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Forum: Folding Bikes
03-10-22, 12:04 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,134
Posted By 12boy

I would like a chromo swift but I would also like...

I would like a chromo swift but I would also like a little longer wheelbase. As far as track ends go, I like the option of going single, IGH or derailleur. The most comfortable bars for me are VO ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-19-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,992
Posted By 12boy

I have only had an Sbar and it doesn't seem as...

I have only had an Sbar and it doesn't seem as twitchy as my mini velo and similar to my Xootr Swift. I live in windy Wyoming and the Mbar position would be too much drag for me. I have ergon grips...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-12-21, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,308
Posted By 12boy

I don't see how rotating the handle post would be...

I don't see how rotating the handle post would be a bad choice. If it won't fold properly it would be easy to put it back.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-08-21, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,347
Posted By 12boy

There is a lot of variance in the same model of...

There is a lot of variance in the same model of bike with different components:
My leather Velo Orange saddle weighs 480 grams.I have a light weight ass hatchet that weighs 200. I have 58 and a 38...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-06-21, 12:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 885
Posted By 12boy

I once built up an AL Gary Fisher BMX bike by...

I once built up an AL Gary Fisher BMX bike by making an extended seat post and using a square spindle bottom bracket with Sakae cranks. It was light but the ride wasn't all that great.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-27-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,778
Posted By 12boy

Looks a lot cleaner but I would deflate tires...

Looks a lot cleaner but I would deflate tires and rotate so the valve stem come out straight Probably be good to check headset, hubs, and bottom bracket threads for adequate grease . I have found...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-06-21, 11:31 AM
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-04-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,150
Posted By 12boy

Folded Brompton are usually right side up, the...

Folded Brompton are usually right side up, the rear triangle is trapped by the seat post, when folded, the handlebar stem hooks into a catch on the fork and the fork attaches to the folded rear...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-04-21, 05:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,960
Posted By 12boy

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https://cimg9.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_20190915_114630_23fb6f8ef7ad44081b8eb3b0e3e83bd6e1160992.jpg...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-25-21, 09:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,960
Posted By 12boy

Lighter wheels would be nice along with some...

Lighter wheels would be nice along with some lighter tires. If she is used to clip less pedals they might appeal. But if it were me, I would let her try it out, adjusted to fit ergonomically, of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-21-21, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,117
Posted By 12boy

Before I spent a lot of money on lightening the...

Before I spent a lot of money on lightening the bike I would consider lowering the the gearing. A 2003 probably has the one piece crankarm/chainring set up. You may still have the original bottom...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-05-21, 07:41 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,589
Posted By 12boy

S bars are just old flat style mtn bike...

S bars are just old flat style mtn bike bars.25.4 mm. You will need to shorten your cabling but not right away. It will fold but there's extra. Going from S to M bars will require longer cables.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-21-20, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4,018
Views: 854,071
Posted By 12boy

Schwinnsta....nice job with the Brompton...

Schwinnsta....nice job with the Brompton block.....does it smooth out the ride with a little weight in the bag?
I've downloaded the Xootr Swift manual and it mentioned the need to lubricate the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-20, 08:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,123
Posted By 12boy

In a very old Brompton thread there was a post by...

In a very old Brompton thread there was a post by a gent who using acetone and ABS plastic made a box in which he could travel with his Brompton and then mount it to the back to carry his carryon...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-01-20, 07:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,771
Posted By 12boy

I have an 8 speed Xootr Swift and a Brompton...

I have an 8 speed Xootr Swift and a Brompton which has gearing ranging from 32 to 95 gear inches. I use 2 different rear wheels on the Brompton....a chain pusher 3 speed on one and a Sturmey...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-04-20, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

Please let us know what the frame and fork weigh....

Please let us know what the frame and fork weigh. What exactly is required to change the headset? Are you going to ISO?
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-28-20, 10:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,877
Posted By 12boy

Sure like to see a picture of a track bike w ith...

Sure like to see a picture of a track bike w ith 349 wheels. All the ones I've seen have 700c.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-08-20, 01:16 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

I think it looks great. I like the pink and black...

I think it looks great. I like the pink and black together. Simple but elegant.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-08-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,218
Posted By 12boy

Since I did the same I've had 0 flats.

Since I did the same I've had 0 flats.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-28-20, 08:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,123
Posted By 12boy

I guess i can't see the attraction for the...

I guess i can't see the attraction for the neutrino at its price. In your case after you get your new frame it won't be a neutrino any more. In many ways it seems to fit a niche similar t o a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-05-20, 07:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,580
Posted By 12boy

I buy 10 foot lengths of Jagwire and cut to fit....

I buy 10 foot lengths of Jagwire and cut to fit. Jagwire makes a cable housing than combines linear (derailleur style) and wrap around steel stiffeners which work much better for me for the rear...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-14-20, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,770
Posted By 12boy

Bikegang were kind enough to give me a unibody 3...

Bikegang were kind enough to give me a unibody 3 speed with 11, 14 and 17 tooth sprockets. Works very well and was very very easy to set up. Before they did that I found 12/18 worked well. I have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-20, 05:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,163
Posted By 12boy

Once dialed in I would bet you somehow wind up...

Once dialed in I would bet you somehow wind up riding it more often than your other bikes. Small wheel bikes are a lot of fun.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-20, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,995
Posted By 12boy

I have to disagree with linberl. I have a Mercier...

I have to disagree with linberl. I have a Mercier Nano, a Xootr Swift and a Brompton.the Nano and the Swift have 20 inch wheels, the Brompton 16.The Brompton B75comes with a close ratio Sturmey...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-20, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,102
Posted By 12boy

Today I rode my Brompton just under 20 miles...

Today I rode my Brompton just under 20 miles averaging 10.5 mph and climbing 974 feet, most of which was in 4 miles or less. I second the appreciation for the front of frame loading which actually...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-20, 08:16 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

I don't love the look of the headset but I ...

I don't love the look of the headset but I like the removable face plate a lot. You can switch bars but you'll need a $20 pair of brakelevers for a flat bar or a riser. You will also need the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-20, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

Hubs are best serviced with cone wrenches,...

Hubs are best serviced with cone wrenches, usually sold in sets. I like to have to sets of 14, 15 17 and 17 mm wrenches. I don't use them for anything else as their narrowness means they are easily...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-20, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

If you've read this whole thread, I am sure...

If you've read this whole thread, I am sure it's been mentioned, but you may want to check the bearings in your hubs and headset, since new ones were sold with a miniscule amount of low grade...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-14-20, 08:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,601
Posted By 12boy

If you can't find one you might check out the...

If you can't find one you might check out the Swift thread, which is very long but contains a lot of info on Ti Swifts, which might suit your needs. These were specially designed by Jur and built to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-22-20, 07:21 AM
Replies: 4,018
Views: 854,071
Posted By 12boy

If you look at my pictures up the page you can...

If you look at my pictures up the page you can see an old Mtn bike friction shifter, which works well and allows for longer grips etc. The twist shifter took up to much room. I run flipped Milan...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-20, 08:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,244
Posted By 12boy

Or, for that kind of money a superlight Pakit...

Or, for that kind of money a superlight Pakit would be nice. It could have gears! It could be repaired if needed although I would think a steel bike would deal better with being tossed around in a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-20, 07:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,399
Posted By 12boy

You might consider a Mercier Nano, which doesn't...

You might consider a Mercier Nano, which doesn't fold but has easily pulled wheels and a short wheelbase, and should fit in a trunk or apartment fairly easily. There is a long lasting post about...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-20, 07:24 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

I've had good results with velo orange...

I've had good results with velo orange cartridge headsets. I've used them on 3 bikes so far.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-20, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

I might look into getting a machne shopto mill 5...

I might look into getting a machne shopto mill 5 mm off the headtube so as to use 41mm headsets, but not till after the plague.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-20, 08:25 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

My improvements would be.... V-brakes ISO...

My improvements would be....
V-brakes
ISO Headset.
a 2 bolt stem that doesn't look so clunky.
Of course, cartridge bearing headset and hubs would be nice.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-27-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

You gotta have a comfortable position, but...

You gotta have a comfortable position, but picture one sure looks good. Bull horns and moustache bars are other options that give you the height and multiple hand positions. My Bullhorns with the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-20, 08:09 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

My shim was obtained from my LBS who had the 1mm...

My shim was obtained from my LBS who had the 1mm thick shim in stock. I have been riding my other bikes recently and not the Nano, but it was ready to go and I rode it yesterday. Even as heavy as...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-20, 08:08 AM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

I do like the black frames although mine is...

I do like the black frames although mine is Orange. Even though I have the 53 cm frame, I opted for bull horns to stretch out a bit. Othere changes included a 27.2 seat post witha shim, SPDs, ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-24-20, 12:05 PM
Replies: 1,024
Views: 337,577
Posted By 12boy

You may want to check wheel and headset...

You may want to check wheel and headset bearings...mine had only minimum grease and that resembled Vaseline. I think there was zero grease in the bottom bracket as well, which isn't good in terms of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-20-20, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,680
Posted By 12boy

Go to a thrift store and buy the largest...

Go to a thrift store and buy the largest suitcase that will meet your airline's max size. A hard shell type would be better in terms of protecting the bike. Take a tape measure and make sure...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-24-20, 09:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,209
Posted By 12boy

I like mine....easy to work on, standard parts,...

I like mine....easy to work on, standard parts, handles well and takes a 2" tires. However, older ones have thinner chainstays which have failed. Mine was made In the last few years of sales and are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-20, 06:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,031
Posted By 12boy

It would be possible to drill a couple of holes ...

It would be possible to drill a couple of holes and grind a nut so it would fit perfectly on the inside of the head tube, and JB weld it in place. You could possibly add a curved washer to spread...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-15-20, 04:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,031
Posted By 12boy

Putting weight on the frame in the front is one...

Putting weight on the frame in the front is one of the best things about the Brompton. It improves handling and smooths out the ride on bumpy services. I've put a lot of weight in mine and the front...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-14-20, 03:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,548
Posted By 12boy

Velo Orange Neutrino

Has anyone actually ridden one of these....how well do they ride and how much do they weigh?
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-20, 09:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,434
Posted By 12boy

Either separate or integrated brake levers and...

Either separate or integrated brake levers and shifters will do depending on how much room you have on the bars. Mtn bike levers will fit BTW, and I think new pads are essential.
Brompton brakes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-22-20, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4,018
Views: 854,071
Posted By 12boy

Here's something a little different...Velo Orange...

Here's something a little different...Velo Orange Milan bars, an old mtn bike friction shifter, Brompton 54 tooth crank....
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-04-20, 08:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,031
Posted By 12boy

If I had a Dahon it would be the steel Speed. I ...

If I had a Dahon it would be the steel Speed. I would think the main hinge would be the most durable. When I get a used bike I want to keep I repack wheel and headset bearings. Grease and ball...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-19-19, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,579
Posted By 12boy

I use perennial cycles in Minneapolis because: ...

I use perennial cycles in Minneapolis because:
I like their website because it shows pretty much all their Brompton stuff.
their prices are competitive
they are friendly and will give good...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-17-19, 06:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 798
Posted By 12boy

I am a little confused...is this a single speed?...

I am a little confused...is this a single speed? If so, are you using a wider chain such as 7-8 speed chain or a narrower chain as used for 10-11 speed geartrains? If the chain is too narrow it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-04-19, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,070
Posted By 12boy

Here's an idea. Disconnect the IGH shifter by...

Here's an idea. Disconnect the IGH shifter by unscrewing the adjuster mechanism that comes out of the axle on the right side. Then unscrew and remove the rod going into the hub. This effectively...
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