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Old 05-01-07, 01:43 PM   #1
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Lot of 20 bikes on CL...anyone know this brand?

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/bik/321625783.html
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Old 05-04-07, 01:57 PM   #2
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Chinese made folders. I see them at ebay too.
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Old 05-31-07, 10:17 PM   #3
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are these ~$100 folder's (or any other folder's in this price range) any good? if they are not, then would some tweaking with them make them decent or good?
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Old 06-01-07, 07:16 AM   #4
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are these ~$100 folder's (or any other folder's in this price range) any good? if they are not, then would some tweaking with them make them decent or good?
See the remarks by myself and others who fooled around with the Kent cheap chinese folder, which is a member of this family.

As a general rule, the combination of 16" wheels + derailleur is a bad idea; it gives you impossibly low gearing that cannot be fixed without major expense.

Also, I suspect it will take major tweaking to get any of these cheap bikes to fit a tall person; I, at 6', am at least two inches too tall for the Kent.

And then there's the frame geometry. The Kent has very strange geometry, with the BB placed too far back; and this is going to take more than just a little tweaking to fix. Of course other bikes are going to be different... but how so? You won't know until you try....
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It seems someone snapped them out of a clearance sale from Asia and try to unload them here but can't because the brand is unknown. But for those who live in a touristy area, it's a good way to start a bike rental business. What do you think?
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"bike rental business" How are you going to maintain them? They look high maintenance. On the other hand $70 bike $30 helmet rented for $30 a day. Could work.

Check with a lawyer on the legal liability before you rent to anyone. In particular a steering tube failure seems possible. There are equipment rental trade organizations, talk to them.
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"bike rental business" How are you going to maintain them? They look high maintenance. On the other hand $70 bike $30 helmet rented for $30 a day. Could work.

Check with a lawyer on the legal liability before you rent to anyone. In particular a steering tube failure seems possible. There are equipment rental trade organizations, talk to them.

I don't think I'm getting into the bike rental business but it's an idea for someone residing in a tourist area like Padre Island in Texas, Catalina Island in California or down the Florida Keys. $30.00 a day with 10 bikes/helmet sounds like an ideal retired income if you happen to live in one of those places mentioned. Charge even more for short term rentals and your income is magnified. You don't have to pay franchise or royalty fees and perhaps could get the bikes at much cheaper than $70.00 if you negotiate directly with the manufacturer in China.
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I don't think I'm getting into the bike rental business but it's an idea for someone residing in a tourist area like Padre Island in Texas, Catalina Island in California or down the Florida Keys. $30.00 a day with 10 bikes/helmet sounds like an ideal retired income if you happen to live in one of those places mentioned. Charge even more for short term rentals and your income is magnified. You don't have to pay franchise or royalty fees and perhaps could get the bikes at much cheaper than $70.00 if you negotiate directly with the manufacturer in China.
Sounds like a good idea to me. My only concern is parts breakage since those bikes, I believe, don't take standard parts.
For beach use I also think that internal hub gearing should be the choice.
Let me know if you want to push through with the idea, since I'm close to Padre Islands, maybe we can hook-up.
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Sounds like a good idea to me. My only concern is parts breakage since those bikes, I believe, don't take standard parts.
For beach use I also think that internal hub gearing should be the choice.
Let me know if you want to push through with the idea, since I'm close to Padre Islands, maybe we can hook-up.
Thanks for the offer but I'm not ready yet to retire. Which end of Padre Island are you close by? I usually visit the northern end 3-4 times a year. Very nice area all the way up to Port A. Just a matter of time before that area bloom and boom.
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Thanks for the offer but I'm not ready yet to retire. Which end of Padre Island are you close by? I usually visit the northern end 3-4 times a year. Very nice area all the way up to Port A. Just a matter of time before that area bloom and boom.
I'm in Corpus Christi. PI is about another 3hr drive, actually.
With the yearly threat of huricane, I don't think it would actually bloom there. But who knows.
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I'm in Corpus Christi. PI is about another 3hr drive, actually.
With the yearly threat of huricane, I don't think it would actually bloom there. But who knows.
Let me correct myself, Port A actually is on Mustang Island. I plan to visit the area next month and would bring my bike so I could ride up to Port A from SPID and 361. Have seen bikers riding up an ddown on 361 when I was there last time granted that gas prices would come down a little. Gas in TX is cheaper than the rest of the country specially in the CC area.
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The crank looks too small to get any good gearing.You may find the seat cannot be raised high enough to suit you as well. They may be okay if you are 5'2" or under or for a child.I bought a similiar bike and spent a lot of money bringing it up to a minimal standard and sold it for a loss.I recommend that you Check out what is available at Camping World .
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I plan to visit the area next month and would bring my bike so I could ride up to Port A from SPID and 361. Have seen bikers riding up an ddown on 361 when I was there last time granted that gas prices would come down a little.
Hi wrafl,
I rode at 361 today! I parked my car and started cycling from the Port Aransas Marina.
I only lasted 10mi because....Its too HOT out here!
Maybe in the fall or winter I'll try it again. ' hopefully I got my stamina built up by then.

When I used to live in Il., I use the bike path from Gurnee to Kenosha, WI and back. You should try that sometime.

Sorry to drift of topic.
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Maybe it's just me, but what is the brand name? I see some writing on the frame but the size and color combination keep me from seeing anything legible.
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Hi wrafl,
I rode at 361 today! I parked my car and started cycling from the Port Aransas Marina.
I only lasted 10mi because....Its too HOT out here!
Maybe in the fall or winter I'll try it again. ' hopefully I got my stamina built up by then.

When I used to live in Il., I use the bike path from Gurnee to Kenosha, WI and back. You should try that sometime.

Sorry to drift of topic.
Having second thoughts about the hot weather. Maybe I'll just bring the bike with me this fall when the temperature is pleasant. So many path and trails that I need to schedule a ride up here while the temperaure is pleasant early in the morning. I'll plan for that one.
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