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    I use the Kryptonite Evo Mini lock to lock my...

    I use the Kryptonite Evo Mini lock to lock my frame. I have locking skewers for the wheels and seat post. The Evo Mini is a sturdy lightweight U-lock. However, I would only recommend it if you live...
  2. Thread: Groceries

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    Another thing to consider is locking up the bike....

    Another thing to consider is locking up the bike. If you often lock to a U-Rack or "Staple rack" and have to share the rack with another bicycle, having a front basket can make the bicycle a hassle...
  3. Scale for weighing bikes and bike accessories

    So I'm on a mission to purchase and modify a utility bike fully equipped with chain guard, fenders, rear rack and perhaps a front basket. However, I live on the third floor of an apartment and I want...
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    My goal is to find a way for people to walk into...

    My goal is to find a way for people to walk into any bike shop, here in the US, and walk out with a bike that is designed to withstand theft, including theft of components. Currently one must...
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    I'm going to break down the differences between...

    I'm going to break down the differences between bikes in Denmark and bikes in the USA to explain why so many wheels get stolen in USA cities.

    1. A new wheel, including a tire a tube, can easily...
  6. Another thing to consider is fenders. 700c tires...

    Another thing to consider is fenders. 700c tires are 700mm in diameter, which is 27.5". You may have difficulty finding fenders that fit wide 700c tires. Fenders should generally be compatible with a...
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    Thanks for the Soma suggestion. In another thread...

    Thanks for the Soma suggestion. In another thread someone informed me of a new bike coming out, the 2014 Novara Barrow. The "Seat Tube Center-Top" is listed as 20.5". REI claims that this has a...
  8. Thanks for these suggestions. The Novara Barrow...

    Thanks for these suggestions. The Novara Barrow looks great. Whatever I end up going with I'm determined to add a chain guard. I currently own a 21 speed hybrid that has an aftermarket SKS Chainboard...
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    Minimizing scuff marks on walls

    The walls in my staircase as well as the walls in my living room are gradually accumulated black scuff marks from handlebars and tires. Any advice on how to:

    1. Clean the scuff marks without...
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    Can the "bolted on" wheels of Dutch bikes be...

    Can the "bolted on" wheels of Dutch bikes be removed in 10-20 seconds the way they can in the US? If not, what's the difference? Different type of bolt? Is it time consuming to remove the chain case?...
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    It all depends on where you live. In NYC bikes...

    It all depends on where you live. In NYC bikes get stripped down for parts in the blink an eye, quick release or no quick release.

    The bolts that most bikes have can be removed in about ten...
  12. Customizing a lightweight utility bike for stairs

    Requirements:

    1. Chainguard
    2. Full fenders
    3. Eyelets for front basket and rear rack
    4. Vertical dropouts (will be adding Pitlocks to lock the wheels and seat; it's my understanding that...
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    I once asked someone from Holland how common...

    I once asked someone from Holland how common theft of wheels was. He said it was very rare as the wheels are very, very difficult to remove from Dutch bikes. Can anyone explain this? Is it because...
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    Are these compatible with horizontal dropouts?...

    Are these compatible with horizontal dropouts? Thanks.
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    The whole point of using locking skewers or...

    The whole point of using locking skewers or Pitlocks is to make locking a bike as convenient as possible while making it highly unlikely that a wheel will get stolen. I find locking up the rear wheel...
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    What size is this frame?

    What size is this frame?
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    This is just the type of setup I'm looking for...

    This is just the type of setup I'm looking for (minus the lack of a step-thru frame, of course). If I really had to I suppose I could become more flexible and get used to swinging my leg over the...
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    I give up. I'm going to take up tae-bo.

    I give up. I'm going to take up tae-bo.
  19. Thanks fietsbob. The greasy exposed drivetrain is...

    Thanks fietsbob. The greasy exposed drivetrain is a bit of an issue with Dahon. My hands do get dirty sometimes. Also when loading into my car trunk I have to be wary of not damaging the derailleur,...
  20. Pros of the Dahon Speed 7: 1. Costs half as...

    Pros of the Dahon Speed 7:

    1. Costs half as much as a Brompton
    2. Adequately reliable

    Cons of the Dahon Speed 7:

    1. Fairly wobbly ride. I've gotten used to it, but I've come close to...
  21. Convince me to buy a Brompton instead of a Dahon

    For the last seven years I've owned a Dahon Speed 7. This is the only folding bike I've ever owned and it has treated me well. I've used it as a backup bike and for traveling by car and by bus. I've...
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    I need to be schooled on horizontal dropouts. ...

    I need to be schooled on horizontal dropouts.

    1. How hard would it be for a thief to steal a wheel having standard horizontal dropouts?
    2. Is there a locking system similar to Pitlock that works...
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    Great tips guys. I currently have bikes with...

    Great tips guys.

    I currently have bikes with vertical dropouts. Locking skewers are compatible with vertical dropouts. What about bikes with horizontal dropouts? Do Pitlocks work with them?
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    Yes, you are on the money. I am the OP and this...

    Yes, you are on the money. I am the OP and this is the car-free forum. As such I am interested in the costs of using a bicycle as a transportation tool in place of a car. Also, when I talk to people...
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    Pardon my ignorance, but how does the Pitlock...

    Pardon my ignorance, but how does the Pitlock system work? I see the "key" is about the size of a penny and maybe a quarter inch thick. Does some sort of wrench fit into this when it's time to take...
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