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Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-12, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

Does anyone here have a spare XL (12") stem riser...

Does anyone here have a spare XL (12") stem riser for a pre-2011 Swift lying around? Their site says that the old-style XL riser is unavailable, and mine has started to rust. The rust isn't too bad...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-12, 12:54 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 91,115
Posted By alpacalypse

I HAVE: --Shimano and Suntour bar-end shifters...

I HAVE:
--Shimano and Suntour bar-end shifters
--Handlebars:
-Origin8 Space Bar (not unlike On-one's famous Mary bar)
-Origin8 Gary bar (moustache-y but with more drop)
-Various...
Forum: Touring
09-04-11, 01:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,115
Posted By alpacalypse

I can't speak directly for the LHT, but I've...

I can't speak directly for the LHT, but I've ridden various steel bikes for years in rainy Pittsburgh (PA, US) and have never had a problem with rust. Especially if you have fenders, relatively...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-01-11, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,043
Posted By alpacalypse

Get it? "Something big?"

Get it? "Something big?"
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 06:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,544
Posted By alpacalypse

check out the front cable hanger in the picture--...

check out the front cable hanger in the picture-- something's janky.

Also, the photo shows 105 shift/brake levers but the spec says Tiagra.

Nothing against Nashbar; it still seems like a good...
Forum: Touring
08-11-11, 01:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 486
Posted By alpacalypse

Spot makes a rugged GPS tracker that lots of...

Spot makes a rugged GPS tracker that lots of adventure types seem to like. It lets you "check in" and let your contacts know where you are, as well as contact emergency services if necessary. Doesn't...
Forum: Touring
08-04-11, 06:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,510
Posted By alpacalypse

In most places in the US, it's not trespassing if...

In most places in the US, it's not trespassing if you camp on private land, provided:
1. There's no "no trespassing" sign posted
2. The land is unimproved (no buildings, fences, lots, etc)
3. You...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-10, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

This may be a long shot, but consider an...

This may be a long shot, but consider an Alphasmart. Except for the Dana, which is Palm-based, they're all black-and-white portable word processors with long (700 hours claimed) battery life,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-21-09, 11:14 AM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

Terry, I think the blinkie they sell is...

Terry,
I think the blinkie they sell is intended to mount to the seatstay. That's where I put mine before I got a rack. If you have a rack (a standard one, not a crossrack), you'll also probably...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-11-09, 07:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,204
Posted By alpacalypse

They call the drop-bar version the "speeding...

They call the drop-bar version the "speeding tikit." :-)
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-09-09, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,045
Posted By alpacalypse

I think Ritchey sells cases specifically for the...

I think Ritchey sells cases specifically for the breakaway frame, but given that the fold is nearly identical, I don't see why a breakaway frame wouldn't fit in an S&S case.

Also, just a heads up,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-06-09, 01:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,204
Posted By alpacalypse

If I could butt in for a second, I'd just like to...

If I could butt in for a second, I'd just like to say that on public transit, the Swift's not that great. I own one and I love it, and it's tempting to claim that it's awesome for riding buses but...
10-28-09, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By alpacalypse

This is just a thought: I've commuted and...

This is just a thought:
I've commuted and toured on a bunch of different kinds of bikes, and in my experience it's much easier to ride with a load on a rear rack if the handlebars are high and swept...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-28-09, 10:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,433
Posted By alpacalypse

As others have said, Montague, Swift and Bike...

As others have said, Montague, Swift and Bike Friday are probably your best bets for high-performance folders. There's a pretty healthy used market for Bike Fridays, too, which helps with the budget....
10-26-09, 02:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,788
Posted By alpacalypse

If your bike is pretty light, consider just...

If your bike is pretty light, consider just installing two heavy duty rubberized hooks on your ceiling and hanging your bike upside-down by the wheels. I find this a lot more convenient than using a...
Forum: Commuting
10-26-09, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 741
Posted By alpacalypse

As others have said, it's worth checking the tire...

As others have said, it's worth checking the tire to see if you left a bit of glass in it or something.

Slimed tubes work for sealing punctures. However, while they eliminate the need to patch a...
10-23-09, 09:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,210
Posted By alpacalypse

If you want a tool that truly does everything,...

If you want a tool that truly does everything, look at the Topeak Alien. It's the only multitool that I know that really has every tool you can imagine on it. That, a patch kit and an inflator will...
10-22-09, 09:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By alpacalypse

Bungee to the rack? I prefer that to the bracket...

Bungee to the rack? I prefer that to the bracket anyway; it rattles less.
Forum: Commuting
10-18-09, 08:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 653
Posted By alpacalypse

If you can't find the right size and don't want...

If you can't find the right size and don't want to drill/tap, there's always the option of using a smaller bolt and nut.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-18-09, 12:13 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,152
Posted By alpacalypse

These two thoughts are both very, very true. If...

These two thoughts are both very, very true. If you take anything from this thread, take them.

Two more:

-Examine the existing market carefully. Folding bike designs come out of design schools...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-13-09, 06:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 607
Posted By alpacalypse

What thor says is generally true, although one...

What thor says is generally true, although one place to look is the Swift Folder, since it takes a lot of industry standard parts.

If your Marin is a relatively recent hybrid, it should have a...
10-12-09, 11:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,226
Posted By alpacalypse

I dunno, I've ridden drunk a few times in my life...

I dunno, I've ridden drunk a few times in my life and found it pretty acceptable. I mean, based on your description of how you felt, you were probably a bit drunker than I was, but still. Riding a...
Forum: Road Cycling
10-12-09, 10:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 646
Posted By alpacalypse

North island or south island? I spent some...

North island or south island?

I spent some time on the north island last year, mainly around Auckland and also some time in Wellington (took the train down; a very pleasant trip). If you just want...
10-12-09, 08:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,509
Posted By alpacalypse

In many places you can get away without studs in...

In many places you can get away without studs in the winter if they salt the roads well or if you're mainly riding on snow rather than ice, but if there's any ice, you really need them. Here's what...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-09, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 584
Posted By alpacalypse

Contrary to what others have said, the parts are...

Contrary to what others have said, the parts are actually half decent. The Sakae "custom" bar/stem combo are aluminum and were commonly specced on entry-level road bikes in the 70's and 80's. The dia...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-09, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 648
Posted By alpacalypse

If you don't want to change when you get where...

If you don't want to change when you get where you're going, consider a second-hand pair of 100% wool business slacks. They're pretty cheap from the thrift store, breathe well, fight BO, and are...
Forum: Commuting
10-08-09, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,282
Posted By alpacalypse

I've had a seat bag ripped off before. I think it...

I've had a seat bag ripped off before. I think it depends a lot on where you are and how long you lock your bike. My seat bag got stolen in NYC. There are only a few cities in the US where the bike...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-08-09, 07:36 AM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

Actually, for a steel one, this is probably the...

Actually, for a steel one, this is probably the place you wanna go: http://hpm.catoregon.org/?page_id=214

Swiftfolders.com is Steve Reich's site, and he sells the aluminum ones now.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-08-09, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By alpacalypse

Go bag a bickerton! ...

Go bag a bickerton!
http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxHFCi673A (http://http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=shxHFCi673A)
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-30-09, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,243
Posted By alpacalypse

TrekJapan, I think you may find it more...

TrekJapan,
I think you may find it more comfortable if you put the shifter inboard of the brake lever. That's how Shimano designs them to be mounted, and it makes the brake lever much easier to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-09, 10:11 PM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

Turnstyle, Glad it helped. The big apples...

Turnstyle,

Glad it helped. The big apples definitely improved the ride comfort over the stock Kendas. Some of this has to do with the fact that the Big apples are just physically bigger. The other...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-27-09, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

You can fit the 2" big apples. With my Swift, at...

You can fit the 2" big apples. With my Swift, at least, the front end fits them fine, no fiddling required. The rear required that I move the wheel back about a centimeter in the dropouts. The...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-18-09, 03:07 AM
Replies: 2,319
Views: 341,637
Posted By alpacalypse

Neoshlee, I'm honestly not sure if the 2" Big...

Neoshlee,
I'm honestly not sure if the 2" Big Apples will fit the 9FS. They should, but I don't own one so I can't be sure. You can measure the clearance on your frame with a caliper or measuring...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-16-09, 04:18 PM
Replies: 2,319
Views: 341,637
Posted By alpacalypse

Neoshlee, -The stock Kenda tires should be...

Neoshlee,

-The stock Kenda tires should be rideable on gravel/unpaved roads, but they're not ideal. If you want to use them anyway, ride them at as low a pressure as you can without pinchflatting....
Forum: Commuting
09-16-09, 03:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,711
Posted By alpacalypse

As others have said, you'll end up wanting to get...

As others have said, you'll end up wanting to get the fattest tires your bike can fit. Michelin used to make a tire called the Dynamic that's cheap ($12 or so each) and comes in a variety of sizes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-09-09, 07:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,714
Posted By alpacalypse

I couldn't deal with the stock QRs, lube or no...

I couldn't deal with the stock QRs, lube or no lube-- it just took too much muscle to get them tight enough.

An alternative to metric bolts is to find some enclosed-cam QRs. Sheldon explains why...
Forum: Folding Bikes
09-08-09, 11:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,714
Posted By alpacalypse

If the bottom seat clamp did not clamp hard...

If the bottom seat clamp did not clamp hard enough to prevent play, that's a manufacturing defect and it likely led to the failure of the frame. The seatpost clamps *need* to be really tight; that's...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-09, 08:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 14,855
Posted By alpacalypse

I would say this: On rigid bikes with little...

I would say this:
On rigid bikes with little wheels, fat tires are not just more comfortable, they're faster.

I ride a Xootr Swift, which is not only rigid but exceptionally stiff. With the stock...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-09, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,743
Posted By alpacalypse

Also, it bears mentioning here that the Xootr...

Also, it bears mentioning here that the Xootr Swift (barely) fits the 2" (50c) Schwalbe Big Apple tires. I just got a pair, and they help a lot with the harshness. They also up the gearing slightly...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-27-09, 07:35 AM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

Joako: When you finish building it, can you...

Joako:
When you finish building it, can you tell me how the steel Swift compares to the aluminum? It seems that very few people have ridden both, and I'm curious about maybe switching.
Forum: Commuting
08-04-09, 01:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 22,323
Posted By alpacalypse

What kind of distances are you riding?...

What kind of distances are you riding? Dutch-style bikes are great, but arguably best suited to rides under 10-15 miles or so.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-09, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By alpacalypse

Do you have a rack or fenders installed? A bolt...

Do you have a rack or fenders installed? A bolt for my rear rack (threaded through the right dropout's forward eyelet) sticks through a bit and interferes with my chain in 8th gear. I've been meaning...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-27-09, 08:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,140
Posted By alpacalypse

In the $400-$700 range, also consider the Xootr...

In the $400-$700 range, also consider the Xootr Swift (http://www.xootr.com/folding-bicycle.html) or Downtube (www.downtube.com).

I personally love my Swift.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-27-09, 06:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,755
Posted By alpacalypse

I think the Dahon's about the best in that price...

I think the Dahon's about the best in that price range, short of doing a lot of work on an old 20. I have one and like it a lot, although the hinges are now beginning to wear out and repair isn't...
Forum: Commuting
07-27-09, 06:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,733
Posted By alpacalypse

Ginsoakedboy-- This is not completely true....

Ginsoakedboy--
This is not completely true. There are two levels of Nexus 8-- the regular, and the redband or "premium" nexus 8.
The normal nexus 8 is good by any standard, but apparently the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-22-09, 09:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,439
Posted By alpacalypse

Perhaps one of the dahon flat-packing bikes like...

Perhaps one of the dahon flat-packing bikes like the Hammerhead? Not fully folding, but good for storage.
07-19-09, 04:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,945
Posted By alpacalypse

just a thought-- Schwinn makes a bike called...

just a thought--
Schwinn makes a bike called the Coffee that's essentially a copy of an old English three-speed but with modern components and standard threading/sizing. The three-speed model is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-09, 01:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By alpacalypse

Pocko: Wow. Just, wow. I'm truly impressed.

Pocko:
Wow. Just, wow. I'm truly impressed.
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-09, 01:03 PM
Replies: 3,885
Views: 681,298
Posted By alpacalypse

By the way, on the clicking noise: If it doesn't...

By the way, on the clicking noise: If it doesn't turn out to be the rear hub, check the bottom bracket. I had a bad click/clacking noise under pedaling loads with a factory-fresh Swift and had...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-19-09, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,698
Posted By alpacalypse

The posts above do a good job of describing the...

The posts above do a good job of describing the policy.

I will mention that on shorter-distance, not-acela-but-also-not-superliner trains like the one I regularly take from NYC to Pittsburgh, the...
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