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Forum: Folding Bikes
01-08-19, 04:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 8,843
Posted By tmesis

I have a 3 speed Brompton, and had a rebadged...

I have a 3 speed Brompton, and had a rebadged Tern.

Tern likes: much better ride on 20 inch wheels, usable gearing

Tern dislikes: heavy weight, clumsy fold, exposed chain when folded,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-15-18, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,550
Posted By tmesis

Great photos! Thanks for posting about your tour....

Great photos! Thanks for posting about your tour. I enjoyed it.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-30-18, 07:32 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 7,356
Posted By tmesis

Hi Aaron, I've read and enjoyed your previous...

Hi Aaron,
I've read and enjoyed your previous articles on riding your Brompton. As you say in your new article, I think Bromptons make the most sense for multimodal commuters, so I'm glad you found...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-23-18, 09:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,147
Posted By tmesis

I live in the states and strongly considered...

I live in the states and strongly considered buying a Tyrell. There was a bike store in Singapore that was willing to ship to the US. I think it was this one:...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-14-18, 08:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,738
Posted By tmesis

My two bikes are a Brompton and a Bike Friday,...

My two bikes are a Brompton and a Bike Friday, two brands Abu Mahendra has criticized here as overpriced and cultish. I think there's some merit to this perspective, and I enjoy reading his posts. I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-16-17, 10:53 AM
Replies: 459
Views: 114,678
Posted By tmesis

I really enjoyed that segment. What a great...

I really enjoyed that segment. What a great organization! Oh, and nice bike.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-12-17, 02:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,676
Posted By tmesis

Ahooga looks like an interesting electric folding...

Ahooga looks like an interesting electric folding bike.

Ahooga Bike | We Dissolve Obstacles To Happy Cities (http://shop.ahooga.bike/en/eshop/)
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-30-17, 04:14 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,038
Posted By tmesis

It does rub against the railings, and does sway a...

It does rub against the railings, and does sway a bit, but not enough to be a true impediment. I've also found that my rear brushes up against it lightly. So it's not quite an ideal solution, but the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-30-17, 03:49 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,383
Posted By tmesis

Nice. Previously you expressed concern about...

Nice. Previously you expressed concern about Kojaks' ability to resist punctures. Are you sticking with them? I wonder whether the pakiT can accommodate Marathon tires.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-27-17, 02:40 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,038
Posted By tmesis

That's exactly what I ended up doing. As can...

That's exactly what I ended up doing.

As can be seen, there was some room for the carrier block lug to go down, but not enough for the bag to accommodate the pin, even if I were to move up the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-26-17, 10:03 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,038
Posted By tmesis

Hi linberl, Here are some photos of my...

Hi linberl,

Here are some photos of my PakiT, as well as impressions that will hopefully answer some of your questions . The bike is stock, with Alfine 8 IGH and Gates belt. The handlebar is at...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-25-17, 01:24 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 11,038
Posted By tmesis

I have a Pakit that I recently received, but I'm...

I have a Pakit that I recently received, but I'm afraid I'm on the other side of the country. I'll post some pictures soon.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-16-17, 12:42 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 82,660
Posted By tmesis

I'm really sorry to hear this. I hope you recover...

I'm really sorry to hear this. I hope you recover soon.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-16-17, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,973
Posted By tmesis

I had this bag. It was sturdy and is probably...

I had this bag. It was sturdy and is probably fine for transporting a bike in a car trunk. It doesn't close completely, however.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-15-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,484
Posted By tmesis

The transition from 20" to 16" wheels was more...

The transition from 20" to 16" wheels was more dramatic than going from 700c to 20" for me. Riding a 20" bike doesn't feel too different from riding a fuller-sized bike, but going down to 16" was an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-11-17, 06:59 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

Hi masch, Thank you for the update, and I'm...

Hi masch,

Thank you for the update, and I'm glad that you were able to get a response from Tern. I hope that they'll replace your frame.

As for monetary contribution, I agree with Yan. While I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-09-17, 11:09 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

Hi masch, Please post your correspondence...

Hi masch,

Please post your correspondence with Tern only as much as your comfort allows. I requested documentation in hopes that it might spur Tern to rectify your issue with a broken frame, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-17, 03:01 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

I'm sorry to hear this, though perhaps only a...

I'm sorry to hear this, though perhaps only a little surprised. I live in the US, but the UK, where I assume you live, seems to have more stringent consumer protection laws in place.

According to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-05-17, 01:58 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

It is not only Tern's competitors who have been...

It is not only Tern's competitors who have been vocal in their criticism of Tern's handling of the frame failures, and I think it's unfair to imply that their motivation is commercial. downtube/Yan,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-05-17, 01:32 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

masch, if you're still reading this thread, I...

masch, if you're still reading this thread, I hope you will heed ThorUSA's words. He was a Tern dealer in the past (not sure if he still is), so I would definitely suggest contacting the UK...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-17, 02:57 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 10,782
Posted By tmesis

If you're open to used bikes, you can see some...

If you're open to used bikes, you can see some decent ones on craigslist. I picked up a Dahon Mu p8 for about $300. It's a great bike. Doesn't fold nearly as well as a Brompton, but rides much better.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-10-17, 09:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 19,684
Posted By tmesis

Are you limited to those two choices? As...

Are you limited to those two choices? As bargainguy mentioned, Tern has a poor reputation here (for a good reason, IMO).

Other bike models offer Brompton's compact fold with perhaps better rides,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-11-17, 06:39 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 8,089
Posted By tmesis

Not exactly a 20 inch Brompton, but the Ahooga is...

Not exactly a 20 inch Brompton, but the Ahooga is an electric bike with 20 inch wheels and a similarly compact fold.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZuq8cyvgkw
Forum: Commuting
07-14-17, 06:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By tmesis

That's a brilliant idea, pun slightly intended.

That's a brilliant idea, pun slightly intended.
Forum: Commuting
07-13-17, 09:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By tmesis

That looks great, Tom. I'll check it out. ...

That looks great, Tom. I'll check it out.



:lol: I guess I should have said, "I'm paranoid about NOT being seen."
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-13-17, 09:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,850
Posted By tmesis

linberl, a belated thanks for sharing this! I...

linberl, a belated thanks for sharing this! I ordered a Pakit with the discount. I feel a bit nervous about ordering a bike without test riding it, but I decided to take a chance.
Forum: Commuting
07-12-17, 11:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By tmesis

Nighttime safety products

I'm a bit paranoid about being seen by drivers when riding at night, and have been using a product called Tracer 360. It has a battery pack that lights up and flashes a number of different colors....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-02-17, 10:02 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,380
Posted By tmesis

I love the idea of the Brompton, but in reality I...

I love the idea of the Brompton, but in reality I don't find my Brompton much fun to ride. If I didn't need to tuck it into crowded subway trains, I would ride just about any other bike but the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-17, 07:25 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 21,438
Posted By tmesis

I have a M3R that I use for multimodal commutes,...

I have a M3R that I use for multimodal commutes, and I, too, find the gearing absurdly high. I must be doing something wrong, because once I ride it longer than two miles, I begin to fantasize about...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-17, 12:13 PM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 670,896
Posted By tmesis

As a non-backer, I've been following this thread...

As a non-backer, I've been following this thread from a distance. You have amply demonstrated your skepticism regarding Helix by this point, as attested by dozens of posts from you expressing this...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-17, 10:11 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,081
Posted By tmesis

Why? Just curious.

Why? Just curious.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-17, 10:00 AM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

If what you're saying is the case, Tern bikes...

If what you're saying is the case, Tern bikes with these catastrophic problems should have been recalled and disposed of, out of the reach of consumers.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-20-17, 10:36 PM
Replies: 275
Views: 62,069
Posted By tmesis

The OP bought his problematic Tern bike in...

The OP bought his problematic Tern bike in December 2016. That's less than six months ago.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-18-17, 01:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,316
Posted By tmesis

I use this mirror, which I mount on my...

I use this mirror, which I mount on my eyeglasses. No complaints.

https://www.amazon.com/Bike-Peddler-Cycling-Eyeglass-Mirror/dp/B000C17M26/
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-26-16, 03:29 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,526
Posted By tmesis

Distressing to read. Bike Friday seems no better...

Distressing to read. Bike Friday seems no better than Tern in their handling of catastrophic frame failures.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-16, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2,451
Views: 670,896
Posted By tmesis

The price for Helix's 10 speed model is $1600, I...

The price for Helix's 10 speed model is $1600, I think.
Bikesdirect sells titanium road and cyclocross bikes with premium (Ultegra, etc.) groupsets for about that price, so I think it can be done.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-16, 12:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By tmesis

This should fit your bike, and it's fairly cheap....

This should fit your bike, and it's fairly cheap. I have one.

https://www.amazon.com/MOBIC-Folding-Bike-Protective-Carry/dp/B00HVJCM04/
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-08-16, 05:34 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 66,919
Posted By tmesis

I'm considering this bike for multimodal...

I'm considering this bike for multimodal commutes. The chain remains exposed when the bike is folded. I'm guessing this isn't ideal in a crowded subway? That may be a deal breaker, unfortunately. But...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-23-16, 11:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,610
Posted By tmesis

Xiaomi electric folding bike: $460 USD ... in China

https://www.engadget.com/2016/06/23/xiaomi-mi-qicycle-smart-bike/

Xiaomi may not yet have a drone that can carry people, but at least it has an electric bicycle now, and it'll only cost you 2,999...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-16, 08:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,521
Posted By tmesis

There's a used Curve D3 for sale in NJ not too...

There's a used Curve D3 for sale in NJ not too far from the city.
Dahon Curve D3 Fire Red Folding Bike Bicycle (http://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/5622148780.html)

Another possibility, given...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-16, 08:53 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 82,660
Posted By tmesis

Thanks. I'm really grateful to have found this...

Thanks. I'm really grateful to have found this forum. I have potentially saved myself or my wife from a catastrophic accident with the info I found here.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-16, 08:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,475
Posted By tmesis

Seems to be available for sale: Dahon Bikes...

Seems to be available for sale:

Dahon Bikes USA - Qix D8 Smoke (http://shop.dahonbikes.com/p/qix-d8-smoke)
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-16, 10:52 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 82,660
Posted By tmesis

I thought I'd post an update on my Novara Flyby,...

I thought I'd post an update on my Novara Flyby, which as mentioned earlier, is manufactured by Tern and sold by REI.

I bought it slightly over a year ago and took it to my local REI yesterday....
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-28-16, 01:39 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 82,660
Posted By tmesis

Thanks. I did call to ask about the frame. The...

Thanks. I did call to ask about the frame. The response I received was that since my model wasn't listed in the recall, the bike should be safe, and that if I am still concerned, I could take it into...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-28-16, 12:51 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 82,660
Posted By tmesis

I have a 2015 model of Novara Flyby, a folding...

I have a 2015 model of Novara Flyby, a folding bike sold by REI. After reading this thread I called REI and they confirmed that Tern is the manufacturer of this bike. At this point, I'm wondering...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-01-16, 07:52 PM
Replies: 175
Views: 66,919
Posted By tmesis

Tyrell now has an American distributor. ...

Tyrell now has an American distributor.

http://propelbikes.com/

It's not listed on their website, but I spoke to them and they carry the Tyrell Ive. They quoted $1,600 for it, which seems...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-12-15, 08:39 PM
Replies: 138
Views: 17,181
Posted By tmesis

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/sports/cycling/a...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/27/sports/cycling/as-technology-makes-bicycles-lighter-and-faster-it8217s-the-cyclists-falling-harder.html
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-15, 01:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,667
Posted By tmesis

There was an interesting profile in the NY Times...

There was an interesting profile in the NY Times on a neurologist who had quit his practice to devote as much time as he could to slowly ride his inline skates. He explained the feeling of release...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-15, 05:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,667
Posted By tmesis

I think getting a bike will be great for you. The...

I think getting a bike will be great for you. The feeling of riding a bike can really lift a person from the doldrums. Getting the sun in your face, wind in your hair...

However, I agree with...
Forum: Commuting
07-05-15, 08:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 983
Posted By tmesis

Showers Pass Refuge

Showers Pass Refuge
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