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Old 12-29-13, 01:36 PM   #1
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2013: How Was the Ride?

How has your wee-tire riding gone for the past year?

Still a couple of days left, my GPS says I rode just under 4000 miles during 2013 -- pretty well all of that would have been on my (13-year-old) Bike Friday or Soma Mini.

I've burned four tires, two sets of bar tape, and a brake cable.

How has your year of small wheeling been?


------ December 31 Edit: Got my extra last ride for the year in to push me over 4000 ----


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Old 12-29-13, 03:34 PM   #2
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fine , dyno-hubbed Brompton for my trip to the Chart room to watch the Blazers,

come up 1 point short, seen on the TV,


My other small wheeler, the Pocket Llama was bought with another IGH, and disc brakes,

It gets most of the Rain bike use..


think Ill see how the Seahawks do today , over a few Pints
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Old 12-29-13, 05:27 PM   #3
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Had a good year. Rode my Brompton in New York City,
Puerto Rico, Virginia, Southern California and Philadelphia.
After 6 flats; decided it was time to change the rear Kojak.
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Old 12-30-13, 04:46 PM   #4
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:-( 2013 was the year I moved right away from small wheels (Mezzo) to 700c (Giant Avail 2)



Mezzo is sitting in the corner until it agrees to be better behaved. Puncture each time on the last 3 outings; it was off the road for weeks, but finally sorted out the puncture in the rear wheel, headed to ride the 18km home, and the front tyre sidewall burst with a terrifying bang 6km into the journey. That's it for me and Kojaks. And for the mezzo until the next time I fly.
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Old 12-30-13, 07:55 PM   #5
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Nice pile of riding -- do you think maybe the wheels on the Mezzo are needing to be trued-up? Strange for tires to just plotz like that.
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Old 12-30-13, 09:02 PM   #6
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Most on my Dahon Classic III, followed by my Raleigh Twenty. Probably 2,000 miles if I am lucky.

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Old 12-31-13, 07:11 AM   #7
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2013 and an introduction to folding bikes rekindled then flamed my love of cycling. It started off rocky with bikes that didn't quite work out until my acquisition of a Brompton. I tried to ride most every day, and I didn't put in the miles like some of the younger more fit individuals here, but I thoroughly enjoyed each ride none the less. I'm sure 2014 will be no different as far as my continued love of cycling goes. Nothing like a take it anywhere bike that's for sure.

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Old 12-31-13, 08:47 AM   #8
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Other than a custom R20 build I did, buying a Birdy off Bruce Metras was my first foray into folding bikes.

Said it before, say it again: at least with the Birdy, folding bike riding has very much exceeded my expectations.

Change in jobs lengthened my commute from 19mi -- which I rode on either a dedicated drop bar commuter or a flat bar street-ified mtn bike -- to 45 mi. But there's a convenient connecting bus between home and work, 5mi ride from home to the bus, 3mi ride from the bus to work. They toss bikes underneath the bus in cargo storage, but bike transport is dependent on other people's luggage. Too much luggage, and they can toss your bike off and you with it to wait for another bus. Now that's never happened to me in a half dozen trips with a bike, and getting off where I do for the commute would make it even a more far-fetched scenario, but clearly the drivers don't like dealing with full size bikes.

I like to accommodate people as much as possible and not mess up their days; I'm a bike geek, always wanted a folding bike. So I had a legit reason...

The Birdy geometry is spot-on. The suspension is definitely worth it, not just in comfort, but also handling, especially at the front. For a small wheel, it tracks remarkably true, very much like a full size bike, with the suspension keeping the front wheel planted even over rougher stuff.

Fold is a bit wonky, but half-fold in a hurry works to get it under the bus, and once I got it down, it became faster.

Everyone loves a folding bike, especially the Birdy. Kids think it's a "Rad bike, dude!" (I think it's the suspension...) Other commuters either seem to feel bad that I have to ride a bike or jealous that I get to ride a bike. People gawk when I fold/unfold it; bus company staff think it is just the most awesome thing.

Now, it's winter and pretty much the only complaint I have is the 18"/355 wheel size. No studded tires available in that size. So now I have a beater 26" diamond frame mtn bike chained up on the bus end of the commute and I use my dedicated commuter on the home side. I suppose I should be on the lookout for a 20" wheeled winter folder...



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Old 12-31-13, 06:17 PM   #9
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mconlonx: Have you ever tried that thing with the cable ties instead of studded tires? I've seen it, but I'm not too sure how safe it is.
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Overall a good year. Added a folder, electrified the tandem, had a bike stolen in Chicago, found a bike in Calgary and rode in Alaska. Not enough miles, but plenty of fun. Don't think I had a single flat tire all year.
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mconlonx: Have you ever tried that thing with the cable ties instead of studded tires? I've seen it, but I'm not too sure how safe it is.
It doesn't have disc brakes so using cable ties on the front and back wheel would require the removal of both brakes or brake pads. Not safe at all, but just doing it to the front should theoretically work. I wouldn't risk my neck trying it out in icy traffic though.
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mconlonx: Have you ever tried that thing with the cable ties instead of studded tires? I've seen it, but I'm not too sure how safe it is.
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It doesn't have disc brakes so using cable ties on the front and back wheel would require the removal of both brakes or brake pads. Not safe at all, but just doing it to the front should theoretically work. I wouldn't risk my neck trying it out in icy traffic though.
Plus, I'd rather have an excuse to get a 20" folder...
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