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Old 09-25-18, 05:49 PM
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Yes, the idea with the long stem and probably chopping some length off is my hands will be in about the same plane as stock, but a wider grip. I'm not 100% convinced it'll work, but I'll know in a couple days. Adventure!
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Yes, the idea with the long stem and probably chopping some length off is my hands will be in about the same plane as stock, but a wider grip. I'm not 100% convinced it'll work, but I'll know in a couple days. Adventure!
Did you get your new bars? Feedback?
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Did you get your new bars? Feedback?
I did, but it's not all put together yet. I needed longer cables, then once I started fiddling it turned into a project of putting the stock 8-speed parts on something else and swapping in 9-speed stuff. It's getting there!
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
I did, but it's not all put together yet. I needed longer cables, then once I started fiddling it turned into a project of putting the stock 8-speed parts on something else and swapping in 9-speed stuff. It's getting there!
Hahaha, now see that's one of the reasons I love BF stuff - so easy to just move parts around.
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Update! The bars work surprisingly well. I thought I would need to lop an inch off, but it works to ride the ends or slide my hands up on top of the brake lever clamps to lean into the wind a bit.

Shifter is an old Shimano XTR 9-speed, derailleur is a road 105 I threw on there until a new long cage shows up in the mail. Next purchase will be brake pads, the stock ones on the Dia-Compe calipers are atrocious!
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Old 10-03-18, 06:51 PM
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Better pic of the bars.
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Old 10-04-18, 08:56 AM
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Lovely bike!
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You're gonna put a long cage on with the small wheels? Interesting to see how much clearance you have with it. When I swapped mine out, I went to a 105 ss and picked up a tiny bit more clearance which was a good thing (( lean a lot). I know you didn't ride it a lot with the flat bar, but how does it feel compared to the swept back bars in terms of riding/steering? It probably adds a bit of weight up front which isn't bad.
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It came with a long-cage, I swapped that to my Rivendell. The new cassette has a 34t low, which the 105 won't handle. No, not a lot of clearance, but the tightest clearance is in that 34t low which I'll hardly ever use with those little wheels.

The steering felt the same or possibly a little calmer on the one ride I've done so far. You may be right about a little more weight being over the front wheel, the stem is longer and mounted lower than before. The stock setup had a lot of tiller-effect, it felt very much like a couple of recumbents I've owned.
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A 34 t low...hahhaha....you'll be spinning like a clown and the bike will barely move, lol. I've got an 11-28 and have actually never used the the lowest gear (yet). Whoever the original owner was must have specced out a long cage for it as it is not the standard rear der. I guess if you do Mt Diablo that 34 will be useful =). I love the way it looks but I love the more classic lines of swept back bars - and even prefer the look of quill stems. Once you get it set, ride report please.
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Folded. The wider bars interfere with the saddle, so what you see is the lower seatpost portion dropped into the frame - note this finishes the tripod with the other kickstand piece so the bike stays up - then the upper post with saddle is removed.
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Old 10-04-18, 04:18 PM
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Ahh....that works if you're not folding very often =). I wouldn't want to carry the seat/post around on a regular basis but once in a while and to get use of those swept back bars it makes great sense. I'm folding multiple times a day and don't need another thing to carry around so my flat bar (I replaced the original) works well enough.
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Old 10-20-18, 02:26 PM
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Update. You were right, Linberl, the Albatross bar had too much tiller effect, not enough weight over the front wheel. Much better with a riser bar.
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Old Dutch bikes had bigger heavier wheels , when they rode sitting straight up.


I have front pannier racks & bags on my Tikit, PakIt won't accept that rack.

so little weight on the front wheel apart from you leaning forward a bit.
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Old Dutch bikes had bigger heavier wheels , when they rode sitting straight up.


I have front pannier racks & bags on my Tikit, PakIt won't accept that rack.

so little weight on the front wheel apart from you leaning forward a bit.
Yes and my arthritic wrist needs the bars up high, too.
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Adopted wrist support s?
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Adopted wrist support s?
What is that?
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
Yes and my arthritic wrist needs the bars up high, too.
You could get a new stem that is longer if you want to use straight bars. My bars are flat with a small sweep (5 degree) but I use SQ labs ergonomic grips and my
hands and wrists are very happy with them. Riser bars are also an excellent solution, though, giving you that comfort without the "driving the bike" effect. Are you enjoying it more now that you're used to it?
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I like it a lot. It's light, handles well and I'm getting quicker at folding it. I don't usually pull the bars, but flipping the rear wheel under and dropping the seatpost is real nice for storing the bike. And I like how you can hold it by the seat and walk it on the front tire. Nifty!
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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
I like it a lot. It's light, handles well and I'm getting quicker at folding it. I don't usually pull the bars, but flipping the rear wheel under and dropping the seatpost is real nice for storing the bike. And I like how you can hold it by the seat and walk it on the front tire. Nifty!
I'm still not that good at rolling it on the front tire, I need practice. It's so light, I usually just lift and carry.
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Looks nice. It's nice that the pakiT uses a standard stem; easier to make modifications/changes.
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A 34 t low...hahhaha....you'll be spinning like a clown and the bike will barely move, lol. I've got an 11-28 and have actually never used the the lowest gear (yet). Whoever the original owner was must have specced out a long cage for it as it is not the standard rear der. I guess if you do Mt Diablo that 34 will be useful =). I love the way it looks but I love the more classic lines of swept back bars - and even prefer the look of quill stems. Once you get it set, ride report please.
I ordered my pakiT with the standard 8 speed der. My bike was delivered with a long cage Claris:

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Hate to ask, but which would you rather have if you could only have one? I've been debating between both but I fear that the Brompton just wouldn't be able to stand up to many of the hills in the Bay Area without serious modification or extra money put into it.
Sorry for the late reply; just noticed this post now.
I have a 2013 and 2018 Brompton; also a 2017 pakiT. I think for your application; the pakiT will be a better choice.
Easier to play with gearing ratio; swap chainring/cassette at will. 8, 9, 10 or 11 speed? You decide. You want twist grip
or thumb shifters; no problem.

Me on the other hand; if I had to choose only one bike - it will be my 6 speed Brompton with the titanium/superlight option.
Faster/easier fold, more compact size/fold, lots of accessories offered by 3rd party companies, front luggage system.

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Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
I like it a lot. It's light, handles well and I'm getting quicker at folding it. I don't usually pull the bars, but flipping the rear wheel under and dropping the seatpost is real nice for storing the bike. And I like how you can hold it by the seat and walk it on the front tire. Nifty!
You're selling it? Is that yours on CL?
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You're selling it? Is that yours on CL?
Possibly maybe if I can get my money back, I'm not going to take a loss on it. Nothing wrong with the bike, I just stumbled into a custom bike situation from a builder I thought was done building (he started again last month). Here's a pic with riser bars it's selling with, I put the Albas on my Riv.
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