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Old 08-20-12, 09:40 AM   #26
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Beautiful bike. I agree with the whole headtube thing, although I'm sure it adds to the overall stiffness of the handlepost. Watching the nycewheels videos taught me to give the stem a couple of "hits" to get it to disengage. You'll get used to it. Enjoy your new bike! Here's a pic of my Tern to add to the thread.

Love the look with that saddle as well. I'm switching the saddle asap as well. I'm still suffering from yesterday's travels with the stock one. Good excuse for an early upgrade though .

Going to check out Bicycle Workshop in Notting Hill. It's been highly recommended for saddle advice. Most people seem to go with a Brooks B17 but I want to get some advice with these ol' child bearing hips of mine!

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Doubt it'll be lighter because most of the weight is in that massive folding hinge! the handlepost hinge is twice the size of the dahons and brompton joints but you can easily feel the difference once you start riding it! Also really slick black brooks you got! didn't expect you to upgrade that already, i got the brown one for my uno cause I have the grey frame and wanted it to really stand out

Oh yeah folding lawrence if you do alot of multimode commuting and drag the bike along the tube alot you might want the trolley rack accessory since you have the Link model it's made for it and makes your bike no harder to drag around than a laptop bag.

But if you don't really need to take the tube as often then I wouldn't recommend it because it's a little heavier than the normal rack you have on there already.
I'm hoping to avoid the tube but I've actually looked into this trolley rack a bit today. Hopefully I won't need it and I'll just be able to roll it tipped on one wheel when I do need to.

Trying my first commute ride in tomorrow so if you don't see me post again, you know it won't have gone so well...
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Old 08-20-12, 04:25 PM   #27
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Love the look with that saddle as well. I'm switching the saddle asap as well. I'm still suffering from yesterday's travels with the stock one. Good excuse for an early upgrade though .

Going to check out Bicycle Workshop in Notting Hill. It's been highly recommended for saddle advice. Most people seem to go with a Brooks B17 but I want to get some advice with these ol' child bearing hips of mine!


I'm hoping to avoid the tube but I've actually looked into this trolley rack a bit today. Hopefully I won't need it and I'll just be able to roll it tipped on one wheel when I do need to.

Trying my first commute ride in tomorrow so if you don't see me post again, you know it won't have gone so well...
Good luck commuting. I visited Evans near Great Portland Street and saw your bike. It even comes with Schwalbe Marathon Supremes as the stock tyres right? If so you can put a big smile on your face as they are incredible tyres in terms of puncture resistance but still fast rolling. I have the same tyres on my Dahon Jetstream EX and love them. All the Tern frames are very rigid and an advance on Dahon's hinges and stiffness.

Glad you bought it. As much as I'm know on these forums for praising/defending Brompton, there are times some other brands just make sense for the money and what you need it for. Such a cool looking bike too in your colour. Looks twice the price!

PS Really you can't beat a nice Brooks saddle in black on that bike. They really are incredibly comfortable and get even more so with time as well as aesthetically pleasing if you choose the right one. It doesn't seem so expensive when you compare the other high-end saddles and what they charge for them.

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Old 08-20-12, 10:15 PM   #28
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Doubt it'll be lighter because most of the weight is in that massive folding hinge! the handlepost hinge is twice the size of the dahons and brompton joints but you can easily feel the difference once you start riding it! Also really slick black brooks you got! didn't expect you to upgrade that already, i got the brown one for my uno cause I have the grey frame and wanted it to really stand out

Oh yeah folding lawrence if you do alot of multimode commuting and drag the bike along the tube alot you might want the trolley rack accessory since you have the Link model it's made for it and makes your bike no harder to drag around than a laptop bag.

But if you don't really need to take the tube as often then I wouldn't recommend it because it's a little heavier than the normal rack you have on there already.

To compare, here's mines with grey frame. I think its looks beautiful as it matches the rest of the bike. Also Tern did made a lighter Hydro-form Frame but its more expensive. Well hey, you save 5lbs.

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Love the look with that saddle as well. I'm switching the saddle asap as well. I'm still suffering from yesterday's travels with the stock one. Good excuse for an early upgrade though .

Going to check out Bicycle Workshop in Notting Hill. It's been highly recommended for saddle advice. Most people seem to go with a Brooks B17 but I want to get some advice with these ol' child bearing hips of mine!
Ah, Its seems you were also a victim of stock saddle monster. It got me good and put me in recovery for few days. Now I'm thinking of replacing those ugly pedals with shiny one.
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Old 08-21-12, 07:08 AM   #29
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That looks awesome ryukenden! I may have chosen that colour combination if I had the choice. A new saddle and pedals like Training.Wheels' Tern looks lovely. Though I really can't find an excuse for new pedals just yet.

Re my commute in this morning, I cycled around the one way system in central London for an extra 20 mins! Was great apart from that. Apart from getting overtaken by what looked like a 12 year old girl. Ego's still recovering .
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That looks awesome ryukenden! I may have chosen that colour combination if I had the choice. A new saddle and pedals like Training.Wheels' Tern looks lovely. Though I really can't find an excuse for new pedals just yet.

Re my commute in this morning, I cycled around the one way system in central London for an extra 20 mins! Was great apart from that. Apart from getting overtaken by what looked like a 12 year old girl. Ego's still recovering .
haha, aww. by the way, do bikes have to follow the one way system? I usually just go on the sidewalk in those cases to save myself time.
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haha, aww. by the way, do bikes have to follow the one way system? I usually just go on the sidewalk in those cases to save myself time.
In central London, you probably would get caught eventually by the police and ticketed.
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In central London, you probably would get caught eventually by the police and ticketed.
Ahh... that's too bad.
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To compare, here's mines with grey frame. I think its looks beautiful as it matches the rest of the bike. Also Tern did made a lighter Hydro-form Frame but its more expensive. Well hey, you save 5lbs.

Ah, Its seems you were also a victim of stock saddle monster. It got me good and put me in recovery for few days. Now I'm thinking of replacing those ugly pedals with shiny one.
Not sure if you'll save 5 lbs between the frames there but if you want shiny pedals here's my setup, with the mks removable ones which helps with the fold alot when I put the bike under my desk and much more stable than the plastic folding ones.

This is my commuting setup and I usually have a much smaller bag when i go on weekend rides which still can fit the carradice rack. Ergon's help because I find the OEM grips tend to twist a bit and annoys me.
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Old 08-22-12, 09:48 AM   #34
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The tan saddle and grey looks very nice. The bag looks like it would tip me off balance. How is it when riding?
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Old 08-22-12, 04:20 PM   #35
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Not sure if you'll save 5 lbs between the frames there but if you want shiny pedals here's my setup, with the mks removable ones which helps with the fold alot when I put the bike under my desk and much more stable than the plastic folding ones.

This is my commuting setup and I usually have a much smaller bag when i go on weekend rides which still can fit the carradice rack. Ergon's help because I find the OEM grips tend to twist a bit and annoys me.
can i get a close shot of the pedals?
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The bag isn't bad at all if you pack is evenly you won't notice a thing. I like it instead of a rack cause it just looks cleaner to me. Also without panniers pedal strikes are basically non existent in this setup.

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...I agree with the whole headtube thing, although I'm sure it adds to the overall stiffness of the handlepost. Watching the nycewheels videos taught me to give the stem a couple of "hits" to get it to disengage....
While I agree it's tight, a little grease may help. It'll keep it from creaking as well.
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