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    Gazelle Dutch folding bike

    I just bought this bike (photos below). It is a Dutch folding bike made for taller people. well the Dutch are tall on average lol! My research on Gazelle so far indicates they make very high quality bikes in their own factory in the Netherlands. The Folding Society make some brief reference that they did have some bikes made for them by Dahon.

    Has anyone come across the bike below or have one? It runs off 3 speed Sturmey Archer hub gears and seems a very nice frame with 20" frame. Solidly built rather than lightweight, apparently around 13kg-14kg including everything such as fenders etc.
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    Woah! Cool bike, dude!

    Sturmey Archer have an interesting history. The hub gear, an invention of Satan, was designed to line the pockets of bicycle repair-men the world over. The smallest unauthorised movement of the toggle chain, intentional, or otherwise, is sufficient to send them into a Blue Funk, which only expensive repair at the hands of the merciless & cunning, can re-invigorate.

    Unlike dérailleurs, hub gears cannot be repaired with shoe-laces.

    I fear this design failure is intentional, and bring it to Sir's attention.

    The rest of the cycle is most Notable, and I commend the Right Honourable Gentleman upon its aquisition. Has it the air of an early Dahon, do we think?
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    I think the Sturmey Archer 3 speed hub is excellent. The SA8 is not bad

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    We hope to see it next month, and have a go of it.
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    For sure!

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    hey that was on ebay wasnt it?

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    Here's my Gazelle! It's older (80's), but it's 531 and light and the fastest bike I own. I love it. £20, it cost me. Sue, old SA 3 and 4 speed hubs are more or less indestructible and can be adjusted by a trained chimp. Once they're adjusted, you don't need the chimp again for 15 years. Seriously, 50 or 60 years is "just broken in" for an older SA hub - find me a derailleur that'll do that!


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    Oh! Forgot to mention - Gazelle also built a race bike that won the TDF, and they're responsible for a large proportion of the "Dutch Bikes" that are held in such high regard here, and just regarded as normal bikes there.

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    They're great looking bikes, both of them. My hatred of SA hubs comes from seeing them on my parents bikes - always broke , especially at the shifter end. I can see the advantages too, but if it was on my parent's bikes, it's just not sexy.. :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by what bike? View Post
    hey that was on ebay wasnt it?
    Yes! Looks in lovely condition.

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/GAZELLE-FOLDIN...3286.m14.l1318

    Collecting it Thursday, will post pics & reviews

    Lovely classic racer SB!

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    Opportunity for a Downtube FS bargain on ebay.co.uk:
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...:B:ONA:GB:1123

    Looks in good nick. Emailed owner wants £150 for it, yeah right! It's nice but not brand new and won't go for that. Worth watching if someone needs one. The frame is so upgradeable!

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    It looks like an early edition of the Gazelle folder. Their current models are called Tranza, I see them on the trains in the Netherlands all the time. They are very cool, but I bike 18+ km through hilly country, so I bought a Batavus Nova Versa folder with 24 inch wheels. I was planning to post some pics of it on here, but haven't gotten around to it yet.

    Here's a similar bike as yours on sale:

    http://link.marktplaats.nl/174994822
    or here:
    http://link.marktplaats.nl/179338557

    According to the ads, this bike model is called "kwikvouw" or "quickvouw", which means quick fold.


    Lex (owner of a Gazelle Medeo non-folder)

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    woah you got the gazelle for £87 bargain!

    the gazelle tranza's a nice looking bike!

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    Thanks lex dura and what bike you have finally pinned the exact bike. I'm excited now seems like a really good bike. Certainly was worth the bid to say the very least. Will post pics and review over next few days!

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    Talking about Dutch folders, this is my baby:


    Batavus Nova Versa 3-speed, 24 inch wheels, front hub is a Dahon. The 24 inch wheels make biking larger distances on difficult roads a breeze.

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    ive heard of batavus before, they any good?

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    When I hop over to the 'mainland' I see plenty of Batavusesses in Nederlands and Belgium. Always thought they were charming. Next time I'm over there, if I've not been thrown out for bicycle hoarding, I might bring one back...
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    oo looking forwards to see what you bring back

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    Quote Originally Posted by what bike? View Post
    woah you got the gazelle for £87 bargain!

    the gazelle tranza's a nice looking bike!

    It's got Dahon features all over it. Could be one of the Dahon-made OEM bikes.
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

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    Batavus is one of the two or three main brands of Dutch bikes, next to Gazelle and Sparta. Their quality is excellent. For a good overview, check out www.izibike.nl It's an internet bike shop. They don't have an English version of their site, but if you click on one of the brands, they give you a complete listing with thumbnails.

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    Hi Jur. Thought so myself. Where would you pitch it. it felt very like a Dahon Vitesse albeit with a 3 speed SA hub rather than a 7 speed Nexus hub to me. Slighty older then the curved frame above but a bargain all the same!

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    I think it's a bargain. Essentially a Dahon without the name. I see the Dahon OEM bikes are now getting the alloy handlepost, from that I deduce that the next batch of Dahons will be getting the new version.
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