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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-24-09, 05:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By makeinu

I have to wonder if the amount of time spent in...

I have to wonder if the amount of time spent in the extra gears would make up for all the time spent in the wrong gears due to the shifting sequence, avoiding cross chaining, downshifting before...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 06:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By makeinu

4cmd3, Please post back and don't forget...

4cmd3,

Please post back and don't forget when you finally settle down with whatever new bike you choose.

Given folders are normal for you, your experience switching to a more conventional bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 01:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,837
Posted By makeinu

Oh this is easy. Just go to shops and sample...

Oh this is easy. Just go to shops and sample their wares! :thumb:

It's not like finding a folder where the shops don't carry them or put them together properly.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 01:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

They should add some simple hinges to these bad...

They should add some simple hinges to these bad boys:
http://momentumbicycle.com/images/gap_double_vdzs.jpg (http://momentumbicycle.com/)
for the lightest thinnest folding pedal on the market.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 12:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By makeinu

Or just use threaded fork and quill.

Or just use threaded fork and quill.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-09, 10:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By makeinu

Which clip on guards do you use for the fronts? ...

Which clip on guards do you use for the fronts?



Well I was thinking that if there was something to squeegee the water off at the bottom of the tire then there would be no spray.

This would...
04-22-09, 03:52 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 11,165
Posted By makeinu

At the rate these wheels are shrinking that might...

At the rate these wheels are shrinking that might just happen:
http://www.pacific-cycles.com/UserFiles/Image/Product/980403/carryme_blue.jpg
:eek:
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-09, 01:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 797
Posted By makeinu

I wouldn't describe 16" folders as being "so...

I wouldn't describe 16" folders as being "so sensitive", but rather that people who do a lot of riding are very sensitive to small differences. IMO the differences in handling shouldn't even be...
04-22-09, 11:52 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 387
Posted By makeinu

carbon equivalent of deda dritto bar?

The deda dritto (http://www.dedaelementi.com/En/Products/Products_Detail.aspx?SearchMode=Component&SearchComponent=Fixtie+bar&ProductIDMaster=648) is a straight "fixie" flat bar that comes w/ a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-09, 11:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,832
Posted By makeinu

I haven't dealt with either shop, but I've heard...

I haven't dealt with either shop, but I've heard a few complaints about nycewheels whereas bfold's reputation is spotless.
04-22-09, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,994
Posted By makeinu

Thanks. I think this answers my question. ...

Thanks. I think this answers my question.

Though to be clear the OD doesn't matter in my case because the only controls I have are end plug brake levers.
04-22-09, 08:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

The problem is that while it's easy to see that...

The problem is that while it's easy to see that an unswept bar will provide the most margin for error, I'm not entirely sure how much that margin will be compromised by a 3 degree sweep.

3 degrees...
04-21-09, 09:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

Well what about road bars? Are the tops on carbon...

Well what about road bars? Are the tops on carbon maes bars what I'm looking for or will hacking off drops not even get me what I want?



Well these bars...
04-21-09, 08:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

Not tapered though...which is probably no better...

Not tapered though...which is probably no better than a 3 degree sweep.
04-21-09, 08:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 916
Posted By makeinu

Maybe so, but what happens when you hit a bump or...

Maybe so, but what happens when you hit a bump or have to adjust your position? Since there's not even a possibility of my junk touching the ISM Adamo saddle I know I'm getting the benefit, but I...
04-21-09, 08:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

You obviously know the available parts very well....

You obviously know the available parts very well. In your opinion is a hacked up drop bar the only way to get my carbon flat bar?
04-21-09, 07:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

Thanks, now I will have to find a flat bar like I...

Thanks, now I will have to find a flat bar like I wanted because it will be my perfect setup.



It's for my folder which is, coincidentally, single speed. It has a heavy split handlebar that...
04-21-09, 07:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

Yeah the face plate. Good point, about the...

Yeah the face plate.

Good point, about the drop bars on quill stems, but it still just seems like it would be more elegant to have something that can slide straight in/out with minimal fiddling,...
04-21-09, 06:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

Those bars all have 3 degrees sweep. I want flat...

Those bars all have 3 degrees sweep. I want flat because I'm hoping to be able to slip the bar out by loosening the stem top...and maybe even do it with a thin layer of tape. That's also why it has...
04-21-09, 06:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 916
Posted By makeinu

The only saddle I'm aware of which has been...

The only saddle I'm aware of which has been medically proven to address this issue is:
http://ismseat.com/

It's not that other saddles aren't comfortable too, but I ride an ISM Adamo because when...
04-21-09, 06:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,311
Posted By makeinu

carbon straight handlebar

no rise, no sweep/bend

aebike only lists three bars from nitto and deda...
04-21-09, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,994
Posted By makeinu

Well my current bar is 22.2mm OD and a 18MM ID at...

Well my current bar is 22.2mm OD and a 18MM ID at the end, which is only 0.5mm too small for my end plug lever. Since this is a pretty cheap bar, I'm inclined to think that there are many MTB bars in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-09, 02:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By makeinu

What in the world are you talking about?...

What in the world are you talking about? :twitchy:

That thread was about the practical advantages (or lack thereof) of wheels larger than 20". This thread is about whether there are ways other...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-09, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,006
Posted By makeinu

Maybe the biggest problem with nonfolders...

...is mudguards.

When I think of it large wheels aren't really that inconvenient once the front wheels are removed and even folders with larger wheels can be pretty easy to carry around like the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-09, 11:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 25,419
Posted By makeinu

Yeah, if it's 8kg with those fat knobblies it...

Yeah, if it's 8kg with those fat knobblies it must be a real feather with slicks.

Amazing how much weight was saved with just component swaps on that heavy frame...makes me wonder how light a...
04-20-09, 07:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,994
Posted By makeinu

The levers are CF, but I'd like to upgrade to a...

The levers are CF, but I'd like to upgrade to a CF bar. The problem is that I don't want to spend a lot of money on a bar only to find out it won't work.

Does anyone know what a typical wall...
04-20-09, 01:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 9,994
Posted By makeinu

handlebar internal diameter

I got an "end-plug" brake lever with that will fit bars with internal diameter 18.521mm. Does this mean I need a road bar (ie 26mm/23.8mm clamp/grip diameter) or can I use a MTB bar (ie...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-17-09, 06:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

Yeah, it's a bit comical. Titanium fender stays,...

Yeah, it's a bit comical. Titanium fender stays, titanium pedal bolt...everything that doesn't weigh much either way is made out of titanium and everything that's heavy is made out of steel...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 11:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,006
Posted By makeinu

Yeah, but then again I don't know any other brand...

Yeah, but then again I don't know any other brand of folder that can be test ridden almost anywhere in the world and, perhaps consequently, I don't know any other brand that sells more bikes either. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 10:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

Yeah, after a bit of research I was considering...

Yeah, after a bit of research I was considering that that might actually be better because a lot of "standard" bicycle fittings seem to be odd sizes which predate industrial standardization and are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

Well I'm probably not going to machine a custom...

Well I'm probably not going to machine a custom titanium bolt or run one side with steel (it would be imbalanced and the pedals are heavy enough as is).

The reason I'm considering the pedal...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 04:10 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

Does anyone know the specs for the bolts? ...

Does anyone know the specs for the bolts?
http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/images/products/13731brompton_alt1.jpg

Obviously the threaded portion is 9/16" diameter 20 threads per inch, but what is the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 02:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

I know, but it'd be a huge advantage here: ...

I know, but it'd be a huge advantage here:
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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,267
Posted By makeinu

Very interesting Brompton article

I found this article about the history of the Brompton:
http://cozybeehive.blogspot.com/2008/11/design-case-study-innovation-of.html

The thing I find so interesting about it is how many different...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 11:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,908
Posted By makeinu

Can anyone comment on whether the Brompton pedals...

Can anyone comment on whether the Brompton pedals are easy to fold? They're certainly the narrowest folding pedals and I might be able to overlook the weight if they're easy to fold:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 09:39 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,006
Posted By makeinu

I think the complaints are mainly the handlepost...

I think the complaints are mainly the handlepost and the wheel hubs:
-Folders which don't have folding handleposts just use regular handleposts, but those folders obviously don't fold nearly as well...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,118
Posted By makeinu

http://ismseat.com/images/products/QUICK-DRAWLARGE...

http://ismseat.com/images/products/QUICK-DRAWLARGE.jpg

Although the saddle looks normal length, it's really much shorter because it's noseless (the back portion is just there for UCI compliance).
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-16-09, 07:18 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,006
Posted By makeinu

On the other hand it somehow must also be...

On the other hand it somehow must also be enabling them to bring in lots of sales by keeping their bikes affordable and competitive (though I'm not sure exactly how...you'd think standardization...
04-07-09, 06:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

That depends on the wrench you're using. The...

That depends on the wrench you're using. The point is that before it gets tight enough not to slip it is tight enough to slip, which means that it slips while you're tightening it. That's why I use...
04-07-09, 06:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

I agree. Someone said you don't need it if you...

I agree. Someone said you don't need it if you make the bolts tight, but IMO that's exactly why you need it, to get the bolts tight because otherwise the wheel will move while you're turning the...
04-07-09, 06:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

An Internet troll, or simply troll...

An Internet troll, or simply troll (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_(Internet)) in Internet slang, is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online...
04-07-09, 06:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

If chain tugs are useless as some of you seem to...

If chain tugs are useless as some of you seem to suggest then why do they exist and why mostly only for track fork ends?
04-07-09, 06:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

Wow, a troll thread for sure. :rolleyes: ...

Wow, a troll thread for sure. :rolleyes:

Stop trolling
04-07-09, 06:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

And here's another dude having the same problem...

And here's another dude having the same problem with the same bike:
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=527902

So you can stop trolling now.
04-07-09, 06:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

Stop posting trolls.

Stop posting trolls.
04-07-09, 06:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

Time to get back on track (no pun intended):

Time to get back on track (no pun intended):
04-07-09, 05:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

If chain tugs are useless as some of you seem to...

If chain tugs are useless as some of you seem to suggest then why do they exist and why mostly only for track fork ends?

Also, why do I never see completely horizontal dropouts which are perfectly...
04-07-09, 05:05 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,699
Posted By makeinu

differences between chain tensioning methods

What are the advantages/disadvantages of the various methods for tensioning chain (magic ratio, idler, etc)?

NO TROLLS ALLOWED :mad:
04-07-09, 04:35 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,764
Posted By makeinu

ignoring the morons

Wow, just wow. 20 posts later and they're almost all trolls. Now if you trolls would go away then perhaps we could get back to our discussion (repeated below for clarity):


Finally we are getting...
04-07-09, 10:48 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,764
Posted By makeinu

Just because some book says something "should" or...

Just because some book says something "should" or "needs" to be done it doesn't make it so. Everything that isn't absolutely necessary for basic operation is subject to cost benefit analysis and...
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