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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Bought the last IF Urban 700c there .. Next shipment in September ..
    Wonder if they still have a demo bike for test ride tomorrow. You're fast and that's a good choice ! Come join us for ride soon ! Nice bike !

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    Hey guys

    First, yes they do have a demo...

    E- Walker are the distributors, and they will let Life Cycle and Simon do most of their sales, although the other dealers do not have any stocks right now.

    But it is funny that they do a launch with no stocked and I told their rep. Fu De, who was a warm and pleasant rep.

    Right now they do a promotion:
    Free wireless direction indicator - worth $80
    Free puncture resistant inner tube.

    Plus a 5 year warranty with free servicing.

    I tried the IF Mode:

    Very funky design, the grips and seat are in brown stitched leather - nice. The folding design is radical and very easy to use.
    But the gear shift is some design where you kick the peddle, I can't describe it you have to try it to see if it suits you.

    It weights 14 plus kg, but feels and handles like a lighter bike.

    The IF Urban 26:

    This costs $100 than the IF Urban 700C, and weighs 1kg lighter. It also uses a 27 speed shift from Sturmey.

    This uses a 26" wheel and the "regular type gears". However I felt it was less smooth than the 700C model. Maybe it's the use of the budget Sturmey brand instead of the Shimano alternatives. Something to upgrade, which even the distributors admitted.

    It comes in a white/black combination.

    As for my choice the IF Urban 700C:

    First, the frame fitted me best. And despite using a budget 8-speed internal gear hub from Sturmey, which didn't rate too highly here:
    http://hubstripping.wordpress.com/in...ar-hub-review/

    The gear change and the smoothness was significantly superior to the Urban 26.

    The bike really folds very easily and I can slip it into my Honda Civic with some room to spare for bags, shoes etc. It will also fit into my backseat.

    With the internal gear hub, there is also less chance of oil dripping onto my seats or boot floor. Maintainence is however more difficult, but without the multiple gears, I feel that less dirt will be trapped an hence need less cleaning on a day to day basis.

    I sit more upright, than the Polygons, and the finish is better, the IF being similar to the Specialised bikes in quality of finish.

    Note that there is no kick stand, and only 1 bottle holder.
    There is also no attachments for a rear rack for bags.

    For more info on Sturmey check this out:
    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/sturmey-archer.html
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    This is a rather frightful hobby... and as expensive as my other ones...
    From a budget of $300, it expanded to $990 for the Specialised Sirrus and boom! Now I have just parted with more than 2k... ouch...

    This is the only foldable locally with a 700C wheel. Somehow the small ones didn't inspire a lot of confidence, and the IF Reach which was a possible alternative didn't look quite right despite a cheaper price for the basic model.

    The attraction was also the internal gear hub, which proved to be smooth and I found these advantages:

    Advantages

    Hub-gear systems can change gear ratios when the rear wheel is stationary. This can be useful for commuter cycling with frequent stops and for mountain biking in rough terrain.
    Hub-gear systems are simple to use for inexperienced riders, because there is generally only a single shifter to operate and there are no overlapping gear ratios. By contrast, modern derailleur systems often have two shifters, and require some forethought to avoid problematic gear combinations.
    The mechanism is sealed within the hub and bathed in a lubricant. This protects it from water and grit.
    The single chainline allows for a full chain enclosure chain guard, so the chain is also protected from water and grit.
    The single chainline does not require the chain to bend or twist. As a result, the chain can be constructed differently, with parallel pins instead of barrel-shaped ones.[12] Line-contact between the bearing surfaces, instead the point-contact of a derailleur chain, greatly extends the working life of all components.[citation needed]
    The single external sprocket means that the wheel can be built with less dish making it stronger than a similar wheel dished to accommodate multiple sprockets.
    Hub gears completely avoid the danger of collision with the spokes and wheel-collapse that derailleur systems can suffer.
    Hub gears provide a means for shifting gear ratios on drivetrains incompatible with external deraileurs such as belt drives and shaft drives.





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    Wow, we started the mid-nite right at about 11.50pm and just reach home
    at 6am this morning. Thanks to all the riders Regina, Daniel and especially
    to Old Boy whom we found to be very humble and friendly and tag along
    till the end when we head our own way for home from Jalan Besar.

    Surely we'll get another ride going as we found that riding at night is really
    cool.
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    Well done on the cycle event, bro I doubt if I will join you all .... My cycling is far less back breaking and sissy. An hour or two at pierce or the beach is the extent of my exhertions.
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    Can I ask what kind of locks everyone uses?

    I prefer a combination lock just because I don't have to worry about losing the key...
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    Bicycle parking problem!!


    Can anyone guess where is this place?


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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    Can I ask what kind of locks everyone uses?

    I prefer a combination lock just because I don't have to worry about losing the key...
    Veteran bicycle riding is an attitude!

    Beyond the grave, the veterans are still very active and strong in their golden age.
    Bro Pete, I've not much change to meet them and until I meet one, I am concerned the
    numbers that I am going to encounter will increased!

    There are plenty of opportunities to learn from their vast experiences, It's just a choice.


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    Hey bro
    I am not sure how your post relates to locks ?
    Quote Originally Posted by forward View Post
    Veteran bicycle riding is an attitude!

    Beyond the grave, the veterans are still very active and strong in their golden age.
    Bro Pete, I've not much change to meet them and until I meet one, I am concerned the
    numbers that I am going to encounter will increased!

    There are plenty of opportunities to learn from their vast experiences, It's just a choice.

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    Oh and I got this:
    http://www.togoparts.com/articles/ar...php?artid=2021



    The Podio Luminadio is a very interesting accessory. On the base of it, it looks like a very high powered light, with its tube-shape, but soon you'll realize that this is a dual function accessory that has a very bright light, as well as a very loud speaker.


    The Luminadio comes with the standard bicycle handlebar mounts, meant for both standard and oversized handlebars, with rubber shims for everything in between. Mounting was quite a simple affair that doesn't require instructions.

    Lighting is provided by a high-brightness Cree 1W white 100 Flux LED that promises at least 4 hours of bright light on the high beam mode, and 9 hours on the low beam. It also has a flashing mode that you might want to use in urban situations.


    The integrated speaker is a Foster Hi-Fi micro-speaker that is driven by the μAmp to create a clear, loud and harmonious sound. Used independently of the light, it promises 9-20 hours of playback depending on the volume.
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    Combination lock is convenient but is ranked low in security. If going for wash room break,less than 2 minutes, I think it 's fine. There's once where bike theft is so rampant that buying a drink in 7-11 will cost you the bike, esp East Coast Mac ! If I cycled alone, I will only use Krytonite U lock and one more hexagonal chain. The cost of lock is far cheaper than the bike, so I didn't intend to save on it. But now, I will cycle with folding bike, just bring it in.

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    Here is the pic from CS first ride. Thanks to Patrick for the tips on photography and the companionship from Regina and Daniel. It's a real pleasure riding with you all !


    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=1&theater

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    @ old boy :
    I can't open the link....

    BTW who carries kryptonite locks locally?
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    Hope you can enjoy this link:

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2136776857936


    The mirror like reflection of the flyover is interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Boy View Post
    Here is the pic from CS first ride. Thanks to Patrick for the tips on photography and the companionship from Regina and Daniel. It's a real pleasure riding with you all !


    http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?s...type=1&theater
    You can right click "send the link" and then copy the link and put it here.
    This was what I did for the picture of the reflection of the flyover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Old Boy View Post
    Combination lock is convenient but is ranked low in security. If going for wash room break,less than 2 minutes, I think it 's fine. There's once where bike theft is so rampant that buying a drink in 7-11 will cost you the bike, esp East Coast Mac ! If I cycled alone, I will only use Krytonite U lock and one more hexagonal chain. The cost of lock is far cheaper than the bike, so I didn't intend to save on it. But now, I will cycle with folding bike, just bring it in.
    Many thanks Brother Henry, this is what I mean by "Veteran bicycle riding is an attitude!" which will delight
    and solve Pete's query

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=2136873820360

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    Nice pic, cheers...
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    @ old boy :
    I can't open the link....

    BTW who carries kryptonite locks locally?
    Trek3 sells Trek locks that were made by Kryptonite. Not sure about the rest. There are other sturdy ones like abus.
    I got my Kryptonite Evo lock and cable shipped from Evans Cycle as part of a batch purchase of other stuffs.
    However while pretty secure, note that these sturdy locks are pretty damn heavy. Mine including the cable weighs probably ard 2 kg. The key has a blue light that makes unlocking easier in dimmer lighting, which i thought was a thoughtful design.

    I recently "donated" to the project of the TiGr lock ( via kickstarter ) And wound be interested to see how the product turns out when they ship me the product when done. http://tigrlock.com/pages/

    Ryan

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    The TiGr lock looks promising... too bad it's not shipping yet...
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    Quote Originally Posted by petetherock View Post
    @ old boy :
    I can't open the link....

    BTW who carries kryptonite locks locally?
    Hopefully this link works :

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/1229015...in/photostream

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