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Old 02-27-07, 09:09 PM
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I contacted xootr last week and they had just received the longer seat posts and stems. I need about 82cm between the bb and top of the saddle and now it will work w/ this longer post. The bar is now only about an inch lower than the saddle height which is about perfect. Brain at xootr was kind enough to set one up with my measurements and get back to me. I am really impressed w/ his/their customer service. Now I just need to decide between a xootr and a custom. I am leaning toward custom since I would like some higher end components on it.
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OK. Upgrade help time again. I just ordered a new Shimano 105 53/39 Double Crankset to replace the stock one provided on the Xootr Swift.

Looking at james' post, it appears that I'll need an octalink BB. I was wondering if I should get the 118.5 model or the 109.5 version . I'm currently running my 8 Speed Nexus hub and the chainline is just about perfect.

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Looking at James' post, it appears the stock one runs a 116.
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Originally Posted by zepi
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I really like the idea of making a custom "SWIFT FOLDER" writing after a fresh powder coat. I thought about a white glossy powdercoat with a nifty writing like the attached one... Maybe even the cutout pattern sticker can be coated transparent to "marry" with the frame...
I'd love to hear some opinions about that....
I like the idea of zero logos on my swift, but if I had to choose, I like the lettering on the new Surly "silver bullet" Pacer.
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Originally Posted by zepi
@Wavshrdr: Your bike looks very elaborated. Very nice!
On the pictures I really dont get the arrangement around the EZY-pedals. Are those very fat classic straps you are using without those metal rakes? Can you provide us one more shot of those?

I really like the idea of making a custom "SWIFT FOLDER" writing after a fresh powder coat. I thought about a white glossy powdercoat with a nifty writing like the attached one... Maybe even the cutout pattern sticker can be coated transparent to "marry" with the frame...
I'd love to hear some opinions about that....
The Power Grip straps are to be used instead of clipless pedals. I went with the XL sized ones.
I had several different logos done up. I had an Olde English script done but it was too elaborate and nobody could figure it out. I had people coming up too close to the bike for my comfort to try and read it. I never knew if someone was trying to steal it or just read the script. It was one of those unintended consequences.
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Old 02-28-07, 02:20 AM
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Originally Posted by kb5ql
OK. Upgrade help time again. I just ordered a new Shimano 105 53/39 Double Crankset to replace the stock one provided on the Xootr Swift.

Looking at james' post, it appears that I'll need an octalink BB. I was wondering if I should get the 118.5 model or the 109.5 version . I'm currently running my 8 Speed Nexus hub and the chainline is just about perfect.

Bottom Bracket Help

Looking at James' post, it appears the stock one runs a 116.
I asked Peter Reich about the same crankset, he said he had good results with 109mm. Make sure you get the right Octalink V1, not the one for LX cranks.
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My sweet swift. It is still black.

The pista cranks are not mounted yet.
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I got my Swift yesterday and took it on the train with me this morning. I had no problems at all getting or or off the train this morning (especially since I get on an empty train in the AM!) The ride from the Waltham ,MA station to my office was great (just had to watch out for a few icy spots.) For all you 6'4' guys like me out there, the XL will work just fine.

-Lamar (a _VERY_ happy Swift owner!)
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Originally Posted by lphillips
I got my Swift yesterday and took it on the train with me this morning. I had no problems at all getting or or off the train this morning (especially since I get on an empty train in the AM!) The ride from the Waltham ,MA station to my office was great (just had to watch out for a few icy spots.) For all you 6'4' guys like me out there, the XL will work just fine.

-Lamar (a _VERY_ happy Swift owner!)
Lamar,

Does the T require the Swift to be covered/bagged?
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I love your swift. Very classy looking.
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Originally Posted by lphillips
I got my Swift yesterday and took it on the train with me this morning. I had no problems at all getting or or off the train this morning (especially since I get on an empty train in the AM!) The ride from the Waltham ,MA station to my office was great (just had to watch out for a few icy spots.) For all you 6'4' guys like me out there, the XL will work just fine.

-Lamar (a _VERY_ happy Swift owner!)

I'm 6'2". Do you think that someone my height should go with the xl seat post, and then cut it down if I need to?
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Old 02-28-07, 02:27 PM
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law4jba:

As far as I know, they don't. The conductors didn't bat an eye when I went on board with the bike. I catch the inbound train out in Fitchburg (7:00AM) and there is not a lot of folks getting on (10-15 maybe.) I'll see how it goes on the way home tonight when I catch the train in Waltham.

Donkey Hodie:

I'd go with the XL version. It's quite a bit easier to cut down the post rather than adding to it! :-) If it helps, I have a 38" inseam and a 37.5" arm lenght and I didn't feel cramped on the bike this morning (granted it was a very sort ride however.)
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I love hanging out with people taller than me. I'm used to feeling like the tall one in most social situations. its good to feel short once in a while...a nice change of perspective. One of my best friends is 6'5", and my other good friend is like 5'7". I get to feel either tall or short depending on which friend I'm with.
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Originally Posted by lphillips
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As far as I know, they don't. The conductors didn't bat an eye when I went on board with the bike. I catch the inbound train out in Fitchburg (7:00AM) and there is not a lot of folks getting on (10-15 maybe.) I'll see how it goes on the way home tonight when I catch the train in Waltham.

Thanks. I look forward to hearing about your commute this evening.

I currently take the Hingham Ferry then bike from downtown to cambridge - any bike is allowed on but are stored outside. Current steel bike has been chewed up by the corrosive apetite of the saltwater.

I've ordered a custom Swift from Peter Reich and will build up with stainless and Al-alloy to minimize corrosion.

When the new Greenbush train goes into service this summer, I'll use the swift for a bike-train-bike commute.
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Originally Posted by Donkey Hodie
I love hanging out with people taller than me. I'm used to feeling like the tall one in most social situations. its good to feel short once in a while...a nice change of perspective. One of my best friends is 6'5", and my other good friend is like 5'7". I get to feel either tall or short depending on which friend I'm with.
I'm 6 foot Five
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My Swift finally arrived!

Yea! After a 5 month wait it finally arrived tonight. As I was assembling it we started to get snow and now I can't test ride it.

The bike looks great, better than the picture shows. It's a Xootr frame, stripped and powdercoated. A black B17 saddle, Planet Bike fenders, and a DualDrive 27. Very simple looking but that derailleur is damn close to the ground! All I need are some type of bags, water bottle holder, pump holder... Lots of great ideas on this thread for upgrades that I'll need to re-sift through.

I'm going to try fitting it into the back of my MINI Cooper on Friday to take it for a ride around Seattle while the car is in the shops. Hopefully I've finally found the solution to transporting a bike with that car.
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Old 03-01-07, 02:33 AM
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How is the fold on the swift? It looks pretty atrocious for any purpose other than sticking it in a trunk or a small apartment (or perhaps packing, but packing isn't really folding...it's packing).
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Originally Posted by makeinu
How is the fold on the swift? It looks pretty atrocious...
Depends on what you want to do with it. Works ok for the bus, good for taking up a little less space at the office, great for the trunk. It's no Brompton, but it's certainly a good compromise for most commute uses.
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Originally Posted by law4jba
Thanks. I look forward to hearing about your commute this evening.

I currently take the Hingham Ferry then bike from downtown to cambridge - any bike is allowed on but are stored outside. Current steel bike has been chewed up by the corrosive apetite of the saltwater.

I've ordered a custom Swift from Peter Reich and will build up with stainless and Al-alloy to minimize corrosion.

When the new Greenbush train goes into service this summer, I'll use the swift for a bike-train-bike commute.
The evening commute wasn't too bad, I shared the first seat and just kept the swift in front of me. She got off the train after three stops and I moved the swift over to the side. No problems at all from any of the conductors on the train. You should be fine once the Greenbush line opens. I'm also using the swift for bike-train-bike commute.

On another note, I may look into studded tires (it was a bit icy this morning.) My work is less than 2 miles from Harris Cyclery and I saw they had 20" studded tires. Any thoughts??
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Originally Posted by lphillips
On another note, I may look into studded tires (it was a bit icy this morning.) My work is less than 2 miles from Harris Cyclery and I saw they had 20" studded tires. Any thoughts??
I used studded tires on a mountain bike while in school in New Hampshire. The roads/paths were mostly compacted snow and ice. The studs give good grip on the frozen surfaces but are quite noisy on pavement. The start and end of the season were tricky due to intermittent conditions needing the studded tires.

I also found that removing the tires as soon as the roads cleared important because the wear on pavement was exponentially increased. Of course, technology could have improved over the past 15 years.
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Originally Posted by Speedub.Nate
Depends on what you want to do with it. Works ok for the bus, good for taking up a little less space at the office, great for the trunk. It's no Brompton, but it's certainly a good compromise for most commute uses.
How would you compare it to a 20" Dahon? (in the context of foldability of course)
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I ended up ordering one from HPM. I am really impressed after having talked to Brian at Xootr and Peter Reich. There is no competition between the three and they are all glad to just get you on a Swift. I mostly went w/ HPM because it's steel and handmade in the US.

Other than a dual drive which I requested, are there any other must have components that I should have on the bike?
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Other than a dual drive which I requested, are there any other must have components that I should have on the bike?
I find the EZY Pedals a good idea for the Swift.
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Originally Posted by zepi
I find the EZY Pedals a good idea for the Swift.
Mount some power grips to them.
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Promenades are easiest to mount the power grips too. I have a wide foot and the AR-2 upturn at the end bothered my feet.
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Originally Posted by kb5ql
OK. Upgrade help time again. I just ordered a new Shimano 105 53/39 Double Crankset to replace the stock one provided on the Xootr Swift.

Looking at james' post, it appears that I'll need an octalink BB. I was wondering if I should get the 118.5 model or the 109.5 version . I'm currently running my 8 Speed Nexus hub and the chainline is just about perfect.

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Looking at James' post, it appears the stock one runs a 116.
I asked Peter Reich about the same crankset, he said he had good results with 109mm. Make sure you get the right Octalink V1, not the one for LX cranks.
Thanks, Jur. I finished the upgrade this weekend. Shimano 105 Crankset and an Ultegra BB-6500. Wow. What a difference. Subtle, but it's definitely 'like butter' now.

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