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Old 07-12-09, 12:02 PM   #1
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Mission Space Genie upgrade

Nearly finished this project. You may have seen in earlier threads that I was looking to improve the gearing on this Mission Space Genie II. I bought a Sachs 3x7 hub as suggested by a forum member Bkhyte (?) but bought the wrong size rim.... If any of you have 16in wheels; there are two different sizes of 16in!

Anyway, the wheel just about fits with the mudguard (fender?) removed, but then the brakes didn't. So my LBS welded a plate just above the original bridge and I drilled a hole to fit the brake again. Hey presto, the wheel now fits.

To add to complications, Sachs apparently no longer make the hub and it came without cables. So, I've bodged a connection between the chain and the cable. The other end has a friction changer because I didn't know what distance the index intervals would be.

So now I have 21 gears...

I've also had made a massive 800cm seat post - my friend who owns a machine shop made it, unfortunately out of stainless steel. Again, because it isn't knurled, it slowly slips down during riding and I had to adjust every ten miles or so. A few minutes with a drill and I have put an allen key (hex wrench?) through as a stopper. Works a treat.

The bike is remarkably comfortable - I did a 35 mile ride on it the other day with no ill effects. The mtb bar ends really help with that. I do find climbing out of the saddle a bit strange, but I think that is as much to do with the overall different position more than anything untoward.

The final piece will be to replace the 50cm cranks with 70 or 72.5. This will, I hope, get rid of the choppy feel of the ride and make it just like a road bike. Also need to make a rear mudguard (fender?) out of some plastic to complete the job. All for less than 200 - oh, plus the original 50 I paid for the machine on ebay.

Any thoughts?
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Old 07-12-09, 12:13 PM   #2
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I know its massive, but I did really mean 800mm and not cm! Same again for the cranks... sorry!
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Real labour of love!

In our preivious chats I think I mentioned geting 389 rims not 305, didn't I?

The 3 speed internal will work with a standard SIS shimano or a Sram 3 speed levers fine. (But make sure you do not fit combined shifters with V brake levers to your now calliper rear brake?) I will post a picture of my rear cable routing when I find one or yake a new one of the same arrangement on my dualdrive Mezzo. I used a frame mounted cable retainer clip from an older LBS with loads of hard to get bits.

consider fitting a 53 front gog,koolstop brake pads and teflon cables if the braking is weak.

Welcome to the "upgraded" fold.
Unique (ish) bike that rides well off road and stands very securely when folded

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In our preivious chats I think I mentioned geting 389 rims not 305, didn't I?
You probably did, but I just rushed off to get a rim without paying enough attention to the detail.

Thanks for your advice on this, (sorry I spelt your name wrong above) it has turned it into a nice machine and I'm getting quite into riding it. Surprisingly comfortable and easy to ride uphill, downhill and on the flat. I think I will look into your suggestion re brakes as the front in particular is a bit suspect.

I'm going to London later in the week and am taking it on the train so that I don't have to use the tube.
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Downhillwuss ... a question

Downhillwuss,

I hope you don't mind my dropping in with a question, even though I have a different trike. I currently have a single-speed upright Kent-Westport trike and am leaning toward purchasing a Mission Space Genie 6-spd upright. What I want to know is, what is the overall quality of the Space Genie? Is it well made? Is the folding mechanism smooth and without problems? Anything else you can share about the Space Genie?

Here in the US, not much is known about the Space Genie. But it's the only 6-spd folding that is available in either 20 or 24" tires, which is what is appealing to me. I currently "drive" a 20", but am hoping the 24" will be a smoother, more comfortable ride on the bike trails of Southern California.

Anyway, please let me know your thoughts about this bike and its manufacturing quality. It's not cheap, here in the US!

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Anyway, please let me know your thoughts about this bike and its manufacturing quality. It's not cheap, here in the US!

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Hi I owned an upgraded version also, it rode well but was heavy. No I would not recommend a space genie unless very cheap see threads. The quality is low, the design not great, but it has some advantagers. See

upgrading a space genie. etc
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-folding-bike
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...e-folding-bike

However the american available version is usually called a Breezer. There is the same bike called a Rideway "staowaway" Recently someone posted a thread with a silver (alloy?) good looking better quality eastern folder with a similar design to a space genie. It was good value I seem to remember. If some one can find the thread that would be helpful. Might be an origarmi?

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yes it was an origami http://www.origamibicycles.com/product.php?cid=2

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...esting-Origami

this looks better
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