Folding Bikes - question for fixed folder owners/riders
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recently saw some photos of fixed gear folding bikes, and i am intrigued. some of the builds look really simple and clean. just a question, though: since the bb is lower on a folder (smaller wheels), do you encounter problems with pedal strike? i ride my bianchi san jose fixed with 172.5 cranks and i occasionally strike my pedal during corners (they were during moderate but not aggressive corners at maybe 10mph). thinking about doing a conversion with a folder but this was my first concern.
01-03-09, 10:26 PM
A folder isn't just a regular frame with smaller wheels thrown on. Obviously the BBs are attached higher relative to the dropouts.
01-04-09, 10:16 AM
Initially I had my Swift set up fixed, same size cranks as above. I had no problem along those lines.
01-04-09, 06:44 PM
I have two fixie folders - a 'vintage' Raleigh Twenty and a modern Brompton - both have perfectly normal BB heights for an adult bike for road use and both are hella fun :)
A bike with a solid rear triangle like a Dahon/Swift/Raleigh/Moulton will yield better results as you won't need a tensioner, but nothing's impossible (♫ as long as you believe ♪ do de do do do de doooo... ♬)
thanks for the responses. maybe it's just an optical illusion or something, as the pedals look so low compared to the little wheels.
if i can find a used swift for cheap i'll look into fixing it.
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