips to their KlickFix handlebar bracket and can be used to carry rucksacs and other luggage. It is light aluminium and may provide a handy method of transporting stuff around. More details on Klickfix.de.
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    42T chainring

    [QUOTE=Paul Braithwait;11638851Well, I've finally replaced the stock 52 tooth chainwheel for a 48 tooth model to lower the gearing of my four year old Swift. As I have mentioned on the forum before, I live in a very hilly area and low gears are more use to me than big gears. In the four years I have owned the bike I have never used the top two cogs on the open road but I have sometimes run out of low gears on hills.

    I shall be 60 on the 20th October and have given up any thoughts of winning at Alpe d'Huez!

    [/QUOTE]

    Paul,
    I know exactly where you are coming from and where you are going.

    I just turned 68 on Oct. 23 and those hills I used to climb now look like mountains.
    It doesn't help that I am out of shape and have added some weight.

    As a birthday present to myself, I just replaced my chainring with a 42 tooth one.
    http://harriscyclery.net/product/ori...2961&alert=OK&

    Last year I replaced the cluster with an 11-32.
    The result is really a great improvement.

    I don't need to go fast anymore. I had rarely been above gear 5 on the flats.

    The lowest gear makes it a simple pleasure going up the hills and the highest gear will still get me to 20 mph @ 90 rpm. More than fast enough. I am actually going up the hills faster now than I did with the original chain ring.

    I have gotten most of the advantages of adding a front derailleur with a much simpler conversion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Nice! I see that is a Vuelta ring. I also have one of those but I think yours has a nicer shape.
    There is actually a problem with using the 60T chainring. Due to the big chainring, the chain is hitting the frame rear triangle (seat stay) when using the smallest gear.
    So i would like to check if anyone have any idea to overcome this issue and allow me to use that smallest gear?
    Possible to change to a cog with smaller diameter teeth to prevent that from happening?
    Last edited by geeli80; 10-28-10 at 10:56 AM.

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    Hmmm I don't think I have that problem. Maybe that's because I am using a road hub and had to use a big washer on each side between locknut and frame to improve spacing, so that will space the smallest cog away from the frame. It is pretty close though. I may be able to check later.

    My smallest cog is 11T - what is yours?
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    changes for my bike to be "perfect"...for a few months. overall, lighter to lift up and down stairs, quicker to fold and unfold with minimal readjustment, a little faster. feel free to respond or agree.

    -faster, lighter tire with some puncture protection(currently marathon plus) - marathon racer? kojak? stelvio? stelvio plus?
    -switch from xootr crossrack to carradice sqr mount + super c saddlebag
    -swap out longer klickfix mount for klickfix caddy
    -try a bunch of fits for saddle angle, fore/aft and for handlebar height, handlebar style (moustache, some other versions of upright)
    -swap out for titanium seat post
    -better quick releases for seat post - something easier that requires less pressure, that doesn't come out of adjust as much (wonder if brompton's seat post release could be used instead). ultimate seat post would be getting the bike friday folding seatpost on a swift
    -swap alfine 8 for a 3 speed hub (i only use a few gears, was fine with brompton's 3 gears). probably sram i-motion 3 speed. - my only hesitation here is that if a 3 speed hub is having issues with 1 gear, it makes the bike unusable.
    -brompton folding pedals or other fast folding. a tiny bit faster to use, and easier to fold/unfold with on hand
    -maybe custom wheels - i'm only 125 lbs + 15 lbs gear - so could shave off some spokes
    -remove rear brake - don't need it/use it
    -find a durable tail light, and find a place to install

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    Quote Originally Posted by geeli80 View Post
    There is actually a problem with using the 60T chainring. Due to the big chainring, the chain is hitting the frame rear triangle (seat stay) when using the smallest gear.
    So i would like to check if anyone have any idea to overcome this issue and allow me to use that smallest gear?
    Possible to change to a cog with smaller diameter teeth to prevent that from happening?
    I am using the stock cog. So putting washer helps? Will that stressed the frame too much?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Hmmm I don't think I have that problem. Maybe that's because I am using a road hub and had to use a big washer on each side between locknut and frame to improve spacing, so that will space the smallest cog away from the frame. It is pretty close though. I may be able to check later.

    My smallest cog is 11T - what is yours?
    Mine is the stock cog.
    So washer is the key? There is already a deep cut at my seat stay so not sure if putting the washer will cause the seat stay to break?
    Well i will have to do it so that i can use the last gear.
    Thank you for the advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by james_swift View Post
    Brilliant looking Swift.

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