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07-04-19, 08:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 995
Posted By unionmanbirch

Congratulations! You've made a lot of progress...

Congratulations! You've made a lot of progress over the past couple years. Keep it up!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-16-18, 10:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By unionmanbirch

Hope you're okay fitlerbend. I had a similar dog...

Hope you're okay fitlerbend. I had a similar dog collision 20 years ago. I ended up in the ER and my helmet had a fist-sized chunk broken out of it. The police asked if they could keep it for their...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-18, 08:16 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 206,366
Posted By unionmanbirch

Origami Crane on the Farmington River (CT) at...

Origami Crane on the Farmington River (CT) at dusk.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/467x637/farmington_5f5df519ac7d97368828b6a429ca86836db5c41b.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-29-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 206,366
Posted By unionmanbirch

Origami Crane on the Farmington River (CT) at...

Origami Crane on the Farmington River (CT) at dusk.
https://cimg7.ibsrv.net/gimg/bikeforums.net-vbulletin/467x637/farmington_5f5df519ac7d97368828b6a429ca86836db5c41b.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-18-18, 09:00 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,748
Posted By unionmanbirch

I read that same thread before I decided to buy...

I read that same thread before I decided to buy an Origami Crane last summer. It was somewhat concerning, but the other positive threads outweighed it in my mind, plus what I felt was a good...
05-04-18, 07:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By unionmanbirch

It should be fine for your size. Looking at it...

It should be fine for your size. Looking at it online, it has 48x38x28 chain rings and an 8-speed freewheel, so it probably has a low gear around 20 inches. If you can make it up a category 2 climb...
04-01-18, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By unionmanbirch

Bike Swap Meets in MA?

Does anyone know of any bike swap meets coming up in MA? The Dudley Flea Market closed down a couple months ago. I went to the last swap there in November. Monson hasn't been held in a few years....
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-28-18, 08:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,778
Posted By unionmanbirch

I think you would be fine if you can find a...

I think you would be fine if you can find a decent $150-$200 folder. You have the experience to tell if it is in good enough shape. I prefer 20" wheels because I find the ride to be less harsh and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-18, 03:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,778
Posted By unionmanbirch

Oops. My bad. That makes more sense. I think you...

Oops. My bad. That makes more sense. I think you can find one that will work. Maybe look for a mid-range Dahon - Vybe, Mariner, Speed. You can find them new for around $400, so you may find a used...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-18-18, 03:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,778
Posted By unionmanbirch

$200 is a little low for a new folder. If you...

$200 is a little low for a new folder. If you could go up to $300, you could get a nice Origami or Downtube. Lots of satisfied customers on this sub-forum. If you can't go any higher, keep your eyes...
12-28-17, 05:53 PM
Replies: 3,934
Views: 451,074
Posted By unionmanbirch

I rode my 1991 Schwinn Criss-Cross to the barber...

I rode my 1991 Schwinn Criss-Cross to the barber shop to get a haircut this morning. It was just 8 miles round trip, but it was only 5 degrees F (-5 windchill). I picked up the Criss-Cross a few...
12-09-17, 09:40 PM
Replies: 1,328
Views: 399,329
Posted By unionmanbirch

I took the train to the office today on the first...

I took the train to the office today on the first snowy day of the year. I rode my '91 Schwinn Criss-Cross, which I picked up a few months ago to be a commuter/winter beater. The first snow ride of...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-27-17, 07:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,073
Posted By unionmanbirch

I bought a Crane 8 with the suitcase/trailer...

I bought a Crane 8 with the suitcase/trailer early this summer and have been happy with it. I added some old bar ends for more hand positions and switched to smaller chainring for climbing hills...
Forum: Commuting
11-15-17, 11:55 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,003
Posted By unionmanbirch

I have a 3.5 mile commute to the train station...

I have a 3.5 mile commute to the train station and use flats with pins to help hold my feet on. I like clipless pedals otherwise, but I have a half mile walk once I get off the train and don't want...
11-07-17, 11:30 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,037
Posted By unionmanbirch

My winter project is this 1962 Raleigh Sports. It...

My winter project is this 1962 Raleigh Sports. It is a little rough, but in nearly rideable condition. Hopefully she'll be nice and shiny come spring.

https://i.imgur.com/in3UAR6h.jpg
11-06-17, 07:29 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,179
Posted By unionmanbirch

Some great posts here. I still refer to Glenn's...

Some great posts here. I still refer to Glenn's Bicycle Manual occasionally. My two additions:

About the 1978 Tour de France
https://i.imgur.com/ZYXGEVdl.jpg

The rider strike...
10-28-17, 04:09 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 15,875
Posted By unionmanbirch

It was an absolutely beautiful fall day at...

It was an absolutely beautiful fall day at Wompatuck State Park today.

https://i.imgur.com/565Y1zMl.jpg
10-21-17, 12:47 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 15,875
Posted By unionmanbirch

My 1985 Schwinn Voyageur in front of the Old...

My 1985 Schwinn Voyageur in front of the Old Scituate Lighthouse on Cedar Point in Scituate, MA. It could have passed for a July day today.

https://i.imgur.com/5hSPBL0l.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-11-17, 10:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,289
Posted By unionmanbirch

Welcome to the fold! Nice pick up. My first...

Welcome to the fold! Nice pick up. My first folder was an old blue Dahon Classic III that I picked up at a swap meet maybe 5 years ago. I had a blast on that bike. Folds up nice and small. The stock...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-07-17, 07:52 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,248
Posted By unionmanbirch

I've never ridden one, but Bike Friday seems...

I've never ridden one, but Bike Friday seems like the gold standard for folders capable of being ridden long distances. They will cost you far more than $400. You might want to consider an...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-02-17, 06:51 PM
Replies: 959
Views: 206,366
Posted By unionmanbirch

In Poultney, VT. I was in Rutland for a meeting...

In Poultney, VT. I was in Rutland for a meeting and rode the Delaware and Hudson Rail-Trail from Castleton, VT to the NY border.

https://i.imgur.com/JwVXcDxl.jpg
10-02-17, 06:46 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 15,875
Posted By unionmanbirch

The colors are just barely beginning to turn in...

The colors are just barely beginning to turn in Castleton, VT.

https://i.imgur.com/F8qNMbOl.jpg
09-30-17, 10:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 669
Posted By unionmanbirch

Thanks Rumrunn! :thumb: I ran down to Providence...

Thanks Rumrunn! :thumb: I ran down to Providence today and picked up the Schwinn Criss-Cross for $40. Looks like a 1991. Needs new cables, and look at that tractor seat! I've been looking for a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-30-17, 09:52 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,155
Posted By unionmanbirch

I was a little concerned about the Microshift...

I was a little concerned about the Microshift triggers, but found them to work well. Better than i had expected. Bike Radar gave the 8-speed 3.5 out of 5 stars and said "Cheap and cheerful, but works...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-29-17, 08:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,606
Posted By unionmanbirch

I don't know what year the Dahon Stowaway is, but...

I don't know what year the Dahon Stowaway is, but here is a link to the 1990 Dahon user manual. It indicates 250 pound weight limit.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-28-17, 11:20 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,155
Posted By unionmanbirch

I bought a Crane 8 this summer and have been...

I bought a Crane 8 this summer and have been happy with it. It is a very solid bike. Because it has an 11-34 cassette, it has a much wider gear range than most new folders in this price range. I...
09-17-17, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 977
Posted By unionmanbirch

Update: I ended up putting a 14-34 skip tooth...

Update:
I ended up putting a 14-34 skip tooth freewheel and 24-36-46 chainrings on the Voyageur. I had to adjust the front derailleur a little bit to get it to shift into the small ring, but I took...
Forum: Commuting
09-10-17, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,387
Posted By unionmanbirch

The more inexpensive bags attach to the...

The more inexpensive bags attach to the handlebars with velcro straps. I find that with a flat bar they work fine. On drop bar bikes I prefer one that has an attachment system like Hoopdriver's above...
09-05-17, 10:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 977
Posted By unionmanbirch

The frame is in excellent shape and I've thought...

The frame is in excellent shape and I've thought about doing some major upgrades, but pretty much decided on just making a couple simple fixes I can do myself.
09-05-17, 05:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 977
Posted By unionmanbirch

Thanks for the suggestions! :thumb: I just...

Thanks for the suggestions! :thumb:
I just checked out VeloBase and the max cog size on the AL-11 is 34t. That could drop me down all the way to 19.39 inches!:D
09-04-17, 07:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 977
Posted By unionmanbirch

Gearing upgrade on 85 Schwinn Voyageur

I am 51 years old and my knees can’t push as big a gear as they used to. I am running the original components on my 1985 Schwinn Voyageur Touring Bike—Shimano Tourney XT 30/46/50 crankset with a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-17, 03:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,761
Posted By unionmanbirch

Thanks. They are just a pair of 20 year old Onza...

Thanks. They are just a pair of 20 year old Onza bar ends I had laying around. Nothing special, but they gave me extra hand positions.
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-17, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,761
Posted By unionmanbirch

Here is the Crane after the trip: ...

Here is the Crane after the trip:

http://i.imgur.com/nztUriQl.jpg


With my neighbors where I spent the first night:

http://i.imgur.com/UTWIYoJl.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-17, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,761
Posted By unionmanbirch

Origami Crane 8 “Traveler Package”

A couple months ago I purchased an Origami Crane 8 with the hard-shell suitcase/trailer kit to use for touring and airplane travel. I've seen some reviews here of the Crane, but really haven't seen...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-17, 10:10 AM
Replies: 959
Views: 206,366
Posted By unionmanbirch

Old schoolhouse in Woodstock, CT. ...

Old schoolhouse in Woodstock, CT.

http://i.imgur.com/zAnFzjd.jpg
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-10-17, 08:26 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,393
Posted By unionmanbirch

I bought a Crane recently. The 52-11 combo gives...

I bought a Crane recently. The 52-11 combo gives it a 92 inch top gear, meaning that when pedaling at 80rpm you would be going around 22 mph. I have an older Schwinn touring bike with 27" wheels and...
Forum: Touring
07-28-17, 07:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,028
Posted By unionmanbirch

Definitely possible to tour on that bike. I've...

Definitely possible to tour on that bike. I've got a Trek with v-brakes, but otherwise looks similar to the Giant. I use the Axiom Suspension and Disc Lowrider Front Rack which attaches with the...
Forum: Touring
07-26-17, 06:08 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,179
Posted By unionmanbirch

Lots of folks on this forum tour on older...

Lots of folks on this forum tour on older mountain bike frames with 26" wheels. I've done a couple week-long tours on 26" wheels, so don't let that hold you back if you like the Surly.
07-24-17, 07:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,577
Posted By unionmanbirch

With my username how can I not chime in with my...

With my username how can I not chime in with my support for this?
Forum: Foo
07-18-17, 06:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 761
Posted By unionmanbirch

http://i.imgur.com/QJWcagj.jpg Just...

http://i.imgur.com/QJWcagj.jpg

Just downloaded the IMGUR app for Android. Posted a photo in the app, but couldn't get it to post here from the app. I went to the IMGUR website, logged in and...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-17-17, 07:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,331
Posted By unionmanbirch

Just wanted to give a quick update. A couple...

Just wanted to give a quick update. A couple weeks ago I decided the get the Origami Crane 8 with the suitcase/trailer kit. I liked the idea of a hard case better than a soft one, and the Origami...
07-14-17, 09:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 616
Posted By unionmanbirch

Boston-Philadelphia

I've always wanted to do one of the big Adventure Cycling routes, but I don't have the time, so I decided I would do the Atlantic Coast route one week at a time, and try to ride the whole route over...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-08-17, 11:03 AM
Replies: 959
Views: 206,366
Posted By unionmanbirch

Origami at Wompatuck

I bought an Origami Crane 8 last week and rode it to the Aaron River Reservoir at Wompatuck State Park this morning, 20 miles southeast of Boston. The 27-mile ride was my longest ever on a folder. I...
Forum: Touring
06-18-17, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 781
Posted By unionmanbirch

Not sure of your route, but you will be riding...

Not sure of your route, but you will be riding through some desolate and remote areas. Make sure you have plenty of water and don't be afraid to ask for more at someone's house if you need to. 2...
Forum: Touring
06-15-17, 07:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,646
Posted By unionmanbirch

One of my first overnight tours was on a cheap...

One of my first overnight tours was on a cheap Schwinn with Shimano SIS and resin pedals. Maybe a small step up from what you are riding. I rode 50 miles to South Haven, MI with 34 miles of it on the...
Forum: Touring
06-14-17, 08:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,259
Posted By unionmanbirch

Portland

What about Portland, ME? The ME DOT has a bunch of bike routes listed on this site (and I picked up a print version a few years ago at one of the service plazas): Explore Maine by Bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-25-17, 04:28 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,331
Posted By unionmanbirch

Thanks for the suggestion, but the Brompton bag...

Thanks for the suggestion, but the Brompton bag looks too small to fit other 20" folders and the larger bag is bigger than I want, so I'm leaning towards a hardshell case.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-24-17, 03:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,331
Posted By unionmanbirch

What suitcases are collapsible, will protect a...

What suitcases are collapsible, will protect a bike and can be flown as standard checked luggage?
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-17, 08:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,331
Posted By unionmanbirch

From reading other threads it sounded like...

From reading other threads it sounded like changing the gearing on the Vybe would be a big job. It has a 14/28 7 speed. Could I go to something like 12/34? I have used a BOB trailer touring in the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-23-17, 08:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,331
Posted By unionmanbirch

The Wike frame does look pretty stout. Does the...

The Wike frame does look pretty stout. Does the frame, wheels and a folding bike all fit inside the suitcase?
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