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07-06-20, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 117
Posted By linberl

Glad to hear it. Whatever keeps us riding is all...

Glad to hear it. Whatever keeps us riding is all good. Now you'll be riding longer probably, too. Enjoy!
Forum: Folding Bikes
06-21-20, 07:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,001
Posted By linberl

Pacific cycles Birdy website now shows a 20"...

Pacific cycles Birdy website now shows a 20" model so you CAN have all 3.
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Forum: Folding Bikes
06-12-20, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By linberl

Ha ha, maybe he forgot to pay his server bill. ...

Ha ha, maybe he forgot to pay his server bill. Glad he's back up and running.
06-06-20, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By linberl

I've got a tiny 130w motor and I get 30-35 miles...

I've got a tiny 130w motor and I get 30-35 miles on it - but that's because I'm light, the bike is light, I use lowest level PAS, and I pause PAS when I don't need it. So that range means nothing in...
06-06-20, 09:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 661
Posted By linberl

Range depends on so many factors (rider weight,...

Range depends on so many factors (rider weight, wind, gearing, terrain, PAS levels or throttle use) that it is pretty useless to look at what other riders do unless you get that info as well. Safe...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-27-20, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 495
Posted By linberl

I strongly encourage you to email Bike Friday...

I strongly encourage you to email Bike Friday (service@bikefriday.com) and send them your questions and pictures. They WILL respond to you, maybe 3 days at most. Since what you are doing can affect...
05-15-20, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 357
Posted By linberl

We can get some heavy winds off the Bay, in the...

We can get some heavy winds off the Bay, in the 20+mph range. Before I got my motor, I always thought twice about riding on those really windy days. Now I don't even give it a consideration. It has...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-14-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 622
Posted By linberl

I have a titanium seat post on my Bike Friday....

I have a titanium seat post on my Bike Friday. What you might be able to do is just get a titanium tube with the proper circumference and clamp it on. Then get a seat post (with saddle clamps) that...
05-12-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,165
Posted By linberl

Unless you have the skills to do rewiring and...

Unless you have the skills to do rewiring and deal with voltage and watts and such, buying a cheap e-bike is a pound-foolish decision. It WILL crap out on you and if you cannot fix it, you will be...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-10-20, 11:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By linberl

I'm not sure I would agree with that. Aside from...

I'm not sure I would agree with that. Aside from the folding specific reasons, there are other reasons for a folder. It is definitely more nimble in traffic, and accelerates faster from a stop than a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-09-20, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By linberl

One 16" Bike Friday pakiT and one 20" Dahon Mu...

One 16" Bike Friday pakiT and one 20" Dahon Mu Uno. And while I didn't list it as a reason to own folders, subjectively I happen to think they are great looking, nicer looking than full sized bikes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-09-20, 08:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,587
Posted By linberl

1. space constraints at home 2. multi modal...

1. space constraints at home
2. multi modal travel (much easier to take on transit)
3. theft prevention (take into the office or throw into a friend's car trunk)
4. smaller wheels (easier...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-04-20, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By linberl

Yup, +1. Freewheel limitation. I think the cost...

Yup, +1. Freewheel limitation. I think the cost of upgrading exceeds the value of that bike. You're look at a new rear wheel, cassette, chain, rear der, shifters, cabling. Maybe sell it and buy a new...
Forum: Folding Bikes
05-02-20, 05:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,112
Posted By linberl

There are reasons some people have more than one...

There are reasons some people have more than one bike - because no single bike can do everything perfectly. I guess most Brommie riders use them in cities and are not riding daily more than 20 miles...
05-02-20, 12:29 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,206
Posted By linberl

Part of an e-bike's value is mental. While you...

Part of an e-bike's value is mental. While you might think, with an analog bike, I don't have the energy to ride today...or my (fill in the blank) hurts so I'll skip today's ride...or there's too...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-30-20, 03:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,664
Posted By linberl

Dahon's arclite rack fits the Mu quite nicely; I...

Dahon's arclite rack fits the Mu quite nicely; I have it on mine. Whether you'll need fenders or not depends on when you ride, but as we are heading into summer, you might be able to wait on those.
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-30-20, 12:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,664
Posted By linberl

The MU bikes are lighter than all the others I...

The MU bikes are lighter than all the others I believe. Weight matters in a lot of situations (carry to apartment or up to transit, lift to put in trunk, etc.). The Mu also has better componentry...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-20, 03:39 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,664
Posted By linberl

I just cut down some Mary On One bars I had; I...

I just cut down some Mary On One bars I had; I needed them narrow enough to get thru the toll booth at the Bart station and also I have a narrow shoulder width so stock bars are way too wide anyway....
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-27-20, 01:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,664
Posted By linberl

The Dahon classic was already over your desired...

The Dahon classic was already over your desired budget but the showroom model was a great deal. I have a Dahon Mu (single speed) and I absolutely love it. I removed the stupid seatpost with the pump...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-26-20, 07:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,664
Posted By linberl

Here's 3 to look at. The Costco bike can also be...

Here's 3 to look at. The Costco bike can also be purchased direct from Zizzo, but if you're a costco member (or known one will share their member # with you to order) they have a great return policy....
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-26-20, 11:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,073
Posted By linberl

Since you may have fitment issues, I recommend...

Since you may have fitment issues, I recommend only ordering online/shipping from companies that have a generous return policy as well as pay the return shipping if it doesn't fit. Many companies...
04-16-20, 04:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 651
Posted By linberl

Put your own assist unit on a bike that fits you...

Put your own assist unit on a bike that fits you well. Lots of options. For a light road bike, if you're only going to need a bit of assist, you could go with a friction drive (Onemotor, Zipdrive,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-14-20, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By linberl

+1^^^. If it didn't have a motor, I'd say check...

+1^^^. If it didn't have a motor, I'd say check the serial number and inspect the bike super carefully. But the added stress of a motor
means you only want a bike with a SOLID frame reputation.
04-01-20, 11:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,281
Posted By linberl

Just stick with well regarded and known brands...

Just stick with well regarded and known brands and avoid proprietary stuff (which ends up costing a lot more down the road). You'll have fun building it and be able to deal with any issues from a...
03-10-20, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,929
Posted By linberl

You didn't really specify where you will ride,...

You didn't really specify where you will ride, the terrain and conditions, nor the range you're seeking. Adding a kit to a used folder will probably be your cheapest option (other than a really cheap...
02-23-20, 10:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,046
Posted By linberl

Maybe also take some info on bike trailers...

Maybe also take some info on bike trailers (cargo, Travoy, etc.) and kid carriers? Burley makes both, I'm sure some other brands do as well. Maybe get some images of folks with kids on their cargo...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-17-20, 12:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,164
Posted By linberl

The Mu is actually a nice bike, I have the Mu...

The Mu is actually a nice bike, I have the Mu Uno. That said, just cuz you can do it doesn't mean you should, lol.
02-13-20, 12:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,133
Posted By linberl

I felt that way too until I got a system with...

I felt that way too until I got a system with PAS. It's a lot better, and if you also have a throttle for those quick situations, you're set. PAS saves your thumb first of all, which can get pretty...
02-12-20, 12:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,133
Posted By linberl

You fail to understand that people have different...

You fail to understand that people have different needs and wants. My e-bike kit added 4.6lbs to my 19 lb folding Bike Friday. So even if I ride with it totally turned off, it rides great. And I...
02-11-20, 03:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,133
Posted By linberl

I ride with the motor off most of the time, and...

I ride with the motor off most of the time, and only switch on for bad headwinds or big hills, when on a recreational/exercise ride. However, when I am riding purely as transportation (I sold my car)...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-01-20, 10:58 PM
Replies: 277
Views: 37,603
Posted By linberl

Unlike the HAD, it easily converts to a single...

Unlike the HAD, it easily converts to a single rider travel bike. The rear "frame" of the HAD is not replicated here, it is a detachable series of rack options instead. So this one model can be a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-24-20, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,770
Posted By linberl

+1 tds101 If you buy a bike for the fold, the...

+1 tds101 If you buy a bike for the fold, the buy a brompton. Someone said you can have light, cheap, quality, as long as you only want two of those at a time. Throw in perfect fold and you still...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-12-20, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By linberl

If I want to test out pedals, I wrap the threads...

If I want to test out pedals, I wrap the threads with plumbers tape and install. No grease. Easy to return.
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-20, 03:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,577
Posted By linberl

Email and ask them with all your specifics before...

Email and ask them with all your specifics before you order: claims_paypalreturns@telusinternational.com
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-05-20, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,888
Posted By linberl

I'm not a big person, either, and folders fit me...

I'm not a big person, either, and folders fit me well. You'll get used to the handling, but a front load also helps (front rack/bag). Enjoy!
01-02-20, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 586
Posted By linberl

As someone who has crowdfunded numerous items,...

As someone who has crowdfunded numerous items, and waited for one nearly 4 years, I concur with the above. Crowdfunding should only be for (1) things you can wait indefinitely for, and (2) with $ you...
01-01-20, 12:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,637
Posted By linberl

It's important to roll those muscles. I haven't...

It's important to roll those muscles. I haven't always been great about doing this, mostly because those fat styro rollers hurt like hell. But I recently spent some $ on a different kind of roller,...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-22-19, 05:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,986
Posted By linberl

Haha, don't want you murdered. I don't think it...

Haha, don't want you murdered. I don't think it will get cheaper at Costco; they will just run out and not restock. But - last year Zizzo had some "returns" on their website for incredibly good...
12-12-19, 05:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,207
Posted By linberl

Yup, I agree. Every single time someone uses...

Yup, I agree. Every single time someone uses alternative transportation (wouldn't it be nice if cars were the alternative instead of the norm?) that's a good thing. String a few times together, get...
12-10-19, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,207
Posted By linberl

Why label it? You've reduced your impact. Ask...

Why label it? You've reduced your impact. Ask her how long, how many months, she would need to let the car sit while you pretend you don't have it to see if she really thinks she can do it. That...
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-03-19, 05:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,323
Posted By linberl

See if you can find a used Dahon Mu. Without the...

See if you can find a used Dahon Mu. Without the seat pump post (ebay has aluminum replacements) it will be around 22-23 lbs. I've got the single speed but they also made 8 and 10 speeds I believe....
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-01-19, 11:39 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,327
Posted By linberl

If you go ahead an order, you can change some of...

If you go ahead an order, you can change some of your specs if you want to before they begin the build. Btw, if you give them my name, you'll get some free goodies (and so will I, lol - Linda...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-19, 10:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,323
Posted By linberl

The only thing I don't like about my folding bike...

The only thing I don't like about my folding bike (Bike Friday pakiT) is that it keeps costing me money - because I keep buying accessories and upgrades for it, lol. No, seriously, the only thing I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-27-19, 10:38 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,614
Posted By linberl

There's this one as well. ...

There's this one as well. https://sfbay.craigslist.org/eby/bik/d/berkeley-brompton-m6l-6-speed-folding/7025380014.html And CL also has an older 5 speed model. Seems like maybe folks are getting...
11-26-19, 09:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,134
Posted By linberl

Get a hub motor kit and put it on one of your...

Get a hub motor kit and put it on one of your existing bikes. Leed's, Dillinger, Luna, etc. When you build up enough, then put the regular wheel back on and remove the battery.
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-24-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 2,433
Views: 657,582
Posted By linberl

I don't have a problem with the CL guy trying to...

I don't have a problem with the CL guy trying to get full price for a bike he didn't pay full price for - his profit margin isn't an issue. The bike is worth what it is worth, period. If someone...
11-20-19, 09:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,070
Posted By linberl

There are bikes that would work for you. I think...

There are bikes that would work for you. I think you have to decide that it's okay to spend some money on the right bike(s) to make it work. Once you accept that the bike is your "car" and you can...
11-09-19, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3,192
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Views: 442,866
Posted By linberl

I'm 70 this month and for those really feeling...

I'm 70 this month and for those really feeling their age, there are options. You'll have to pry my bike from my dead cold hands, so it's a matter of finding ways to make biking possible as I...
10-31-19, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,038
Posted By linberl

My motor will go 28 mph but I have not found any...

My motor will go 28 mph but I have not found any need to go more than about 18mph, period. If you ride in a city with stops and lights and traffic or on regulated pathways, that 28mph is pretty...
10-10-19, 02:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,201
Posted By linberl

If it goes more than 20mph, in Ca. you can't ride...

If it goes more than 20mph, in Ca. you can't ride the paths or lanes. More than 28mph and you can't legally ride class 3 either. Doesn't matter about pedals, at that point it is all about the speed...
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