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Old 04-20-16, 11:57 PM
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Here is the review of the SwiftFolder.

SWIFTFOLDER.COM

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Here's a link to the originating site: SWIFTFOLDER.COM
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
the problem ad i see out with these seatpost rack is that they extend horizontally, creating a long moment arm and lots of torque on the mount itself. a simple, stubby Klickfix mount and a vertically extending Tern Kanga rack are better solutiond, imo. the rack and the mount adds only 600grams of weight while being rated to carry 7,000 grams.
The problem with the Klickfix mount is that it will not fit around the 34mm seat post of the Swift. The seat post is also integral to the fold and needs to remain clear of any "furniture". I'm a fan of Klickfix and have one on the steering tube but they restrict the fold if bolted mid-way up the seat post.
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I recently brought a dual drive wheel but the retaining washers that came with it are for vertical dropouts......., would it make a significant difference using these washers when installing the wheel on the swift or do I have to buy horizontal specific washers?
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I've read and searched through most of this very informative thread.
I'm currently planning a trip with my wife to Bavaria and Austria this fall and we'll be riding our Swifts. We're planning on having a set of front panniers and one on a crossrack.
I have read here in the thread that the Dahon traveller front rack will fit the Swift, the only problem is that I have not found any retailer that ships them internationally (we live in Iceland), does anyone know where I might be able to order it from? Or possibly another front rack that fits the Swift?
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Retail what? the swift bikes or a Dahon Part?

Klick Fix Of Germany makes a lot of bits and pieces that Dahon has used ,

Check out some dealers for Rixen and Kaul the company that makes the KF range,

in Germany, Denmark ?
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Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait
The problem with the Klickfix mount is that it will not fit around the 34mm seat post of the Swift. The seat post is also integral to the fold and needs to remain clear of any "furniture". I'm a fan of Klickfix and have one on the steering tube but they restrict the fold if bolted mid-way up the seat post.
The Klickfix mount I use on my seatpost, the one pictured below fits seatposts up to 36mm.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
The Klickfix mount I use on my seatpost, the one pictured below fits seatposts up to 36mm.
If that is the "Caddy" bracket (your picture did not show on your last posting), I have tried it on my Swift 34mm seat post and it was not a very secure fit. However, I'll give it another try. The bracket will need to be right under the saddle to allow the seat post to slide through the frame and that may make attaching a bag to it impossible.
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Originally Posted by Abu Mahendra
...or maybe you have some random crud that needs ferrying around without packing, snap on a utilitarian, blue-collar (well, this one is a Brooks so it ain't exactly working class) basket...
Is the basket just held at one point? Who makes the basket and hold system?
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Originally Posted by Schwinnsta
Is the basket just held at one point? Who makes the basket and hold system?
The mount holds the basket vertically and locks it horizontally. The mount is held to the seapost by a two-bolt clamp. The mount is KlickFix, the Basket is Brooks.
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[h=1]Sunlite Gold Tec Front Rack Black[/h]

your price $11.99
BuyPART NUM 210483


Tubular 6061-T6 alloy construction
Front carrier for bicycles
Mounts directly to most fork bosses
Not made for pannier bags
Max load of 40 lbs
Color: Black
These are around 12 bucks in the US and come in plain and black. earlier in the massive tome that is this thread they were referred to. I have been toying with getting one of these since they are so cheap. Also looked at an Avenir "cling-on" bolt on beam rack since a trunk type pannier could get the weight down pretty low and I could move it to my other bikes if I wish. It says it fits up to 34.9 mm.
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Nashbar has what looks like the same rack. I had the Nashbar version and it snapped with about 20 lbs on it. Went ahead and got a Nitto M12, which I absolutely love. If you go with the Sunlite, I would be wary of the 40 lb weight limit.
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The horizontal top-tube cover is a Buddipole nylon packcloth
carrying bag with stretch velcro strap. The velcro strap is difficult to
undo (the hook and loop stuff is extra-long, I think).

I kinda tuck it back over the fold pivots whenever it slips forward.
Only one person asked if it was a folder or not, of the several who
have commented on the bike.

The Carradice Super C saddlebag is supported by a dowel shoved
under the seat, two 7/8" (or so) pieces of PVC cold water pipe, and
two small zip ties. I use two (yellow, in the photo) bungee cords to
secure the saddlebag to the seatpost, to prevent hard objects inside
from knocking rhythmically against the post. I get some modulation
of the bag from my body (I am partially sitting on the saddlebag --
or I was, before I shortened the underseat (external to the saddlebag)
dowel.

There's a small-gauge Kryptonite cable looped through itself,
capturing a seat rail. I store it by a figure-8 wrap around the
seat post, and a small (aqua blue) carabiner, to join the two ends
together (while underway).

Up front are a Mirrycle mirror and two Fenix L1D flashlights,
lashed to the handlebar with thin bungee cord.

Chainring is 42t (lifted off a Specialized Expedition XL, for trial's
sake) and in the back might be 18t, 21t, or 26t. I'm currently
pedaling 40t x 21t (36.5") and 40t x 32t (bailout gear, 23.9"):

\(ツ)/

40 21 42.690 49 36.5
40 32 41.879 51 23.9

Columns are (L to R) chainwheel, cog, chainstay (in cm), links
(multiples of 1") and gear-inches. Figures are from the
eehouse.org web.

52t chainwheel is ignored. There were clearance issues with
the seatstay (an unpleasant discovery -- I did not understand
that the chain was trying to saw through the stay, to escape!)

I think I was trying to run 52t x 21t (or 26t) at the time.

On the outer chainline.

. . .

I'm using a SunTour SVX rear derailer and a SRAM FD shifter
on the wrong (right, heh) handlebar (this is a two-speed bicycle,
currently). The rear derailer has a claw, which worries me.

I don't (yet) have the proper aluminum RD mounting fob.

(Photo was taken prior to derailer installation)

I found a round shoulder-nut (I'll call it that) that went with the
original installation of the SunTour. Same thread as a modern
bottle-mount braze-on. I found one slightly longer bottle-mount
screw (button cap, hex key operated) that just barely engaged
the shoulder-nut, but snugged to at least 3.5 turns of the thread,
so I was happy with it, for that.

I don't know if the derailer claw was manufactured of a ductile
alloy -- was that the practice back then? (1986)

The bike itself is a Xootr Swift, Singlespeed, shipped in May, 2016.

They (Steve) said that Peter dealt with configurations other
than singlespeed, when it came to this colour of frame (I asked
if I could Five Easy Pieces it, and Steve was ready (twice) to steer
me to Peter, so I went with the advertised Xootr offering, and am
doing the multispeed conversion on my own).

Fitting was the longest steerer riser, shortest stem, and (I think)
the longest (plain) seatpost they offer. Was not as upright as
I wanted, so I did some evil to it, after this pic was taken (I swapped
handlebars with my Specialized Expedition XL).
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Custom built Swift in Brookyn

I bought a custom built Swift bought from Brooklyn Recycle A Bike. I configured it wtth a 9 speed Shimano Alfine internal hub. The bike's build and setup was perfect...and I mean perfectl Everything about it, accessories,every washer and nut was installed perfectly.


I love this bike.


Each year ffor 4 years = I bring it to Mexico in a suitcase - to an island off Cancun. The island is known for RUST problems - just like you are on a boat in the ocean. The bike still looks great and works perfectly. And Recycle A Bike gave me great support the times I couldn't put it back together again.


I would drive 100 miles to go only to Recycle A Bike, and I would buy another Swift in an instant.


And BTW, the local Mexicans are always offering to buy it. When I walk the bike down the main street, I swear I get a thumbs-up quite often from the store owners.. It's so cool...like I care ...it's so cool because the locals can appreciate a great bike when they see it.




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Originally Posted by joliett
I .... wtth a 9 speed Shimano Alfine internal hub.
Whatever. Nice swift!
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New Swift all gussied up.
Mirror, phone mount, cyclometer, rack, bag and kickstand.
Nice!!!
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Originally Posted by joliett
I bought a custom built Swift bought from Brooklyn Recycle A Bike. I configured it wtth a 9 speed Shimano Alfine internal hub. The bike's build and setup was perfect...and I mean perfectl Everything about it, accessories,every washer and nut was installed perfectly.


I love this bike.


Each year ffor 4 years = I bring it to Mexico in a suitcase - to an island off Cancun. The island is known for RUST problems - just like you are on a boat in the ocean. The bike still looks great and works perfectly. And Recycle A Bike gave me great support the times I couldn't put it back together again.


I would drive 100 miles to go only to Recycle A Bike, and I would buy another Swift in an instant.


And BTW, the local Mexicans are always offering to buy it. When I walk the bike down the main street, I swear I get a thumbs-up quite often from the store owners.. It's so cool...like I care ...it's so cool because the locals can appreciate a great bike when they see it.




did you increase the stem height? how?
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Originally Posted by mfa240
did you increase the stem height? how?


Call the bike shop where I bought it...ask Susan...(718) 858-2972
It was set up with the extender that came with the bike.


Or call ZOOTR and ask them 800-816-2724
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Originally Posted by joliett
Call the bike shop where I bought it...ask Susan...(718) 858-2972
It was set up with the extender that came with the bike.


Or call ZOOTR and ask them 800-816-2724
Oh I thought it was a DIY thing...
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Found this site as I was searching for something: Carrying Luggage on a Folding Bike (Brompton, Tern, Dahon) - CyclingAbout CyclingAbout
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Originally Posted by fridrikh
I've read and searched through most of this very informative thread.
I'm currently planning a trip with my wife to Bavaria and Austria this fall and we'll be riding our Swifts. We're planning on having a set of front panniers and one on a crossrack.
I have read here in the thread that the Dahon traveller front rack will fit the Swift, the only problem is that I have not found any retailer that ships them internationally (we live in Iceland), does anyone know where I might be able to order it from? Or possibly another front rack that fits the Swift?
You may have bought one or you gave up. You could try this shop: Luggage Carriers & Carrying Equipment - C H WHITE & SON

They say if you are in Europe but outside of the EU you should call to ask for shipping prices.

The rack is not for bikes with V brakes in the usual place. You can work around that by using a drum brake hub (or even better a drum brake & dyno hub).

https://sslrelay.com/s75353868.onean...HFRRACK01%3D29

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4th August means that it is ten years to the day since my Xootr Swift arrived! I ordered it via the internet on 1st of August (what would have been my late mother's birthday) and three days later the box arrived.

If you look back on this site you will see how I have changed various things on the bike; handlebars,luggage and carriers, saddles etc and have had great fun doing it! The Swift really is a fun bike to own and ride. I'm 65 years old and have long since given up the thought of winning Le Tour de France and the Xootr Swift provides me with the opportunity to pedal into the countryside.

I chose the Swift (without seeing it in the "flesh") because I wanted a folder that rode like a "normal" bike. My work and family commitments limited the time I had to ride and I found I was doing the same routes all the time. Putting the Swift in the back of my car and driving to distant starting points opened up new horizons.

The photo was taken just a few weeks ago (sorry about the pale UK legs) and shows my Swift with double chain wheel and 'bar end shifters. I still don't get out as often as I would like but when I do it's the Swift I pick nearly every time.

Here's to another ten years!

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Originally Posted by Paul Braithwait
Here's to another ten years!
indeed.
love your "drop bars" with grip shifters solution, btw. very nice.

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Originally Posted by badmother
You may have bought one or you gave up. You could try this shop: Luggage Carriers & Carrying Equipment - C H WHITE & SON

They say if you are in Europe but outside of the EU you should call to ask for shipping prices.

The rack is not for bikes with V brakes in the usual place. You can work around that by using a drum brake hub (or even better a drum brake & dyno hub).

https://sslrelay.com/s75353868.onean...HFRRACK01%3D29
Thanks for the suggestion, a dynamo hub with a drum brake would be ideal.
But I got a couple the dahon front rack from Im faltradshop finden Sie Ihr faltrad oder elektro-faltrad
I sent them an e-mail and they were very helpful and willing to send the racks to me. They arrived and work great on the bike. I'll post a picture of it when I take a fully loaded test ride.
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Originally Posted by fridrikh
Thanks for the suggestion, a dynamo hub with a drum brake would be ideal.
But I got a couple the dahon front rack from Im faltradshop finden Sie Ihr faltrad oder elektro-faltrad
I sent them an e-mail and they were very helpful and willing to send the racks to me. They arrived and work great on the bike. I'll post a picture of it when I take a fully loaded test ride.
Well done. Thanks for providing the link.
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