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Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-19, 05:00 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 57,333
Posted By chagzuki

Oddly enough I have one which has been in my...

Oddly enough I have one which has been in my spares box for years... I'm just wondering whether it makes sense to sell it. Can you send me a pm?
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-06-19, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By chagzuki

Very interesting. With the Brompton some...

Very interesting.
With the Brompton some benefits come from what are in other ways compromises, i.e. the fact that the frame folds at the front leads to both a loss of rigidity but also superb...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-05-19, 06:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,601
Posted By chagzuki

Very hard to tell but it looks like a 2006 model...

Very hard to tell but it looks like a 2006 model or earlier based on the logo and handlepost.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-19, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,121
Posted By chagzuki

I take it that's a 100mm front hub?

I take it that's a 100mm front hub?
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-13-19, 11:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,775
Posted By chagzuki

Interesting. I wonder how long it lasts. Does it...

Interesting. I wonder how long it lasts. Does it need to be glued in place?
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-12-19, 04:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,775
Posted By chagzuki

Does the ti frame use a metal seat post...

Does the ti frame use a metal seat post shim/sleeve or a plastic one like the Brompton original?
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-04-19, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By chagzuki

Years back I bought the folding basket and the...

Years back I bought the folding basket and the Carradice bag, city folder I think. I assumed the basket would just be for shopping but I found it so handy I ended up using it for all purposes, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-02-19, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 663
Posted By chagzuki

For me my brompton would be impossible to ride if...

For me my brompton would be impossible to ride if it weren't for having either a greenspeed scorcher or a pantour suspension hub on the front wheel, plus ergon grips. Even so potholes are a killer....
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-30-19, 05:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By chagzuki

I've used the non-wide ratio (older) version for...

I've used the non-wide ratio (older) version for years. Generally these hubs run very well. They're a bit grindy in the highest and lowest gears but overall very efficient, and light. For me the gaps...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-29-19, 05:47 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,136
Posted By chagzuki

Very nice!

Very nice!
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-19, 08:36 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,909
Posted By chagzuki

I put a Greenspeed Scorcher on mine. Curiously...

I put a Greenspeed Scorcher on mine. Curiously after riding for a few weeks I noticed it's extremely out of round, and I don't know if it was so from the installation or if there's something about...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-24-19, 04:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,465
Posted By chagzuki

The point being made here is that this specific...

The point being made here is that this specific type of failure is a result of atrocious design.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-17-19, 04:57 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,254
Posted By chagzuki

Excuse me if I missed this in the thread, I just...

Excuse me if I missed this in the thread, I just skimmed it and didn’t seen any mention. Are these the parts sold by the ‘easyti’ brand on eBay, Raxel and/or Brompton_X?
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-08-19, 02:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,909
Posted By chagzuki

I got my Swytch Brompton kit about a week ago....

I got my Swytch Brompton kit about a week ago. It’s been an interesting experience and the kit works well... however, as a newbie to electric systems my reaction is that a torque sensor is a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-25-19, 04:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,254
Posted By chagzuki

Does that refer to the pressure required to...

Does that refer to the pressure required to deform the material? So titanium is much more supple?
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-16-19, 07:50 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,254
Posted By chagzuki

The big question for me is whether there's more...

The big question for me is whether there's more overall flex than with the standard steel brompton. From my investigations flex felt when pulling on the handlebars becomes an issue at bar heights...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-15-19, 09:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,650
Posted By chagzuki

I'm very interested in this subject since I tend...

I'm very interested in this subject since I tend to think that e.g. a Brompton which has near zero trail would ride much better with some tweaking to the geometry. Having so little trail might have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-01-19, 02:26 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,225
Posted By chagzuki

This is going to be good. The prices for easyti...

This is going to be good.
The prices for easyti stuff on ebay look quite high to me... but if the quality is good then it could be worth it. An odd thing about the ebay listings is that they omit...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-25-18, 03:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,880
Posted By chagzuki

Looks smart but doesn't fold any smaller than a...

Looks smart but doesn't fold any smaller than a Dahon. Well, it kinda cuts a top edge off but the footprint is the same.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-29-18, 05:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 553
Posted By chagzuki

You don't have to be exact with cable lengths, so...

You don't have to be exact with cable lengths, so long as it works. I've changed bar configurations/height often and never had to change cables

By the way I think the set up you have is likely to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-12-18, 05:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,269
Posted By chagzuki

Is the handling more stable/less skittish than a...

Is the handling more stable/less skittish than a Brompton?
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-18, 03:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,523
Posted By chagzuki

The SA 8 speed is close to 2kg I think but an...

The SA 8 speed is close to 2kg I think but an Alfine 8 or 11 is around 1.5kg. The BWR is just over 900g but when you add the second shifter and cable it's over 1kg. So an Alfine is something like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-07-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,756
Posted By chagzuki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI25O4CCwZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pI25O4CCwZE
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-07-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,756
Posted By chagzuki

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEbNh_X8SU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VjEbNh_X8SU
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-18, 02:48 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,756
Posted By chagzuki

3 speed derailleur mods have been around on the...

3 speed derailleur mods have been around on the net for a long time but I think quite recently someone posted an example of a 4 speed mod. One could get quite a good gear range with that, although I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-05-18, 02:21 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 22,756
Posted By chagzuki

I remember this thread when it first came around!...

I remember this thread when it first came around! Hard to believe I've been here so long. I'm also curious as to how far the rear frame can be safely widened, as I'm considering installing an Alfine.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-18, 03:52 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 5,180
Posted By chagzuki

I would consider a CSS rim on a Brompton... not...

I would consider a CSS rim on a Brompton... not tried one before and some say the don't brake well in the wet, so perhaps not a perfect solution. Plus they're a bit heavier.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-18, 03:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 531
Posted By chagzuki

I used to have a Dahon Curve SL and rode it quite...

I used to have a Dahon Curve SL and rode it quite a lot for a couple of years. I loved Big Apples in the 305 size; they're bouncy and pliant but still accelerate instantly, whereas in the 20" size...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-17-18, 02:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 811
Posted By chagzuki

I'm planning to spend a few days in Manchester...

I'm planning to spend a few days in Manchester soon and have been considering talking my brompton with me. The worn-out roads don't look particularly friendly to small wheels though; I wonder how the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-18, 02:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 57,333
Posted By chagzuki

I finally got around to installing the Axix 119mm...

I finally got around to installing the Axix 119mm bb and it fits OK. I assume the chainset sits inwards slightly compared to the stock bb but it doesn't appear to cause any problems. It's a shame to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-08-18, 05:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 811
Posted By chagzuki

Hey gringo gus, the market hasn't changed much at...

Hey gringo gus, the market hasn't changed much at all. Perhaps the only thing to be wary of is the fact that Tern had frame failures during a particular period... I'm not sure the exact dates.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-06-18, 12:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,460
Posted By chagzuki

Chain-L. It's thick and stays on a long time. I...

Chain-L. It's thick and stays on a long time. I bought a sample pack 4 years ago and I'm still using it, i.e. I still haven't needed to purchase the normal sized bottle.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-05-18, 11:15 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

They're brilliantly engineered in some ways and...

They're brilliantly engineered in some ways and badly in others. This thread is about the negative.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-18, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,601
Posted By chagzuki

The headtube angle looks more relaxed than on a...

The headtube angle looks more relaxed than on a Brompton. I'd expect this to make the bike less skittish/twitchy, which might be a significant improvement.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-01-18, 01:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By chagzuki

Looks great. I believe the frame is a Dahon...

Looks great. I believe the frame is a Dahon Courser, an old chinese model. And presumably the handlepost is from Tern.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-23-18, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 720
Posted By chagzuki

I might have a spare repair kit, if you're based...

I might have a spare repair kit, if you're based in the uk. But yes, it appears you just need a bolt
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-06-18, 05:18 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 57,333
Posted By chagzuki

Oh, wow. Thanks for the heads up, that's really...

Oh, wow. Thanks for the heads up, that's really useful.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-18, 01:50 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 57,333
Posted By chagzuki

Can someone tell me whether the post 2013...

Can someone tell me whether the post 2013 Brompton crankset has enough clearance at all points to be situated inwards by a millimeter on both sides, or two millimeter on the left side? I have a 119mm...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-29-18, 04:01 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 198,749
Posted By chagzuki

I've had creaks from most parts of a Dahon. The...

I've had creaks from most parts of a Dahon. The handlepost clamp, the main hinge, the seatpost shim against the interior of the frame. On my Vitesse I had to keep the entire surface area of the main...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-18, 08:32 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

I guess it's not a concern for many people. For...

I guess it's not a concern for many people. For instance, if you look at forum recommendations for choosing between Tern bikes and Dahons they tend not to lean in either direction, despite the fact...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-18, 04:36 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

I'm using a third party bar, there's no flex in...

I'm using a third party bar, there's no flex in it. But the bike was originally an M-Type and I switched that out for an S-stem plus Aberhallo extender to arrive at a similar height bar. I was...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-18, 04:27 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

I think the rear suspension is a net gain and...

I think the rear suspension is a net gain and therefore increases speed overall. It's a matter of tuning the firmness for your weight/conditions.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-18, 11:17 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

I've been saying this for years on this forum....

I've been saying this for years on this forum. This aspect needs a redesign, but this flex is in fact softening the ride considerably. So once frame stiffness is optimized a new rim format with wider...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-20-18, 07:18 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

The main frame is really old, made in 2001 but...

The main frame is really old, made in 2001 but clearly hardly used when I bought it second-hand. The stem and fork are probably around 6 years old; the fork is titanium and I use an S stem with an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-18, 10:51 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

Yep, the flex is obvious, though not possible to...

Yep, the flex is obvious, though not possible to gauge accurately visually since one's head position moves slightly involuntarily on pushing/pulling.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-18, 03:01 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

It would be easy to redesign the chain tensioner...

It would be easy to redesign the chain tensioner so that it's not held in place by the axle nut, so like a derailleur you could remove the wheel and leave the tensioner where it is. Yes, there's a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-18, 02:16 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

Brompton: Can't remove the rear wheel...

Brompton:

Can't remove the rear wheel without removing the chain tensioner, which is generally a messy operation.

Dahon Vitesse:

An all aluminum bicycle can develop squeaks and creaks in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-18, 02:12 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

Hehe, my criticisms have remained constant since...

Hehe, my criticisms have remained constant since 2011. The biggest flaw is the ridiculous wedge stem technology from the 80s or 70s or 60s, or whichever decade, or perhaps century, which is wildly...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-18, 01:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 6,426
Posted By chagzuki

Brompton: It's bendy, there's way too much...

Brompton:

It's bendy, there's way too much flex.
The steering is too sensitive over long distances.
It ought to be designed to accommodate larger tyres.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-18, 04:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,516
Posted By chagzuki

I would probably go for 1.75s or 1.5s and as with...

I would probably go for 1.75s or 1.5s and as with previous advice run lower pressures. Punctures do indeed happen far more frequently when tyres can't conform to the shape of a piece of glass etc.....
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