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Old 11-18-09, 10:46 AM
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From the computer screen @ my LBS there's only 3 silver ones left on the earth...there's still time, Noteon...
I just started a new business, and my black ones (though clearly entirely unsatisfactory in oh, so many ways) are unfortunately functional. So until the economy's done bonking... can't justify it.

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Old 11-19-09, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by noteon
I just started a new business, and my black ones (though clearly entirely unsatisfactory in oh, so many ways) are unfortunately functional. So until the economy's done bonking... can't justify it.

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Congrats on the new biz. I have some experience with the 'just started' part...in fact it always seems like we're just starting...

Perseverance and blinders. Onward.

I just got the call, I'm off to the LBS.
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Old 11-20-09, 12:41 PM
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Anyone know where I can order the right sized tail light for my Swift? I want it to fit the over sized seat post on the Swift that came stock. Ironically, I ordered one from Swift under accessories, but after I got it in I discovered the clamp doesn't fit the seat post, to small. It came with a smaller clamp to fit somewhere else but it fits no where. Weirdest thing I ever seen. Why sould Swift sell this as ann accessory and it doesn't fit not way no how. I'm keeping it because it did fit another bike I needed a new one on.

Any help here? I need one bad.

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Old 11-21-09, 11:14 AM
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Terry,
I think the blinkie they sell is intended to mount to the seatstay. That's where I put mine before I got a rack. If you have a rack (a standard one, not a crossrack), you'll also probably find that the rack has a standard taillight bracket for which you can buy a matching light.
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Old 11-23-09, 03:40 AM
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i do find it annoying that i cannot fit my rear blinkie to the seatpost. my pbsf will fit on the stays but both my stays mounts are on my two roadies and the stays on the swift is a bit low.
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Old 11-23-09, 05:19 AM
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Most of the Topeak tail lights will fit on an oversized seatpost.

I would have posted a pic but I give up trying to figure out how to do so. I want my old Bike Forums back!

Here's a link.

https://www.topeak.com/products/Lights/RedLiteUFO
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Old 11-23-09, 09:49 AM
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[QUOTE=owenfinn;10065865]Most of the Topeak tail lights will fit on an oversized seatpost.

I would have posted a pic but I give up trying to figure out how to do so. I want my old Bike Forums back!

Here's a link.


Thanks for the link. I took a look at it and I like it. Do you really think it will fit the seatpost of the Swift?
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Old 11-23-09, 01:00 PM
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I found a tail light I could use. Ordered from bikeisland.com. Knog Beetle -rear- red LED LTO620 - LTO627 $17.95.
It will fit. If I like it I'll order the matching headlights.

E=owenfinn;10065865]Most of the Topeak tail lights will fit on an oversized seatpost.

I would have posted a pic but I give up trying to figure out how to do so. I want my old Bike Forums back!

Here's a link.

https://www.topeak.com/products/Lights/RedLiteUFO[/QUOTE]
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Old 11-23-09, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by trider

Thanks for the link. I took a look at it and I like it. Do you really think it will fit the seatpost of the Swift?
Yes definitely - just stretch the silicone bands. My Curve SL seatpost is the same diameter. If you want, you can see how I attached my Topeak light if you click on my flickr photos below. I now put the tail light on the small frame section below the seatpost clamp. This way I don't have to remove the light everytime I fold.

Anyway, the knog stuff is cool - glad you found something.
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Old 11-24-09, 01:37 PM
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My best mods were:
1. Schwalbe Stelvio tires with Kevlar. I ride smooth paved bike paths in nyc and the bike just accelerates better with these.
2. Racing saddle with a width that matched my "seat bones". See Sheldon Brown.
3. Bike computer with cadence counter. Because I like numbers. This is the one I got: Topeak Comp 140.
4. Small seat bag for tools etc.
5. Good cable + lock + u-lock. I live in nyc and this is essential. I also take my seat post with me when I lock it up.
6. Reelight blinkers. They use led bulbs & spoke magnets. No batteries. They are always on.

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For some of your seasoned Swift owners, if you where I and had just bought a new Swift, what would be the first mods you would make? Big Apple tires? Seat? **********?
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Old 11-25-09, 10:25 AM
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One more -- Power Grips on the pedals -- for me, they seem to provide many of the benefits of going clipless (ie, more power, feet don't pop off the pedals when I hit a big bump) and do so without the downside of going clipless (ie, no need for special shoes) -- and the few times something has gone wrong and my lizard brain kicked in to pull out my feet in a hurry, my feet have always come out.
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Old 11-25-09, 12:28 PM
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Thanks for your replys to my original question. Lots of mods and info to consider and ponder about. Here's wishing all of you a great Thanksgiving: "HAVE A GREAT THANKSGIVING, and I an'nt kidding either".
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Old 11-25-09, 12:37 PM
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Swift "older" update. So I have had my Swift Older for close to three months now. It is jet black and when folded and hung from my ceiling in my small NYC apartment it looks like a bat hanging upside down. I'm seriously considering adding the front deraileur/chainring combo so I can kick some roadie butt but for now I am pretty happy staying close. I have changed/modded the bike a bit from stock but not much. I added a longer stem and reversed the angle so I am longer over the top. I added ergon grips which are amazing and my old salsa pro moto bar ends. I also cut off about an inch handlebar on both sides. I changed the tire/tube to schwalbe kojaks and schwalbe tubes and run them about 95 psi. It is a little jarring but really fast. Biggest difference for me was adding Speedplay Frog Ti pedals and I really feel connected to the bike. On the stem tube I added an old plastic specialized cage that I had from another mtn bike which works great and does not interfere with the stem when using longer bottles. The biggest change I would like to make would be lighter wheels but so far so good. Will post pics when I have a chance. Also have tailight and headlight as well as blinkie on my helmet.
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Old 11-28-09, 08:53 AM
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Old 11-28-09, 01:03 PM
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Originally Posted by noteon

Send pics!
Currently:



New Bontrager Satellite Trekking Bars
New Shimanon trigger shifter
New Nashbar adjustable stem

I pushed all the stuff as far as I could to the center of the bars to max out the hand room. Currently fussing around with the tape and the stem angle.



I'm loving this set up.

It's a rare late November sunny day. I'm off.
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Old 11-29-09, 03:48 PM
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Hey Folks,

Got out on my Swift Older today for another rare mild autumn day in NYC. Took some photos to show the simple mods/additions I made. I think the two things that have really made a difference for my comfort level have been the speedplay frog pedals and the ergon grips. I'm sure there are cushier saddles but from past experience there is nothing like time in the saddle to toughen the butt. I am going to try and upload some photos for reference.
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Old 11-29-09, 03:58 PM
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Here are some photos from today.
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Old 11-29-09, 04:02 PM
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Very nice!

My neighborhood, too. Maybe a Northern Manhattan Swift Ride at some point...
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Old 11-30-09, 07:35 AM
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Great pictures, I want to get a steel frame swift just like it. Wondering: did you remove the f on purpose so it would say "swift older"?
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Old 11-30-09, 08:28 AM
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Hah! When were you there? I was hanging out (with my Swift) under the GW midday on 9/29 (same day you posted your pics).

Folks seem to gravitate toward the area immediately around the Little Red Lighthouse, but I think the hook just south of the tennis courts is a nicer spot, with the Hudson heading straight at you -- really one of the most beautiful spots in the city -- though the view north, from under the bride, of the pristine Palisades is rather amazing too.
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fwiw, here's my Swift -- it came "pre-customized" with the Alfine hub -- I added the Brooks Flyer Saddle (I'm very happy to have those springs!), Power Grips (which I flipped inside-out so I wouldn't have to see the "POWER GRIPS" logo staring at me), and Specialized water cage (which snugly holds the smallish bottle, and it doesn't bother my knees at all), Cane Creek bar ends.

The Alfine has a pair of trigger shifters (index finger takes it down a gear, and thumb takes it up) -- I've also attached a photo that shows how I slid the bell (a Mirrycle Brass Duet, which I also like) under the Alfine's gear display -- that leaves room over on the left side for a computer or whatever, and I can ding the bell with my thumb (which is otherwise resting on the Alfine switch) without having to move my hand.
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Old 11-30-09, 11:55 AM
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Great pictures, I want to get a steel frame swift just like it.
His frame is aluminum. The steel one is slimmer looking.
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Old 11-30-09, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by turnstyle
fwiw, here's my Swift...
I think I've seen that bike on the greenway.

No memory of you. Just the Swift.
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Turnstyle,

How do you like the Alfine? Does the Swift have horizontal dropouts? I notice you have no chain tensioner, or chain guard on the chainring. Any trouble with chain drops?

I like the spoke pattern. Who built the wheels?

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Old 12-01-09, 07:43 AM
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Originally Posted by noteon
I think I've seen that bike on the greenway.

No memory of you. Just the Swift.
And I get wheezy thinking about you lugging your kids up that hill -- stop me if you see me! It's great seeing so many New Yorkers here.
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