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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-23-15, 03:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,723
Posted By Hermespan

Flamingo also rolls, but on first-world airport...

Flamingo also rolls, but on first-world airport floors, NOT on rough and tumble gravel roads in backcountry or mud roads in Burma. So, the question is *where* does it roll and how well? It's not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-15, 10:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,723
Posted By Hermespan

I got CAD $650 having put into it at least $1400...

I got CAD $650 having put into it at least $1400 (not counting repairs and maintenance). So, for 17 months use (counting dead time when stored) I spent $44 per month. Not a bargain. Is that even...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-22-15, 07:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,841
Posted By Hermespan

Local bike shop solved the male-female part...

Local bike shop solved the male-female part replacement, but was unable to fix the steel hook issue.

My next bike will be either a titanium Brompton or a Mezzo/Ori
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-13-15, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,723
Posted By Hermespan

time to *sell* the Flamingo (Brompton-esque folder)

It's still summer in Vancouver. I am cash-poor. A physiotherapist recommended I get a bike that better suits my body geometry. As much as I like cycling overseas I really can't afford the paying for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-03-15, 12:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,841
Posted By Hermespan

Cautionary tale - Flamingos (Brompton knockoffs)...

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Overseas service and parts is problematic.

At first I got email assistance from the factory in Taiwan, but it amounted to 'come visit us and we'll make it right' then they stopped...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-14, 07:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

New tweak from extended seat post pending - handlebar height!

The Brompton extended seat post definitely gives me a more suitable leg extension (even though my legs are not long and I'm not tall, go figure!) And I now have a little more distance between me and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-14, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By Hermespan

Why I am not buying an ergonomic saddle...

The theory sounds good. I have read numerous product websites, health reports and of course the threads on this forum.

So, why am I cancelling my shopping?

1. Expense: As a bike professional...
08-07-14, 02:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,865
Posted By Hermespan

First impressions of Vancouver area bicycle shops

Shopping for bicycle parts recently I was shocked by the bad vibes at several GVRD shops. Short story - some of the businesses have unhappy players (both management and staff). And this seems to be...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-14, 02:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,127
Posted By Hermespan

Schwalbe Marathon Plus on Flamingo: 1st impressions

I might be paying a high price for durability (fewer flat tires) - not just the retail price ($CAD46.30 at JV Bikes in Vancouver and CAD68 at Caps New West), but also in comfort and quiet.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-07-14, 02:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,167
Posted By Hermespan

Dimpa (IKEA storage bag) a *no go* w/ my Flamingo

Contrary to other poster's exoeriences w/ Bromptons, the Dimpa see-through zip bag does *not* work w/a Flamingo that has a Brompton extended seat post and rear rack. It is about 20% TOO SMALL (65X 22...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 04:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Catalyst Kinetics physio Tara Lazarski first impressions

Nature of consultation: interview, assessment, discussion, teach basic suitable exercises
Price: CAD$90
Time: a good hour

Her cycling interest: high
Training: high and displays her certificates...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 03:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Dynaryder: What is a pentaclip? Sounds like a...

Dynaryder: What is a pentaclip? Sounds like a wiccan recording file.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 03:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Strange thing is my tailor tells me my inseam is...

Strange thing is my tailor tells me my inseam is 32. I know because for decades my waist and inseam were identical (ancient history). Perhaps a biking inseam is merciless to the family jewels.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 02:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,709
Posted By Hermespan

Favourite tyres for Bromptonesque foldies? Focus: NO PUNCTURES! What price?

Spelling for British cyclists.

By price I mean in both senses - money spent and trade-offs.

I noticed that the Taiwanese tires on my Flamingo (Bromoton knock off) look like cah-cah after just a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 12:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,892
Posted By Hermespan

Smallwheeler asks me, er... the size of my post....

Smallwheeler asks me, er... the size of my post. Unlike my stubby avatar, it is indeed 031.8. Thank you reminding me.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 12:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,892
Posted By Hermespan

Nur wrote: "That avatar looks vaguely offensive...

Nur wrote: "That avatar looks vaguely offensive in fact."

Depends on your culture and religion. Smallwheeler is astute, It is indeed one of many popular Bhutanese phallic murals gracing all kinds...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-14, 12:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,892
Posted By Hermespan

Turns out it was cheaper to buy a Brompton...

Turns out it was cheaper to buy a Brompton extended seat post for CAD31 than waste a lot of time and even more money getting a custom seat post made. Very different from Vietnam (where *if* you are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-14, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,892
Posted By Hermespan

Seat post extension: Choosing metal, diameter etc

Metalophiles alert!

Aluminum or steel? Titanium not in stock at METAL SUPERMARKETS.

Solid (cylinder) or tube, thick or thin?

Overchoice!

6061 metal grade cannot bend so cannot kill two...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-23-14, 01:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

update Today I went in to see what is one of...

update

Today I went in to see what is one of two medically-oriented bike centers in the Vancouver area. CATALYST KINETICS in Burnaby has two floors. The center is geared towards athletes and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-14, 09:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Nope, MD says loss of cartilege wear and tear...

Nope, MD says loss of cartilege wear and tear related. Perhaps suddenly a month of cycling 5-20 km a day aggravated pre-existing condition. Who's to know?

My physio charges $50 an hour. I just...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-17-14, 11:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Not inspiring... 'Be realistic' my physio says:...

Not inspiring... 'Be realistic' my physio says: "Stop cycling, for good. And if you won't do that, then no hills and low gears." I heard her saying to the young athlete beside me "Muscles are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-16-14, 12:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

I appreciate your good wishes, but I think u are...

I appreciate your good wishes, but I think u are not spot on on a few of your points....

"Basic advice such as getting a fitting, talking to local knowledge bike experts, seeing reputable...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-14, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,907
Posted By Hermespan

Thanks to all for your practical suggestions. ...

Thanks to all for your practical suggestions.

I will look into what is 'crank' (presumably the thing between cog and pedal). I notice that my left foot in its natural position (standing and...
07-15-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,281
Posted By Hermespan

Where is the best value bike fit in the world?

Coming back to Vancouver from SEA is always price shock (it's even higher than USA). There are one or two professional bike fitters that use eight tools plus a lot of experience and even have an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-14, 01:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Thank you for your concern and lay psychiatric...

Thank you for your concern and lay psychiatric evaluation.

Indeed it might be a great waste if time participating in this forum if I have little positive to share. But I want to warn others that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-14, 01:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Ideal seat post in order of priority (for me)... ...

Ideal seat post in order of priority (for me)...

1. enough length (Brompton and Brompfication sell, Flamingo does not)
2. compact fold (Brompton wins here with its telescopic, all ithers...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-14, 03:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

I observe that to truly have leg extended my seat...

I observe that to truly have leg extended my seat post has to be 5-6 inches beyond the safety mark, not just the 3 inches I already have it extended. I am not confident riding it with only 2 1/2...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-14, 03:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

Layman's English please

Layman's English please
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-14, 03:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

I contacted eight pro bike shops in the Greater...

I contacted eight pro bike shops in the Greater Vancouver Regional District about a pro bike fitting. One or two said to come on down (in fact all are in Vancouver itself). Several replied that they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-14, 03:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Hermespan

Neither, if I am in Singapore or Bangkok I am on...

Neither, if I am in Singapore or Bangkok I am on rapid transit train with my bike and bag hand-held. So I try to carry as little as possible. In Vietnam or India, yes I take a cab.

The real...
07-05-14, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 600
Posted By Hermespan

Canada news: disgruntled bike shop employee shoots ex-boss and at cops too!

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/vancouver-police-say-shooter-tried-to-kill-5-officers-1.1863451

Oh those Canadians...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Hermespan

391214 Fool that I am I don't want to give up...

391214
Fool that I am I don't want to give up my folding bike. See how snugly it fits into a nook! This is however my doctor's waiting room, getting a referral to see an osteopath or orthopedic...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Hermespan

There is of course a reason I don't have a hard case

Two actually, and it's not lack of money...

1. Standard Brompton hard shell suitcase doesn't work for Flamingo (fold too wide)
2. Defeats portability to haul around something even bulkier than...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 12:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,315
Posted By Hermespan

over answered re: FLAMINGO NX7 w/ inline skate wheels modifications

1) Folded sitting in room - 2.5/5
2) Rolling completely folded (holding by extended seatpost) - 3/5
3) Using in shopping cart mode - 3/5
4) riding as a bicycle - 4/5
5) carrying raw - 1.5/5
6)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 12:25 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,315
Posted By Hermespan

over answered re: FLAMINGO NX7 w/ inline skate wheels modifications

1) Folded sitting in room - 2.5/5
2) Rolling completely folded (holding by extended seatpost) - 3/5
3) Using in shopping cart mode - 3/5
4) riding as a bicycle - 4/5
5) carrying raw - 1.5/5
6)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 12:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,079
Posted By Hermespan

updates on Flamingo seatpost

I'll keep here all info on trying to get a proper fit for seat post and saddle on my Flamingo NX7.

I spoke to local bike shop in Canada about getting an extended seat post in aluminum or...
Forum: Road Cycling
07-04-14, 12:00 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 7,633
Posted By Hermespan

Be warned

Although my local bike shop has a machine called 'Guru' that simulates a bicycle and allows for adjustments in various parts, it is really more of a sales tool for selecting a road bike (and *maybe*...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-04-14, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,238
Posted By Hermespan

more airline damage to packed foldie

391176

My double packed (bike within a bag within a bag) was not successful for two flights totalling 16 hours. Airlines was PHILIPPINES. By comparison, previous flights on VIETNAM and QATAR...
06-29-14, 11:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,552
Posted By Hermespan

replying to old thread

A Singaporean friend just introduced me to his local source glucosamine and chondroitin product (plus four other ingredients) called 'Power-Joint Pro' by Millenia Herbs. He kindly offered me a...
06-21-14, 09:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,490
Posted By Hermespan

+.5 for useful content -5 for sarcasm

+.5 for useful content
-5 for sarcasm
06-21-14, 09:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,490
Posted By Hermespan

+1

+1
06-21-14, 09:15 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,490
Posted By Hermespan

Reasons I bike, in order of priority... 1....

Reasons I bike, in order of priority...

1. last-mile transportation (in between buses/trains/planes)
2. exploring fun (most practical way, better than walking or bus)
3. sense of freedom...
06-21-14, 12:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,490
Posted By Hermespan

Cycling can be hazardous to your health

I don't mean road accidents, I mean simply the habit of cycling. After several hundred dollars in medical bills and numerous tests and consultations with MDs it is clear that cycling is not...
06-21-14, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 888
Posted By Hermespan

Spongy Wonder Seat Cushions - Spongy Wonder...

Spongy Wonder Seat Cushions - Spongy Wonder Noseless Bicycle Seats (http://www.spongywonder.com/seat-cushions)

Tom Stormcrowe, administrator mentions this model in his post above. If links to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-14, 02:03 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

Kind of you, thanks bhkyte

Kind of you, thanks bhkyte
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-20-14, 09:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

Post second consultation conclusions... I...

Post second consultation conclusions...


I am no longer 20 years of age where my body is perfect and I can ride any bike I please and do whatever I want with it. My knee is not perfect but I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-20-14, 08:26 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

MRI in

The wonder of Siemens machinery...

"1. Irregularity and hyperintensities of the antero-inferior aspect of the anterior cruciate ligament suggestive of underlying tear.
2. Grade 3 hyperintensities...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-20-14, 07:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

Ditto me, most of it has not been the new aches...

Ditto me, most of it has not been the new aches on the front inside of cap and outside of lower part of cap of just one week, but rather just stiffness of what I speculate is the lateral/collateral...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-14, 11:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

'lower limb' hmm, is the *knee* lower? I would...

'lower limb' hmm, is the *knee* lower? I would say no

MD prescribed not just an MRI of knee (where I know there is trouble) but also of the L4/L5, AND X-rays of both. Looked over much to me (even...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-18-14, 08:55 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,297
Posted By Hermespan

bhkyte and biklite Do either of you have... ...

bhkyte and biklite

Do either of you have...

a. medical training?
b. knee problems

???
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