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Forum: Folding Bikes 02-06-15, 04:26 PM
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Posted By rickybails
You don't want to deviate too far from the stock...

You don't want to deviate too far from the stock fork length without understanding the concequences. The important dimension is crown to axle (crown= where the bottom of the fork steerer meets the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-06-15, 02:55 PM
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Posted By rickybails
Don't forget all forks get wider to 100mm at the...

Don't forget all forks get wider to 100mm at the bottom, so the narrowest 650c fork that has room for only the skinniest tyre at the top, should still be quite wide lower down where the 406 tyre...
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-06-15, 06:17 AM
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Posted By rickybails
Any post off 20" Dahon/tern folder should fit. I...

Any post off 20" Dahon/tern folder should fit. I currently have a Kore I-beam post off a Dahon, my previous post was also off a Dahon. I switched because stock swift lay back too far for my ideal...
Forum: Folding Bikes 07-08-14, 01:14 AM
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Posted By rickybails
I was once looking for a suspension fork myself,...

I was once looking for a suspension fork myself, and discovered the fork on a Moulton TSR is exactly the same crown-axle length as the stock swift fork.

The fork on a pacific reach may fit too.
Forum: Folding Bikes 03-06-14, 03:46 AM
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Posted By rickybails
One simple way to achieve this is to get a front...

One simple way to achieve this is to get a front wheel with a pantour suspension hub. I used to have a Dahon speed pro that had these as standard and it worked really well for me. You need to find a...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-17-13, 02:20 AM
Replies: 3,492
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Posted By rickybails
If anyone in UK is after a capreo hub for a wheel...

If anyone in UK is after a capreo hub for a wheel build - I got a 24H Capreo rear hub I no longer need. Used for one year, but the cassette I think is virtually new. After buying it I took up track...
Forum: Folding Bikes 06-05-13, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3,492
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Posted By rickybails
Apologies for the late reply to this (I'm not a...

Apologies for the late reply to this (I'm not a regular reader of this thread) but this is really important. I think this is potentially very dangerous. My steerer tube extension snapped off a few...
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-27-13, 01:56 AM
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Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Another update on the seatpost slipping issue -...

Another update on the seatpost slipping issue - bumped into a friend last night who also has a swift. He has solved his seatpost slipping problem by getting his seatpost knurled. This makes the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-20-13, 04:06 AM
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Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Yes this is a common problem - but can be...

Yes this is a common problem - but can be overcome. Firstly you need a snug fitting post to minimise the work the clamp needs to do. There are small differences in thickness between seatposts of the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-04-13, 07:59 AM
Replies: 187
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Posted By rickybails
Forgot to mention... - ibeam post/saddle combo...

Forgot to mention...
- ibeam post/saddle combo will save a little weight
- but make sure you get the hammock-style saddle if comfort is a issue. The lightest i-beam saddles are rock hard
Forum: Folding Bikes 02-04-13, 07:35 AM
Replies: 187
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Posted By rickybails
I have the same problem. I have changed to an...

I have the same problem. I have changed to an i-beam seatpost. This still has a setback but not quite as much but the i-beam interface allows the saddle to be pushed further forward than traditional...
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-20-13, 01:31 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,726
Posted By rickybails
I couldn't go. When I booked it was a 7:30 race...

I couldn't go. When I booked it was a 7:30 race only, but then they added in heats earlier in the day and I couldn't make it. In any case with the snow, yesterday was a day to spend with the kids.....
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-20-13, 01:23 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,726
Posted By rickybails
Here's a couple of photos of the bracket. On the...

Here's a couple of photos of the bracket. On the photo from the rear you can just see the alu block that sits between the front and back plates. It's a bit extreme - hopeful by now there's a decent...
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-19-13, 11:47 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,726
Posted By rickybails
I've got those wheels. I love them but cannot...

I've got those wheels. I love them but cannot recommend them. Mine front rim has just gone after just 7 months of daily commuting (4 miles a day) plus a handful of 2-hour rides. The braking surface...
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-19-13, 11:23 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,726
Posted By rickybails
I used a problem solver brake nut to provide...

I used a problem solver brake nut to provide somewhere to screw in a thick alu plate so that it cleared the fork. I have a couple of aluminum plates that attach either end of the brake mount on the...
Forum: Folding Bikes 01-19-13, 10:50 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 20,726
Posted By rickybails
I think if you choose the right gears you should...

I think if you choose the right gears you should rarely be in the 9T - just an overdrive when you're powering downhill. If you're in it that much then maybe you need a bigger front ring. In fact you...
Forum: Folding Bikes 10-02-12, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Peter organised all the shipping - I can't...

Peter organised all the shipping - I can't remember what the custom charges were but he tried to minimise them by putting something like 'samples' on the description. I've only had parts from him...
Forum: Folding Bikes 09-28-12, 04:27 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Not that I know of - but having a heavily...

Not that I know of - but having a heavily customised one myself I would recommend getting it from the US. I got my bits direct from Peter and the shipping is painless. If you want to put a...
Forum: Folding Bikes 05-04-12, 01:40 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
The swift's top tube is only 1.5 cm longer than...

The swift's top tube is only 1.5 cm longer than your ideal. Could the extra stretch be because the saddle is further back on the swift due to the 72-degree angle (where most road bikes are...
Forum: Folding Bikes 05-03-12, 02:57 PM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
;About my seatpost height mod - here's a...

;About my seatpost height mod - here's a challenge for the group To make the mod even better, when the seat post hits the stopper there would be something to alighn the seatpost so that the saddle is...
Forum: Folding Bikes 05-03-12, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
I'm 6' and the saddle tip to handlebar/stem clamp...

I'm 6' and the saddle tip to handlebar/stem clamp is 53cm with drop bars. Different drop bars have different forward reaches so to measure reach, and also compare drop bar positions to handlebar...
Forum: Folding Bikes 05-03-12, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Markings help but it's still a faff to set it at...

Markings help but it's still a faff to set it at just the right height. Much better to do this mod I've done: stick a piece of tubing down the lower part of the seattube (so it rests on the BB shell...
Forum: Folding Bikes 04-30-12, 06:48 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
You can have a long seatpost, riser bar to get...

You can have a long seatpost, riser bar to get the height, but long stems affect the handling. The main dimension you are stuck with on the swift is the effective top tube, so you need to know how...
Forum: Folding Bikes 12-18-11, 10:43 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
Travel adjusters are a gear for your cable - they...

Travel adjusters are a gear for your cable - they make the cable at the caliper end move twice as far as the cable at the lever end. There's an inner wheel and an outer wheel - the lever end is...
Forum: Folding Bikes 12-18-11, 02:53 AM
Replies: 3,492
Views: 453,817
Posted By rickybails
I can relate to this frustration - I've ran...

I can relate to this frustration - I've ran 406's, 451s and 520s, all on drop-bars. I've raced the swift on 451 and 406 and overall the 406's were faster.

V-brakes are ace but a well-set up pair...
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