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    japanese small bike/folder magazine.

    A friend gave me a really nice Japanese magazine (sorry, an't tell you the title - my Japanese is rubish, but maybe when my wife gets home, she can help), thought I'd share links to some of the bits and pieces that I've not really come across before:

    http://www.louisgarneausports.com/bi...andfitness.htm

    Is pretty mainstream, but some of them are pretty.


    http://www.cycleworld.jp/page/MZR20U%20.html

    seems pretty cool to me!


    http://www.smartcog.co.jp/Products/koma.htm

    looks ridiculous, and kinda fun.


    http://www.gofa.co.jp/fa/index.shtml

    a bike made real from a manga - for more pics go down the page and click where it says 'chord liner'


    http://www.vikkino.com/

    looks really nice to me.


    http://www.panabyc.co.jp/products/pos/ocmt2.html

    into titanium drool territory.


    http://www.loro.co.jp/lrb/gios.html
    imagining you're an italian racer on small wheels.


    http://www.loro.co.jp/lrs/pist.html

    this almost gives me a heart attack, it's too sexy...


    http://orange.fem.jp/Kankitu.p/Feminine.p

    for those who think their Moulton could be heavier but oddly more stylish.

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    I am pretty happy none of these bikes showed up a nicer fold than my brompton, because I was about to pass out.

    Thank you for the link, some of these bikes seem to be the definition of fast little thing.

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    Thanks Lecky, great stuff ... much not seen in the west..
    Luuurve those tassels on the Moulton, and the variations of Birdy, Reach and Carry me - Japan gets all the cool stuff.

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    this is the magazine (although I've only Mays copy):

    http://www.tg-net.co.jp/nyujo/new/book0_main.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lecky View Post
    this is the magazine (although I've only Mays copy):

    http://www.tg-net.co.jp/nyujo/new/book0_main.html
    I think this is the Fall edition of the magazine you're talking about -



    It's called 'Folding Bike & Small Bike Life' - It's really an awesome magazine. Here's 3 pages from my copy. Sorry about the quality.






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    OMG folder pr0n!!!! *drools*
    Wanna join my charity folding bike ride? Sign-up here!
    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post
    you should learn to embrace change, and mock it's failings every step of the way :p

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    Quote Originally Posted by nekohime View Post
    OMG folder pr0n!!!! *drools*
    Yep, that's the real deal - the day I bought it, I couldn't wait to get it home and out of the brown paper bag.

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    For the Panasonic link above, it's never a good thing if your models are designated as POS.

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    I reallly like them with a modern, skinny design.

    Before this thread I thought Alessandra Ambrosio was the cutest thing on earth. I believe my next trip might not be to Brazil though.





    Where should I go??????

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    and it only costs about $800 / £400... you can always go to Brazil another time...
    I'll be in Japan in a couple of months, look forward to window shopping this stuff.
    Thanks for the extra links Clownbike - nice.

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    14R - If modern and skinny is your bag, Japan is the place.

    For folder bicycle crazy, search Bianchi Fretta and BD-1. The shops with these will also have the usual suspects as well as the unusual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spambait11 View Post
    For the Panasonic link above, it's never a good thing if your models are designated as POS.
    Yeah. Chevy took a long timeto understand why Nova's didn't sell well south of the border.

    In Japan, I think it's Suzuki that has the Alto.

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    I just returned from Japan with the same magazine, Oritatami Jitensha & Small Bikes Life. It's fun to look at the pictures. I think 15 to 20% of the bikes in Japan are folders or nonfolding small wheel bikes. In the cities most people ride on the sidewalk. This might sound slow, but trying to keep up with a Japanese rider weaving between pedestrians, women riding with umbrellas and teenage girls texting on their mobiles while riding, it's harrowing but fun. We took Dahon Boardwalk 7's, no problem taking them on trains.

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    I remember the first time I was in Japan in '94 I was really disapointed by the bikes, they're still mainly £50/$100 mamacharis but there're so many more decent bikes around now. I recall being told not to ride in the road in Tokyo as the police would stop me, but now there are a fair few riders of nice bikes on the road.

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    http://www.loro.co.jp/lrs/pist.html

    this almost gives me a heart attack, it's too sexy...

    It's been a while since we've had some JPr0n here. And that singlespeed one is sooo nice. It's very similar to a bike I commited to paper a couple of years ago but have never quite got round to having the frame made for. Even down to the single rear seatstay...

    I wonder if they'd export one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 14R View Post
    I reallly like them with a modern, skinny design.

    Before this thread I thought Alessandra Ambrosio was the cutest thing on earth. I believe my next trip might not be to Brazil though.





    Where should I go??????
    Follow your instincts, 14R - you've already got a bike, haven't you , so why make a sacrifice of that magnitude for another ?

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    I wonder if they'd export one?

    their email address is adl@loro.co.jp.

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    Has anyone tried putting

    Has anyone tried putting 20inch wheels on a standard size frame (26inch wheel) ? Are there any pictures anyone knows about?

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    What strikes me about this idea is that the chain stay of small wheel bikes slopes down towards the wheel to make good clearance for the pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norfolk bolt View Post
    Has anyone tried putting 20inch wheels on a standard size frame (26inch wheel) ? Are there any pictures anyone knows about?
    I can imagine that would create significant clearance issues. If you're riding with 175 cranks, then all of a sudden you need 145 to get the same clearance on pedal strike. I've seen a kid with a 20 inch rear wheel on an MTB, just for the hell of it (the same week I saw a BMX with a front suspension fork and 26 inch wheel fitted - awesome!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sammyboy View Post
    I can imagine that would create significant clearance issues. If you're riding with 175 cranks, then all of a sudden you need 145 to get the same clearance on pedal strike. I've seen a kid with a 20 inch rear wheel on an MTB, just for the hell of it (the same week I saw a BMX with a front suspension fork and 26 inch wheel fitted - awesome!)

    I'd say it'd be fairly similar, with a possibly longer wheel base. Would it be fair to saythat there would be no 20" wheeled bike with the same pedal/road clearence as a 26" wheeled bike.

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    My guess is that the geometry of 20" wheeled bikes is somewhat different, to allow them to retain at least some of the BB clearance, but also that most are delivered with shorter cranks as well. I am definitely only guessing though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diode100 View Post
    Follow your instincts, 14R - you've already got a bike, haven't you , so why make a sacrifice of that magnitude for another ?
    On my way to Brazil tomorrow night. My Brompton is coming with me. Thank you for the wise advice.

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