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    Video tutorials?

    Does anyone have a good stash of video tutorials for trail-riding skills (on CX bikes)? There seems to be a lot of material about full-suspension mountain bikes and hopping roots and obstacles and...
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    Notes on flying with a Brompton

    I have a M6R that I took on a flight with me recently.

    I put it in a semi-rigid suitcase as mentioned in this post. The bike *just* fits if you struggle with the suitcase a bit. I had to remove...
  3. My neighborhood's streets are terribly broken up....

    My neighborhood's streets are terribly broken up. The stupid land developer built them as cheaply as they could, with thin concrete with a ridiculously narrow wire mesh inside.

    And the local...
  4. I just came back from a trip with the Brompton. ...

    I just came back from a trip with the Brompton. I tried to finish the DIY luggage system before going on the trip, but made a rather bad mistake and would have had to re-do the piece that mates with...
  5. Congrats! Word of warning: this gets...

    Congrats!

    Word of warning: this gets addictive. I'm in the middle of doing a DIY clone of the front luggage system; will post pictures soon :)
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    Oooooh, this is very nice. I've been meaning to...

    Oooooh, this is very nice. I've been meaning to make an attachment for my Brompton, and it does look like this is the way to go. Perfect for hanging my backpack by the shoulder straps :)
  7. Yes, but I have no idea what's involved :) Do...

    Yes, but I have no idea what's involved :) Do they need different geometries?



    Yeah, I'm not comfortable with the idea of leaving bags not waterproof(ish). Have to investigate which materials...
  8. Interesting. I've never used bags with hooks or...

    Interesting. I've never used bags with hooks or a quick-release system, just little belts. I was actually thinking of making hooks to make the bags easier to release from the rack. Do they bounce...
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    I had a similar experience two days ago... it was...

    I had a similar experience two days ago... it was drizzling and I had to go to the supermarket and run a few errands. I procrastinated for a bit while waiting for rain to stop, but it was the kind...
  10. What do you like in your panniers/bags/etc?

    A couple of friends and myself are setting up a small sewing workshop to build bike panniers and bags, as what one can find in local shops is very limited, and always imported and expensive. We want...
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    Not an expert here, but those rims are 36 holes,...

    Not an expert here, but those rims are 36 holes, and the non-automatic SRAM hub is 32 holes.

    That is going to be a hell of a good-looking all-silver bike. Add a silver colored rack and fenders,...
  12. The cheapskate in me loves to ask bike shops for...

    The cheapskate in me loves to ask bike shops for punctured 700C tubes. They are nice, long, flexible, sturdy, and free :)
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    The Classic and Vintage forum has a recurrent...

    The Classic and Vintage forum has a recurrent thread on drop bar conversions.

    I've done one and couldn't be happier - my hands were also hurting from flat bars. Switched to Nitto Noodle drop...
  14. It is not complicated. It is a bit unusual if...

    It is not complicated. It is a bit unusual if you are accustomed to "big" bicycles, mainly because the clearances are much smaller. For example, I installed my Brompton's rear rack+fender myself,...
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    What a great trip! Kudos!

    What a great trip! Kudos!
  16. I don't know how sophisticated maintenance you...

    I don't know how sophisticated maintenance you intend to do, but for everyday adjustment, and changing punctured tubes, I've found it enough to have a multi-tool and an adjustable wrench. I'd prefer...
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    I read about lemon water with sugar and a bit of...

    I read about lemon water with sugar and a bit of salt (say, 1/2 teaspoon of salt per liter of water). It is WONDERFUL. I get much less tired with it than with plain water.

    Also: drink enough! 1...
  18. It clears my mind. It makes me feel less puffy...

    It clears my mind. It makes me feel less puffy after a big breakfast. I can take quick detours because some random store is a few blocks away from where I am at any given moment - doing that by car...
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    It's an "It Luggage" model 12-0733-09, quite...

    It's an "It Luggage" model 12-0733-09, quite similar to this one: PORTO - STYLISH AND DURABLE EXPANDER | IT Luggage

    I got it at a local department store. Basically I rode the Brompton to the...
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    Thanks for the suggestions! This is very useful!...

    Thanks for the suggestions! This is very useful!

    (About the nut on the rear wheel being a pressure point... my calves agree.)
  21. Seems like the planets aligned... I got a second...

    Seems like the planets aligned... I got a second computer as a present :)

    Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions.
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    Flying with a Brompton in a suitcase

    In a few weeks I'll be doing an overseas trip with my Brompton inside a semi-rigid suitcase - this weekend I found a suitcase that fits the Brompton if I remove the saddle from the seatpost.

    The...
  23. My bike started its life with flat bars, but then...

    My bike started its life with flat bars, but then I converted it to drop bars when I found that I wasn't comfortable on the flat bars after about half an hour of riding. I do mostly pavement /...
  24. Interesting hacks to easily switch wired cycle computer between bikes?

    I just got my first cycle computer, a Cateye Velo 7. It comes with a bunch of zip ties, and the brackets for the sensor and the 'puter have holes for the ties.

    However, being the cheapskate that...
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    Well, I have bar-end shifters and drop bars, so...

    Well, I have bar-end shifters and drop bars, so practically any position is away from the shifters :)

    I think the trick is learning to change hand positions fluidly while you climb. It does break...
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