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07-29-20, 07:39 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,384
Posted By Trocadile

I used to get saddle sores from long rides, so...

I used to get saddle sores from long rides, so started using Chamois Butt'r...
07-25-20, 07:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 782
Posted By Trocadile

Have used this for years:...

Have used this for years: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CW911SM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

No complaints - works well with different size wheels.
07-20-20, 04:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,186
Posted By Trocadile

Sorry about your experience - looks very...

Sorry about your experience - looks very irritating. Titan sells several handlebars, but they don't show any in that Brompton style. Unless they were a custom order? There are many other bike...
07-20-20, 04:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,186
Posted By Trocadile

With apologies to the OP - I don't want to hijack...

With apologies to the OP - I don't want to hijack the thread - yes, it's a great ride, quick and comfortable. If you search on aliexpress for - titanium minivelo frame - you'll see the current price.
07-20-20, 03:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,186
Posted By Trocadile

Is a picture enough? ...

Is a picture enough?

https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1722x1214/minivelo_ead35e74065d25e02ca9bab2db48e39e8781d8bc.jpg
07-19-20, 02:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,186
Posted By Trocadile

I bought a frame from AliExpress, but then I was...

I bought a frame from AliExpress, but then I was looking to build a titanium mini velo, so didn't have a lot of other choices to acquire one here in the States. I used an outfit (Titan in Xi'an) that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-20, 06:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,170
Posted By Trocadile

Well, a slacker head angle will lead to more...

Well, a slacker head angle will lead to more trail which should lead to less twitchy handling. Wheel/tire size and fork offset also impact trail. If you have schematics on the bikes, you can compare...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-20, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,170
Posted By Trocadile

Yeah, the extra head tube stays are a bit of an...

Yeah, the extra head tube stays are a bit of an acquired taste, and I can certainly understand preferring the classic triangle. I like them because they allow for a longer head tube, reducing the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-20, 01:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,170
Posted By Trocadile

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1722x1214/minivelo_8fb6daca3f292cca299043303040622a222fd078.jpg
You've probably seen the frame if you've checked out AliExpress. Anyway, I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-20, 07:05 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,170
Posted By Trocadile

Well, I love my Ti mini velo so would tend to...

Well, I love my Ti mini velo so would tend to favor the TiSport frame. In my experience, there's a comfort edge with Ti frames over steel or aluminum, although carbon is right up there for damping....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-26-20, 05:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 701
Posted By Trocadile

If you're just replacing the tubes, then match to...

If you're just replacing the tubes, then match to the tire size (sounds like you've got that) and notice whether the old tubes are shrader or presta valves (they'll probably be shrader). Any tubes...
06-21-20, 08:22 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 2,615
Posted By Trocadile

I've been using Ironclad gloves for years (e.g....

I've been using Ironclad gloves for years (e.g. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DF2971I/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). Now that I ride flatbars with Ergon grips I use the...
04-26-20, 07:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 789
Posted By Trocadile

My back/pelvis periodically gets out of alignment...

My back/pelvis periodically gets out of alignment such that one hip is higher than the other. While I do a lot of PT to try to prevent it from happening, the two best quick fixes are biking and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-17-20, 09:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,460
Posted By Trocadile

As I wrote awhile back in the Swift thread, I use...

As I wrote awhile back in the Swift thread, I use the Redshift Shockstop suspension stem (https://redshiftsports.com/shockstop-suspension-stem) on my Swift. Makes a huge difference in hand/wrist...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-02-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

Yes BSA 68mm for the Swift. But that's just what...

Yes BSA 68mm for the Swift. But that's just what will fit in the frame. You have to make sure the particular BSA 68mm BB you use is compatible with your crankset.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-18-19, 07:49 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

Yes, the different sizes were just a reflection...

Yes, the different sizes were just a reflection of the stems and seat posts. But not all Xootr Swift frames were identical - they changed the design at some point, making it heavier and more durable....
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-19, 02:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,767
Posted By Trocadile

I can attest that the Elite Qubo Fluid works well...

I can attest that the Elite Qubo Fluid works well with 20" tires (I use my Swift with 406 wheels).
Forum: Northeast
06-09-19, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8,956
Views: 1,029,411
Posted By Trocadile

Was in Weston today and as promised in an earlier...

Was in Weston today and as promised in an earlier post, I again swung by the newly-paved MCRT Wayside to take some pictures:

...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-19, 08:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,469
Posted By Trocadile

Thanks for the clarification!

Thanks for the clarification!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-19, 05:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,469
Posted By Trocadile

That was my understanding as well, although he...

That was my understanding as well, although he contacted Reich and got his blessing. I'm curious to know more about what Reich was referring to - either he was referring to jur's design as his own...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-19, 03:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,469
Posted By Trocadile

The quote about the Ti Swift is interesting....

The quote about the Ti Swift is interesting. Seems to suggest that this interview is old, since Titan started making the Ti Swift over 3 years ago - unless he's referring to a new design?
Forum: Northeast
06-02-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8,956
Views: 1,029,411
Posted By Trocadile

Thanks for your interest, Rod. Answering your...

Thanks for your interest, Rod. Answering your questions, out of order: I built it up this winter and it is now my principal fair-weather road bike. Less than a thousand miles on it, so still in the...
Forum: Northeast
06-01-19, 02:02 PM
Replies: 8,956
Views: 1,029,411
Posted By Trocadile

If somebody doesn't beat me to it, I'll go back...

If somebody doesn't beat me to it, I'll go back and take more pictures and note more details. If you look at Google Maps you can see the trail as a grey line. I accessed it by taking the first right...
Forum: Northeast
06-01-19, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8,956
Views: 1,029,411
Posted By Trocadile

Just about perfect conditions this morning. Took...

Just about perfect conditions this morning. Took my minivelo on an old reliable loop through Weston, Waltham, Lincoln, Wayland, and Sudbury (bridge at Wayland-Sudbury line pictured). As I was...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-19, 01:44 PM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 670,931
Posted By Trocadile

With apologies to the Helix people: You can...

With apologies to the Helix people:

You can read about the Swift here: Story (http://swiftfolders.com/swift/Story.html)

Peter Reich still sells Swifts, using either steel or aluminum frames....
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 670,931
Posted By Trocadile

It isn't clear if you are asking about the Helix...

It isn't clear if you are asking about the Helix or the Ti Swift (which, for some reason, found it's way into this thread).
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-27-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,460
Posted By Trocadile

There was a version of the FSIR 5 in North...

There was a version of the FSIR 5 in North America, sold as the Solorock Spin 5 which was a 20" bike with a similar fold. Not sure if they are still available....
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-19, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,408
Posted By Trocadile

I lined up the magnets with the notches. Using my...

I lined up the magnets with the notches. Using my picture as a reference, the cadence magnet is on the far left and the speed magnet on the far right. I tried different positions and the notches were...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-19, 08:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,408
Posted By Trocadile

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg5.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1124/coospo_b13f3856ba067f3a9c3537abf081ad0131a3bf50.jpg
I use the cheap CooSpo device on my Xootr Swift, connecting by bluetooth to my...
03-23-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 41,207
Posted By Trocadile

Tightening the leather will increase the gap...

Tightening the leather will increase the gap (generally). If you have a 1/2" gap you should probably ease off a bit. Riding on the saddle will also decrease the gap as the leather stretches.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-19, 05:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,281
Posted By Trocadile

There's a thread on the Tyrell Ive:...

There's a thread on the Tyrell Ive: https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1046068-tyrell-ive-first-impressions-review.html
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-16-19, 10:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,138
Posted By Trocadile

It may not need to be different but there are...

It may not need to be different but there are clear factors tending to make it less. As has already been pointed out, all other geometry being the same, smaller wheels will have shorter trail. And...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-13-19, 10:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,138
Posted By Trocadile

I don't know what the "normal" trail figure for...

I don't know what the "normal" trail figure for bikes with 20" wheels would be, but, from my experience riding a variety of them, there's a wide disparity in handling characteristics (as there is for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-18, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Trocadile

Yes, 451.

Yes, 451.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-18, 03:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Trocadile

Actually, I don't know of any channel for getting...

Actually, I don't know of any channel for getting Tyrell products in the States. In any case, as the OP stated, one of the motivations for doing this was to have a Ti bike, and, yes, part of that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-18, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Trocadile

You can see one of the examples on the Aliexpress...

You can see one of the examples on the Aliexpress page...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-31-18, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Trocadile

Do you mean for the seat stays (that don't end at...

Do you mean for the seat stays (that don't end at the seat tube)? The frame is almost identical to the Tyrell PKZ mini velo (Products | Tyrell Bike | ******************************???TYRELL********************? ??? **********?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-30-18, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By Trocadile

My Ti mini velo project

So, I had some spare parts lying around and an itch to do a build, as well as a couple long standing itches to own a titanium bike and a mini velo. I decided to scratch all three at once and the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-21-18, 08:14 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

This is also my preferred...

This is also my preferred method.https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x900/img_0044_resized_28e0ca2259b25fdfc75497dfd550595dbbaa0508.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 06:36 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,528
Posted By Trocadile

Hard as it may be to believe, people have...

Hard as it may be to believe, people have different requirements for the fold of a folding bicycle. I have a Swift, which some would say has a terrible fold, but it's a quick and easy fold which...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-18, 04:23 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 15,528
Posted By Trocadile

There are several listings of this steel-framed...

There are several listings of this steel-framed model on ChinaHao.com. Folded pic below. I'm glad this thread was revived because the new bike is completely...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-18, 08:37 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 8,614
Posted By Trocadile

Xootr only made the aluminum version of the...

Xootr only made the aluminum version of the Swift. I believe you can still get a steel frame from Peter Reich and Design Mobility.
06-16-18, 01:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,202
Posted By Trocadile

"A pair of tight pants is like a country hotel -...

"A pair of tight pants is like a country hotel - no ballroom." (obviously he never wore cycling kit in his life)

More apropos of cycling:

"You can't get strong without getting tired."
06-13-18, 09:52 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 41,207
Posted By Trocadile

I think the instructions here are misguided....

I think the instructions here are misguided. After the first ride or two, I'd stop using the bolt to maintain that 1/4" width. Only tighten if you feel the saddle is sagging too much. If the two...
06-12-18, 03:33 PM
Replies: 152
Views: 7,568
Posted By Trocadile

They really tie the bike together...

They really tie the bike together ...https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1200x922/tube_cap_4ebb513521ac39232b8a1a61d6d56d8902aade5d.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-18, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

yes, a saw was involved (so it really doesn't...

yes, a saw was involved (so it really doesn't matter if you use the grip shift model since either version would need to be cut with the stock shifter and handlebars)
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

To follow up on the derailleur hanger question -...

To follow up on the derailleur hanger question - Xootr confirmed that they no longer have them and Peter Reich wrote to say he had a few spares which can be had for $9.50 (Design Mobility, Inc., 280...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-23-18, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

Please let us know what you find out. I was just...

Please let us know what you find out. I was just thinking I should order a backup when I noticed Xootr no longer had them in the spare parts section.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-17-18, 11:43 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

For me and I think for others who've used Big...

For me and I think for others who've used Big Apples, the rear axle had to be moved back in the dropout to fit (one of the reasons I don't use Big Apples anymore).
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-10-18, 08:27 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,651
Posted By Trocadile

Still mostly the stock Xootr other than what I...

Still mostly the stock Xootr other than what I mentioned. Swaps include saddle (old Brooks Imperial), grips (Ergon GP1), stem (Shockstop after trying several), tires (Primo Comet Kevlars after trying...
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