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    Besides the fact that it folds

    Besides the fact that it folds why else do you prefer folders? I like the way folders look and I like to be a little bit different. Aslo like the way those 20" wheel let me start off faster and have more control at slow speeds. What about you all?

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    I grew up on 20"s... or shall I say a BMX. Made the switch to the MTB later. Riding a folder is a bit like coming back home to one's roots, so when I rode my folder it just felt... well... familiar... comfortable...

    A folder is like the swiss army knife of bikes, ultimate utility, and well, I do like the handling on 20's (quick, small turns). There is also something about the supergeek look of it. Its a serious but not so serious machine!

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    re: folder

    Some of us ride 16's.

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    The ability to pack into a suitcase is, at this point, the only reason why I'm using / keeping a folding bike.

    Otherwise, I generally regard 20" folding bikes as inferior to standard wheeled bikes. As far as I'm concerned, you are making several compromises, even with a Bike Friday, in exchange for the convenience of folding it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamcha View Post
    Besides the fact that it folds why else do you prefer folders? I like the way folders look and I like to be a little bit different. Aslo like the way those 20" wheel let me start off faster and have more control at slow speeds. What about you all?
    I like the extreme range of fitting many type of human bodies and torso lengths that these bikes offer most people. This type of bike is the only one that seems to fit me well without going into great expense or hassle (like buying a Terry bike or some other speciality brand).

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    Because I embrace the unconventional.

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    In addition to the things mentioned, I like the cleverness and variety of the designs to achieve the somewhat conflicting goals of a small fold and good ride for adults. From Bromptons to A-Bikes to Stridas to the more conventional folding designs, there's so much variety and ingenuity into the design equation. So much more "color" than the traditional upright market.

    I also appreciate the artistic beauty of many of the designs. I seriously could hang some of these bikes on the wall and enjoy them as art. (I know, I'm not well...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
    I like the extreme range of fitting many type of human bodies and torso lengths that these bikes offer most people. This type of bike is the only one that seems to fit me well without going into great expense or hassle (like buying a Terry bike or some other specialty brand).
    +1. I'm relatively tall, my girlfriend is short, but we can switch the same folding bike back and forth between us. "One size fits most".


    Here's another one. Folders are ideal for teaching people how to ride bicycles, particularly adults who never previously learned. The seatpost can be lengthened or shortened to the preferences of many different riders. On many folders, there is no top-tube running right into your crotch. This is terrifying for new riders, also the thought that when they hop up onto the seat, the bike will simply continue leaning over onto the other side and then fall over. Just fold the pedals up (or remove them) and let the new rider toodle around on the bike without pedaling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LittlePixel View Post
    Because I embrace the unconventional.
    Agree. Just something about owning a bike that truly goes against convention. Perhaps not unlike the feeling that inspires many people to buy bents and trikes.

    The most rewarding aspect, I think, is that riding a folding bike is an alltogether different experience, with it's own highly unique charactersitics and challenges. It captures that feeling you had when you first learned to ride a bike.

    Oh yeah, the attention one gets on a folder isn't bad either.

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    I had a yearning for a conventional roadie once. Then I got over it. So boring.
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

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    Because it (my bike) is punk. I love the way that it rides like a faster version of the BMX i had when i was a younger more reckless person, that it goes where ever i go, and i can go anywhere because of it.

    Nothing stands in its way. Fallen trees? HA. Handlepost drops down, seat post retracts, and under we go again. Climb every mountain, ford every stream, follow every rainbow. Get the train back...

    And my GF lets me keep it inthe house..

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    I like small things: apartments, laptops, bikes, wallets, etc.

    I find it very dissatisfying when something is larger than it needs to be. So I like the fact that folding bikes are smaller, even when you don't fold them.

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    I wasn't too sure if issues like storage, transporting without a rack (and the additional fuel efficiency), and theft prevention are all parts of its a "folding" bike instead of its small size.

    It is a "chick" magnet. Then again, it is a guy magnet too.

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    As far as utility goes, they're good for commuting but not much else.

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    It's eccentric.
    And the first folder I saw was a Brompton, and it's English, and I'm an Anglophile.
    And, the idea of paying heavy ONCE for higher bike security, rather having a conventional bike stolen and buying them over and over again. I think it'll eventually pays for itself.
    Also, it's just an engineering marvel, love the innovation.

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    I bought a folder to turn into a recumbent.... which I did.
    Then I bought another folder with the idea of turning it into a front wheel drive recumbent but... I stated having fun on short rides around town... so this 2nd folder gets kept just to have fun on... I may have to buy a 3rd to go back to the other idea...
    O well... how many is to many bikes?

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