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Old 10-26-07, 08:35 PM   #1
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folding designs

Since so many bicyclists would use a decent folding bike if it fit in
an airline legal sized suitcase (62" girth and <50lbs). Here is my
question. Why doesn't some company not try to get the smallest size
for the vertical dimension of a suitcase but use the diagonal distance
which is inches longer? In other words design the frame so that when
folded it is possible to take advantage of the diagonal inside
dimension? Is there any decent 16" folders that have a good range of gears ie at least a 30" low and at least 90" high?
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Old 10-28-07, 11:52 AM   #2
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Not that I know of. Please invent one.
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Old 10-28-07, 02:13 PM   #3
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Since so many bicyclists would use a decent folding bike if it fit in
an airline legal sized suitcase (62" girth and <50lbs). Here is my
question. Why doesn't some company not try to get the smallest size
for the vertical dimension of a suitcase but use the diagonal distance
which is inches longer? In other words design the frame so that when
folded it is possible to take advantage of the diagonal inside
dimension? Is there any decent 16" folders that have a good range of gears ie at least a 30" low and at least 90" high?
A 16-in. folder with a 300% range? Brompton. Bike Friday Tikit.
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Old 10-28-07, 04:15 PM   #4
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Since so many bicyclists would use a decent folding bike if it fit in
an airline legal sized suitcase (62" girth and <50lbs). Here is my
question. Why doesn't some company not try to get the smallest size
for the vertical dimension of a suitcase but use the diagonal distance
which is inches longer? In other words design the frame so that when
folded it is possible to take advantage of the diagonal inside
dimension?
An unanswerable question.

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Is there any decent 16" folders that have a good range of gears ie at least a 30" low and at least 90" high?
Downtube Mini has a 304% range.
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