Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes: Custom Winter, Challenge Seiran SL, Fuji Team Pro, Cattrike Road/Velokit, РOS hybrid
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All you need is a pole that disassembles into segments. I have one on my trike. If you can't buy one, you can convert your existing pole using the following high tech method:
1) Saw your existing pole into segments the size you need. Based on what you say, a single cut in the middle will probably do fine.
2) Take one of the pieces of pole to a hardware store. Buy a 4" section (you may have to buy a whole foot) of rigid pipe -- pvc is great -- that just barely fits over the section of pole that you have
3) Apply an appropriate adhesive to the last 2" of one end of the bottom half of your pole and stick 2" of pipe on.
Once the glue sets, you can just stick the top half of the pole when you need it and remove it in about a second.
I wouldn't look for a teloscoping pole. Sounds expensive, less reliable, and more wind resistance. A cheap fishing pole makes more sense if you don't want to convert your existing flag pole.