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Old 06-17-2010, 11:02 PM   #57
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I am wonder about the inner tubes.I notice there are 2 different types of valves.1 standard and the other is not.Could I use the standard one?I have the one that needs the little adapter to feed it with air but I am assuming you can use the other?
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Old 06-17-2010, 11:14 PM   #58
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Gool bike, and a steal! 2air answered most but my 2 cents...
1) tires.. those rims are 406.. pretty much standard. Bikefriday.com sells tires, but most LBS should be able to order you some. Brands? Schwable Marathon racer should do the trick (I agree with 2air, slight tread or slicks are fine. We use our Bikefriday tandem with 1 5/8" width smoothie's in the hard pack dirt without issues.. I like the Comet's on it). I'm not sure what width would fit, but some of the Dahons come with the Schwable Big Apples for a nice smooth, surprisingly fast ride. Pricey though, but they'll last awhile.

I've got some cheap Kenda's on my Dahon D7, work well, but nothing special. i'd like to upgrade to the Schwables...

Online - Maxxis makes some 406 BMX smooth(er) tires that may fit.. I think the Hookworm is one cool tire.. and you can buy online direct from Maxxis.com's estore.

2) Most all those bits you want are availbe from your LBS. Cables are easy to replace, and improve shifting action. Lights? How bright do you want. IF it's just for visiablity, any LED battery light would work. I like the Planet Bike Superflash for the rear.

3) Those Dahon rims are pretty notorious for going out of true. Your's are a bit better, but mine are just so cheap (single wall, cheap ball bearings). Each wheel should be about $20-25 to true.

Grips and the like.. that's for you to customize! Visit Dahon.com's forum for upgrade ideas from other forum members.

Tubes - if you have the "skinny" ones (presta), you need your rims drilled out to take the schrader (car like) tubes. Once you figure out how to use a presta, it's pretty simple (unscrew the screw on the hub of the nipple, and then put your presta pump over it, and move the clamp on the pump to hold it on. I use an adapter on my standard pump ($1.00) to screw onto the presta tube and use my standard pump like normal). If you have schrader, you can use presta with rim adapters that all shops should sell (I bought two for my BF for $5.00 each).

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Old 06-17-2010, 11:23 PM   #59
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tubes...

stick with the SKINNY stem style (those are called PRESTA stems)

they are better for HIGH PRESSURE tires/tubes.

and you can run 90-120 psi pretty easily on that bike.

the suspension will make the tires/rider smoother.

the FATTER stem style (schrader) isn't typically available with higher pressure tires.
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i like the maxxis and kenda and schwalbe tires marc mentions, all of them.

schwalbe makes the most variety for 20/406 and while they are PRICEY they are good tires.

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Old 06-18-2010, 09:49 AM   #60
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Performance.com is a great online bike store.
There are a lot of others you will find with a Google search for the item you want.
I am waiting on a dual wireless computer for my husbands bike right now from a company called Tree Fort Bikes and a Park chain cleaning kit and Polar insulated bottle from ebay. We also support our favorite LBS pretty much monthly. Bikes are a big part of our lifestyle. I'll be heading out shortly for a ride.

You do not mention how you plan to use the light on your bike but I imagine it is just for light cruising in a campground when the sun goes down.
A $500 light would be a good choice for a randonneuring road biker or shooting through the trees on a mountain bike. A folder would be an ill suited bike for either of these situations.
Lights start at about $6 for a rear LED flasher that will just improve your visibility in traffic.
I have a set of Blackburn Fleas, front and rear, just to make myself visible on my road bike rides. They are LED and recharge on a computer with a USB connector. Less than $50 for the pair. The front would get me home in a pinch at dusk. There are several other options for front and rear visibility enhancing lights. Knog lights are pretty cool, versatile and cheap.
You may consider a head/helmet lamp as it always lights up what you are looking at. They are also handy for setting up camp in the dark and reading. Multi-duty is always a plus when space is tight!

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Old 06-23-2010, 10:17 PM   #61
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cleaned it up

Well...I cleaned it up real good and started putting some things on it.I am still waiting on the new tires and inner tubes.
I have to say though that I got this new seatpost called the thudbuster and it is so nice to ride with some cushion.I recommend getting one of these.
Since I have cleaned the bike up it all looks to be in very good condition.There was a lot of surface rust so it looked really bad and dirty.Here is what I so far.Some more things coming.
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looking good devo'

a clean bike is a happy bike.

with suspension now in 3 places the bike should ride smoooothly...

or like a pogo stick.
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now add some sort of rack/bag to carry stuff.


here's a couple of shots of 1a my rides

from a while back

it's a somewhat similar folder (with 16 inch wheels)

and was in your general location...

((extra points to those who can id the spot))

2 views of the bike with a nice rack...

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the rack folds up WITH the bike

and the arkel tail rider bag keeps about 3 liters of gear

(so travel is not a total bust)

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Old 06-24-2010, 06:53 AM   #63
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Nice rack s 2 air!

Key West would be my Guess?


a few vintage models to share....
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...a few vintage models to share....
ah yes 60s F frame moultons.

love the old photos, thanks for sharing.

these were (and are) still popular bikes (the f frame era of moultons)

a full suspension bike that would FIT in the boot of mini cooper was an big innovation in cycling.

and many of the 60s adverts and photos featured them in fashionable settings...

with pretty girls, the latest clothing, sporty cars or hipster guys in hats.

there were/are TWO racks available for those bikes,

1 on the front and one on the rear (seen in the R hand photo)

which could carry 40-50 lbs of gear (they could be used for camping/touring) in specially designed bags.

many similarities to mr. wally's legacy trailer company.

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...Key West would be my Guess?...
nice try, but it's somewhere nearer (in) the redneck riviera

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Old 06-24-2010, 10:14 PM   #65
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Bag

I was looking at that same bag you have.They also have that quick disconnect rack for the seat that I really like.
This is something I will be using when I go on bike rides with the little one.
Oh and speaking of little one.She is a big girl now 2Air.No more training wheels.
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Hey Devo.. can I get the tires you're getting rid of?
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Old 06-25-2010, 08:10 PM   #67
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Tires

Sorry but I already threw those away.Those things were beat up and worn out.I would not have recommended using them.
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Update on my end; we have graduated to Raleigh Twentys Amazing little bikes that can be had for cheap, but easy to spend some money on when you go to upgrade. STILL saving for a Brompton, but may go with Bike Friday NWT when the new, soon to be released Shimano Alfine 11 speed hub comes out...love them cans!

BTW these two bikes date from around 1971 and 1973, perfect vintage to go with my Airstream.

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I love old Raleigh's so so much. This is a neat thread. Never noticed it before.

Here's my camping bike:



I was working on it so had it up on the table. It looked so good I took a photo.
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