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03-10-19, 06:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,666
Posted By Bonzo Banana

In the bicycle industry a huge percentage of...

In the bicycle industry a huge percentage of higher priced products is related to lowering weight that doesn't mean they are safer it means a performance advantage. From what I can see you start off...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-19, 06:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 922
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Strange reaction, Dahon has had many bikes...

Strange reaction, Dahon has had many bikes manufactured in mainland China and lower quality countries too like Bangladesh. Some models were wholly designed and manufactured in mainland China and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-19, 07:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,801
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I've never ridden a top end brand folding bike so...

I've never ridden a top end brand folding bike so cannot usefully comment there and I tend to buy bikes on specification/price and have no brand loyalty. The bicycle brand I most respect for sheer...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-19, 04:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 922
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I don't know so much about the US market but...

I don't know so much about the US market but Dahon generally sets a fairly high price themselves and they have all the logistics costs of selling through local bike shops mainly here in Europe. The...
03-03-19, 07:11 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 4,503
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Don't see cycling as expensive at all, yes you...

Don't see cycling as expensive at all, yes you can spend a huge amount of money if you want or spend next to nothing. I've bought bikes for as little as 99p on ebay which is infinitely more expensive...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-03-19, 06:53 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,071
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I don't know what it's like in the US but...

I don't know what it's like in the US but Brompton in the UK goes out of its way to protect local bike shops. You are restricted to buying your new Brompton from a local dealer and collecting it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-28-19, 05:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,087
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I think if you focus on the quality of components...

I think if you focus on the quality of components you are getting and the warranty and weight limits of the frame and the price point of the bikes it's difficult to argue against the Urbano or...
02-23-19, 07:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 946
Posted By Bonzo Banana

For those in the UK, Planet X has some cheap...

For those in the UK, Planet X has some cheap Kenda's at the moment.

https://www.planetx.co.uk/i/q/TYKENKWST/kenda-k-west-700c-wired-tyre

3.99 postage per order.

Lots of good offers on the...
02-21-19, 07:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,057
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Freewheel wobble can be caused by poorly machined...

Freewheel wobble can be caused by poorly machined threading on both or either the hub or the internal thread of the freewheel and the wobble can be slight to huge. In my experience older freewheels...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-21-19, 06:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 980
Posted By Bonzo Banana

There is the full Shimano dual pivot service...

There is the full Shimano dual pivot service manual here explaining adjustment and even has a chart for which brake pads for which conditions. Might be worth checking through it to ensure your brakes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-19, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
Posted By Bonzo Banana

It's not my forum I'm just a member of it. It's a...

It's not my forum I'm just a member of it. It's a bit dead nowadays but lots of lovely images of restored Twenties and lots of good info.
02-17-19, 06:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,375
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make...

I'm not sure what point you are trying to make but the body stores fat which is the perfect fuel for the body for times when no normal food is available. When the body is powered by its own stored...
02-17-19, 05:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,375
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I'm pretty sure its accepted that you can make...

I'm pretty sure its accepted that you can make new muscle mass on a very low carb diet without issues the body can convert existing fat to muscle so can create muscle with a calorie deficit so you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-19, 04:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Great bikes of their day with still excellent...

Great bikes of their day with still excellent ride quality and very strong. Braking is the big issue, the crappy caliper brakes and chrome rims do not provide safe braking by modern standards.
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02-17-19, 04:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,001
Posted By Bonzo Banana

If I was in a hilly area I'd probably go with a 3...

If I was in a hilly area I'd probably go with a 3 speed hub on the back for extreme reliability and simplicity and a hub motor on the front probably more reliable than the over-complicated wide gear...
02-17-19, 03:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bonzo Banana

That certainly isn't true maybe I was...

That certainly isn't true maybe I was over-stating it but you have gone completely the opposite way. If its made by Giant it will be getting their quality control, their materials and much of the...
02-16-19, 05:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,375
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Your body is setup to use sugar as fuel, you can...

Your body is setup to use sugar as fuel, you can re-adjust your body to use fat as fuel including your own stored fat but it means gradually lowering your sugar intake especially processed/refined...
02-14-19, 05:22 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 8,042
Posted By Bonzo Banana

This isn't just the USA but in Europe and the UK,...

This isn't just the USA but in Europe and the UK, retail is changing but I think it will stabilise rather than eliminate local bike shops. It isn't rocket science and most practical people can...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-13-19, 07:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I nominate the Giant Halfway, its cheap, it's...

I nominate the Giant Halfway, its cheap, it's exceptionally well made and has that innovative single sided stays and fork that means you can change tyres and tubes without even taking the wheels off...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-19, 07:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I still think you can assess the speed of a...

I still think you can assess the speed of a folding bike quite easily based on its gearing and overall weight even though the engine is an unknown factor.

Would it be one of those situations where...
02-10-19, 07:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,308
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Aren't Canyon's aluminium frames still made by...

Aren't Canyon's aluminium frames still made by Giant, admittedly they are Canyon's own designs but you are sort of getting a Giant bike anyway if you buy one of their aluminium framed bikes. I think...
02-10-19, 09:25 AM
Replies: 164
Views: 5,681
Posted By Bonzo Banana

That doesn't mean they sell well. I visit many...

That doesn't mean they sell well. I visit many local bike shops and here in the UK they tend to sell more of the high end bikes which sell in very low numbers but as part of the overall sales of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-10-19, 09:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Bonzo Banana

I guess it depends on the criteria you use to...

I guess it depends on the criteria you use to judge a bike. You can have simple awards like;

Fastest folding bike
Most compact folding bike
Strongest folding bike
Lightest folding bike
...
Forum: Road Cycling
02-09-19, 04:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 958
Posted By Bonzo Banana

It can be both. I have a Trek 820 and the frame...

It can be both. I have a Trek 820 and the frame is a mixture of chromoly steel and lower grade high tensile steel and I guess this was maybe typical of their not quite bottom of the range bikes.
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02-07-19, 02:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By Bonzo Banana

Doesn't Decathlon have a good presence in India?...

Doesn't Decathlon have a good presence in India? If so might be worth adding some of their bikes to this list to consider. Personally I put components before brand but if everything else was equal...
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