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Forum: Utility Cycling 08-11-11, 07:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,502
Posted By tfahrner
tips

hi jaclyn - i'm from clever cycles.

i think the weight thing is overrated. it's not irrelevant, but not nearly as significant as widely supposed. after you take your weight and any cargo into...
Forum: Folding Bikes 07-20-10, 01:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 731
Posted By tfahrner
I have 3 SON hubs. Yes, they're great. Get one if...

I have 3 SON hubs. Yes, they're great. Get one if you have idle money laying around and appreciate having the best, regardless of whether you need it. The new Shimano dynamo offering is however...
Forum: Electric Bikes 06-28-10, 07:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,459
Posted By tfahrner
~$3K is the lowest TOTAL cost of a complete...

~$3K is the lowest TOTAL cost of a complete stoked Xtracycle based on all new components that don't suck. But the particular setup I'm thinking of isn't geared appropriately for 25mph cruising, and...
Forum: Electric Bikes 06-28-10, 12:41 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,459
Posted By tfahrner
I make Stokemonkey. It can do the job, but not...

I make Stokemonkey. It can do the job, but not within your budget. Since you don't have any very severe extended grades and passengers or equivalent cargo to haul (Stokemonkey's ace in hole), you can...
Forum: Utility Cycling 06-20-09, 09:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,156
Posted By tfahrner
from san francisco. adrienne lives atop one of...

from san francisco. adrienne lives atop one of the highest hills, famously steep: http://changeyourliferideabike.blogspot.com/
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-30-09, 11:00 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,054
Posted By tfahrner
IGH can certainly be geared as low or lower than...

IGH can certainly be geared as low or lower than common derailleur setups, and you don't need a Rohloff unless you insist also in retaining quite high gears. Take for instance the Shimano Nexus...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-15-09, 02:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,135
Posted By tfahrner
having used several models of both front and rear...

having used several models of both front and rear seats on several bikes, 3 things:

1. they're all fine, but some are finer than others.
2. steering-column fixed front mount seats impart greater...
Forum: Utility Cycling 05-15-09, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,135
Posted By tfahrner
before your child can hold his or her head up for...

before your child can hold his or her head up for reasonable lengths of time, the best thing is a car seat secured to the bike or in a trailer. it goes without saying, i hope, that you will ride with...
Forum: Utility Cycling 04-29-09, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,081
Posted By tfahrner
to the extent that it's about load bearing, it's...

to the extent that it's about load bearing, it's generally slower, except downhill. also the plain-clothes aspect suggests you don't want to sweat too much, so take it slower. if you ride all the...
Forum: Commuting 04-03-09, 01:39 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,925
Posted By tfahrner
That may be true, by and large, outside of...

That may be true, by and large, outside of Portland. I don't think we'd do so well in most other US cities, not yet. I would describe very few of our customers as wealthy, and fewer still motivated...
Forum: Commuting 04-03-09, 01:07 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,925
Posted By tfahrner
There's no way not to sound defensive about this,...

There's no way not to sound defensive about this, so screw it. We have bikes under $400. Our most popular models are all sub-$1K. But because we have a very conspicuous family bike that costs as much...
Forum: Utility Cycling 03-09-09, 06:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 892
Posted By tfahrner
Sounds like you might be stuck in the...

Sounds like you might be stuck in the intermediate zone of fred-ness. If roadies are gay and Dutch postal workers het, you might be bi. It's a spectrum, but people tend to gravitate toward the ends....
Forum: Utility Cycling 03-06-09, 10:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,933
Posted By tfahrner
i can't find a reference now, but i distinctly...

i can't find a reference now, but i distinctly remember my surprise upon learning years ago that chro-mo (4130) steels were only a few percent stronger (tensile, yield) than hi-ten aka carbon or 1020...
Forum: Utility Cycling 12-31-08, 05:24 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 22,952
Posted By tfahrner
i have a not-safe-for-work problem looking at...

i have a not-safe-for-work problem looking at your bike, lane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pXfHLUlZf4
Forum: Utility Cycling 12-19-08, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 982
Posted By tfahrner
your budget is tight for what you want. i think...

your budget is tight for what you want. i think your choices are to go used if you live in a city big enough to have a good sized pool to choose from: look for an old 3-speed raleigh or schwinn in...
Forum: Utility Cycling 11-17-08, 11:42 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 22,952
Posted By tfahrner
smokin'

smokin'
Forum: Utility Cycling 11-17-08, 11:15 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,586
Posted By tfahrner
"they" did this morning: http://cleverchimp.com/...

"they" did this morning: http://cleverchimp.com/ .
Forum: Utility Cycling 11-15-08, 09:34 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 10,586
Posted By tfahrner
loose and creaky suggests a poor install. not an...

loose and creaky suggests a poor install. not an issue with best mechanical practices, in my experience. wobbly is also a variable, not a constant. depends on how big the load, how stiff the base...
Forum: Utility Cycling 11-15-08, 12:15 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 22,952
Posted By tfahrner
it's chocolate mint. if the rear were mixte-like,...

it's chocolate mint. if the rear were mixte-like, you wouldn't have that parallelogram to worry about folding at the corners, you'd gain step-through, fit more riders, and pick up torsional rigidity....
Forum: Utility Cycling 11-11-08, 12:34 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 22,952
Posted By tfahrner
i like how the cargo bed adds structure/strength...

i like how the cargo bed adds structure/strength to the subframe, or isn't really distinct from it, rather than being bolted on as dead weight. should help with strength/weight, as you say....
Forum: Utility Cycling 10-17-08, 11:33 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,537
Posted By tfahrner
naw, everybody knows apples are way better than...

naw, everybody knows apples are way better than oranges for most purposes!
Forum: Utility Cycling 10-12-08, 11:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,801
Posted By tfahrner
i didn't mean to sound hostile. something's funny...

i didn't mean to sound hostile. something's funny here, but i'm pretty sure it isn't "QBP will not longer be offering Xtracycle products" as you reported above. Not sure what this "restriction"...
Forum: Utility Cycling 10-11-08, 11:35 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,801
Posted By tfahrner
No, I have a hard time believing that this is so....

No, I have a hard time believing that this is so. You think it showed me high stock levels based on our shop's login info? Why would that be when we order Xtracycle stuff straight from Xtracycle?...
Forum: Utility Cycling 10-11-08, 09:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,801
Posted By tfahrner
I logged in to QBP when you reported this....

I logged in to QBP when you reported this. They're showing >50 units in stock, ready to ship. Xtracycle themselves have revised their dealer terms to direct low-volume ordering shops to QBP, but sell...
Forum: Utility Cycling 10-11-08, 10:35 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,801
Posted By tfahrner
qbp has plenty of stock now. and xtracycle sells...

qbp has plenty of stock now. and xtracycle sells direct to bike shops too. check your source.
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