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Forum: Folding Bikes
10-03-22, 12:06 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 14,832
Posted By mlau

Looking good! It looks like you've made most...

Looking good!

It looks like you've made most of the changes I would have wanted on my Swift: luggage rack (biggie), disk brakes (not as much a biggie).

As for the stem bottle mount, I use mine...
07-06-22, 09:38 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By mlau

Thanks for the tip. I may return it and get...

Thanks for the tip.

I may return it and get the Hozan
07-05-22, 09:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By mlau

FWIW, I don't know enough to know which companies...

FWIW, I don't know enough to know which companies are "quality" for BIke tools.
For instance, I was agonizing over what 4th hand (cable puller) tool to get, and ended up with a Park Tool.
For...
07-05-22, 08:59 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By mlau

This is SUPER useful. I've learned to assume...

This is SUPER useful.

I've learned to assume that I don't know stuff (sorta a reverse Dunning Kreuger complex).
Thanks for helping out a bike enthusiast, who is a total noob at maintenece.
06-30-22, 10:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By mlau

Following up: I have the following: -...

Following up:

I have the following:
- Bondhaus hex wrenches
- Gearwrench metric wrenches
- Park tools pedal wrench, chain whip, Cassette lockring tool, adjustable torque driver, grease, master...
06-30-22, 10:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By mlau

Bike tool kit?

Dear Mechanics,

I usually hang out in the folding bike section. Recently, I was tuning up my Xootr Swift (repacking the hubs, changing the chain) and was really satisfied by how nicely it rides...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-22, 12:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Hardware store didn't have enough m5 screws at 18...

Hardware store didn't have enough m5 screws at 18 mm (only had one in the entire store).
I ordered some off Amazon (probably should have done that to begin with, as a huge set costs only twice much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-22, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By mlau

Riding on my fiance's bike is pretty fun. It...

Riding on my fiance's bike is pretty fun.
It shows me just how much I need to maintain my own bike!
I'll need to take apart and lube the rear wheel, and adjust the derailleur.

This bike rolls...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 10:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

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So very close! Alas, the wrong sized m5 screws I bought at the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 11:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

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Front fender added. It was pretty straightworward! Brooks...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 10:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

I think we're in the same boat. I'd...

I think we're in the same boat.

I'd recommend trying the A-line as is first. It's actually a pretty nice bike!
Also, the main frame of the Brompton is supposed to be the key (as a number of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Have you thought of copying Raxel? I dunno the...

Have you thought of copying Raxel? I dunno the guy personally, but his builds were genious.
FWIW, I don't think that an ebike makes sense with a lightweight build.
I like the Brompton ebike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-22, 09:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

FWIW, my M6R was bought secondhand off ebay from...

FWIW, my M6R was bought secondhand off ebay from a lady that did a world tour.
I'd dropped it off to a local shop to unsatisfactory results (the rear hub stopped working after they dicked with it)....
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 08:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

can't comment on climbing. As for cruising,...

can't comment on climbing.

As for cruising, it's hard to get past 12-15 mph IMHO. This bike is very non aerodynamic. That being said, the hubs freewheel nicely and smoothly.

For low speed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 08:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Just hopped on her bike: Good: The 3speed...

Just hopped on her bike:
Good: The 3speed sturmer archer rolls quite nicely! Each of the speeds quite useful. The bike is quite zippy and light feeling. I actually like the plastic throwaway...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 08:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By mlau

Interestingly, I have three of those pedals...the...

Interestingly, I have three of those pedals...the folding one, the Brompton one, and the removable one.

The FD7 folding one works okay. I like it better than the Brompton one. it's cheaper. a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 01:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By mlau

Of the folding bikes that I've owned/tried, I...

Of the folding bikes that I've owned/tried, I don't recommend them:

Xootr Swift- great ride. fold isn't great for your case. Won't roll when folded.
Brompton M6r- great fold. Rolls when folded...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 01:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By mlau

I salute you!

I salute you!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-13-22, 01:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By mlau

Hey HumanPerson, How is your technique with...

Hey HumanPerson,

How is your technique with lifting? I find that folding bikes aren't that heavy in absolute terms, but can be quite cumbersome if technique isn't used (bending at knees instead...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-22, 02:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

I'll try to give it a ride this weekend, and do a...

I'll try to give it a ride this weekend, and do a writeup.
On my end, I'm trying to figure out why it feels so much lighter than most of Brompton's other bikes....the fenders aren't all that heavy. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-10-22, 12:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

I bought the front block from brompton

I bought the front block from brompton
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-22, 11:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Thanks, Schwinnsta! Do you have pictures of...

Thanks, Schwinnsta!

Do you have pictures of the mod? Also, for the rack, is it the mini rack or the full sized Brompton rack?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-09-22, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By mlau

Personally, I think the A line would serve you...

Personally, I think the A line would serve you well. FWIW, I have a Swytch kit on my M6R. I ordered the air upgrade for my bike, so that I can better use it with my front basket (and maybe fold...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By mlau

Oh yeah, looking at google: Sturmey Archer...

Oh yeah, looking at google:

Sturmey Archer hub: 970 g
Brompton 2 speed hub: 312 g

So about 658 g savings?
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By mlau

Hey Childcarepro, I sorta understand what...

Hey Childcarepro,

I sorta understand what you're asking, as I was thinking about it myself with the A-line.
I'm not sure how much lighter a C-line urban (M2L) would be than an A-line (M3).
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Just to ask the Brompton crowd: Would you...

Just to ask the Brompton crowd:
Would you recommend the EZ-wheel extenders?

She really doesn't like that the bike rolls sorta lopsided in grocery cart mode.

I'm also thinking of getting her...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

The bike had it's virgin ride on Sunday. My...

The bike had it's virgin ride on Sunday.
My fiancÚ was pretty happy about it. It's her first bike since highschool.

Since this picture, I've installed a Crane E-ne bell, and the Brompton AMP...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

The stock plastic pedal was actually pretty nice,...

The stock plastic pedal was actually pretty nice, and about half the weight of the metal pedals I had on hand.
I kept the plastic pedal on the right side.

For the left, I installed the MKS FD-7...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 07:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

As many people have noted, the handlebar grips...

As many people have noted, the handlebar grips are rubbish.
They are thin, hard, and uncomfortable.

I had some Velo Orange foam grips sitting around. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

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Quite light, and very nicely made. I was thoroughly impressed with the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,347
Posted By mlau

Pimp my A-line (Brompton)

I hope that this doesn't overlap too much with Childcarepro's thread.
Last week, my fiancÚ's A-line came in.
I unboxed it Friday, and got to modding it.

Initially, I'd thought about getting my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-22, 09:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,384
Posted By mlau

I was thinking of starting a thread called, "Pimp...

I was thinking of starting a thread called, "Pimp my A line"

However, I'm not done with parts. Waiting on a Honey Brooks to round things out. After all the upgrades, I think I'll be putting in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-04-22, 09:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,384
Posted By mlau

Should be pretty great! The A line for my...

Should be pretty great!

The A line for my fiance came in. I was impressed how much nicer it is than my current older Brompton (lighter, tighter, cleaner).
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-04-22, 02:59 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,288
Posted By mlau

Op, You sound quite intelligent and...

Op,

You sound quite intelligent and experienced.

What sorta of limitations do you have? Is the stand over height a big deal (my Kung Fu teacher can't get his leg over his toptube due to a leg...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-03-22, 10:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

I tested it out tonight. no idea why...but...

I tested it out tonight.

no idea why...but it locks solid!

Thanks guys!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-22, 09:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Yup. I've had my 2014 Brompton for a few...

Yup.

I've had my 2014 Brompton for a few years, but this is the first time I've had this issue.
Not sure if the wire support just got a little bent, or if it's the plastic thing.

That being...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-22, 08:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

It hooks like normal. As soon as I lift the...

It hooks like normal. As soon as I lift the bike though, it sorta flexes and disconnects off the bike.

I will try to get the hook to angle down more.

I had thought maybe the hook's screw got...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-27-22, 08:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulle...

https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/1120x2000/pxl_20220528_025033489_57c4d5f48ea4de9bbf65b5f051a80f10f60e69f5.jpg...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-22, 08:36 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Tried that last night. Not sure if I did it...

Tried that last night. Not sure if I did it right?

Will post pictures after work today.

Thanks for all the help!
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-22, 11:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Man. First time in a while coming home before...

Man. First time in a while coming home before sundown.

Got the replacement handlebars on.

I've got to say...I admire the little bend backwards on the bar. It fits just the right angle to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-22, 10:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Yup. Not sure how to change the title of the...

Yup.

Not sure how to change the title of the thread?

Also, it was a pretty low speed crash.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-22, 10:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Thanks for the tip! I am working on the bike...

Thanks for the tip!

I am working on the bike tonight. The new handlebar came in the mail. The old one is going out with recycling....
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 06:10 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Just to clarify, I didn't straighten the...

Just to clarify, I didn't straighten the handlebar back.....just the entire wheel/fork/handlebar thing got twisted about 270 degrees or so and got stuck.
I had to twist it back, and the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 03:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Okay, so just to double check-- learning points: ...

Okay, so just to double check-- learning points:
1. Bromptons are well made bikes
2. Be sure to have good lighting options when riding in the dark.
3. Potholes are bad.

What should I check for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 01:47 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Thinking about things, I'd like to have a dual...

Thinking about things, I'd like to have a dual lighting system for both Bromptons....something about fork level, and another maybe helmet mount?

Some guy on ****** seams to recommend the Cateye...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 01:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

FWIW, I'm not blaming the bike for my fall. I'm...

FWIW, I'm not blaming the bike for my fall. I'm the rider after all....
I tend to take a systems approach towards problem solving.

In this case, what are some factors that could have lead to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-22, 09:32 AM
Replies: 253
Views: 14,832
Posted By mlau

Any updates on this bike?

Any updates on this bike?
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-22, 06:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Aside from a sprained left wrist and bruised...

Aside from a sprained left wrist and bruised ego...I'm fine.

By not holding together, I mainly mean the front fork/frame catch. It doesn't hold secure.

Main reason for this thread is because...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-20-22, 11:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,972
Posted By mlau

Just fell off my Brompton, what next?

Dear Fellow foldies,

I was biking back to my office when my Brompton snagged onto a crack on the sidewalk, and I fell off the thing.

Aside from a sprained wrist and a bruised ego, I noticed...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-17-22, 01:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 99,957
Posted By mlau

Hey Berlinonaut, I've been a fan of your...

Hey Berlinonaut,

I've been a fan of your posts for years (partly why I bought a used Brompton)--but have to disagree with you on that one.

Kaizen originally came from William Demmings.
He...
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