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Old 06-19-08, 08:49 AM   #1
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Folding bike survey!

Hello!

I'm currently in the early stages of designing a new folding bike. I'm working for a car company looking to branch into other things and it's going to be made in a revolutionary new type of carbon fibre. I need to get some views and opinions about how people use their folding bikes and any problems they face. If you have 5 minutes could you please fill in my little survey? I'll be eternally grateful!

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http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?s...HUTK7quQ_3d_3d

Thanks very much,

Paul
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Old 06-19-08, 09:30 AM   #2
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You need to fix your link, AP.
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Old 06-19-08, 09:50 AM   #3
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"how people use their folding bikes and any problems they face."

I think many of us have problems affording anything made from carbon fibre with the name of a car company on the side... :-)


Me:

A) Weight - less is usually better for a folder, because people often carry them.

B) Friction - less is better, of course - so decent spec components

C) Affordability - in inverse proportion to the above, unfortunately.


If you just concentrate on reversing C), you'll make a million.
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You need to fix your link, AP.
The link failed for me too.
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Old 06-19-08, 10:20 AM   #5
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Convert CO2 into a folding bike

If you can convert CO2 into a folding carbon fiber bike, I would buy one!

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Old 06-19-08, 12:03 PM   #6
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If anyones interested he got the link right on the commuting forum:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?s...HUTK7quQ_3d_3d

Looks like its mainly for UK riders. "maximum amount you'd pay for a folder" is in pounds.
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Old 06-19-08, 12:44 PM   #7
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I completed the survey.

I'd say key factors for me in an ideal folding bike would be:
1) weight--the lighter the better
2) compactness--the more compact when folded, the better
3) ease of folding--the quicker the better
4) robustness--able to ride comfortably for 20-100 miles with decent gearing options (7+ speeds)
5) cleanliness--protects rider's clothing through features such as fenders (mud guards), internal hub, and shaft drive or fully enclosed chain
6) affordability--would like to pay less than $600 though would consider more if it were truly amazing
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Old 06-19-08, 04:48 PM   #8
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Looks like its mainly for UK riders. "maximum amount you'd pay for a folder" is in pounds.
Ta for the link. I'm sure you can do the currency math(s) and join in!
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Old 06-23-08, 02:41 AM   #9
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Thanks very much for your inputs everyone. Much appreciated. Sorry about the link, this one should work!!:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?s...HUTK7quQ_3d_3d
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