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Forum: Folding Bikes
07-28-22, 11:22 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,775
Posted By Falconista

I wasn't making any claims on nostalgia, just...

I wasn't making any claims on nostalgia, just that it works for me. Agreed that it is a little heavy, especially the cheaper TSR frames, but I made it clear that I am not putting major power down...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-22, 09:00 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,775
Posted By Falconista

A Moulton seems like a good combination between a...

A Moulton seems like a good combination between a stiff frame and supple ride. The spaceframe construction gives stiffness in multiple axes so feels rock steady - at least at the kind of power that...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-18-22, 07:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,998
Posted By Falconista

Can you tell us what brand the gears are on the...

Can you tell us what brand the gears are on the cone? On my TSR 9 I swapped the SRAM dualdrive shifter, RD and cassette to Shimano XT 11. I gained a wider gear range for touring and was fun to do. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-03-22, 04:05 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,418
Posted By Falconista

Can you explain more on the damping side? Does...

Can you explain more on the damping side? Does that lead to energy loss or to smoother and easier travel?
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-03-22, 04:01 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,418
Posted By Falconista

The TSR frame was (is?) also sold as the APB -...

The TSR frame was (is?) also sold as the APB - sort of a mini MTB. This suggests that it is compromised as a pure road bike or off-road bike, but for me it is perhaps one of the reasons why I enjoy...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-02-22, 02:08 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,418
Posted By Falconista

Jan Heine's business is selling wider tyres to...

Jan Heine's business is selling wider tyres to reduce vibration and energy losses. The Moulton principle of small wheels and suspension is a competing technology to do broadly the same thing. He...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-22, 05:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,418
Posted By Falconista

Jan Heine's work on tyres is very interesting,...

Jan Heine's work on tyres is very interesting, and he shows that wider tyres at lower pressure can be fast, but only if they are supple fast tyres in the first place. My Schwalbe Marathons are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-01-22, 06:46 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 25,418
Posted By Falconista

One of the enjoyable aspects about folders/small...

One of the enjoyable aspects about folders/small wheel bikes is the diversity of solutions that designers have come up with over the years. Their looks, costs and riding characteristics are quite...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-01-21, 06:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,453
Posted By Falconista

Thanks. There are two factors here that can be...

Thanks. There are two factors here that can be helpful. The first one is the higher gear inches possible, but in my case I spin out at around 40kmh so it isn't that often (unless I have the wind...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-21, 09:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,453
Posted By Falconista

Pinholecam - How much faster did you find the 451...

Pinholecam - How much faster did you find the 451 wheels over the 406 wheels?

I have a Moulton TSR that doesn't get split that often so could stand the slight reduction in practicality. I have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-21, 03:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,148
Posted By Falconista

Brilliant. However it does mean I just have to...

Brilliant. However it does mean I just have to try harder on the hills.
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-01-21, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,729
Posted By Falconista

I have never ridden a mini velo. What is it...

I have never ridden a mini velo. What is it about them that people like? I assumed that they rode like a folding bike but without the flexibility of actually folding.
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-01-21, 02:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,977
Posted By Falconista

Looks like a good solution. Would be interesting...

Looks like a good solution. Would be interesting to hear if it makes any difference to the steering if the bag is vertical rather than horizontal. It would reduce any turning moment on the handle...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-19-21, 11:01 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,329
Posted By Falconista

There are 48 Brompton dealers listed across...

There are 48 Brompton dealers listed across Paris, so it should be feasible to find spare parts if required. In the countryside I suppose the coverage thins out a bit.
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-07-21, 03:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,135
Posted By Falconista

That looks good. My old Dahon doesn't have the...

That looks good. My old Dahon doesn't have the welded bracket either, and feels very back heavy when touring. Putting the weight on the frame rather than the steering works really well too.

Is it...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-26-21, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,692
Posted By Falconista

A clean would be great, but be careful with...

A clean would be great, but be careful with solvents like white spirit or meths. They are great at getting rid of engrained grime but also disastrous for some difficult to replace stickers or...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-26-21, 12:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,945
Posted By Falconista

Hi Schwinnsta. The TSR has an integrated rear...

Hi Schwinnsta. The TSR has an integrated rear triangle which solved the bobbing of the APB when pedalling. The front suspension of both models can cause bobbing when standing hard on the pedals but...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-08-21, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By Falconista

The current Moultons have an fixed triangle...

The current Moultons have an fixed triangle between the crank and cassette, so the chainstay or chain length doesn't change at all when the suspension is compressed.

Looking at it the other way,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-31-21, 07:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,479
Posted By Falconista

The rear suspension layout looks similar to that...

The rear suspension layout looks similar to that used by Bridgestone. Perhaps made by them for Audi.
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-21, 06:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,620
Posted By Falconista

I agree with many of the points above. As you...

I agree with many of the points above. As you are quite fit, at this stage I think any old thing will do, and you will likely enjoy the mobility and exercise.

If you don't spend too much...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-25-21, 05:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,620
Posted By Falconista

A bit harsh to describe the sprite as an old...

A bit harsh to describe the sprite as an old commuter. I hope it didn't hear you...:)
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-21, 04:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By Falconista

Schwalbe Marathon Plus in 1.75" diameter would...

Schwalbe Marathon Plus in 1.75" diameter would work well. A little bit of tread for the trails, reasonable rolling resistance on the road, and decent puncture protection. My use sounds a bit like...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-09-21, 04:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,025
Posted By Falconista

Another vote for Schwalbe Marathons. I prefer...

Another vote for Schwalbe Marathons. I prefer the normal Greenguard, then the Marathon plus. I didn't like the feel of the Marathon racer at all, and they didn't seem to offer any speed advantage...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-21, 04:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,930
Posted By Falconista

Thanks for the update and let us know how you get...

Thanks for the update and let us know how you get on with the microshift system.

On one bike I went for a similar set-up, using Shimano XT. I was seduced by the marketing speak about perfect...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-02-21, 02:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,828
Posted By Falconista

I put MKS FD-7 folding pedals on all my foldies. ...

I put MKS FD-7 folding pedals on all my foldies. A bit heavy but seem really robust and low friction.

I worry about someone stealing a removable pedal and making it unridable.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-26-21, 03:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,614
Posted By Falconista

This spacer may work. ...

This spacer may work.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Wheels-Manufacturing-Spindle-Spacers-10-Pack/dp/B00DHN8FUY?th=1
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-26-21, 01:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,614
Posted By Falconista

Can you use a spacer to move the chainrings...

Can you use a spacer to move the chainrings outboard until they line up with the FD? It would rob the left crank of a few mm of attachment I guess but should work unless you are a very heavy or...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-08-21, 03:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,270
Posted By Falconista

[QUOTE=lifanus;21893506]If you are looking to...

[QUOTE=lifanus;21893506]If you are looking to upgrade, make sure you get a model with quick-release wheels and modern cartridge bottom brackets for ease of service.
Any 8-9 speed bike from these...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-04-21, 03:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,248
Posted By Falconista

BTW I didn't really mean to recommend the aero...

BTW I didn't really mean to recommend the aero bars solution and I would hate for your girlfriend to have an accident. It did work (from an aero view) but I must also say that it didn't feel very...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-03-21, 03:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,248
Posted By Falconista

Ergon GP3s. I find them useful and quite...

Ergon GP3s. I find them useful and quite comfortable.
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-03-21, 11:05 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,248
Posted By Falconista

I also put some clip-on aero bars on my Dahon...

I also put some clip-on aero bars on my Dahon Speed. It made it a little faster in race mode but it was very twitchy!

I agree with Fentuz that you might as well go for narrow straight bars to...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-02-21, 05:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 13,340
Posted By Falconista

Are you still noticing a performance impact from...

Are you still noticing a performance impact from the mudguards?
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-31-21, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By Falconista

Thanks. Some good prices there too

Thanks. Some good prices there too
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-31-21, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By Falconista

I am looking for 406mm wheels as I already have a...

I am looking for 406mm wheels as I already have a bunch of tyres in that size and I want to easily swap between the wheelsets. I have seen a Moulton with 451 which looks good though.

I measure...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-21, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By Falconista

Many thanks. I will check them out I also...

Many thanks. I will check them out

I also found the Tern Kinetix Pro X. Have you seen these?
https://www.ternbicycles.com/ph/gear/471/kinetix-pro-x-wheels
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-26-21, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By Falconista

Light(er) wheels for Moulton TSR

Hi all,

I am looking to buy some lighter weight wheels for my Moulton TSR. It still has the original 36 hole rims which seem a little overkill and wondered what people recommend in 406mm that are...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-20, 07:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,894
Posted By Falconista

Yes will be interesting to hear what you think of...

Yes will be interesting to hear what you think of the muffin tyres. Let us know how you get on.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-21-20, 07:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,894
Posted By Falconista

A 20" Dahon with racks, eg Mariner (Al frame) or...

A 20" Dahon with racks, eg Mariner (Al frame) or Speed D8 (steel frame) sounds like a reasonable compromise and not too expensive an experiment if it doesn't work out. Bickerton (I think Al frame)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-14-20, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,654
Posted By Falconista

Looks like a good place to go cycling, away from...

Looks like a good place to go cycling, away from traffic. There are a hundred different tyre options that would work although everything is a compromise. From the advert for a new bike above you...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-10-20, 06:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,654
Posted By Falconista

What are you looking for from the tyres? Speed,...

What are you looking for from the tyres? Speed, comfort, puncture resistance, low price, long life, all of the above?
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-08-20, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,808
Posted By Falconista

Some of the cheap pedals feel like they are...

Some of the cheap pedals feel like they are lubricated with gravel. Would swapping the grease for a better lubricant make much difference?
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-08-20, 02:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,808
Posted By Falconista

I got the impression that the cheaper folding...

I got the impression that the cheaper folding pedals with rubber tops varied a lot in their bearing quality. In a shop once with a bucket of them I could feel the differences by spinning them in my...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-26-20, 08:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,258
Posted By Falconista

Agree that non-pneumatic tyres may be too harsh. ...

Agree that non-pneumatic tyres may be too harsh. They are useful on street rental bikes but not ideal for personal bikes.

Some of the touring tyres like Schwalbe Marathon and Marathon plus have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-25-20, 09:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By Falconista

I don't own a bike with 650b tyres so can't...

I don't own a bike with 650b tyres so can't compare directly but my 20" Moulton TSR is definitely a lot more comfortable over distances than my Dahon Speed (20" with steel frame and fork, same...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-20, 12:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By Falconista

My Moulton TSR is the most comfortable bike I...

My Moulton TSR is the most comfortable bike I have by quite a long way and the suspension really helps to reduce road and track chatter. There is definitely a point at which the 20" wheel with a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-23-20, 05:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 9,187
Posted By Falconista

I would think plenty, especially if the range of...

I would think plenty, especially if the range of the nine gears is reasonably high. Road bike cassettes can be quite narrow range, eg 12-25, but mountain bike cassettes can be much wider, eg 11-40. ...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-18-20, 05:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By Falconista

This chap certainly put his new world tourist...

This chap certainly put his new world tourist through its paces.
https://bicycletouringpro.com/ultimate-bike-friday-new-world-tourist-review/
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-17-20, 10:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By Falconista

PS I have taken my trusty old steel Dahon into...

PS I have taken my trusty old steel Dahon into totally inappropriate tracks but I had to be v careful. My Moulton is better as has suspension at both ends.

How about a Dahon Jetstream?
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-17-20, 10:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,499
Posted By Falconista

Hi Spiritess. I think bigger wheels would be...

Hi Spiritess. I think bigger wheels would be better in general. ie 20" or more for offroading. The Montagues are a good option to look at.

Reasonably easy to drop the gearing range on foldies,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-05-20, 03:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,726
Posted By Falconista

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1093905-m...

https://www.bikeforums.net/folding-bikes/1093905-moulton-tsr-10-ready-roll.html

I think this link should give some more pics.

I was inspired by Pinholecam's XT upgrade but stayed with flat bars...
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