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Old 07-26-17, 12:43 PM   #1
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Classic worth having

What classic folding bike do you keep an eye out for ?
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Old 07-26-17, 12:55 PM   #2
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I have always wanted one of the BSA paratrooper bikes from WW1
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Old 07-26-17, 01:52 PM   #3
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maybe not a folding bike per se, but the only vintage bike i could think of that's is truly collectible is a Moulton.
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I'd also like a Moulton, the full size version not the smaller type. A Bickerton, Raleigh RSW and a Dawes Kingpin. I'd also like one of these old square tubing HWE/NSU folding bikes which I came across when web browsing and really like the look of. Also a few of the old early Dahon designs I quite like but forget the model names. My favourite classic folding bike is the Raleigh Twenty Stowaway and already have one.

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Old 07-26-17, 03:29 PM   #5
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a Columbia take apart bike. I had one as a kid in Germany. My dad sold them pedals hubs and spokes at the time and brought one home to Germany. It was
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There is one on Ebay right now for 199.00 buy it now!
RARE & SUPER COOL Vintage Commuter II Columbia 3-Speed Folding Bicycle Bike | eBay
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Old 07-26-17, 07:19 PM   #7
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Bonzo Banana I have both sizes of Bickertons and they are by far the worst riding handling bike I own and I own many. Truly Mickey Mouse all the way through their constuction. I only have them because I collect folders and if any one wants one or both they could be bought. Would require a trip to southern WI northern IL to pick them up. I do not do shipping. Roger
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Bonzo Banana I have both sizes of Bickertons and they are by far the worst riding handling bike I own and I own many. Truly Mickey Mouse all the way through their constuction. I only have them because I collect folders and if any one wants one or both they could be bought. Would require a trip to southern WI northern IL to pick them up. I do not do shipping. Roger
Yes they have that reputation although I've heard it also expressed as 'interesting' handling. I'm not sure about 'Mickey Mouse' construction. I know it has no welds so it's bolted together etc but have seen fairly heavy riders on them. Even today it's compact dimensions when folded and less than 10kg weight is impressive.

I still want one though. I didn't even know there were 2 different sizes.

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a Columbia take apart bike.
This one has been for sale in Kalamazoo for $115 for months.

https://kalamazoo.craigslist.org/bik...227217204.html

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Moulton mk2 or mk3.
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Peugeot Captain Gerard. Maybe a Le Petite Bi.
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This might not be the same Columbia manufacturer, but it's a great site, and it has some folding para bikes :-

COMPAX & PARATROOPER "The Folding Bikes"
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I'd happily give house room to an original steel framed Swift, a round tube Birdy, RE Revalation, Mezzo D10.

Is there a truly iconic Dahon yet, I'm not sure, maybe the short lived lightweight Curve of a few years back, or the special edition Helios.
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I'd happily give house room to an original steel framed Swift, a round tube Birdy, RE Revalation, Mezzo D10.

Is there a truly iconic Dahon yet, I'm not sure, maybe the short lived lightweight Curve of a few years back, or the special edition Helios.
I assume you are not a fan of the original classic Dahon. I know its full of compromises and is quite heavy but for me it has a lot of charm and would like to own one at some point. I've not been impressed with their quality vs price point in recent times but I must admit really like the original Dahon.

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[QUOTE=Bonzo Banana;19753517]I assume you are not a fan of the original classic Dahon. I know its full of compromises and is quite heavy but for me it has a lot of charm and would like to own one at some point. I've not been impressed with their quality vs price point in recent times but I must admit really like the original Dahon.

No, I wouldn't say I was a fan, it has as you say charm, but the look has never really grabbed me, unlike say the original Raleigh RSW with the white balloon tyres, which whilst having the same weight problem as the Dahon Classic, has much more appeal to my eye.
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Tha stainless steel Dahon Classic.
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Tha stainless steel Dahon Classic.
I don't know where you're located, but here's that bike for $245 in Tampa, FL USA:
https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/bik...199785108.html
It's been for sale for a long time.
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Tha stainless steel Dahon Classic.
Ok, I'll see you and raise you a super fast folding stainless DiBlasi.


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Di-blasi-f...wAAOSwbIRZb1KC

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I don't know where you're located, but here's that bike for $245 in Tampa, FL USA:
https://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/bik...199785108.html
It's been for sale for a long time.
Melbourne Australia
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Here's a couple of interesting rare Japanese bikes :-


Panasonic WILL bike - rare retro folding bike / camper motorhome


http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bridgeston...3D282592505781
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Any Moulton.
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Had a Mk2 Brompton, now I have a Mk4. & a Season Tikit.
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Bikes I would be interested in... Titanium Swift, a disc brake folder to use as a winter bike, any Moulton, a Brompton to play with, A bike Friday that fits me as it would be another American built bike in my stable-- A Bike Friday Haul a Day---
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An early Moulton "detachable" bike with 2 speed kickback coaster brake.



Oh, and a Raleigh 20 "shopper" with the original plaid rear basket.

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