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Old 04-13-07, 10:25 PM   #1
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Folder Classification

When I first started reading this forum, the "Folding Bike", to me, was almost always a 20" bike.
My first reaction was, 'look, a stretched BMX bike!'. I quickly learned that was incorrect.
Obviously, there are larger wheeled bikes like 24" and 26" and 700mm bikes.

Then I've seen hints of 'mini bikes' which seem to be 20" versions of the 26" and 700mm MTB and
road bikes.

Which brings me to the classification of your folders.
Shouldn't the large wheeled bikes be called 'folding bikes' and smaller bikes called 'folding mini-bikes'?

Just a thought....

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Old 04-14-07, 07:34 AM   #2
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Any bike that can fold is a "folding bike"

A bike with 20" (or smaller) wheels, but does not fold or break down, is a "mini-bike."

A bike with any size wheels that can be broken down for travel (e.g. Moulton 20", Ritchey 700c Breakaway, Air Friday), but does not have a quick fold, is usually called a "separatable."
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Old 04-15-07, 10:26 AM   #3
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Of course any bike that folds is a "folding bike", but since most folding bikes have 16 or 20 inch wheels, I like to call the ones with bigger wheels (26" or 700c) "full sized folding bikes" and the ones with smaller wheels (12", 8", or 6") "mini folding bikes".
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Old 04-15-07, 12:01 PM   #4
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Eliminate the term 'mini-bike'

I don't like the term 'mini-bike'. It sounds like a toy. Bikes with 16" or 20" wheels can be just as capable as any other.
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Old 04-15-07, 12:07 PM   #5
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I thought the non-folding 20" bikes were called mini-velos.
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