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Old 08-30-07, 08:54 AM   #1
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Check out this guys amazing home made folding bike!

http://mnhpva.org/meetings/May_02/HH.html

Wow, now that is dedication if I have ever seen it. I am certainly impressed. How many people out there actually sit down and put together their own bikes? Now, how many people out there do you think consider chopping up their designs to turn them into folders? I am surprised that this guy hasn't started his own company or licensed his plans to a commercial builder. I am sure it can use some refinement, but it is still an impressive accomplishment on its own.
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Old 08-30-07, 09:06 AM   #2
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my Brompton folds up smaller...I'm calling shenanigans
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Old 08-30-07, 09:17 AM   #3
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Shenanigans? Come on, that is too short a response to actually explain your opinion.
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Old 08-30-07, 09:45 AM   #4
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quite the accomplishment, good for him... looks like a pretty fun bike to ride too...
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sweet bike ... must feel good finishing a project like that.
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VERY interesting. I like how he put the *seat* on a rearwards-extending boom, rather than putting the crank on a forward-extending one.

This is simplicity itself, and genius design, and it gives this recumbent one of the greatest unrecognized advantages that most folding bikes have: quick resizing among a variety of riders. Most folks get folding bikes to fit the specific need of a packable bike, in order to get it on a train, under a work desk, in a broom closet. The extending seatposts and stems of many folders also give the advantage of being able to quickly dial in a fit for nearly any rider, short or tall.

On many recumbents (especially SWB), resizing the bike is a chore, because if the boom moves more than an inch or so, chain links need to be removed or added. This bike's design bypasses that problem entirely.

Bravo!, and thanks for sharing the link.
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It reminds me of the BikeE in a way with a 20/16 for wheels. If that bike went into production, I would be tempted to get it but it looks like the only foldable recumbent today is a DownTube Cruz bike. I think you'll see more folding bents in the not too distant future because people do want to travel with them.
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That would be handy on a windy day like today. The gusts are about 40 mph and it's only dropping to about 25 mph in between them.

That is a fine thing to have made. I wish I could do stuff like that. Anything I make looks like it was put together by a cave man. I know what I want to achieve, only by the time it's finished, it looks like it was made with a stone axe. LOL.
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