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Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-18, 12:33 PM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

You know what? It was actually a complete...

You know what? It was actually a complete non-event. Feel a bit silly asking now, as it took all of 2 mins, with no major hassles or snags. Cheers.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-05-18, 09:45 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Installing new brake cable

Sorted my chain issues. Now my attention turns to the brakes.

I have bought some Avid SD7 brakes but found that I need to replace my old cable due to wear/damage. How one earth do I install the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-18, 02:55 PM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

It's probably a cheap version of the product in...

It's probably a cheap version of the product in the link below. Helps keep the bike stable when folded. Was put on by the previous owner.

https://www.chinahao.com/product/43314277359/

Back to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-12-18, 02:26 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Ah really not having much luck with this. ...

Ah really not having much luck with this.

The single speed chain rubbed on the derailur cage. I bought a fancy KMC 9 speed chain, but that jumps the rear sproket in about the 10 o'clock position...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-18, 06:06 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

I don't actually know. It's a Shimano Nexus...

I don't actually know. It's a Shimano Nexus single speed chain HG-X10 with 114 links. I've not really chain in the UK referred to in 1/8, 3/32 etc.. The Q&A on the website I ordered from does say...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-18, 03:03 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

It seems the single speed chain isn't a good fit...

It seems the single speed chain isn't a good fit for those with Alfine 8 hubs. Perfect for the sprockets, but rubs on the sides of the derailur cage. Will try a 9 speed instead.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-02-18, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

What size chain is used on the Birdy with Shimano...

What size chain is used on the Birdy with Shimano 8 speed Alfine hubs? Being in a marine environment mine needs replacing, just need to know what to order.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-14-18, 07:09 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Looking for a decent lightweight rack for my...

Looking for a decent lightweight rack for my Birdy MK2 frame. Anyone know of a supplier in the EU?

Also, I just don't get on the original v-brakes. What are my options in terms of replacements?...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-09-17, 01:49 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

It is better when the wheel is out and spin it in...

It is better when the wheel is out and spin it in my hands but it's still not good.

Took it apart again today. Seems it is very sensitive to the two nuts on the torque arm side of the hub. These...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-08-17, 08:32 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Here's a short clip of the problem I have with my...

Here's a short clip of the problem I have with my Alfine 8 hub. The drag seems far too high to me.

I've opened it up and it seems well greased, but something must be amiss. The drag when not...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-06-17, 08:42 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

I've recently bought a Birdy with a Shimano...

I've recently bought a Birdy with a Shimano Alphine 8 IGH.

I've never used an IGH before (at least not a modern one). Is it normal feel a heavy-ish drag from the hub? If I loosen off the brakes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-13-17, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Can anyone attest to why the Schwalbe Kojak is so...

Can anyone attest to why the Schwalbe Kojak is so popular in the 355 size? From what I have read, the Marathon Greenguard (which is also available in the Birdy's size) has much lower rolling...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-09-17, 02:34 PM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

Recently bought a Birdy. Now I just need to get...

Recently bought a Birdy. Now I just need to get it sent to me.

Can anyone tell me what size box a standard monocoque Birdy will fit into? Obviously the smaller the better.

I've seen folded...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-31-17, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,226
Posted By mikedefieslife

Ori bikes in the EU

I was under the impression that Ori bikes, makers of the old Mezzo was a UK company, or at least had strong links to the UK. Yet it seems they don't have a presence in Europe at all.

Anyone know...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-17, 04:58 AM
Replies: 1,301
Views: 319,008
Posted By mikedefieslife

I'm looking at a couple of Birdies at the moment....

I'm looking at a couple of Birdies at the moment.

What does the frame number tell you about Birdy bikes if anything?
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-17, 11:35 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

What year/model Birdy are these? ...

What year/model Birdy are these?

http://i.imgur.com/vaTK7q2.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/5duqA7Q.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/S1bZv7Z.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-17, 03:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

I've got a 1977 Prout Snowgoose 35. It only...

I've got a 1977 Prout Snowgoose 35. It only weighs 3.5 tons, so I do need to try and keep the weight down. It's funny you mentioned the stanchions as just today someone was telling me there marine...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-17, 08:15 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

Good know, though I'm actually hoping that...

Good know, though I'm actually hoping that someone takes this bike and its sister. So try not to lock it.

When on my 'proper' bike I always used a heavy duty D-lock/shackle or used one of my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-17, 08:05 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

George, with all due respect, you are going way...

George, with all due respect, you are going way over the top. So what if I break a spoke, snap a chain, etc... I'm not relying on the bike for survival like I did my motorcycle in the Sahara, or at...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-22-17, 06:40 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

Haha, yes they do, but I welcome the suggestions....

Haha, yes they do, but I welcome the suggestions. Go bike? they are about £3,000. My local bike shop when I was back in the UK had them.

I do already have a cheap folder. No idea what it is....
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-17, 03:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

Oh boy. Just seen the Belgium Ahooga. Looks...

Oh boy. Just seen the Belgium Ahooga. Looks lovely, though the pack size isn't the best. I should still be able to fit it under a berth. Ahooga - Home (http://www.ahooga.bike)

There's not much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-17, 09:58 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

I actually have two cheapo rusted to bits folding...

I actually have two cheapo rusted to bits folding bikes that came with the boat and have sitting outside in the marina for a year or more. They have 16" wheels but that's not why I don't fancy a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-17, 12:42 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

I could accept the maintenance of chain and...

I could accept the maintenance of chain and cassette, and they are generally cheap and easy to replace.

What I really want to make sure of is that I get a decent frame/fork setup, that way I can...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-17, 04:42 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

Thanks, but 16" wheels, are no good for me. I...

Thanks, but 16" wheels, are no good for me. I don't like the feel of them.

I don't have a home area so to speak. I live on a boat full time and travel around Europe. Dealer support is neither...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-17, 04:30 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

E-bikes are out of the running due to weight....

E-bikes are out of the running due to weight. Would not be fun hauling the extra 15kg in and out of the dinghy.

Bike shops here only really have Bromptons when it comes to folders. So I'd be...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-17, 03:59 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 6,163
Posted By mikedefieslife

Narrowing down the search - decent mid range folder for marine environment

"Which folding bike?" are a dime a dozen, but of course everyone's circumstances are different and the market is moving fast.

I'm looking for a folding bike with 20" wheels to be used in a marine...
Forum: Touring
06-26-16, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,249
Posted By mikedefieslife

Yes. Met a few cyclists there. I camped on the...

Yes. Met a few cyclists there. I camped on the other island away from most people.

In mid-October it definitely got down well below freezing at night, but with decent gear I was boiling in the...
Forum: Touring
06-26-16, 03:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,249
Posted By mikedefieslife

You guys are going to have a fab time. I got back...

You guys are going to have a fab time. I got back from South America in February (moto touring). I had so much respect for the cyclists on the Salar (wind), and the Carretera Austral (dust, bad/deep...
Forum: Touring
06-16-16, 04:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,129
Posted By mikedefieslife

Fair enough. On the hoods just feels like a good...

Fair enough. On the hoods just feels like a good position for me. Only tend to use the drops if I'm really going for it. Top bar bar helps to briefly relieve some pressure now and again. With the...
Forum: Touring
06-16-16, 04:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,129
Posted By mikedefieslife

What do you do about the hoods though? I taped my...

What do you do about the hoods though? I taped my bars today over the existing tape, and it's nice enough, but I spend 95% of the time on the hoods.
Forum: Touring
06-16-16, 01:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By mikedefieslife

Well. I had some short time on the bike today,...

Well. I had some short time on the bike today, and really enjoyed it. I can see myself using it more and more. Even clmibed my favourite hill, albeit 6 seconds off my best time.

Typically I...
Forum: Touring
06-15-16, 12:18 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,282
Posted By mikedefieslife

My Garmin is Oregon is a bit heavy for the bike...

My Garmin is Oregon is a bit heavy for the bike but will last a whole day on two AA batteries. Pack a few pairs and recharge when possible. Will give it a try on my up coming tour. It's worked very...
Forum: Touring
06-15-16, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By mikedefieslife

Leaving the chain rings as they are, it's been...

Leaving the chain rings as they are, it's been suggested that I can run a Shimano XT 11-36 10 speed cassette, but need a MTB 9 speed derailleur. Problem with that is don't know which model derailleur...
Forum: Touring
06-15-16, 02:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By mikedefieslife

Shimano Tiagra gearing

I'm planning on using my road bike for touring (http://www.bikeforums.net/touring/1066915-i-want-tour-my-longcliffe-3-a.html) northwest France this comming July.

The bike has a Shimano Tiagra...
Forum: Touring
06-06-16, 07:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,871
Posted By mikedefieslife

How does that tail pack not move around...

How does that tail pack not move around laterally? Can't quite figure out the mounting from the picture.

The Axiom Streamliner DLX looks a good bit of kit rack wise. It's cheap and rated to hold...
Forum: Touring
06-05-16, 09:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,871
Posted By mikedefieslife

Don't bother with backpack covers, just buy some...

Don't bother with backpack covers, just buy some cheap lightweight roll bags to use inside instead. Sports Direct have them in various sizes for a fraction of the cost of the likes of Exped. I used...
Forum: Touring
06-05-16, 09:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 480
Posted By mikedefieslife

I want to tour on my Longcliffe 3

Been reading these forums for a while on and off, but this is my first post.

I have a Forme Longcliffe 3.0 (http://formebikes.co.uk/road-bikes/longcliffe-3-0/), it's the 2014 model, so slightly...
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