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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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    Not that I know of. Please invent one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmcanulty View Post
    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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