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10-20-08, 03:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,770
Posted By jnb-rare

There are a number of bike shops that have club...

There are a number of bike shops that have club rides. You might also consider joining the TBN (Toronto Bicycling Network), and look for their Tourist (50-120km) Advanced Tourist/Sportif (120-200km),...
Forum: Commuting
02-11-08, 07:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 656
Posted By jnb-rare

I would recommend purchasing from a good, local...

I would recommend purchasing from a good, local bike shop. First, the bikes they carry are generally better quality than what you'll find at department or other non-specialist stores (better frame,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-08, 08:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,282
Posted By jnb-rare

The Mu XL Sport is a brand new model for 2008 and...

The Mu XL Sport is a brand new model for 2008 and may not arrived at many dealers. It certainly hasn't shown up at my local dealer, and they stock most models.

If memory serves, the Mu...
01-30-08, 01:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By jnb-rare

RE: Cycling Across Canada (some sites include...

RE: Cycling Across Canada (some sites include routes and maps)

http://www.mvermeulen.com/canada/
http://www.comlore.com/bike/
http://www.bicycletraveller.de/97rd/index_e.htm...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-08, 10:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,143
Posted By jnb-rare

Might have too much rake? What's it good for? The...

Might have too much rake? What's it good for? The web page gives some clues:

"Easy wheelie" the only urban bike that is also made for wheelies :)

I'm not sure I like the name or the "Ride...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-08, 01:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,663
Posted By jnb-rare

It's a very nic(h)e machine. I think it...

It's a very nic(h)e machine.

I think it should appeal to more than just cyclists -- the techie with a two-seater sports car, or perhaps the CEO who wants to zip around his warehouse. Offer it to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-20-08, 01:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 581
Posted By jnb-rare

Ruth rode on my folding bike, Directly back of...

Ruth rode on my folding bike,
Directly back of me,
I hit a bump at 25,
And rode on ruthlessly.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-08, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 647
Posted By jnb-rare

Please spare me from people who either feel...

Please spare me from people who either feel "entitled" or "self-righteously indignant".

When I first heard about Critical Mass I was interested -- until I discovered that there was deliberate...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-16-08, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,761
Posted By jnb-rare

Check to see if your SDG saddle has the little...

Check to see if your SDG saddle has the little bracket for the Topeak Quick-Click system. Some saddles seem to come with it already there, and some don't. You can buy it from SDG for $2.00 (email...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-16-08, 05:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,375
Posted By jnb-rare

Seems designed and priced for the "money's no...

Seems designed and priced for the "money's no object" crowd. If I were ever to find myself amongst that group I might look at a Moulton separable instead (or too!). The Pashley Moulton TSR9 comes in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-15-08, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By jnb-rare

Depends on the type of riding. My full touring...

Depends on the type of riding. My full touring bike had wide drop bars, but I used the top bar and brake hoods mostly, and the drops rarely. The Bike Friday STI Touring bars (a kind of combination of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-15-08, 02:13 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 2,583
Posted By jnb-rare

I ride a Mu SL for recreaction and fitness (with...

I ride a Mu SL for recreaction and fitness (with fenders). However, if I were to commute everyday in in this city (non-multimodal), I'd be looking at a internal hub gearing (rain, snow, salt on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-10-08, 11:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,428
Posted By jnb-rare

No experience whatsoever. However, there are...

No experience whatsoever. However, there are DOZENS of Chinese factories willing to manufacture "container-loads" of bicycles. You'll see them often on e-Bay for very low prices (under $100)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-10-08, 10:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,951
Posted By jnb-rare

Primary diference is frame material -- aluminum...

Primary diference is frame material -- aluminum for the Vitesse and Chromoly (steel) for the Speed. Dahon provides a bit of information about the diferences between materials here:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-01-08, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,280
Posted By jnb-rare

Too bad about the chainring, but it sounds as if...

Too bad about the chainring, but it sounds as if you're having a blast on a very cool vacation in Ecuador. If it will make you feel even better, we got another dump of snow in Toronto today (wet this...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-07, 11:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By jnb-rare

I've only had one item come from the U.S. via...

I've only had one item come from the U.S. via FEDEX surface and that was a couple of years ago. The item cost about $40. and the shipping was about $10. About two weeks later I got a bill in the mail...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-07, 09:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By jnb-rare

Happy holidays, indeed! Looking forward to your...

Happy holidays, indeed! Looking forward to your reports.

If I may ask, how was the shipping to Canada? Was it expensive? Any problems with holdups by Customs?
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-07, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,476
Posted By jnb-rare

Make sure you ride it up the biggest hill you're...

Make sure you ride it up the biggest hill you're likely to ride on a regular basis.

I'm older and admittedly not in great shape. But my regular route home (uphill) has me hitting close to max...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-16-07, 07:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,622
Posted By jnb-rare

Absolutely. A tandem has a definite advantage on...

Absolutely. A tandem has a definite advantage on the flats and downhill. Twin engine with little or no more "front" for wind resistance. In rolling hills the extra weight and downhill speed gives...
12-14-07, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,870
Posted By jnb-rare

I would ride the "locally-available,...

I would ride the "locally-available, well-supported" KHS. If I really liked it, I'd look no further. If I still wasn't sure, I'd widen the search.

OTOH, that Coda Comp provides "a zen like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-07, 12:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,260
Posted By jnb-rare

I'm not sure where I read it, but I did see an...

I'm not sure where I read it, but I did see an article/post about someone modifying their folding pedals to take Powergrips. It involved drilling some holes, longer bolts & washers.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-07, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,476
Posted By jnb-rare

I agree that this is an important consideration. ...

I agree that this is an important consideration.

There are situations in which "fixed" and single-speed bicycles are appropriate and even desireable. For most casual riders, however, I think that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-10-07, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,029
Posted By jnb-rare

Hey! I was gonna' bid on that one, too. But I...

Hey! I was gonna' bid on that one, too. But I forgot to look late in the game. I probably would have left it as a single-speed, lowering the gearing and making a few 'cab' modifications.

Good...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-07-07, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,743
Posted By jnb-rare

Fortunately, I am self-employed and commuting...

Fortunately, I am self-employed and commuting isn't a necessity. Nonetheless, I've been wanting to get out on the bike more, regardless of the weather.

I've also seen a used Avenir single-speed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-06-07, 11:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,743
Posted By jnb-rare

Yes, a beater bike certainly makes sense for...

Yes, a beater bike certainly makes sense for winter riding.

It's probably ridiculous to try and combine a bunch of needs, but I was also thinking about a folder because then my daughter might be...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-05-07, 10:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,743
Posted By jnb-rare

Thanks for the info. I was thinking about an...

Thanks for the info. I was thinking about an internal hub for the kind of slop we sometimes get on Toronto streets; slush mixed with salt and sand being the worst. As this would be a secondary bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-05-07, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,743
Posted By jnb-rare

Thank-you both for the heads-up.

Thank-you both for the heads-up.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-05-07, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,743
Posted By jnb-rare

Vitesse D5 vs. D7

There is a used 2006 Vitesse D5 available locally, which I am considering as a foul-weather bike (I have a Mu SL). However, the asking price (and the stated original cost by the owner) seems high,...
12-03-07, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 698
Posted By jnb-rare

There used to be a physiotherapy clinic working...

There used to be a physiotherapy clinic working out of Seneca College at Finch and Don Mills. They took non-Seneca patients, as well as administering to the various sports teams for the College....
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-07, 10:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,298
Posted By jnb-rare

Designer treads -- the perfect complement to...

Designer treads -- the perfect complement to designer "threads"! :) I'd prefer an M.C. Escher tessallation -- the unicorns or the reptiles would be cool.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-07, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,612
Views: 254,826
Posted By jnb-rare

A multitude of Moultons in the UK on eBay. Owner...

A multitude of Moultons in the UK on eBay. Owner claims that he will be selling 16 of his 17 Moultons one at a time.

Search for item# 260188106859 on eBay, or seller solow101.
11-27-07, 08:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,299
Posted By jnb-rare

That depends on the nature of the book or...

That depends on the nature of the book or magazine. Generalist reading? Racing-oriented? Touring-oriented? Repairs?

IMO, there's one thing that could be improved dramatically, and that's...
11-26-07, 10:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 894
Posted By jnb-rare

I wouldn't be offended in the least if someone...

I wouldn't be offended in the least if someone asked me. For one of my bikes (recent puchase) I have the bill of sale, anyway. For the other bike (20 years old), I don't, and would simply say so. If...
11-25-07, 04:49 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 12,877
Posted By jnb-rare

Looks like Cavern is calling it quits: ...

Looks like Cavern is calling it quits:

http://toronto.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/488778259.html
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-07, 10:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,307
Posted By jnb-rare

In fact, there's one on eBay now. Do a search for...

In fact, there's one on eBay now. Do a search for item #280174498247
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-22-07, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 803
Posted By jnb-rare

What about those of us who have a whole brain?

What about those of us who have a whole brain?
11-22-07, 08:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 337
Posted By jnb-rare

Ask a sports trainer/physiothe******. On a...

Ask a sports trainer/physiothe******.

On a bike trainer you are (in theory) riding with less "variation" in leg movement than on the road. And you may be "pulling" on the upstroke a bit more,...
11-22-07, 08:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 677
Posted By jnb-rare

What kinds of things might you want to "update"...

What kinds of things might you want to "update" or change about your current bicycle?

IMHO, the only reason to purchase a new bike vs a "well-maintained" 20-year-old bike is if you want something...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-21-07, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3,849
Views: 648,983
Posted By jnb-rare

Very, very nice.

Very, very nice.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-21-07, 10:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,177
Posted By jnb-rare

Cobbles & rough roads: Begs for some kind of...

Cobbles & rough roads: Begs for some kind of suspension -- either mechanical or through the tires. The Speed Pro comes with the suspension front hub, the same as I have on my Mu SL. It helps,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-20-07, 10:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,042
Posted By jnb-rare

Considering the paucity of hitch-hikers in this...

Considering the paucity of hitch-hikers in this part of the world, I wouldn't be volunteering for the trunk (boot) job any time soon. The last couple of times I saw a hitch-hiker, he looked like he'd...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-20-07, 09:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 18,061
Posted By jnb-rare

Take a look at the specs of the Dahon Speed D7...

Take a look at the specs of the Dahon Speed D7 (chromoly) and Vitesse D7 (aluminum). Unless I'm mistaken, the components are pretty much identical, and the frame is the same design. The Speed is...
11-18-07, 08:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 906
Posted By jnb-rare

A guy I went to high school with (many, many...

A guy I went to high school with (many, many years ago) was an avid cyclist. The day after he installed his very first bike "speedometer" he went charging down the biggest hill he could find. In top...
11-17-07, 10:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,496
Posted By jnb-rare

You can get away with just about anything for...

You can get away with just about anything for your short jaunts. For longer distances you'll want a bike that 'fits' well. Two different bicycles at the same price may fit and ride quite differently,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-16-07, 01:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,653
Posted By jnb-rare

You're probably way ahead of me, but I would look...

You're probably way ahead of me, but I would look at some existing, successful designs and figure it out from there. The Mu SL is going to be the lightest base. I really couldn't say how durable...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-14-07, 10:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,227
Posted By jnb-rare

Lovely to read and see. Thanks for sharing.

Lovely to read and see. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-14-07, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 582
Posted By jnb-rare

There appear to be dozens of factories in China...

There appear to be dozens of factories in China either manufacturing (or willing to manufacture) folding bikes. Here are just a few:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-07, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 697
Posted By jnb-rare

Curbside in Toronto carries Pashley. Stock of...

Curbside in Toronto carries Pashley. Stock of Moultons, however, is next to non-existent. I was in the shop browsing about 6 weeks ago and they had one TSR 9.

http://store.curbside.on.ca/
11-11-07, 12:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 840
Posted By jnb-rare

That owner sounds like a real piece of work. Take...

That owner sounds like a real piece of work. Take your time, don't let anyone pressure you, and feel comfortable about your decision when you buy.
11-10-07, 09:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,739
Posted By jnb-rare

I'm usually looking for something when I'm going...

I'm usually looking for something when I'm going to a bicycle store, so stock of quality parts and accessories is important. Better still if they have the particular brand that I might be looking...
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