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Old 07-08-13, 07:01 AM   #1
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Light touring on my Tern Link P9

Been a while since I posted on here so hi, all! I've been riding my Tern Link P9 for about a year. Unfortunately the handlebars sheared off completely on my ride yesterday so Evans have it at the moment (I'm expecting a replacement rather than a repair).

I've booked a week off at the end of August to do some biking through France. I haven't done any touring before, never mind on a folder. Can anyone offer any generic advice geared towards folding touring (fouring?)?

Question two, my buddy who will be riding with me needs some new wheels to come along but has a low budget (200). He's considering a folder so that we both have a bit of flexibility. I'm wondering if he'd be better off with a non folding bike as I assume he'd get more for his money. Does anyone have any input?

Thanks, all!
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Old 07-08-13, 08:28 AM   #2
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Been a while since I posted on here so hi, all! I've been riding my Tern Link P9 for about a year. Unfortunately the handlebars sheared off completely on my ride yesterday so Evans have it at the moment (I'm expecting a replacement rather than a repair).

I've booked a week off at the end of August to do some biking through France. I haven't done any touring before, never mind on a folder. Can anyone offer any generic advice geared towards folding touring (fouring?)?

Question two, my buddy who will be riding with me needs some new wheels to come along but has a low budget (200). He's considering a folder so that we both have a bit of flexibility. I'm wondering if he'd be better off with a non folding bike as I assume he'd get more for his money. Does anyone have any input?

Thanks, all!
Getting a rear rack and 2 panniers would be a start. Get a GPS that has the ability to accept GPX route files generated by website like ridewithgps.com. I have both an eTrex and a Magellan Explorist (small enough, but still take AA batteries). I find that once I know how the GPS routing works, it becomes indispensable. Maps of the area you're touring will also be helpful, which can be generated using ridewithgps.com. Besides, there are lots of routes generated by others who you can use for reference. I do this all the time and the routes done by others are simply amazing!!

Your buddy and low budget bikes. Get a used Dahon folder like a Speed 8 or Mariner 7, a rear rack and 2 panniers. Folders are flexible if you decide to travel by train and buses.
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Old 07-08-13, 10:49 AM   #3
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If folding is not a necessity for the trip, then you can go with a non folding. Reason to go with a folder is if it will make the travel logistics a lot easier. E.G. - Taking a bus/train/plane where a non folder is too much of a hassle. Because folders usually have longer stems and latching mechanisms, they are extra items that may fail during the trip. But if you keep that in mind and treat the bike accordingly, the bike should handle fine.
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Getting a rear rack and 2 panniers would be a start. Get a GPS that has the ability to accept GPX route files generated by website like ridewithgps.com. I have both an eTrex and a Magellan Explorist (small enough, but still take AA batteries). I find that once I know how the GPS routing works, it becomes indispensable. Maps of the area you're touring will also be helpful, which can be generated using ridewithgps.com. Besides, there are lots of routes generated by others who you can use for reference. I do this all the time and the routes done by others are simply amazing!!

Your buddy and low budget bikes. Get a used Dahon folder like a Speed 8 or Mariner 7, a rear rack and 2 panniers. Folders are flexible if you decide to travel by train and buses.
Thanks for the advice! I have a rear rack already but I do need to get some panniers. The GPS is an excellent idea and something that I hadn't considered. I'll do some reading today.


My mate decided to pick up a Tern last night (I think he's a bit excited and just wanted to get ordering) so hopefully it'll be suitable.


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If folding is not a necessity for the trip, then you can go with a non folding. Reason to go with a folder is if it will make the travel logistics a lot easier. E.G. - Taking a bus/train/plane where a non folder is too much of a hassle. Because folders usually have longer stems and latching mechanisms, they are extra items that may fail during the trip. But if you keep that in mind and treat the bike accordingly, the bike should handle fine.
Thanks, Gaerlan. Yeah I found out about the weaker stem the hard way this weekend! I'm expecting a replacement bike from Evans. Unfotunnately a full size bike just isn't practical where I live in London.

Thanks both for taking the time to reply! We'll be making a short film documenting the trip which I'll share when it's finished!

I'll do some reading on the tourin subforum as well. I assume there is one.
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Been a while since I posted on here so hi, all! I've been riding my Tern Link P9 for about a year. Unfortunately the handlebars sheared off completely on my ride yesterday so Evans have it at the moment (I'm expecting a replacement rather than a repair).
Could you describe the handlebar failure a bit more? Which part failed and where (and did you have any advance warning?) I have a Tern Link P7i nearing the one year old mark and 1800 miles; and on my daily commute I travel 35-40mph down a very steep hill with a full stop at the bottom. I'd like to look for any impending failure risk.

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Old 07-09-13, 05:52 AM   #6
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Have a look at the CTC forums, full of useful information and after all, touring is what the CTC is all about. Have good trip.
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Been a while since I posted on here so hi, all! I've been riding my Tern Link P9 for about a year. Unfortunately the handlebars sheared off completely on my ride yesterday so Evans have it at the moment (I'm expecting a replacement rather than a repair).

Thanks, all!
Wow do you have any pics of this? I've never heard of a folding handlebar shearing off and the Tern ones are the beefiest in the industry. I have a tern also and would like to keep an eye out just in case.
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I don't think that touring with a folder is much different than touring with a regular touring bike.

Note, however, that some (probably most) rear racks that come with folders are too low to the ground to take regular panniers, but there are racks for folders that are designed for panniers. I.e. the tern "traveller" rack: http://www.ternbicycles.com/us/gear/traveller-rack-rear
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