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Old 07-27-17, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by MezzoLew View Post
The Ori C8 also seems to be a Mezzo copy.
Sort of, Ori is the company that does the manufacturing for Mezzo (ATB Sales) so I guess Ori must have a licence to sell the bike under their own name.
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Loving the ride on my Mezzo D9 .. But I have a few more questions ... see images .. and thanks for the help!
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Old 08-23-17, 02:16 PM
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As far as I am aware there is only one steering stem latch design, but there is at least two front wheel latch designs. The second tube is there to facilitate the rear swing arm folding location when folded. The bump stop is not a bump stop, it rests against the seat when folded to stop the rear swing arm unfolding.
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Plate is a finger guard for the stem hinge.
Secound photo is adjustable locking bump stop for the seatpost. Never had to adjust it, even on modified bikes.
The tube welded to the pivot tube is to allow more clearence for the rear triangle to tuck under the bike. Ie its like a lever hinge.

Stems are all the same. Fork blade and QR system was altered on 2008 model onwards approx.

Ps you look like you have newer fork version from the wheel QR and black color scheme of the stem/bars

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Ps you look like you have newer fork version from the wheel QR and black color scheme of the stem/bars
Thanks for the comments - here is my front fork arrangement.
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My hint on the bag strap.
Shorten it when ridding (else it can get stuck in mud guards), lengthen it when carrying. Takes about 3 seconds to adjust.
I just remove the strap and tuck it into one of the side pockets. Easy to unclip!
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Originally Posted by MezzoLew View Post
Thanks for the comments - here is my front fork arrangement.

That looks like the replacement fork I purchased last year, new from ATB, so it suggests that you have a recent bike.

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I just remove the strap and tuck it into one of the side pockets. Easy to unclip!

I throw the strap over the saddle so if the velcro fails, the bag will stay with me rather drop to the road. Also it keeps it out of the way of the wheels.
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I throw the strap over the saddle so if the velcro fails, the bag will stay with me rather drop to the road. Also it keeps it out of the way of the wheels.

Good point - I notice you have to pull the velcro quite a long way through the buckle to get it to grab the opposite fingers. That seems to pull up the bag from the carrier and stretch the connection to the plastic interface plate on the bottom of the bag.
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Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
That looks like the replacement fork I purchased last year, new from ATB, so it suggests that you have a recent bike
Good to know - I double check the front wheel when I unfold the bike.
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Seems there is a new Mezzo Owner about to get a bike!

Mezzo d9, 9-speed folding bike, 16" wheels. not Brompton. | eBay

Anyone on here selling or buying?
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Originally Posted by MezzoLew View Post
Good point - I notice you have to pull the velcro quite a long way through the buckle to get it to grab the opposite fingers. That seems to pull up the bag from the carrier and stretch the connection to the plastic interface plate on the bottom of the bag.
I never use the strap that comes with it, as it kept it too close to the seat post and bothered me while riding. I just loop a velcro strap like this one through the metal ring that holds the strap. The bike then sits very nicely where it should.

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Originally Posted by MezzoLew View Post
Seems there is a new Mezzo Owner about to get a bike!

Mezzo d9, 9-speed folding bike, 16" wheels. not Brompton. | eBay

Anyone on here selling or buying?

That looks like mine! OK, how mine looked about 15,000km ago. Definitely the previous fork design
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Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
That looks like mine! OK, how mine looked about 15,000km ago. Definitely the previous fork design
Yes I see the "old" front fork design now ... definitely an improvement in the latest design.
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I see this chap has a "strange" device on his chain .. please can anyone tell me what it is for and why he has shown this?
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I see this chap has a "strage" device on his chain .. please can anyone tell me what ti is for and why he has shown this?

He's showing the chain isn't worn out.

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Cheers ! Now I have learned something today which I should have known years ago - about to go out and buy a chain checker!
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One more question - how do you propose we lock up our mezzos?

I assume a D lock is the easiest way and most secure - which position would you use? 1,2 or 3.

Also if there is a horizontal bar, then that would be more difficult to attach to as the bike cross bar is lower than standard frames. (see the local bike rack in my town)
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One more question - how do you propose we lock up our mezzos?

I assume a D lock is the easiest way and most secure - which position would you use? 1,2 or 3.

Also if there is a horizontal bar, then that would be more difficult to attach to as the bike cross bar is lower than standard frames. (see the local bike rack in my town)
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Very rarely leave my folder anywhere. the few occasions I have locked my mezzo up regularly was in a busy open space in front of uni class room windows.
What I did them was fold the bike and put an extra long D lock though all sections of the bike.
Just find away of securing the saddle. A short chain through the saddle rails.
Or drill a hole in the seatpost end and put a small padlock to sceure ifrom underneath the bike.
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Thanks for those tips! Good ideas there. I sometimes want to take a break and nip into a shop when out on my bike - that is why I want to try to lock it up. At work I take it into the office ... well that is one of the main reasons for a folding bike .. but carrying it around in Waitrose might cause a bit of an issue though I could pop it into the trolley!

Seems it didn't stop some bikers though!



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I once took my Mezzo in Lidl to do some shopping, I didnt need much so I put the bike in the trolley. When I finished and walked out the store, some one who was about to walk in came over and asked if I had bought the bike in the store
Basically, put the lock through whichever part of the frame and bike stand that is most suitable for the situation, bike stands will vary from location to location. I second Bhkyte's comments about the seat post. If I know that I am going to locking the bike up somewhere, then I replace the quick release on the seat post clamp with a allen bold and nut. I always carry a bike multitool with me so I need to fold the bike I use the multitool to slacken the bolt and seat clamp.
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Thanks CPG - And I am not far away from you too! Might give that a try sometime too!

RE seat post - yes that is a vulnerable item and trying to rid without it would be a challenge so worth an allen bolt and nut!
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You just have to hope any aspiring thief doesn't have a multi-tool as well.
I have only ever seen two other Messos in Nottingham, however, some of the very the first (possibly only) dual drive Messos originated from these parts.
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taking bikes in shops

Just act as if its an everydaything to do and dont look self conscious.
Hardly any issues taking small folding bikes in shops in years.
Especially if they are on rollerwheels.

One person didn't want me to bring the bike in for "higene " reasons, but didn't want to argue with my reasoning that they would allow wheeled suitcases ....

Some people just make up a rule or a stance in a panic rather than based on logic or genuine reasons.
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Hi there, any other option of rack that can nicely fits? I saw on AliExpress a cheap rack for a Brompton, is it possible to put it in my Ori? Or the sizes are pretty different?
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The Brompton rack is much smaller then the mezzo rack. About 50%.
I have a spare mezzo rack if you need one.
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