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  • Less than 10 miles

    4 7.27%
  • 10 to 25 miles

    13 23.64%
  • 25 to 50 miles

    11 20.00%
  • 50 to 75 miles

    10 18.18%
  • 75 to 100 miles

    5 9.09%
  • Over 100 miles

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    How far on your folder?

    What's the farthest you've travelled on one ride on your folder? Any randonneurs out there?

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    I take the Scouts out so they can earn Cycling Merit badge.

    I take my folder for two 10's, one 15, two 25's and a 50. (There's another 15 miler, but it's partly off-road, so I ride my MTB)

    The bike is very comfortable, and most importantly, none of them can beat me.
    Fewer Cars, more handlebars!

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    http://upcoming.yahoo.com/event/225794/

    who fancies it on their folder?
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    I toured Tasmania on my R20 and do regular 200km randonnees on my Swift. The 200km Alpine Classic is coming in January.
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    I'm being literal with "Over 100". It was ~102 miles.

    Speedo

    (edit)One of my goals for the year was to do a 200k. Next year...(\edit)

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    We are doing 1,000km over a week or so in mid-December on our Birdies. We will have one suitcase in tow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    I toured Tasmania on my R20 and do regular 200km randonnees on my Swift. The 200km Alpine Classic is coming in January.
    That is intense. I hope you rank up there, Jur. (I'm glad it's not me doing it.)

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    I'm sorta average compared to riders who do the Alpine Classic. But then most riders are 1/2 to 2/3 my age.
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    I voted as if the question asked "What is the furthest that you've ridden in a day on a folding bicycle". I've ridden a century on a folding bicycle (Swift Folder with a SRAM S7 hub), but not the one that I currently own. The furthest that I've ridden on my Tikit is around 30 miles. I'd ride it 100 miles, I just haven't had a reason to ride that far since August, let alone a reason where the Tikit was the best bike suited to the job.

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    I've done a century and countless 60+ mile rides. I recently switched back to 700c bikes, and for rides over 60-70 miles, 20" definitely strikes me as the inferior choice. YMMV.

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    I really haven't used it much other than for around town use so I think the longest ride was only about 22 miles. I have generally been inclined to take my road bike or my touring bike on longer rides in the past.

    Since I did the TransAmerica this Summer I have been inclined to ride the touring bike on most rides over 20 miles and the Helios P8 folder if I want to go to the store or something. The road bike has been completely neglected since I have been back.

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    Now do the poll in the other forums so we can compare the results.

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    I got my Bike Friday NWT this year and took it on a consulting trip to Kenora Ontario, where I rode every day after work on the bypass. My longest ride was 26.78 miles.

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    My longest day was about 45 miles on the bike... from my house to the train station; from Penn Station NYC to my office on the upper east side... from there down to Brooklyn College for a meeting... after the meeting back to the office... and at the end of the day ride back down to Penn Station, take the train back to NJ, and ride home. It was a good day. I slept well that night, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe View Post
    I've done a century and countless 60+ mile rides. I recently switched back to 700c bikes, and for rides over 60-70 miles, 20" definitely strikes me as the inferior choice. YMMV.
    +1
    Horses for courses .. i love my folders .. for their intended purposes- space saving and multimodal work, but Im with you that 700c is the way to go for longer distances ... as i get on i've got nothing to prove, so why swim against the river

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simple Simon View Post
    ... so why swim against the river
    Because sometimes there ain't no river, except one of unsubstantiated opinion. My 2 20" folders are every bit as stable and comfy as any 26" or 700c bike I have or have had, or better even. The Swift is probably faster.
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    I've had multiple 60+ mile rides on the Speed 7. Still need to crack the century mark and will do so perhaps in the spring next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Because sometimes there ain't no river, except one of unsubstantiated opinion. My 2 20" folders are every bit as stable and comfy as any 26" or 700c bike I have or have had, or better even. The Swift is probably faster.
    ...which is also an unsubstantiated opinion. So now everybody's even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spambait11 View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by jur View Post
    Because sometimes there ain't no river, except one of unsubstantiated opinion. My 2 20" folders are every bit as stable and comfy as any 26" or 700c bike I have or have had, or better even. The Swift is probably faster.
    ...which is also an unsubstantiated opinion. So now everybody's even.
    Except that I can substantiate Jur's opinion. So it's an unsubstantiated opinion vs a partially substantiated opinion. How do you score that?

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    All bikes are not created equal. All folders are not created equal. A bike, folding or non-folding, built to go fast or far will, with a reasonably prepared pilot, go fast or far with no issues. A bike built solely to get small may or may not be particularly good at going fast or far. Anyone reading Jur's posts knows that he has spent countless hours sweating over the details of his bikes. It shouldn't be a surprise that those bikes are as comfortable as anything else he's going to ride.

    I bought my way out of the problem by getting a Bike Friday. They are built to fit and ride like a full size bike. There is some difference in the feel of the bike from a full size bike, but there is no problem with discomfort or, that I can tell, any substantial loss in performance.

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    I recall a lady rode her Bickerton across the USA back in the 1970s.

    TCS
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

    "Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place it's drawn to. I don't suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway." Ian Hibell, 1934-2008

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    Yes there is a book about her trip, that's what got me interested in folders. I think she had a bickerton or birdy

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    Christian Miller rode her Bickerton called "Daisy, Daisy"

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    How about a Moulton in RAAM?

    http://members.localnet.com/~milliken/liner/raam.htm

    Not a folder, but it did have little wheels like most folders.

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    This past July I complete the triple bypass ride out in Colorado on my Bike Friday NWT..117 miles and around 9400 feet of climbing acording to my garmin....That was a hard but great ride!!

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