Just ordered first folder - Origami Cricket
Many thanks to the providers of this Forum and the input from members! Without it, I'd not have known about Origami. As it stands, after much research and reading and bugging Origami owner Paul on the phone a couple of times, today I placed my order for a Cricket. Shiny Silver and accessorized, she should be here early next week (too bad FedEx doesn't work Sundays! :D). I'll post up some pictures after the initial ride. :) Thanks again, BF.net!
Cricket Murdering Began Today!
After the 'derailleur incident', while shopping online for a replacement part, I realized I can really take the Cricket to the next level relatively cheaply if I stay out of the high-end components and do the build myself. Talked to Paul about it on the phone and he seemed to think it is doable as well, so I am going ahead with the project...
First big box o' parts came in today; new BB, 3 spd crankset (22-32-42), front derailleur, shifters, chain, and BB and crank puller tools. I got the BB and cranks mounted today, and dry-mounted the front derailleur to see what she'll look like. You'll note the black color, I am going to 'murder' the bike, changing everything possible except the frame to black.
The new rear derailleur and hanger should be getting here in the next few days, along with an 8 spd cassette. I am undecided about whether to go with a cassette on the rear or switch to an internal hub (input appreciated, pro and con!). Either way I am going to have to get new wheels (w/black rims & hubs, at the least :) ). I have no experience with the internals, but they sound good based on what the bike store guy was telling me the other day. I'll be doing some reading here to learn about that topic.
Anyway, here are a couple of not-very-good pics from today. :)