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Old 05-25-16, 09:20 AM   #1
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Carrying a folded bike

Just out of curiosity, when in folded mode do you prefer to carry your bike by the saddle or by the frame?
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Old 05-25-16, 11:45 AM   #2
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Just out of curiosity, when in folded mode do you prefer to carry your bike by the saddle or by the frame?
I own a Brompton and a Citizen Miami.The Brompton I carry by the frame,without any problem. The Citizen being bigger when folded and a bit cumbersome I use either one or both hands on frame depending on how far it's being carried.However,having to carry either one is a rare event,both the Brompton and the Citizen are both easy to roll when folded.
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I usually roll my bikes, but when they do need to be carried, I carry by the frame.
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I roll my TernJoeP24 when folded, and the Dahon Speed P8 has to be carried by the frame (too heavy to carry by the seat).
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I use an Allen Sports and I almost don't have to carry it. Just fold it and roll the 2 wheels on the ground.
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Interesting, I have always carried my folders by the nose of the saddle because I find it easier than grabbing the frame. The Brompton saddle even has finger rests under the nose which implies it can be carried in this manner. It seems to me though it may be better to carry folders by the frame to avoid unnecessary torque on the saddle and rails even though there's probably more torque when one sits on the nose or the back end of the saddle.

I never roll bikes in folded mode because it never seems to work well for me. When I need to roll the bike, I unfold it and walk the bike using it's regular wheels.
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I never roll bikes in folded mode because it never seems to work well for me. When I need to roll the bike, I unfold it and walk the bike using it's regular wheels.
Some folders are awful to roll folded and to tell the truth I think some makers never really considered the need for such a feature.My first dahon was so awkward to roll I rarely folded it even though it was great as a commuter bike for almost five years.
My Brompton has it all covered with the rack/easy wheels set up and my Citizen Miami is one of the best low end folders because it uses a ball and socket catch to keep the wheels firmly together rather than a low power magnet that hardly works at all.
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Dahon Speed P8 and new Brompton for me (both weigh the same). For short distance carry, P8 by the frame as the seat is too off center of gravity. Brompton can be either seat or frame, but frame is a bit better from a CoG perspective.

For longer distance carry (eg, across a beach, or lots of stairs) I think I'm going carry the Brompton flipped upside down, frame tube resting on my shoulder. Just like airplane carry-on luggage, I find 25+ lbs bricks awfully awkward to lug along at your side for any distance - you have lean the other way to compensate, walk with a bit of limp, and still can't make it though narrow hallways. However, resting on one shoulder (using an arm and my head to secure/balance), the CoG is more in line with my own, walking is normal, and I can make it through narrow hallways (although you now have to watch ceiling height if you are tall).
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I carry mine by one of the rails on the rear rack, right behind the seat. Seems to be the balance point when folded up.
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The Latest Saddle that Brompton has made for their bikes, does have a nose_handgrip underneath..

I just did not like sitting on the top side of It.
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Old 06-01-16, 11:16 AM   #11
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With my 20" bike it has the trolley rack which for long distances I fold and rolling it like a laptop bag, but for short distances I just fold and grab it by the frame. bike is heavy with alot of stuff at 29.4lbs but my arms get stronger as you go.

but for my minimalist 14" wheeled bike (no fenders, racks or anything fancy like my bigger bike) I just fold and pick it up by the frame and go the bike is sub 16lbs so I don't really think about it when lifting it around. but if i'm going to be bringing it through the subway then I actually have an ikea blue bag which i drop it in and put the loops over my shoulder and go.
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Old 06-06-16, 09:00 AM   #12
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The Strida rolls very easily but if you need to carry it that is easy and comfortable too. Because of the upright design you can pick up the Strida under the seat mount and carry it upright against your body, no bending, no stress on your body.

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