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Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-14, 08:16 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

What I've noticed different about this current...

What I've noticed different about this current frame versus my 2006 frame:

1.) Seat tube sections at the clamp points are seriously reinforced (thicker).
2.) Welds where the chainstays and seat...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-14, 01:56 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

Re-built my Swift around the replacement frame

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5570/15159409175_13212c4c3a_o.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/p6zWcH)Wheels (https://flic.kr/p/p6zWcH) by Man You All Focus (https://www.flickr.com/people/125572542@N06/), on...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-26-14, 08:15 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

Yup. I'm on my second set of bearings in my Soma...

Yup. I'm on my second set of bearings in my Soma fixed hub.

Yeah, I saw your thread yesterday on your "SwiftTi". Incredible! Absolute eye-candy. I can't imagine how awesome it would be as a fixTi....
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-14, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

A broken fame...again.

Hey fellow Swift-aholics.

This is my somewhat bi-yearly check-in. As you may or may not know, I've owned 2 Swifts since 2006, the first a silver one which cracked at the seat tube, and then a blue...
10-11-12, 08:10 AM
Replies: 169
Views: 8,043
Posted By james_swift

You mean I had to reluctantly endure over a...

You mean I had to reluctantly endure over a decade of Phligget-n-Sherwin's incessant Lance-stroking for nothing? Gawdammit. :twitchy:
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-12, 04:33 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

I found a brand of tires that are a breeze to...

I found a brand of tires that are a breeze to install and remove: Tioga PowerBlock (http://www.tiogausa.com/bmx/powerblock.html) in the 20 x 1.60 size. They're fast on the street, very resistant to...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-27-11, 06:31 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,810
Posted By james_swift

If you're in IT, you should be able to...

If you're in IT, you should be able to temporarily rig up a IP camera to monitor the bike rack.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-30-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

When the self-torture included with these tires...

When the self-torture included with these tires has gotten old, I highly suggest the Schwalbe Kojaks. I've been commuting on these tires for months and am still waiting for a puncture, let alone a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-11, 08:27 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

I put the Panaracer Flat-Away liner in my Minits...

I put the Panaracer Flat-Away liner in my Minits and haven't had a flat on my urban commutes since. I've still had to pick out bits of glass and sharp rock, but none of it got past to the tube.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-11, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By james_swift

I'm going to sum up my opinion by saying: I'm...

I'm going to sum up my opinion by saying: I'm still waiting for my Kojak tires to cut/tear, let alone puncture. :thumb:

Also worth noting is these are the smoothest riding narrow, high-pressure...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-03-11, 09:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By james_swift

Schwalbe Kojak. I can't seem to get these damn...

Schwalbe Kojak. I can't seem to get these damn things to puncture! :lol:
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-11, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

Almost any chain tug will work, so long as it is...

Almost any chain tug will work, so long as it is designed for 3/8" (10mm) axles. I've used both of these:

http://surlybikes.com/parts/tuggnut/
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-24-11, 10:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,010
Posted By james_swift

I fussed with all sorts of chainring/cog/chain...

I fussed with all sorts of chainring/cog/chain link combinations on my Nano and found one gear combination that gives 1/2" max chain sag on a mildly stretched single-speed chain: 50x14 w/46 links....
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-23-11, 07:44 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

2 weeks of commuting on the Schwalbe Kojaks and...

2 weeks of commuting on the Schwalbe Kojaks and I'm very pleased to report that they've held-up admirably. Not a single nick, hole, or cut in the tire casing after rolling through broken glass, sharp...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-15-11, 11:44 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Got my Schwalbe Kojaks mounted: ...

Got my Schwalbe Kojaks mounted:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/kjk2.jpg

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/kjk1.jpg
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-07-11, 08:00 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

I hope the Minits Lite work out better for you...

I hope the Minits Lite work out better for you than my Minits Tough. I had to install the matching Panaracer FlatAway kevlar tire liner to keep the rear tire from continuously puncturing due to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-11, 04:57 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

How is the overall durability? I commute in...

How is the overall durability? I commute in downtown SF and my Panaracers Minits Tough were breached by a 2mm piece of glass after less than one week of ownership.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-28-11, 04:54 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

That's an excellent price. Even better that they...

That's an excellent price. Even better that they give free shipping on anything over $50. Seriously considering buying.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-27-11, 10:31 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

That bike deserves one more black-n-white...

That bike deserves one more black-n-white accessory:

http://www.utahtrikes.com/uploads/utrecenttrikepics/293/pic/kojak.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-22-11, 12:32 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Choose "44-406" for the tire size: ...

Choose "44-406" for the tire size:

http://software.bareknucklebrigade.com/rabbit.applet.html
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-11, 06:24 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/...

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/IMG_20110620_205252.jpg

New upgrades:

-Found a magic gear of 47x13, allowing me to lose the derailleur-mounted chain tensioner...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-11, 09:52 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

The custom 406 fixed-gear wheel I had built for...

The custom 406 fixed-gear wheel I had built for my Swift by Wheelsmith cost $250, and that was with a $30 Surly track hub. The Eno hub retails anywhere from $160 to $180. So to answer your question,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-15-11, 09:49 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

You've just completed your initiation process....

You've just completed your initiation process. Welcome to the wonderful world of Nano ownership. ;)
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-14-11, 12:14 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

I think about it all the time, but every time I...

I think about it all the time, but every time I take out my fixed sub-19lb Xootr Swift for a ride, I begin to have serious doubts as to how fun a ~24lb fixed-gear Nano would be.

206323

If only...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-11, 05:56 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Noticed the same when I changed-out my brake...

Noticed the same when I changed-out my brake levers for Tektros.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-02-11, 03:23 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

I commute daily with my Nano through downtown San...

I commute daily with my Nano through downtown San Francisco, and I easily split lanes and carve smooth lines around traffic jams, buses, taxi cabs, and the annoying pedestrian walking against a red...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-02-11, 02:46 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

$2.98 each in the 20x1.25 - 20x1.50 size from...

$2.98 each in the 20x1.25 - 20x1.50 size from BikeWorldUSA. I bought 4.:thumb:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-11, 12:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,414
Posted By james_swift

I would want to know what the axle spacing is for...

I would want to know what the axle spacing is for both front and back wheels, and if these are 406 or 451 diameter.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-11, 08:45 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

@ 27" saddle height (1/2" higher than my saddle...

@ 27" saddle height (1/2" higher than my saddle height):

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/IMG_20110531_194209.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-11, 10:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,420
Posted By james_swift

Not diggin the frame. Too many tubes and...

Not diggin the frame. Too many tubes and angles...hard on the eyes to look at...just like the Cannondale Hooligan and Dahon Hammerhead. It does however look like just the ticket for rough urban...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-11, 10:35 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

No doubt about that, but after the 2nd flat due...

No doubt about that, but after the 2nd flat due to glass puncture just last weekend, I've resigned the tires and concluded that fast, feather-weight tires and urban streets simply do not mix.

Now...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-31-11, 09:34 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Interesting. I'd like to know what the chainline...

Interesting. I'd like to know what the chainline measurement is and how much the wheel weighs.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-28-11, 09:01 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

And with a new seatpost in place, I can finally...

And with a new seatpost in place, I can finally say I'm done upgrading, and look forward to spending more time riding the bike than I do tinkering with it:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-27-11, 09:49 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

I really don't know why this bike doesn't ship...

I really don't know why this bike doesn't ship with cloth rim tape. The failure rate of the cheap rubber strip is incredibly high, and I'm sure Bikesdirect knows it. The Performance-branded Velox...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-27-11, 09:41 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

The bearings in the rear hub of my Nano were set...

The bearings in the rear hub of my Nano were set too tight, while the cassette lockring was way too loose. Headset bearing were also set too tight. It's my assumption that the bearings are set on the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-26-11, 10:37 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Don't tempt me. The cost of my upgrades has...

Don't tempt me. The cost of my upgrades has already exceeded the cost of the bike. :D

In retrospect, the Scorchers should've been my first choice, but I had been curious about the Panaracers for...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-11, 12:08 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

The 20x1.25 on the Nano is actually not nearly as...

The 20x1.25 on the Nano is actually not nearly as bone-jarring as the 20x1.35 on my aluminum Swift folding bike. The Nano's frame does an excellent job of isolating road vibration.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-11, 10:50 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Yup...I was thinking of that as the replacement...

Yup...I was thinking of that as the replacement for these tires once they wear out. That or the Schwalbe Kojaks, if I'm feeling a little more spendy.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-11, 10:22 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

My Panaracer Minits Tough tires are what you'd...

My Panaracer Minits Tough tires are what you'd expect of a narrow, slick tread tire: quick acceleration, roll forever, bumpy ride. Nothing too different from any other tire with similar specs. The...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-24-11, 10:10 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Got my Panaracers on. Was also a bit of a...

Got my Panaracers on. Was also a bit of a struggle. Haven't ridden them yet. Ride report tomorrow.

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/IMG_20110524_210121.jpg
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-24-11, 06:59 AM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

It might be possible with a 16T cog, but the...

It might be possible with a 16T cog, but the resulting gear ratio would be unacceptable. The bike lost about 2 lbs so far in the process. Will lose even more when I get my lighter tires and tubes in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-11, 10:21 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Surly 15T single-speed cog: ...

Surly 15T single-speed cog:

http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=9745

Gussett Squire chain tensioner:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-11, 09:17 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

My single-speed conversion: ...

My single-speed conversion:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/IMG_20110523_195447.jpg
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-11, 03:11 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Check-out this pedal and strap combo deal over at...

Check-out this pedal and strap combo deal over at Fyxation. Colors to match both black and orange Nanos.

http://www.fyxation.com/shop/img/p/87-259-thickbox.jpg
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-11, 12:06 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 259,292
Posted By james_swift

Some single-speed goodness was just delivered: ...

Some single-speed goodness was just delivered:

http://i124.photobucket.com/albums/p15/suntoryjim/Mercier%20Nano/ss_parts.jpg

170 grams for all you see here.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-11, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3,932
Views: 740,638
Posted By james_swift

I vote winner of the Most Extreme Swift Mod award.

I vote winner of the Most Extreme Swift Mod award.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-11, 09:55 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

My nano has ALL the same "features" as you...

My nano has ALL the same "features" as you described with yours. I'm going to bet Bikesdirect says that your fork will be "fine to use and should not be a safety concern". It's the should part in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-11, 09:49 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

17mm.

17mm.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-11, 04:53 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

Took the Nano out for a jaunt up to the Golden...

Took the Nano out for a jaunt up to the Golden Gate Bridge today and manged to get a pedal strike while pedaling through a corner. While it was probably half my fault as I am used to pedaling through...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-11, 04:38 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 25,583
Posted By james_swift

Buy them online. Get a bunch so you have plenty...

Buy them online. Get a bunch so you have plenty of spares. Save yourself the 100 mile drive.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AO9Q06...
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