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Old 01-03-07, 12:44 PM   #1
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Folding bike video thread

Hey folderholics! Post your videos of folding bike goodness. All makes and models welcome. Here's a start:

Microbike
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pSxuycoycA (thanks spambait11)

Mini125:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiIMkrJ3v_k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dX3P8WYojeQ

Birdy
http://www.kinetics.org.uk/assets/mu.../birdfold.mpeg (thanks Edd)

Swift:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBIwu-q5lX0
http://real.ny1.com:8080/ramgen/real...25_203736hi.rm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3cl4_eZ5g0 (thanks flea)

Giatex
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgjtPmt4DF0 (thanks rideTHISbike)

Kent Magnesium
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5Cw1vgIJFQ (thanks rideTHISbike)

Mobiky:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umuSK3Jj4wE

Montague MX
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yteDW5MwkA (thanks rideTHISbike)

A-Bike and Strida:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kVVgsQt1DK4

A-Bike:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW6vcRNlfP4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ-cx1Z2EHM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8vgVyNClR4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOadFVB9JVU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-ppOqIURKM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wd0gzgdw1nY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBGLPjP8QCk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lwo3MIuzgTA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ytu6s3Ccok
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTwkBPDyFrk

Brompton
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyoUko-1hXM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohGa620P-pM

Dahon:
http://youtube.com/watch?v=AzELTwQ3IgM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZEE-5a46wk
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...=dahon+bicycle (thanks Mooo)
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...524B4AD3FA1266 (thanks bloomanchoo)

Strida
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRmfMszDbWo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6iy_NUN66k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zm_AL0dudo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CW_GKCfbYcU
http://www.bright.nl/uitpakparty-strida (thanks makeinu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl91ScxyBPg (thanks makeinu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StitPmz6iZo (thanks makeinu)

Swivel-Head
http://www.mingcycle.com.tw/mov/swivel%20head.WMV (right-click and save)

Bike Friday
http://www.bikefriday.com/foldingpacking?time=current (thanks spambait11)
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...645414&q=tikit (thanks spambait11)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOhcJtxmpg (thanks DaFriMon)

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Old 01-03-07, 06:17 PM   #2
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Old 01-03-07, 09:32 PM   #3
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Birdy: 15 second fold
http://www.kinetics.org.uk/assets/mu.../birdfold.mpeg
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Old 01-04-07, 09:15 AM   #4
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Nice idea for a thread... Kudos!

This is a bit tenuous (as you can't see the bike) - but this is me going down the hill from my house on the way to work last year with my Ixus clamped to the bars of my Twenty using my trusty Manfrotto clamp.

Getting about 32mph there - my best (pre-fixie) was 39 but that was plain scary!

I want to see a timelapse of a build from bits to completed bike
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Old 01-04-07, 04:20 PM   #5
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@LittlePixel

Nice vid. 32mph - spin faster, man!

You ride close to parked cars - right in the "door corridor"; I would try and give stationary vehicles a wider berth. Sorry for critiquing your road positioning and sounding like a bike-safety pedagogue, but, believe me, a "dooring" is something best avoided...

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Old 01-04-07, 05:13 PM   #6
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Hey James - good thread - I learned more from these vids than most places, and the camera is impartial and doesn't lie ... THANKYOU ...

Hey Pixel - very nice vid !!! ... I agree, you do ride damn close !! scares me !! ... I'd go road centre when really hacking it - just to improve viz (unless next to a Q ... then up outside if stationary, or inside if not...... scary when stationary Q moves tho ) BTW how did you get such a smoooth video ? did you have image stabilisation ? .... Even on my fully suspended MTB the bars would be moving up and down more than that.... I know you have damn fine front suspension on that 20 .... but hey ????

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Old 01-04-07, 05:23 PM   #7
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Dahon on google video
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...=dahon+bicycle
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This thread is great. Very helpful for understanding the different folding mechanisms. I was considering getting a mobiky, but I might get a strida instead now.
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@ Fear & Trembling & Simple Simon. I think it seemed closer than maybe it actually is for a few reasons; the camera was clamped on the left hand bar so has a little bias; It's at bar height not head height so the cars seem parallel rather than below, and the wide angle was 'zoomed.

I will admit I do ride *fairly* close (probably just over a foot from the kerb and maybe 2 feet from parked cars - but I have also have 4400 time-slowing ability and have not yet had a close 'dooring' incident. I've seen some in the making but so far got out of the way in time.

My girlfriend rides further out and it's all about what you're comfortable with but to be honest I don't like being out that far and would far prefer to be on guard for the occasional 'door opening possibilty' than the constant stress of having impatient Londoners revving to get past. I also don't think it promotes great driver/rider relations being 'in their way' as they would see it.

I ride a lot of roads with bus-lanes and I go centre lane a lot then so I'm not a total nihlist.
I'll probably change my tune when the big door happens tho

As for the footage - no special damping (other than those £10 forks).

The clamp is quite heavy and just clamps like a gripping hand to any tube. It's not so great but it's watchable. Someone should build a mini-steadycam for bikes. They would rock!
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Getting about 32mph there - my best (pre-fixie) was 39 but that was plain scary!
Of course it was scary, you're riding on the wrong side of the road!
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Another Swift video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3cl4_eZ5g0

Interview with Peter about the history and several minutes talking about all you fixed gear fanatics who've driven a new nitch business!
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Another Swift video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3cl4_eZ5g0

Interview with Peter about the history and several minutes talking about all you fixed gear fanatics who've driven a new nitch business!
Excellent find! Thanks! (Got a sneak peak at the new steel frame even )
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Of course it was scary, you're riding on the wrong side of the road!
Of course - I was waiting for that comment from someone

I want to see a video of someone folding their Twenty - perhaps their could be a contest for the fastest folding of the dreadful fold!
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Here's a good strida video that isn't an advertisement:
http://www.bright.nl/uitpakparty-strida
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Another Swift video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3cl4_eZ5g0

Interview with Peter about the history and several minutes talking about all you fixed gear fanatics who've driven a new nitch business!
I swear, that's exactly what Peter was wearing when I went to his shop in Brooklyn.
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Another Bike Friday - the infamous "tikit":
http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...645414&q=tikit
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Dahon Vids

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James - This is a great Post/thread.

Moderator(s) ... How about it getting it pinned to the top of the folder forums, as a sticky ?
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Where are the Downtube vids?
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Another Bike Friday video, discovered while browsing on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOhcJtxmpg&NR
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Nice idea for a thread... Kudos!

This is a bit tenuous (as you can't see the bike) - but this is me going down the hill from my house on the way to work last year with my Ixus clamped to the bars of my Twenty using my trusty Manfrotto clamp.

Getting about 32mph there - my best (pre-fixie) was 39 but that was plain scary!

I want to see a timelapse of a build from bits to completed bike
Dude you miss the car a few times! Or is it the other way around?
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Another Bike Friday video, discovered while browsing on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aYOhcJtxmpg&NR
IN SOVIET RUSSIA, CASE CARRIES YOU! (I know - netherlands really but I had to use the meme.
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some new home strida videos on youtube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wl91ScxyBPg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StitPmz6iZo

the second one is of a strida 5
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MicroBike (from Craigslist ad):
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Where are the Downtube vids?
hahah, I am asking the same thing!
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