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  1. The commute from home to downtown is just under...

    The commute from home to downtown is just under 10 Km, with 270 meters ascent. It's okay, except for a particularly steep portion about 3 Km from home, which feels harder than it really is because...
  2. Mine gets more scratched from daily use than from...

    Mine gets more scratched from daily use than from folding. I guess most of the scratches are from leaning the bike onto something.

    Such is life - get some fingernail polish in the color of your...
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    Waterproof shoes are nice. Some people swear by...

    Waterproof shoes are nice. Some people swear by tying plastic bags around regular shoes, but I've never tried that :)

    Mudguards, at least a front one, are *very* nice to have. You'll keep your...
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    Well... I don't have the arm strength to...

    Well...

    I don't have the arm strength to really do anything on the bike right now, so I've been only looking at the half-folded bike, wondering how bad things really are.

    It doesn't seem that...
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    Sigh, broken collarbone

    On Saturday evening I was riding on my way back home from a friend's house. I decided to take a different route than usual, one that goes through downtown, as it would be better lit and I knew the...
  6. Based on suggestions from other people, I managed...

    Based on suggestions from other people, I managed to hang my backpack to the bike's rack easily: see this post. Basically it's a carabiner and a bungee. It works very well; even on a 30 Km circuit...
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    Get well, Tom. Strokes are horrible :(

    Get well, Tom. Strokes are horrible :(
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    I lower my seat when I'm about to go into...

    I lower my seat when I'm about to go into dirt/gravel/whatever-non-pavement. I don't care about top speed when I'm riding there, and the lower seat makes me feel safer if I need to put my foot down....
  9. Yes, I meant the Front Carrier Block. What a...

    Yes, I meant the Front Carrier Block. What a clever little thing.

    I'm finding that sewing "little belts" to existing bags makes them work very well with the Brompton's carrier.
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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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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 :)
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  19. 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,...
  21. 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...
  23. 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!
  25. 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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