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Forum: Folding Bikes
10-04-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,687
Posted By kayakindude

I've been pretty lucky, never really had bad...

I've been pretty lucky, never really had bad customer service when it comes to bikes. Bruce has been very helpful here, Richard at Airnimal always responds to my e-mails and helps even though I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-19, 04:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,687
Posted By kayakindude

Velocity also has great customer service. I blew...

Velocity also has great customer service. I blew a spoke on my Airnimal and called Velocity (based in Michigan). They set up a package with all the different spoke lengths and walked me through the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-28-19, 08:42 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 53,163
Posted By kayakindude

I think it is more apples to apples comparing...

I think it is more apples to apples comparing against the Brompton than the BF, or my Airnimal for example. Both feature a similar fold with essentially the same compact footprint. 3.5 inches is no...
08-19-19, 02:49 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 6,053
Posted By kayakindude

2nd this comment. I added a weekly group ride to...

2nd this comment. I added a weekly group ride to my riding and it really is a different experience. I'm a 17-18mph solo average, but when in the center of a pack I've seen 22-25mph and the weird part...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-19, 06:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,646
Posted By kayakindude

I can't speak for the BF, but can say as an owner...

I can't speak for the BF, but can say as an owner of a 20-inch Dahon and the 24-inch Airnimal that they are equal in convenience in terms of mass transit portability. I take both in suitcases for air...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-19, 05:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,646
Posted By kayakindude

There is an airnimal chameleon for sale in the...

There is an airnimal chameleon for sale in the folding section for close to your target price. If it is speed that you crave then that is what the bike was designed for. Cousin of the Pacific Reach...
08-12-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 10,169
Posted By kayakindude

So lately I've been using my smaller front chain...

So lately I've been using my smaller front chain ring when riding with my wife. She averages 14mph rides, I average 18. I figured it would even us out. What I found by using the smaller...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-10-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,242
Posted By kayakindude

I have the Duranos on my 24 inch wheel. Good...

I have the Duranos on my 24 inch wheel. Good quality fast riding tire. Fine on dirt and gravel paths. Not great on wet roads and looses contact on the rear wheel if you brake too hard.
08-05-19, 01:33 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 20,066
Posted By kayakindude

I sadly have to agree with this. It is rare that...

I sadly have to agree with this. It is rare that I have to deal with an aggressive driver, but both times that it escalated involved pickup trucks. Last week while commuting to work I heard a beep...
Forum: Commuting
07-24-19, 09:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,676
Posted By kayakindude

I just ordered the navy colored one for $2.99! It...

I just ordered the navy colored one for $2.99! It was 5.99 with a 50% coupon to apply. Yes I am giving up a bright color but for that price it makes for a great item to leave in your bag in case you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-19, 08:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By kayakindude

Great news and it looks like American too.

Great news and it looks like American too.
07-20-19, 08:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,229
Posted By kayakindude

Been riding with our dog via trailer, primarily...

Been riding with our dog via trailer, primarily on bike paths for about 10 years, without incident...unless you count the two times I took corners too fast and rolled the trailer. Both dog and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-20-19, 08:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,301
Posted By kayakindude

If you are repairing or replacing just a few then...

If you are repairing or replacing just a few then buy a truing stand and learn from YouTube. I recently bought a quality stand for $130 on Amazon and though there is a learning curve it is very...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-19, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,333
Posted By kayakindude

This one looks promising- Visc D18 Tour P. Not a...

This one looks promising- Visc D18 Tour P. Not a fan of saying "get this one or that one" That should be something for you to enjoy. I only mention this one because of the extra gears. How strong...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-19, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,333
Posted By kayakindude

You don't need to spend a fortune to meet your...

You don't need to spend a fortune to meet your mission. Main thing that you gain is better gearing with "better" being subjective. For 95% of road trail conditions, basic gearing will get the job...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-19, 04:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,463
Posted By kayakindude

Agreed. Started with folders about 2.5 years ago....

Agreed. Started with folders about 2.5 years ago. Been to so many cities that I can't even describe each place. Going from jogging around a downtown from the hotel to blasting out 15-20 miles to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-19, 04:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,333
Posted By kayakindude

Few questions back at you that may help with the...

Few questions back at you that may help with the advice.

Will your work commute involve a train or bus...or are you folding it at work?

Most folders can handle a 30 mile ride, but you mentioned...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-09-19, 08:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By kayakindude

That is awesome news- thanks for that. I can get...

That is awesome news- thanks for that. I can get it to about 90psi with a mini pump but it is a pain. If I can leave the air in the tires I can cut my assembly process by a third.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-09-19, 07:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By kayakindude

On a lighter note- I was re-building the bike in...

On a lighter note- I was re-building the bike in DC last night and couldn't get my mini pump to pump air into my front tire. After examining the mini pump and finding nothing wrong I felt along the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-01-19, 04:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,343
Posted By kayakindude

Here are a few pics of the Via. Comparable to the...

Here are a few pics of the Via. Comparable to the Campo. Someday I need to put a review together but overall these are quality bikes for the price. If you are a military Vet they will give you an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-19, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,343
Posted By kayakindude

My daughter rides a Via. It's well put together...

My daughter rides a Via. It's well put together and is comparable to my Dahon Mariner. No regrets purchasing a Euromini.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-19, 08:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By kayakindude

I've read a few postings about oversized but...

I've read a few postings about oversized but underweight not being an issue, which has always been my experience. Obviously all the US domestic airlines consider anything over 62" as too big. The...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-19, 10:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,285
Posted By kayakindude

Oversized fee-

There is a lot of good info in the folder forum but I don't recall seeing a list of which airlines have charged for an oversized suitcase. How many use a suitcase over the 62" limit and have been...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,414
Posted By kayakindude

I can only speak from personal experience. I...

I can only speak from personal experience. I primarily fly Southwest and always keep it 2 pounds or more under the 50 pound limit. If you look at my 1st photo you can see that the height and width...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-20-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,414
Posted By kayakindude

Here is some info on my Bule suitcase, which came...

Here is some info on my Bule suitcase, which came with the bike.

Airnimal: great bikes for travel (http://www.airnimal.ca/Suitcases.html)

I leave the derailleur on and facing inside the packing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-17-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,414
Posted By kayakindude

Unpacking a 24 inch bike-

This breakdown supplements my earlier thread on packing a 20 inch bike. Just returned from a DC trip and "accidentally" found a better way to pack my 24 inch folder. I am always adjusting my packing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-19, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,002
Posted By kayakindude

It can't hurt to try Goodwill or even CL 1st....

It can't hurt to try Goodwill or even CL 1st. Boxes can be plan B.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-19, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,512
Posted By kayakindude

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/20190607_133243_c849024c4226c6f155a2dd777ad481a36cfaff68.jpg
I figured a great day outside for photos. Keeping with the British theme...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-19, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,002
Posted By kayakindude

I fly mine all of the time, Vybe in a suitcase. ...

I fly mine all of the time, Vybe in a suitcase.
https://cimg1.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1120x2000/20170520_163807_e48c87322ad1556b39209a87de962d51686af967.jpg


I leave my fenders...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-19, 10:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,512
Posted By kayakindude

Chameleon owner here. Love, love, love this...

Chameleon owner here. Love, love, love this bike. Goes toe to toe with regular road bikes and my Cannondale gathers dust because this is now my go to group and solo distance riding bike. Swapped in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-06-19, 08:21 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,305
Posted By kayakindude

That looks really great! Hope it brings you many...

That looks really great! Hope it brings you many years of enjoyment.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-19, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,685
Posted By kayakindude

Thanks Bruce, I looked at them but the psi is...

Thanks Bruce, I looked at them but the psi is less so I didn't know if they were less about speed and more about general use. Have you used them on light dirt roads? I have an event I love in Vermont...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-19, 06:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,685
Posted By kayakindude

24 inch Tires

Just a heads up for those of you running 520- 24 inch tires and looking for something in the states besides Panracer...Chain Reaction cycle out of the UK has the Schwalbe Durano tires. Found the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-19, 05:36 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 15,305
Posted By kayakindude

I have this on my Vybe. I have beaten the crap...

I have this on my Vybe. I have beaten the crap out of it for over two years without any issues. Very reliable in both poor weather and ground conditions. Definitely gives you the extra gearing you...
05-23-19, 11:28 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 9,868
Posted By kayakindude

Fellow Massman here, I was on the East Bay...

Fellow Massman here,

I was on the East Bay bike-path last Saturday. In RI MUPs are treated as roads, so pedestrians walk facing traffic. I had a roller blader come right at me, so I told her she...
05-23-19, 10:54 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 294
Posted By kayakindude

Bent Shimano rear derailleur

Hello,
I think the wire tie in to my derailleur is bent outwards. There is a small spring piece (see photos) that looks like it should be pressed against the derailleur. However that would make the...
05-21-19, 06:44 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 10,973
Posted By kayakindude

I have to say what a difference group riding...

I have to say what a difference group riding makes. I've done a few but it's usually a small group of 3-4 riders which pushes you to stay with the pack. Sunday I tried for my 1st century in 12 years....
05-12-19, 06:05 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 3,074
Posted By kayakindude

Ugh it happened to the wife and I yesterday. I...

Ugh it happened to the wife and I yesterday. I read this thread with interest before riding. Even talked with her about how it makes sense. So we are on a bike path and had 2 incidents. 1st was a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-19, 06:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,646
Posted By kayakindude

I use mine as a commuter by train and air. It is...

I use mine as a commuter by train and air. It is my nice weather long distance bike, I often jump off a station or two earlier to get a longer ride in. No issues on the train. I am 6'3".
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-19, 05:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,646
Posted By kayakindude

Airnimal Chameleon. I have no issues with...

Airnimal Chameleon. I have no issues with sacrificing ride quality on the road. No flex. 24 inch wheels. Hands down the best bike I ever bought and I have many. Frequently average 20mph and up on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-19, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,107
Posted By kayakindude

Great review! Just a word of caution on biking...

Great review! Just a word of caution on biking from downtown Baltimore. Do your due diligence. I was warned of a few spots from local coworkers. I am pretty confident and aggressive but Baltimore was...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-18-19, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,356
Posted By kayakindude

I recommend this- ...

I recommend this-

https://www.shapeways.com/product/QLHYDKUBE/brompton-carrier-adapter-for-tern-or-dahon-folders
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-18-19, 03:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By kayakindude

I can only go by my experience with domestic...

I can only go by my experience with domestic flights inside the US, but I have never been questioned about the suitcase. The Vybe with tools, sneakers, and pump comes in at 48 pounds. My Chameleon...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-19, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By kayakindude

20 inch suitcase breakdown

Having packed my 20 inch bike into a suitcase about 50 times in the past 2 years I thought I would share some packing tips as my setup evolved. I used to pack, wheel, bike, wheel. I now favor bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-07-19, 06:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 973
Posted By kayakindude

I was fortunate that a fellow commuter gave me...

I was fortunate that a fellow commuter gave me this older bag, but I find it perfect for traveling. The oversized rear pockets fit coffee and smoothie/drink. It holds my 15 inch laptop, lunch, and...
04-06-19, 12:30 PM
Replies: 378
Views: 24,201
Posted By kayakindude

My good friends at the TSA inspected my folder on...

My good friends at the TSA inspected my folder on the way to DC last week, resulting in a broken spoke and warped rim. Thankfully a LBS was between my hotel and work site. After telling me it would...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-31-19, 05:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 987
Posted By kayakindude

I own a Dahon Yvbe, Mariner, and a Zizzo Via. As...

I own a Dahon Yvbe, Mariner, and a Zizzo Via. As my 1st folder blind luck really helped me with the Vybe. It came with an adjustable handlebar and headset bolts to mount a front bag. To me these are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 2,223
Views: 531,704
Posted By kayakindude

Joe I am not trying to veer off topic and was...

Joe I am not trying to veer off topic and was responding to the previous posters comment. Both the Airnimal and the Helix are 24" bikes. Yes the front wheel has to come off of mine. I keep hearing...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-26-19, 08:06 AM
Replies: 2,223
Views: 531,704
Posted By kayakindude

I have a 20" and a 24". In urban riding (downtown...

I have a 20" and a 24". In urban riding (downtown Boston) I have not found the tire size an effect on my riding. Acceleration is about even when you factor in the traffic and conditions limit your...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-22-19, 06:13 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,692
Posted By kayakindude

Here is an old picture of the wheels on top. My...

Here is an old picture of the wheels on top. My newer packing has more foam and less plastic wrapping. I also added tennis balls on the wheel hubs. I'm in Mass on the RI border. I do go to Newport VT...
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