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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 540
Posted By 2_i

Folders as means to get out of Russia

In the visual reports from all kinds of disasters, the bikes seem to play an amplified role compared to the everyday life. Now the folding bikes seem to help to get out of the draft in Russia, in...
Forum: Commuting
09-24-22, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 445
Posted By 2_i

My primary tire for winter is non-studded...

My primary tire for winter is non-studded Continental TopContact Winter. I basically put them on at the time of the year when there some chances of a frost in the early morning and take them off at...
09-11-22, 09:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By 2_i

Whenever possible, given the winter conditions...

Whenever possible, given the winter conditions and availability for the wheel size, I ride the non-studded Conti TopContact Winter, rather than studded.
09-11-22, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 371
Posted By 2_i

If the two rings are spaced too closely, the...

If the two rings are spaced too closely, the chain on the smaller one may start rubbing or catching the larger one when you do not want it. If the spacing is too large, the chain may fall in-between...
09-08-22, 02:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 319
Posted By 2_i

There are 2 orientations, diamond and square: ...

There are 2 orientations, diamond and square:


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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-22, 12:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By 2_i

How does a single person operate 3 brakes? ...

How does a single person operate 3 brakes? Incidentally, I have 3 shifters on my Brompton and apparently it is not uncommon to have this many on recumbents.
09-08-22, 09:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 579
Posted By 2_i

In my experience, the party at fault in delayed...

In my experience, the party at fault in delayed delivery has been more often USPS than not. The item lies there at the airport, past the customs, and USPS does not pick it up for 2 weeks or more. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-22, 05:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 323
Posted By 2_i

My main use of barends is in them supporting the...

My main use of barends is in them supporting the bike when the latter is flipped upside down for service, and protecting all the installations on the handlebars. This tends to be particularly useful...
09-06-22, 05:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By 2_i

Indeed, any predictions are quite fragile now....

Indeed, any predictions are quite fragile now. But, if I may add what worked in the past, it is looking into German vendors as the winter was about to close down. It is far more common to ride there...
09-05-22, 09:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,206
Posted By 2_i

The best time is when winter starts winding down.

The best time is when winter starts winding down.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,574
Posted By 2_i

It is not necessarily the issue of retaining the...

It is not necessarily the issue of retaining the potential offender and personal taking of those potential offences. Others may be disturbed by the form the discussion is taking and refrain from...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-04-22, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 721
Posted By 2_i

Your experience must come from the folding bikes...

Your experience must come from the folding bikes with a midframe hinge. The folding alone on Bromton requires taking off about 15T of slack, before you turn to any slack from differences in cog size....
09-02-22, 08:59 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 10,117
Posted By 2_i

In my experience AliExpress got much better...

In my experience AliExpress got much better recently handling complaints. When sending my order back, I got a free UPS label and was sending my order back to Chicago, rather than China for my own...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-29-22, 06:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 1,388
Posted By 2_i

You need to be realistic. Eventually something...

You need to be realistic. Eventually something will break in the bike you get and you will need to get some specialized part or dealer to fix it. It can be harder to get that specialized part than...
08-27-22, 01:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 451
Posted By 2_i

I carry an alu strip, 8cm/3.25" long, 4.5mm wide,...

I carry an alu strip, 8cm/3.25" long, 4.5mm wide, a left-over from cutting an alu sheet, 1mm thick. I rounded corners, so I do not scar the rubber. I try to spread the glue very thin. It dries then...
08-27-22, 11:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 451
Posted By 2_i

With and without the top. Every seal in the world...

With and without the top. Every seal in the world leaks, the question is just at what rate. With a full 6ml vial I can afford adding solvent once a year, with a full 2ml, I may need to add it every 4...
08-27-22, 06:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 451
Posted By 2_i

Remember that for, the same size of opening, the...

Remember that for, the same size of opening, the rate at which a vial will be drying out is coarsely inversely proportional to the volume. I.e., a 2ml vial will be drying out 3x faster than 6ml. A...
08-23-22, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 192
Posted By 2_i

You can put a cassette spacer on the drive side...

You can put a cassette spacer on the drive side and get it even.

P.S. Ebay photos suggest that you should be able to take this BB apart and examine in detail what the situation is. Maybe one of...
08-23-22, 06:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 451
Posted By 2_i

One should distinguish between solvent...

One should distinguish between solvent evaporation and vulcanization. If it is only evaporation, the solvent may be added and the cement can be made liquid again. However, after a number of years,...
08-22-22, 07:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 451
Posted By 2_i

I found 6ml (16x60mm) with alu caps to be the...

I found 6ml (16x60mm) with alu caps to be the best for the road. https://www.ebay.com/itm/203928536989
08-21-22, 04:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 238
Posted By 2_i

My remarks are as follows. (a) The last time I...

My remarks are as follows. (a) The last time I looked, the triplizers seemed to be out of stock across the board, no matter what brand. This may be tied to the general shortage of parts. (b) There...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-20-22, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 456
Posted By 2_i

Just a follow-up. As I have some time till the...

Just a follow-up. As I have some time till the next major use of the bike, which is good for trying things out, I finished and mounted my adapter. I needed still to adjust the angle for derailleur...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-22, 03:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 841
Posted By 2_i

Puzzled by how little it took for the gears for S...

Puzzled by how little it took for the gears for S Korea, I checked the 4 Rivers trail and it indeed seems mostly flat, but there is one peak in the middle. My biking experience with S Korea was very...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-23-22, 07:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By 2_i

We have been members forever too, longer than...

We have been members forever too, longer than many other things lasted for me, including cycling. Every once in a while I have a chance to visit their flagship store. However in our area their stores...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-23-22, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By 2_i

US REI Brompton purchase: not impressed

I stepped in to assist a family member with a Brompton purchase. The configuration that was supposedly available at an REI store, ~1h away, was significantly closer to the one we aimed at than the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-14-22, 02:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 481
Posted By 2_i

I'd say the best method would be to buy a race...

I'd say the best method would be to buy a race bike.
07-09-22, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 447
Posted By 2_i

If you decide to go ahead, test your procedure on...

If you decide to go ahead, test your procedure on a piece of alu bar. In my experience threading alu can be way more challenging than threading steel, given how alu is fragile relative to the tap....
07-07-22, 07:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,154
Posted By 2_i

The majority of wheels ridden with rim brakes...

The majority of wheels ridden with rim brakes never get to the point where they need to be replaced due to the rim wear. Most often they get replaced/rebuilt due to some mishap that mangles the wheel...
07-06-22, 05:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 677
Posted By 2_i

I asked Rema about the shelf life of their...

I asked Rema about the shelf life of their Vulcanizing Fluid. They took my data and promised to have someone with expertise to get back to me. We will see where this goes.
07-06-22, 06:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 677
Posted By 2_i

You can dilute Rema Tip Top Fluid with naphta...

You can dilute Rema Tip Top Fluid with naphta available commercially, e.g., as camping white gas. Also Heptane/Bestine available in art supply store works. Finally, trichloroethylene, used in dry...
06-30-22, 01:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,154
Posted By 2_i

As we know from practice, brakes get serious...

As we know from practice, brakes get serious sprays from tires in rough weather. I once had a chain tensioner positioned close to the ground, running on ball bearings. After about a year after...
05-29-22, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 326
Posted By 2_i

Did you apply the rubber cement to the top of the...

Did you apply the rubber cement to the top of the patch? The photo suggests that. I have used heptane (for practical purposes naphtha) to remove soft rubber grip material. The rubber absorbed heptane...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 04:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,828
Posted By 2_i

I would not trust aluminum handlebars that got...

I would not trust aluminum handlebars that got bent and were straightened back. Of course, when they are rotated in the stem clamp and rotated back without any bending, that is fine. However,...
05-18-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,844
Posted By 2_i

I would contact Fedex, but using contact info...

I would contact Fedex, but using contact info from outside of the bill, to make sure in case this were to be a scam. I had to pay customs on a shipment from Canada in the past when the purchase price...
05-14-22, 10:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 753
Posted By 2_i

I use a hub dynamo in combination with a USB...

I use a hub dynamo in combination with a USB charger. When I am navigating, the phone still gets drained but at a so slow pace that it can be tolerated. If the phone is idle, it charges. The phone...
04-25-22, 06:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 793
Posted By 2_i

In the grip shifters, a spring out of bent metal...

In the grip shifters, a spring out of bent metal tape rides on plastic teeth. That spring often jumps out when the shifter is dismounted, such as for cable replacement, and needs to be put back in....
Forum: Commuting
04-24-22, 10:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,795
Posted By 2_i

Research...

Research (https://velosurance.com/blog/improve-immune-system-cycling-live-longer/) seems to show that those who cycle tend to have more luck there :D.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By 2_i

These days you will not get a higher end bike for...

These days you will not get a higher end bike for this money, even used. I.e., yes, it is midrange.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-09-22, 06:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,853
Posted By 2_i

Interestingly, 53-36T on 20" gives about the same...

Interestingly, 53-36T on 20" gives about the same lowest gear, 1.08m of development, as I have on my Brompton, 1.03m, albeit with the hub getting involved. In my case, that lowest gear is needed for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-05-22, 05:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By 2_i

This noodle housing is lighter and can work over...

This noodle housing is lighter and can work over tighter angles without much loss in the transferred cable tension. In that, it is very appropriate for folders. Moreover, you hardly use any cable...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-03-22, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 761
Posted By 2_i

Chain Management for Extra Derailleur Gears

Since the topic gets scattered around different, sometimes nominally unrelated, threads, I thought about starting one where the ideas could be focused. Myself, after equipping my Brompton with a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-20-22, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 764
Posted By 2_i

Brompton Tensioner Chain Keeper

When debris gets in-between Brompton's chain and tensioner pulley, the chain routinely liberates itself. For me this has been a problem in winter, with the tensioner orienting itself low due to a...
03-08-22, 03:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 767
Posted By 2_i

I bought Schwalbe tubes and they came with awful...

I bought Schwalbe tubes and they came with awful Presta cores, one of which did hold air right from the beginning. In the particular tube size/Presta combination, Schwalbe is the only practical...
02-25-22, 09:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,282
Posted By 2_i

Below is the photo, on the left Mp3 player +...

Below is the photo, on the left Mp3 player + radio connected to a transmitter and, on the right, Aftershokz Unicom headset. The audio devices attach with velcro to any bike and go to a pocket during...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-22, 11:54 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 380,888
Posted By 2_i

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Forum: Folding Bikes
02-03-22, 03:54 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 380,888
Posted By 2_i

Yes, Schwalbe makes Marathon Winter...

Yes, Schwalbe makes Marathon Winter (https://www.schwalbetires.com/bike_tires/road_tires/winter) in 16" size. I ordered them dirt cheap, like $20 apiece, out-of -season from Germany, so the elevated...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-03-22, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 380,888
Posted By 2_i

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Brompton vs the World (leaving for work)
01-20-22, 12:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 490
Posted By 2_i

Don't expect too much. When you navigate with a...

Don't expect too much. When you navigate with a phone, the dynamo stalls the drain of the phone's battery, but does not eliminate it. When the screen is off, yes, you charge it, but slowly. The...
01-14-22, 01:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,565
Posted By 2_i

This does not pertain to the original issue, but...

This does not pertain to the original issue, but rechargeable lithium AAA and AA are now available. Their capacity is lower than NiMH, given the internal circuitry that takes space. However, they...
01-13-22, 08:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,501
Posted By 2_i

I have P2, P3 and P4, but in practice use P2 and...

I have P2, P3 and P4, but in practice use P2 and P3. They are decent in general but over time drain power just sitting idle, so it is a bit a pain to remember to recharge them ahead of any situation...
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