Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Bikes: GT3 trike,Viper chopper, electric assist Viper chopper,Electric moped(Vespa style)
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Re: 16" gearing and Chinese folders
I was reading the disscusion on the gearing on 16" folders being to low, and having a chuckle to myself.
A lot of the members must live in flatish enviroments, most of my bikes/trikes run between 12 and 20" low gears and 20 is too high.
But the reason I am posting here is that I bought a couple of 16" wheeled folders of Ebay to use as donors for a recumbent trike project but once they arrived they were of vastly better quality than expected, so I decided to build one into and explorer/MTB style bike.
I lowered the gearing to 17" low and 44" high and went from a 5 speed to a 7 speed (friction shifters makes these kind of changes easy. love em.) swapped the ok seat for my favorite spare, same with the pedals. The frame was really rigid which surprised me and all up weight is now 12 kg.
I took it out for a light MTB track ride today 10 km out and 10 km back with a 1 km of vertical climbing.
The bike is amazing it has rear suspension and I just stayed seated for the whole ride no matter what the track was like, this thing will seriously scare a MTB atleast on the lighter stuff.
And folding it at the end took seconds.
They cost $50 au delivered for one and $70 au for the other, they were seriously miss advertised as kids folder which helped with the price.
Anyone else had good luck with cheapo Chinese bikes?
Sorry about the rave but I could not believe how effective this bike was, picture should be below.
Last edited by geebee; 02-09-07 at 03:25 AM.