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Old 04-06-09, 01:02 PM   #1
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Why folders/small wheeled bikes have a bad reputation!

Ebay 270370213427 for more pictures,information



Interesting design!
There are some unbelievable solutions to folding a bike out there!
Look at the geometry, the height and forwardness of the bottom bracket.
Note the ellegent solution to under gearing !

Only £185 plus P and P
do you think it will sell?
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Old 04-06-09, 01:14 PM   #2
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Not to mention the rather aggressive tilt to the saddle!

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Some people just hate testicles.
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BB seems pretty high too...
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BB seems pretty high too...
I presume the seat goes up higher.I think the handlebars are on backwards. Handlebar stem flex most be issue. Probably no bids yet,everyone waiting till the last minute?
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^ Yeah I think the seat can go higher still too, but what I meant was the crank arms are short enough not to cause any pedal strike to the ground, so it could've been much lower. Lower is better for BBs.

I can't quite make out what keeps the main frame from splaying apart, from the rider's weight. Next to the black rear brake cable, there seems to be a flexible silver stay (or chain?) running across.

The design does appear to have a lot of misgivings...

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There are two chain wheels and chains to gear the bike up. Rather like some bike world record attempts have used. The bike is a bit like an upside down molikby ie most of the pivots are near the seatclamp rather than the BB. Guess its an improvemnet on this design!
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50% of people don't even have 'em!
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There are two chain wheels and chains to gear the bike up. Rather like some bike world record attempts have used. The bike is a bit like an upside down molikby ie most of the pivots are near the seatclamp rather than the BB. Guess its an improvemnet on this design!
The only thing they have in common is they both use an idler gear to achieve a high enough gear ratio without going to an oversized chainring.

The mobiky is French designed and is a well thought-out professional design... not everyone's cup of tea as I understand it, but in an entirely different league in my book to this one.

Obviously being sold in the UK because of the currency. Yeah, I'm curious too if it would sell at that price.

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50% of people don't even have 'em!
I believe in some places, as much as %70 don't!
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I guess it's a girls' bike.
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The only thing they have in common is they both use an idler gear to achieve a high enough gear ratio without going to an oversized chainring.

The mobiky is French designed and is a well thought-out professional design... not everyone's cup of tea as I understand it, but in an entirely different league in my book to this one.
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Oh yes, I really was compairng it to a Mobiky without any sence of irony !
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I want to ride it now. I am getting curious. I might bid if it get readvertised starting at a nominal bid. but it will proberly get snapped up at £180 "but it now".
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I guess it's a girls' bike.
Hey. Hey. Hey! I take offense at that.

BTW, a seat angled harshly up does indeed hurt "girl bits"! So that's ain't no girl bike!
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I'm not sure that the photo is showing the bike in its fully unfolded state. Looks like the wheels should extend out farther, with that center piece sliding further down the seat post, which ought to tilt the seat into a more normal riding position.
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I'm not sure that the photo is showing the bike in its fully unfolded state. Looks like the wheels should extend out farther, with that center piece sliding further down the seat post, which ought to tilt the seat into a more normal riding position.
If you go to ebay and click on the photo it seems like the bike is fully unfolded.Yes really. You can see in the forum photo that there is a small chain to prevent it being unfolded anymore than shown.

I am sure the seat must go up somewhat,and yes the seatpost angle could be corrected.
Next problem ,how does either of the chain stay on when folded? I expect they don't.

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They have turned down my best Offer of $1. The response was "I think you are joking!". Strange how some people dont value my sence of humour ,sometimes................I am considering $2 next, thats if no one buys it at £180.
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The seller says its OK for a 7 year old child to ride. I would like to see evidence of that. I have found few quality folders that a seven year old can ride, I doubt this is the exception to this observation.
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did it sell I had no internet access.
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Another one.

Cant find any information on google.
Ebay item=320380486115
seatpost nearly meets handlebars, so you can steer with your teeth?....
Geared up with twin chainrings again.

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Old 10-13-09, 03:54 AM   #22
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Simular bike on Ebay. £270 including p and p. It has the advantage of three dimensional storage! Honest read the description!

"Fit Q flexible bicycle is the world's most convenient, with independent intellectual property Instead of walking Tools。Product has a unique X-frame design and two drive accelerated innovation and invention. It is safe fashion, and foldable, easy to carry, the great advantage of three-dimensional storage"

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/NEW-Mini-Fit-Q...Bikes_GL?hash=

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Old 10-13-09, 07:17 PM   #23
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in the folding bike world only 1~2% are worthy bicycles the remaining 98% are junk deathtraps and that may seem to sound harsh but ain't that the truth !
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another one for this thread.looks strong enough to ride?
ebay item number= 320451147806
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