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Forum: Folding Bikes
07-03-13, 09:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Hi Jef. Come back! we miss you.

Hi Jef. Come back! we miss you.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-13, 06:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Aha! A 7-Speed!

Aha! A 7-Speed!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-13, 03:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

La Gondola! Ah, I remember it. Most...

La Gondola!

Ah, I remember it. Most unsalubrious! More abbatoir than abatour.

Let me know what (all) bits you need for your Mouton and I'll bring what I have. I@m awash with parts for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-13, 01:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Well, shall we a go-go to Battersea Park, for a...

Well, shall we a go-go to Battersea Park, for a change of lukewarm, flavourless coffee and the usual fly-blown buns? Where is the Caff, Nigel?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-30-13, 01:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 13,427
Posted By snafu21

Which part of the crankset is 'visibly flexing'?

Which part of the crankset is 'visibly flexing'?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-29-13, 12:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,083
Posted By snafu21

Don't buy new stuff, just fix them up. All the...

Don't buy new stuff, just fix them up. All the tech in those bikes can be fixed with home tools and an oil can. Take pix, post them here, and ask questions, read Sheldon Brown...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-29-13, 03:04 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Update City: The Mezzo went to a neighbour...

Update City:

The Mezzo went to a neighbour with a Volvo.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 08:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,868
Posted By snafu21

"tire weight is virtually irrelevant." ...

"tire weight is virtually irrelevant."

Unless you have to carry the bike. :-)

Whoa! Isn't that a bit like going up hill? Do we get the extra half a kilo up there without an increase in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 07:52 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 38,392
Posted By snafu21

'Its just Dahon owners that seem a sad bunch.' ...

'Its just Dahon owners that seem a sad bunch.'

Y'know, most of us just can't be bothered with another time-wasting Brompton nerd boasting about riding a piece of over-priced rusting luggage.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 04:52 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 38,392
Posted By snafu21

^^^ Yes, I appeared to have erred somewhat....

^^^ Yes, I appeared to have erred somewhat. Moreover my Mezzo was pink. How utterly wrong was THAT?

The new bike is a funny shade of red. This too, make be a mistake. But I didn't want a British...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 04:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,868
Posted By snafu21

^^^ Yes, cannot disagree with that. Though some...

^^^ Yes, cannot disagree with that. Though some say that these John Deere tyres need to be crow-bar 'd in under the fenders.

Anyway, its no good asking me any 'serious' rider stuff. My main...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 02:17 AM
Replies: 214
Views: 38,392
Posted By snafu21

^^^ I was almost called a weight-weenie by...

^^^

I was almost called a weight-weenie by a chum at the weekend for riding my bike without rack or mudguards. 'Makes it lighter' I said. The real reason is that the stays get bent chucking the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 02:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 824
Posted By snafu21

Don't they all ride those big heavy fiets over...

Don't they all ride those big heavy fiets over there? Show us your holiday pics, do.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-11-13, 12:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,868
Posted By snafu21

Mass is mass. Sometimes mass is good; on...

Mass is mass. Sometimes mass is good; on gravity-powered vehicles like downhill MTB's. Sometimes it's bad; on human-powered city bikes which stop and start every 500 metres. Unsprung rotating mass...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 02:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,868
Posted By snafu21

3. Schwalbe Big Apples are not heavy: ...

3. Schwalbe Big Apples are not heavy:

They're not 'light', either:

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Durano 20": 195 grams

Kojak 20": 230 grams
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 11:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,314
Posted By snafu21

I haven't a clue, I'm afraid. I haven't ridden...

I haven't a clue, I'm afraid. I haven't ridden either. I have had the previous Matrix which was a blast, and currently a Dahon Jack, same frame as old Matrix no suspension. With two sets of wheels....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 10:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,314
Posted By snafu21

This ritzy Dahon Matrix ...

This ritzy Dahon Matrix (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Dahon-Matrix-2011-26-Folding-MTB-Mountain-Bike-Medium-VIRTUALLY-UNUSED-/300917808151?pt=UK_Bikes_GL&hash=item4610195c17) is for you, Mr de Cipher:
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,061
Posted By snafu21

^^^ Yes, this quite true. There is no point...

^^^ Yes, this quite true. There is no point owning anything unless one cannot afford it.

One of my otherwise unassuming buddies admits to owning a titanium Brompton. 'It never goes out' he says,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 06:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,061
Posted By snafu21

Interesting cliché about 'small aircaft owners'....

Interesting cliché about 'small aircaft owners'. I fly and most UK VFR light pilots won't put a spare pair of sunnies in the plane as more weight = less range, slower climb rates and longer...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 05:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 824
Posted By snafu21

This is useful: 'too many cyclists. ...

This is useful: 'too many cyclists. (http://www.aviewfromthecyclepath.com/2009/12/truth-about-copenhagen.html?showComment=1260788875810#c6831482446244882362)
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 01:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,675
Posted By snafu21

Ya 'Rapid rise.' Does anyone sell a 'slow rise'? ...

Ya 'Rapid rise.' Does anyone sell a 'slow rise'?

I put an MTB Deore-like Acera on the DownTube bike of a chum.With 20" wheels the mech looks dangerously low, but the bike never goes near logs,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-13, 12:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,675
Posted By snafu21

You're welcome. I am a Neos nerd. The Neos is a...

You're welcome. I am a Neos nerd. The Neos is a 'high normal' in that if the cable or shift selector breaks, the mech jumps to the largest sproggit to get you home, so that is where we start.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-13, 02:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,675
Posted By snafu21

The cable inners stretch and the cable outers...

The cable inners stretch and the cable outers compress on all new bikes in the first few hours on the road. On all bikes. This throws the gear indexing out. There's a user adjuster on the rear...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-13, 02:11 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

You'll be horrified to note that our 'clubhouse'...

You'll be horrified to note that our 'clubhouse' by the lake, once a fine place to dawdle, has become even more shambolic than ever.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-13, 10:29 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

A good turn out today.

A good turn out today.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-13, 11:43 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,014
Posted By snafu21

^^^ Nah, we've both rattled our bars over this. ...

^^^ Nah, we've both rattled our bars over this. The karma flows again.

I am fan of the low-price Dahons - the Vitesse alloy frames in particular are super.

There's plenty of choice of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-13, 09:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Good-oh. Weather forecast: Ye cloudy raine from...

Good-oh. Weather forecast: Ye cloudy raine from ye Northern territories of the morning-tyme, most brightly and fulsome later.

I'll bring the Euro-Vit Plov-Hon.

Edit: I have a spare pair of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-13, 04:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Tarry ye not! Away!

Tarry ye not! Away!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-13, 02:04 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,014
Posted By snafu21

i'm curious, why so interested? Internet...

i'm curious, why so interested?

Internet posts on the lines of 'My XXX broke, therefore all XXX's are crap' are destructive, malignant and ill-informed, and they are placed solely to put...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-13, 01:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,014
Posted By snafu21

You're welcome. Mindful of my own idiocy, I have...

You're welcome. Mindful of my own idiocy, I have just lubed the frame catch of my own bike, used in the snow at Christmas. :eek:

Many of the later Dahons now have grease points on the latch and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 11:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Hmm. I could do this Sunday.

Hmm. I could do this Sunday.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 10:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

Ya, the HPFBS has had some blissful rides in the...

Ya, the HPFBS has had some blissful rides in the Royal Parks. Come along, do. Unless you're up in Scotchland?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 08:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,781
Posted By snafu21

I can make Sunday 16th June.

I can make Sunday 16th June.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 06:25 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 54,692
Posted By snafu21

Thank you very much. I was there only a week ago,...

Thank you very much. I was there only a week ago, but sans bicycle. This has been another worthless post from the Snafu Tourist Board.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 06:12 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,314
Posted By snafu21

26" wheelers are a bit more flexible, do dirt...

26" wheelers are a bit more flexible, do dirt better, and are a swine to carry around. (I have one) The Dahon JetScream has been used off-road in many cases, and is a great town/light trail ride,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 06:01 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,014
Posted By snafu21

^^^ You're a sweetie-pie. You can send $10 to me...

^^^ You're a sweetie-pie. You can send $10 to me at the usual address.

I'm only here for a while as the teaching schedule is hectic again.

Old Spanish proverb: 'Lubricar las bisagras, o...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-13, 05:36 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,014
Posted By snafu21

First up, Ekdog has a serial beef with Dahon...

First up, Ekdog has a serial beef with Dahon ownership and his useless Spanish non-Dahon mechanic which six million others don't.

He now operates as the President of the European Anti-Dahon...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-28-13, 06:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,717
Posted By snafu21

"And again, most of the lower/mid level MTB's...

"And again, most of the lower/mid level MTB's that see commuting duty don't have remote lockouts. This argument is moot."

The bike in question, the Paratrooper Pro, has both 'fat' tyres and fork ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-28-13, 03:42 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,512
Posted By snafu21

"I was blasted on this forum by certain posters...

"I was blasted on this forum by certain posters who seem to have a "the customer is always wrong" attitude and who think the company can do no wrong."

That's because you're a consistent...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-27-13, 02:34 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,512
Posted By snafu21

"For some reason the low gear on most 7 speeds...

"For some reason the low gear on most 7 speeds weren't geared right while riding downhill."

What they said: If you've found the bike that suits you, then buy it. We're all different.

None of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-27-13, 01:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,717
Posted By snafu21

"Incorrect" Not really. It's debatable how...

"Incorrect"

Not really. It's debatable how much energy is lost to 'bobbing' when cycling up city hills with modern front suspension and that also depends on the fork preload settings, fork...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-13, 03:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,717
Posted By snafu21

"What should I be looking for in a mountain...

"What should I be looking for in a mountain bike?"

Decent fit, followed by a couple of sets of tyres for the different terrain. (City/Dirt). Double wall rims if you're a hooligan.

Front sus...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-13, 02:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,135
Posted By snafu21

My own take on this would be to buy an alloy...

My own take on this would be to buy an alloy frame 7 or 8 speed Dahon Mu, or Vitesse/Mariner or similar Tern with 20" wheels, and a hard case, for about 1/3rd the price of a Brompton. They're...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-25-13, 06:22 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,719
Posted By snafu21

Any thread which elevates English masculine...

Any thread which elevates English masculine sartorialism above football shirts, prison haircuts, and no front teeth is only to be welcomed.

:50:
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-24-13, 04:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,481
Posted By snafu21

Brief update: bike fits in front 'trunk' but eats...

Brief update: bike fits in front 'trunk' but eats up all the space. In the passenger space there is only enough room for a blonde and a toothbrush. (The toothbrush is a squeeze)

L8er!

...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-24-13, 12:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,481
Posted By snafu21

Thanks for all the excitement & pix. SAAB's were...

Thanks for all the excitement & pix. SAAB's were perculiar things, all the heads drove them around, didn't they? I remember when...

Far Out, baby.

Now pacing around until minion delivers...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-23-13, 02:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,987
Posted By snafu21

OP:' I'm also thinking about getting a Selle...

OP:' I'm also thinking about getting a Selle Anatomica (http://www.selleanatomica.com/) saddle'

Oh, the SDG Bel-Air saddles...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-23-13, 02:32 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,481
Posted By snafu21

^^^^ Or, a bigger Car? Those Who Know these...

^^^^

Or, a bigger Car? Those Who Know these Things, say it will 'probably' fit in the front luggage area. More tomorrow.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-23-13, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,481
Posted By snafu21

How many folding bikes can we get into a Honey...

How many folding bikes can we get into a Honey Bucket...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-23-13, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,514
Posted By snafu21

But, does it still fold?

But, does it still fold?
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