Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Los Angeles
Bikes: Dahon Jetstream XP, Merlin Road Ti, Fisher Mt. Tam
The U-shaped frame is definitely "retro." There is certainly an elegance about the design. I have only seen one in person. It was an Italian make that I'd never seen before, a Di Blasi Safari. It didn't seem flimsy to me at all, but it was heavy.
I snapped a picture of it on my cell phone, but I'm unable to upload. Here is a modern facsimile.
I came to say I must be folding . . .
Dahon Jetstream XP
Dahon Helios SL
— or not . . .
Fisher Mt. Tam (c.1988)
Merlin Road flat bar project
Schwinn Twinn Deluxe