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11-23-18, 11:39 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Great job! Similar concept, but much cleaner...

Great job! Similar concept, but much cleaner build than my own Mirada!

My Microshift brifters just wore out, so I'm contemplating if I should replace them or bet bar-ends like yours.

Are those...
09-27-18, 10:06 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Nice job, I like how clean and classic looking...

Nice job, I like how clean and classic looking this is. Looks like a great all-road touring machine!
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-13-18, 06:38 PM
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Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

That's insanely cheap!!! :eek: Unlike a...

That's insanely cheap!!! :eek:


Unlike a Brompton the wheels do not end up parallel. I seem to recall that the front wheel should tuck in a bit more, which would let the handlebars tuck in better...
03-08-18, 09:28 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I agree this is probably not how that type of bar...

I agree this is probably not how that type of bar was "intended" to be set up. But I don't think it really matters - I think as long as people are happy, comfortable, and out riding that's the main...
02-21-18, 01:37 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

Great to see another Mirada on this thread, and...

Great to see another Mirada on this thread, and the exact same color as mine too! I'm still enjoying mine as an all-round commuter, tourer, dirt ride bike. It's comfy and has been completely reliable...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-17, 02:24 PM
Replies: 1,161
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Posted By yangmusa

I had a creak coming from the front. It turned...

I had a creak coming from the front. It turned out to be the front fork pivots - disassembling, cleaning, lubing, reassembling sorted it out. (I seem to vaguely recall reading somewhere that the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-09-17, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1,161
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Posted By yangmusa

I don't know what size box is needed. I had a...

I don't know what size box is needed. I had a silver classic Birdy, and while it did fit in a suitcase some disassembly was needed: remove both wheels, seatpost, and handlebar/stem. It you want to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-14-17, 06:02 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

If you look at the manufacturer's website, you'll...

If you look at the manufacturer's website, you'll see that they are all listed as hydraulic:
https://www.r-m.de/en-us/folding-bike/birdy/
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-01-17, 11:56 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I agree with Yan - I want suspension, all the...

I agree with Yan - I want suspension, all the time. The design of the Birdy suspension is good, there's minimal bob when riding along even with fairly high effort. Ride quality is similar to my...
12-13-16, 10:05 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Hey, that's really clever - looks like a good...

Hey, that's really clever - looks like a good fit! What brand tool bag is it, and where did you get it?
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-13-16, 10:25 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I haven't heard of anyone doing that on a bike,...

I haven't heard of anyone doing that on a bike, but I imagine the same stuff people use on their cars should work?
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-16, 02:08 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

Very cool. Yeah, looks like they're out of 28 mm....

Very cool. Yeah, looks like they're out of 28 mm. I ran 28 mm Stelvios on mine - the ride was still fantastic thanks to the suspension. So it looks like tire choice is less of an issue than it used...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-10-16, 11:24 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I bought a similarly-specced* Birdy new-old-stock...

I bought a similarly-specced* Birdy new-old-stock off eBay for $1,000 in 2008, so it does seem a bit pricey for what it is. (*Well, mine had a 9-speed Capreo setup and a fixed stem, so it wasn't...
11-05-16, 09:22 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Slightly off topic... But that's a nice looking...

Slightly off topic... But that's a nice looking and very large saddlebag. Who makes that?
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-02-16, 11:02 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

OK, I also didn't mean to imply there's any...

OK, I also didn't mean to imply there's any particular harm in running different tires, just that there's no particular benefit on a folding bike (that I can think of). So, ride with the tires you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-02-16, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

In general, I don't think there's any benefit to...

In general, I don't think there's any benefit to running different tires on the front and rear. The exception being possibly offroad bikes. A friend lent me his cross bike, and that had a knobby tire...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-09-16, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1,161
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Posted By yangmusa

I was not charged for flying with my Birdy, it...

I was not charged for flying with my Birdy, it was in a standard case.

Here are more experiences, with pictures!...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-09-16, 10:53 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I only flew with my Birdy once, and I borrowed a...

I only flew with my Birdy once, and I borrowed a friend's Bike Friday suitcase to do it. It was a hard-side Samsonite, around 30" IIRC. There was a lot of room for the bike, but I had to remove both...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-03-16, 10:19 AM
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Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Oh wow! Yes, consider me interested!

Oh wow! Yes, consider me interested!
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-03-16, 10:18 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

An indirect answer to your question: when I had a...

An indirect answer to your question: when I had a Birdy, it had a 9-speed Capreo setup. I think the gear-range was roughly 30"-90". I went loaded touring on it (tent, food, everything!) in California...
09-07-16, 08:26 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

You're quite right, the composition of the tire...

You're quite right, the composition of the tire is very important. Wide hybrid/touring tires or MTB tires have too stiff construction (rolling resistance) so generally don't roll as well. Jan Heine...
09-04-16, 09:14 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Narrower tires are not faster. A lot of research...

Narrower tires are not faster. A lot of research has now demonstrated this. They may feel faster because they transmit more high-frequency vibration from the road surface, but controlled tests have...
09-02-16, 08:53 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Nicely done! What crankset is that - it looks...

Nicely done! What crankset is that - it looks like a giant step between large and small rings.. looking for something similar for one of my bikes :)
05-07-16, 06:22 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

Nice build! I continue to enjoy my Mirada a lot -...

Nice build! I continue to enjoy my Mirada a lot - it sees daily commute abuse and has been on a lot of long tours on and off road.

Did you respray the frame, or did you just find it in good...
04-22-16, 09:03 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Nice! I really like the matte green color -...

Nice! I really like the matte green color - unusual, and very nice. Is it spray painted, or did you go with powder coat?
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-16, 06:30 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Can you attach a picture of the bike, folded as...

Can you attach a picture of the bike, folded as far as your can get it? It will be easier to help if we can see what's going on!
02-25-16, 11:38 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Interesting choice - I was thinking of using that...

Interesting choice - I was thinking of using that when I built up my commuter, but ended up going with the Shimano DH-3N80 and existing v-brakes. How do you like it? How's stopping power?
02-16-16, 09:49 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Not exactly a vintage MTB conversion, but I love...

Not exactly a vintage MTB conversion, but I love it anyway! I used to have a Moulton F-type Deluxe 4-speed, it was a great city bike and surprisingly not a bad light tourer (I know Moultons are great...
12-02-15, 10:16 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I run Schwalbe Big Apples (26x2.0) and they are...

I run Schwalbe Big Apples (26x2.0) and they are said to have similar benefits, though they have a kevlar strip and are I think a bit heavier. Have you tried the BAs and if so - care to compare them...
10-23-15, 10:39 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

Hah! My conversion weighs about 40# all up w....

Hah! My conversion weighs about 40# all up w. lock, dynamo lights, fenders, rear rack, basket, Schwable Big Apple 2.0 tires.. And I always thought that was fine - it's a practical go anywhere, do...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-05-15, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

There are no official dealers (that I'm aware...

There are no official dealers (that I'm aware of). But Warm Planet Bikes (on Market St in SF, between 6th and 7th) used to be a dealer and has had leftover stock sitting around for years. I haven't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-04-15, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Pacific Bicycle, the Tawainese factory that makes...

Pacific Bicycle, the Tawainese factory that makes Birdy bikes for R&M, also sells the bikes rebranded under various names (including Peugeot) throughout Asia.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-04-15, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

You don't need to fabricate your own front...

You don't need to fabricate your own front derailleur mount, you can get them from Thor USA (http://thorusa.com/accessories/special.htm). Scroll down and look for "DAHON JETSTREAM FRONT DERAILLEUR...
03-08-15, 06:01 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

I have a set of the Performance Bike Forte 9...

I have a set of the Performance Bike Forte 9 speed brifters (rebranded Microshift) and they work great. Comfortable, feel solid, and shift nicely. Great value too.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-03-14, 01:43 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 20,573
Posted By yangmusa

Yes, the H-type does fit through the x-ray...

Yes, the H-type does fit through the x-ray machine even though it's a little larger than the M-type. I wrote a more detailed post if you look back through this thread.
07-27-14, 09:12 AM
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Posted By yangmusa

That's a great looking bike!

That's a great looking bike!
06-01-14, 08:17 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

Ha ha, I probably did! Trying not to think about...

Ha ha, I probably did! Trying not to think about that ;) But I like the way it rides, it gets me to work and back, and has been on some great tours without letting me down. So even if the frame...
05-31-14, 01:51 PM
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Posted By yangmusa

Schwinn Mirada

I've enjoyed seeing everyone else's conversions, some truly nice bikes that inspired me to take the plunge.

I originally commuted on a '72 Raleigh Grand Prix, but kept breaking spokes on San...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-13, 05:02 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

I don't believe you can put a Capreo cassette on...

I don't believe you can put a Capreo cassette on your existing hub. Because the Capreo 9-tooth cog is so small, they turned that smallest cog into the lock ring. The hub is correspondingly shorter...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-31-13, 08:21 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Really depends on what kind of riding you want to...

Really depends on what kind of riding you want to do. Going touring in all kinds of terrain - yes, definitely worth it. Mostly riding for exercise in flat to moderately hilly terrain - maybe not....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-21-13, 09:26 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

So you're saying that with no cable tension at...

So you're saying that with no cable tension at all, gears 7-8 are unavailable?

1. If you at some point adjusted the H/L screws - try adjusting them back to their original setting.
2. If you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-13, 02:18 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Unless your derailleur got bumped and bent...

Unless your derailleur got bumped and bent somehow, then the most likely cause is incorrect cable tension. It's very common for the cables on new bikes to stretch a little. Increasing the cable...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-25-13, 09:12 AM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 244,371
Posted By yangmusa

Have you tried contacting the shop where you...

Have you tried contacting the shop where you bought it? Or contacting R&M directly? They might be able to send you the missing parts.. (I'm being optimistic about their customer service here, but I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-13, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,647
Posted By yangmusa

The flight yesterday went well. Airline accepted...

The flight yesterday went well. Airline accepted the case without blinking an eye. Case and bike arrived without any damage. I had added foam pipe insulation on all the exposed corners. That wore...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-13, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,647
Posted By yangmusa

I have gate-checked my bike a few times (return...

I have gate-checked my bike a few times (return trip SFO - LAX - NARITA - LAX - SFO), and although the United staff made a fuss about it they did eventually let me do it (it took 3 levels of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-13, 03:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,647
Posted By yangmusa

Found suitcase that fits Brompton H-type. Now seeking advice on packing..

I got a Calvin Klein "Woodstock" 28" semi-hardsided suitcase at Ross Dress for Less for $70. The stiff fibrous material it's made of seems very similar to the Polaris Folding Bike Pod my wife has...
Forum: Recumbent
02-15-13, 11:19 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,754
Posted By yangmusa

That was my experience too. The first recumbent I...

That was my experience too. The first recumbent I ever tried was a friend's USS HP Velotechnik Streetmachine - hop on and ride. The first 'bent I bought was OSS, but later I got a USS TW Bents...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-10-12, 09:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,991
Posted By yangmusa

I used standard R&M front & rear racks. My...

I used standard R&M front & rear racks.

My panniers are cheapo waterproof ones from Nashbar, currently on sale for less than $50.. They've held up for 6 seasons now, not bad! The only place they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-07-12, 09:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,991
Posted By yangmusa

I've toured extensively on a Birdy with front and...

I've toured extensively on a Birdy with front and rear racks. Works great!

In the picture below you can see my typical setup: front rack with small panniers, large handlebar bag, tent and...
Forum: Recumbent
11-13-12, 02:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,754
Posted By yangmusa

I've owned & ridden both. In the order of...

I've owned & ridden both. In the order of ownership:

OSS "Praying Hamster" - tiller steer takes some getting used to, but handles fine after a short learning curve. Mostly on European 'bents...
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