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Old 11-28-05, 02:06 PM   #1
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Puma Folding Bike?!

doing a search for some track jacket and i stumbled upon a folding bike made by Puma...it's called the UM (Urban and Mobile)...it's a mini flash page that launches from their homepage...www.puma.com...should pop up as a small image on the home page in the lower right...

looks like folders are getting hipster cred. it's an interesting bike...a folding single speed with disc brakes ...somehow the bike lock is integrated into the frame so if the lock is busted, the bike supposedly won't work?
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Old 11-28-05, 06:30 PM   #2
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http://www.puma.com/bike/

Looks a bit like their shoes - style over content
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Old 11-29-05, 06:39 PM   #3
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This bike has already been discussed in these forums .I was rather unimpressed.Full size Dahons are much better.
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I don't fancy a riders' chances of avoiding injury with all that tensioned cabling in a crash.
Seems to me it might become a bit like cheese-wire and slash-up the old legs. Ouch!
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AS little pixel said, designover content.

Frames and cable ideas are not new. I remember seeing on TV some 15 years ago a dutch project for a road bicycle with a central pipe from back wheel to head tube, a pin in the seat tube and small diameter removable rods connecting all this piping together. Simple, rigid frame easely folding. Now, this puma bicycle uses a cable and cables under load elongate very easily, so the uper top of the frame bends, so you buy a new puma "cable" every few month and you pay the same as for 100m of steel cable in a hardware shop!
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