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    bendy folder, of some sorts

    leave it to the Brits ( this is a compliment folks , therefore dont even start )

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...ycle-idea.html

    I dont understand a few things... no one whats the derailleur doing there .if its is a single speed, no brakes either.... cause is that all controllcanbles would be stretched when one bends the frame...

    what prevents a thief from unbending it from the post m stretching it and ride away ? If you need a lock this whole design would be stupid...

    I want to see a 250 lbs man ride down a curb with it ....

    there are totally different stress points on the downtube and the top tube ......

    but a good exercise in reinventing the wheel category ....



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    Why just the frame? Couldn't the same technology be applied to the seat post, handlebar post, handlebar, wheels?

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    Maybe it's there to provide chain tension when you bend the bike?

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    Still gonna be vulnerable to having wheels stripped, or nicked as they say over there.

    ... could be designing laser guided wedding cakes, after all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Still gonna be vulnerable to having wheels stripped, or Knicked as they say over there.

    ... could be designing laser guided wedding cakes, after all.

    That's 'nicked', Bob, as we say over here. 'Knicks' is something different altogether. No capitals, of course, unless it's at the start of a sentence.
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    'Knicks' is short for 'Knickerbockers', originating from a common name amongst the Dutch settlers in the New York area at the start of the 19th century. It is now better known as the nickname of the New York 'Knickerbockers', which is an American National Netball Team.

    Knickerbockers are also short baggy trousers.

    That's all you need to know really!

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    English bilingual spell check acknowledged..

    Term seems to be applied to Underwear too ..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 07-08-10 at 12:42 PM.

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    I dont understand a few things... no one whats the derailleur doing there .if its is a single speed, no brakes either.... cause is that all controllcanbles would be stretched when one bends the frame...
    Looks like he is using it for a chain tensioner, common on fixies without horizontal drop outs.
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    It has no brakes!

    "Can't stop now, I'm on my bendy-bike."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Jim View Post
    Looks like he is using it for a chain tensioner, common on fixies without horizontal drop outs.
    Common on singlespeeds, yes. Not a good idea on fixed wheels though.

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    yeah you can see hes got a single speed kit on a freehub. as the spacers show on the hub.
    think he should at least fit a front brake. that shouldnt be affected too much by the folding frame.
    maybes get a coaster rear wheel too.

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    problem is with almost all those neat new inventions that the folks obviously have no prior bike experience, which usually shows the use of obsolete components or frames or such .... They almost all the time get the idea transformed into something steel, but than run into problems with gears, brakes, rims cranks or such ....

    as i said a good try but I styill dont get it ... one still needs to get a lock to secure the bend up bike to the pole ? Or what ?

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    ^^^^

    I think it's one of those Art/Design skule engineering ideas. The Brits will just laugh at a bendy bike, but it might sell in Asia for the novelty value. But we folder tifosi just take the things inside with us where possible, so I imagine most of us will not be impressed.
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    In those cases its the Marks for the Clever Idea , a Graduation Thesis , sort-of.
    so whether It's going to be a CV highlight in the future ..
    to go on and help design and build a bad Nuclear Reactor design and wipe out a city , by accident,

    remains to be seen..

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    C'mon wake up. The purple loafers are the brakes!

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    Will there be a hub-gear version?
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    That segmented tube he's constructed needs to be keyed in some way to keep the tubes from twisting, the cable tension won't be enough to prevent it. IMHO more of a noodle-y bike than a bendy.
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