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08-27-21, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7,192
Views: 2,871,920
Posted By seat_boy

Surfing CL the other evening, I came across an ad...

Surfing CL the other evening, I came across an ad for, "Free Trek mtb, needs 6'+ rider, painted, new tires". No pictures or other details. I was the first to respond, so I ended up scoring this free...
08-15-21, 06:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 680
Posted By seat_boy

It's also a 10 year old downhill bike. That fact...

It's also a 10 year old downhill bike. That fact in itself would make it a no-go for me. How much abuse has it taken in that time? How out of date is the geometry?
08-15-21, 06:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,059
Posted By seat_boy

The Rivendell Clem L can fit big tires and has a...

The Rivendell Clem L can fit big tires and has a nice, low step thru. Might be tough to find a frame or bike, though.... their last frame shipment sold out in seconds.
08-08-21, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7,192
Views: 2,871,920
Posted By seat_boy

Pretty sure it was the widest size--though since...

Pretty sure it was the widest size--though since they were measured to the outside of the curve, the "wide" 23" bars were still pretty narrow!
08-07-21, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7,192
Views: 2,871,920
Posted By seat_boy

I remember BITD I used to have some AT-4 Pros...

I remember BITD I used to have some AT-4 Pros that I also cut the center out of for some reason, but then flipped over. That made a nice upward curve on the bar end area.

I finally grew...
07-13-21, 05:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 759
Posted By seat_boy

Unless you're riding around in flat circles, a...

Unless you're riding around in flat circles, a newer bike with modern geo is worth giving up 5-7 pounds of weight. 10 year old geo was good for it's time, but a newer bike is a more fun all around...
06-23-21, 02:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,167
Posted By seat_boy

I've been mountain biking since 1990, and my...

I've been mountain biking since 1990, and my first few tries with a dropper really left me underwhelmed. Like you, I was so used to getting back over the seat, the dropper seemed like a detriment as...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-21, 04:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,149
Posted By seat_boy

Also having the bar so far above the saddle...

Also having the bar so far above the saddle doesn't put you in a very powerful position.
02-02-21, 04:58 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,714
Posted By seat_boy

No doubt there's a minimum level to get a...

No doubt there's a minimum level to get a functional bike. But I say that level is much, much lower than most people think. Certainly not $2k.
02-01-21, 05:33 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 5,714
Posted By seat_boy

I've had dozens of bikes over the years. I don't...

I've had dozens of bikes over the years. I don't think I've ever seen a correlation between what I spent on the bike and how much I enjoyed it. If anything, I lean towards cheap bikes that can punch...
01-31-21, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,974
Posted By seat_boy

I'm an inch taller than you, and I would...

I'm an inch taller than you, and I would definitely go with the 62cm. Surlys need all the stack they can get.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-30-21, 07:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,718
Posted By seat_boy

At one point I had three Bike Fridays in the...

At one point I had three Bike Fridays in the garage, but I recently sold the Pocket Llama:

...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-25-21, 05:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,333
Posted By seat_boy

I have a Xootr Swift, and it's a fun bike, but...

I have a Xootr Swift, and it's a fun bike, but it's very stiff, even for 175 pound me. I would want something lighter and flexier for a rider like your GF. Keep an eye for a used Bike Friday Pocket...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-21, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 875
Posted By seat_boy

The seatpost is definitely the folding style. It...

The seatpost is definitely the folding style. It looks like the rear folds to the right side (drivetrain out); at some point BF switched to left side folders to protect the derailer better.

Seven...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-28-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1,173
Views: 332,493
Posted By seat_boy

My new to me Pocket Llama

Taking my Bike Friday Pocket Llama our for a shakedown ride after a bar swap:
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-17-20, 03:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,962
Posted By seat_boy

I've seen pictures of a Swift packed into a case....

I've seen pictures of a Swift packed into a case. That person had to remove the rear end of the bike to get it to work. Just one bolt to do this, though.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-20, 02:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,517
Posted By seat_boy

What's wrong with a disc fork with a QR? I ran...

What's wrong with a disc fork with a QR? I ran this for years on my mountain bike before through axles. It works fine with a good QR and if you clamp it correctly.

Or just buy a Bike Friday :) ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-06-20, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By seat_boy

Any mountain bike brake lever will fit your...

Any mountain bike brake lever will fit your handlebar, but you need to make sure the cable pull matches your brakes. If your Tern has V brakes, you need to get a long pull lever, cantis need a short...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-01-20, 04:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,505
Posted By seat_boy

The clutch rear derailer and NW chainrings are...

The clutch rear derailer and NW chainrings are both methods to keep the chain from bouncing off the front chainring (and slapping on the chainstay). These are normal parts for mountain biking now,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-30-20, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,419
Posted By seat_boy

It looks like a lousy weld, it didn't even...

It looks like a lousy weld, it didn't even penetrate the main tube's material. Don't blame aluminum for shoddy workmanship.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-30-20, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,505
Posted By seat_boy

My Crusoe came with a 3x9 setup. It's a hassle...

My Crusoe came with a 3x9 setup. It's a hassle when the chain falls off the front rings while folding. I switched to a 1x setup (I had no need for the smaller chainrings for my flat terrain), but the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-25-20, 04:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,155
Posted By seat_boy

How is a custom BF going to change the folded...

How is a custom BF going to change the folded size? I don't see them making a new folding mechanism as a one-off for a single customer.

BF offers "custom" sizing, but really this is just the boom...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-20, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,155
Posted By seat_boy

I can't see a Change type folder (even with 20"...

I can't see a Change type folder (even with 20" wheels) being noticeably smaller than a BF. The Change package is very thick when it folds.

The Xootr does tend to sprawl, I admit. I have one, and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-18-20, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,071
Posted By seat_boy

What size Llama are you looking for? I just...

What size Llama are you looking for? I just bought a used 58cm (by my measurement) Pocket Llama, but I'm really starting to think I don't need 4 20" wheeled bikes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-21-20, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 785
Posted By seat_boy

I like it! Too bad I just bought a Pocket Llama...

I like it! Too bad I just bought a Pocket Llama to complement my Crusoe.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-25-20, 03:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,962
Posted By seat_boy

Interesting review and take on disc brakes. This...

Interesting review and take on disc brakes. This might motivate me to turn my Xootr Swift into a fixed gear.
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-06-20, 06:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,946
Posted By seat_boy

I honestly have no idea what you're trying to say...

I honestly have no idea what you're trying to say here. Every bike is stable when your foot is down.

In my experience, a smaller wheel bikes is slightly more endo prone, because objects on the...
09-01-20, 06:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,177
Posted By seat_boy

+1 for Shimano MT200. I use these on my mountain...

+1 for Shimano MT200. I use these on my mountain bike, and I'm satisfied with them.
09-01-20, 06:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,142
Posted By seat_boy

Nukeproof Scout 275 and Ragley Marley (I have the...

Nukeproof Scout 275 and Ragley Marley (I have the latter).
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-17-20, 05:58 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 90,587
Posted By seat_boy

I just watched one on ebay go for over $1400. It...

I just watched one on ebay go for over $1400. It appears there is quite a demand for these bikes.
08-11-20, 01:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,879
Posted By seat_boy

"Gravel" is already pretty well defined (drop...

"Gravel" is already pretty well defined (drop bars, 650x47mm or 700x40mm), so I would go with adventure.

But I'm not sure what you'd do with this. I ran some 2.5" slicks on my Jones Plus for a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-05-20, 02:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,532
Posted By seat_boy

They're admitting their bikes are as fragile as...

They're admitting their bikes are as fragile as light bulbs? Not the best marketing strategy.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-18-20, 04:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,006
Posted By seat_boy

On my Dahon Speed 7, I was able to remove and...

On my Dahon Speed 7, I was able to remove and reinstall the rear wheel without breaking the chain. Like a bike with track ends, there's a bit of technique to it, but it's certainly not impossible.
...
06-10-20, 06:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,904
Posted By seat_boy

Just because it's a hardtail, it's not equivalent...

Just because it's a hardtail, it's not equivalent to a modern hardtail. Geo has come a long way in the last 20 years. It took me some time, but I've come around to the new school geo--it's so much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-08-20, 04:45 AM
Replies: 1,173
Views: 332,493
Posted By seat_boy

It's this one: ...

It's this one:

https://www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=44959

I need it at the longest setting to get the bike to rest correctly. A typical Greenfield kickstand wasn't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-07-20, 05:08 PM
Replies: 1,173
Views: 332,493
Posted By seat_boy

My Xootr Swift on some suburban singletrack: ...

My Xootr Swift on some suburban singletrack:

https://cimg3.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/2000x1504/img_2826_b4b531744fd3c9624e3eb2198de6c34190cca2e9.jpg

20" slick tires and a bit of...
06-01-20, 05:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,249
Posted By seat_boy

You could also mount your bar ends inboard of the...

You could also mount your bar ends inboard of the grips. I've run some that way, and it gives a pretty good alternate position for grinding into headwinds.
05-27-20, 05:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 775
Posted By seat_boy

Same refund here. Dang, I was looking forward to...

Same refund here. Dang, I was looking forward to this build.
05-26-20, 06:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 775
Posted By seat_boy

I ordered, but not a peep so far. Paypal has a...

I ordered, but not a peep so far. Paypal has a 180 day limit for buyer protection, so there's some time here.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-21-20, 05:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,206
Posted By seat_boy

Your adapter is mounted upside down.

Your adapter is mounted upside down.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-11-20, 03:09 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 100,899
Posted By seat_boy

You can find bare folding frames on Aliexpress....

You can find bare folding frames on Aliexpress. Carbon, even! Whether these are more durable than Tern is another question.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-30-20, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,067
Posted By seat_boy

What's up with the block holding the front stem...

What's up with the block holding the front stem post to the fork?
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-29-20, 11:09 AM
Replies: 3,969
Views: 814,046
Posted By seat_boy

I ordered a stem threadless adapter to raise my...

I ordered a stem threadless adapter to raise my Swift's bars. But some hurdles:

- the standard 1" threaded to 1-1/8" threadless adapter (what I had on hand) does not fit. It's too small in...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-20, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3,969
Views: 814,046
Posted By seat_boy

I'm pretty sure I have a threaded to threadless...

I'm pretty sure I have a threaded to threadless adapter in my tool box. I'll give that a try first. One thing holding me back is that I can't use the stock gripshift with the bar I want to use (it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-20, 04:04 AM
Replies: 3,969
Views: 814,046
Posted By seat_boy

I emailed Xootr early on about a taller riser....

I emailed Xootr early on about a taller riser. They got right back to me, but said the taller risers are long gone.

I do use a Surly Tugnut on the rear. I haven't ridden the bike without it, but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-20-20, 06:35 PM
Replies: 3,969
Views: 814,046
Posted By seat_boy

That's a good idea of using the extender inside...

That's a good idea of using the extender inside the stem riser post. I may have to give that a try to expand my handlebar options!
04-10-20, 03:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,982
Posted By seat_boy

It was an odd feeling to open a thread and see my...

It was an odd feeling to open a thread and see my old bike at the top!

These darn 650b conversions are like a bad habit that's hard to break. I love the concept of a relatively cheap to buy frame,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-21-20, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3,969
Views: 814,046
Posted By seat_boy

I found one on another list, received it...

I found one on another list, received it yesterday, and made a few changes from the stock build: Tioga Powerblock 1.9" tires (they only fit because I slid the rear wheel all the way back), a real...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-21-20, 06:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,442
Posted By seat_boy

Looks like a nice ride! For us locals, where was...

Looks like a nice ride! For us locals, where was your picnic spot?
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-16-20, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,327
Posted By seat_boy

Sorry, I don't have any pictures of it folded,...

Sorry, I don't have any pictures of it folded, but here's what it looked like assembled:
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