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Old 09-18-08, 08:08 PM   #1
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40 years and still the WORLD'S COOLEST folding bike!

And unbelievebly fast and fun. Comfortable too.... Two words - Chick Magnet.

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Old 09-18-08, 08:39 PM   #2
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Oh Kay. And the brand is? DaHon? Moulton?
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Oh Kay. And the brand is? DaHon? Moulton?
Judging from the Schwinn head badge, I'd guess it's a Schwinn.

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Raleigh 20.
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Old 09-19-08, 07:12 AM   #5
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Hot rod Twenty! Aah, I'm dreaming... not that I need a chick magnet, I am a straight chick, and I have a guy already... but Sterling needs to be tricked out like that, I think. Maybe not the handlebars. But they're definitely cute. (I like having my centre of mass as low as is comfortable.)
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Hot rod Twenty! Aah, I'm dreaming... not that I need a chick magnet, I am a straight chick, and I have a guy already... but Sterling needs to be tricked out like that, I think. Maybe not the handlebars. But they're definitely cute. (I like having my centre of mass as low as is comfortable.)
No, not dreaming, but hallucinating.

Maybe I'm the one who's hallucinating, but the picture loading on my computer doesn't show a Raleigh Twenty. Headbadge, ashtabula cranks and ashtabula fork all suggest "schwinn" to me.
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Old 09-19-08, 08:13 AM   #7
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It looks like an Orange Crate, in black. Not a folding bike by any means.
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Old 09-19-08, 09:25 AM   #8
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No, not dreaming, but hallucinating.
Now that you mention it... those don't look like 20" wheels. We need a size scale.
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No, not dreaming, but hallucinating.

Maybe I'm the one who's hallucinating, but the picture loading on my computer doesn't show a Raleigh Twenty. Headbadge, ashtabula cranks and ashtabula fork all suggest "schwinn" to me.
I can't see any pic.

mod powers... activate.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3057/...c3594162eb.jpg

Ah... it is a Schwinn.

That is almost as nice as the CCM Mustang.

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huh?...
I can't see any pic.
Ah, that explains it.

MODS, y'know, this is a problem that comes up every now and then... if a picture doesn't load on one's computer for whatever reason, there's often no indication that something is missing. Would there be a way to have some indicator, like an empty frame, appear? Just a thought....
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Or someone might insert a link to the missing picture...

I think the OP's server must be blocking the [img] request and does not provide a "this photo is unavailable message".
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Not a folding bike by any means.
Folding, old school. Seat post runs way down, handlebars fold back as did those on the later Bickerton design.

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Old 09-19-08, 12:58 PM   #13
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Two words - Chick Magnet.
Really? That sounds cool, but what types of "chicks"?

What is that stick hanging in front of the bike? Is that the shifter just as in the old school cars?

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Sounds like you kids are just too young to appreciate the '60's
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Old 09-19-08, 03:57 PM   #15
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A Sting Ray without the banana seat?
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Old 09-19-08, 06:16 PM   #16
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Its a 1968 Schwinn Stingray Run-A-Bout. The only year for the 3 speed stik-shift. The very first thing the Consumer Protection Agency did as an organization was take away that shifter. This was the first year for the Krates as well. It has a 16 x 2.125 gripper slik on the back and a 16 x 1 3/4 superior on the front. It was in the back of the schwinn catalog along with the tandem and exercise bike and marketed "for sportsmen, pilots and yachtsmen". That is the original seat, this is the only stingray not to have a banana seat (1964 stingray had a solo-polo seat and the mini twinn had a polo seat in front). Parts aint cheap! http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...tab%3DWatching
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Old 09-19-08, 06:31 PM   #17
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oh yeah, the handlebars fold down and sideways, the seatpost can slide down or be removed. It uses the same adjustable parts from the excercise bike. The frame doesn't fold but its small. I can fit two of em in the trunk of a Dodge Neon. Here's one at the Ann Arbor bike show.http://www.ann-arbor-bicycleshow.com...s/P4290073.jpg
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Would it be a true folder if only the handlebar folds, and the seatpost goes down or can be detached? Technically, most bikes can do this if you losen the stem and seatpost collar bolts. It's a cool bike though.
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Old 09-19-08, 08:21 PM   #19
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Folded, in foreground. No tools required, it lives with these guys.....
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Would it be a true folder if only the handlebar folds, and the seatpost goes down or can be detached? Technically, most bikes can do this if you losen the stem and seatpost collar bolts.
Folder purity test!!! Departed from the True Path - no frame hinge! Cast it out with the mini-velos, Moulton Stowaways, S&S coupled bikes, Ritchey Break Aways, Japanese rinkos and Herse demountables into the darkness with weeping and gnashing of the teeth!

Sliding down the seat and handlebars on most bikes would reduce their form factor by - what? - maybe 5%? On this old Schwinn, it was expressly designed to reduce the form factor by nearly 50%. Let's replace the purity test with a duck test: Waddles - check. Quacks - check.

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Wow didn't mean to ruffle your feathers. If you say it's a folder, then it is then. No need for histrionics.
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i don't think it is a folder.
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i don't think it is a folder.
Be careful with that statement.....my two Raleigh 20s are non folders and I always feel like an out-sider when posting my thoughts here.....
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It folds! No tools required. It gets smaller. Fits in your boat or airplane or (in my case) basement. I'm guessing its at least 50% smaller when folded. Knock on my door and I'll prove it! Ride this bike and holy water will seem like Dasani!
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Be careful with that statement.....my two Raleigh 20s are non folders and I always feel like an out-sider when posting my thoughts here.....
Don't you think there's a good reason for that, after all this sub-forum is called the "Folding Bikes" forum and not "Any Bike" forum.

I mean, otherwise, what's the point of having 29 sub-forums (from "Advocacy".. to "Winter Cycling", plus "General Cycling")?
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