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    Junior Member briotone's Avatar
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    Folding bikes!

    Hi,
    in reply to your request, I have a Dahon Roo EL ebike, which I am very pleased with. Could not get it in England ( I live in Spain) so I ordered it from Germany thru' a cycle company here. Not cheap but very well made.
    My wife rides a Dahon Speed 6, no motor, just the pedals and 6 derailleur gears, which she enjoys very much. Only problem is, I have to keep waiting for her to catch up!
    I am at present lusting after the Birdy/Bionx combo. but cannot find a dealer here to try it out. I am not sure if 18" wheels are the way to go?
    Cheers, briotone

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    Here she is, curled up at the corner in my work place and waiting patiently 'til my shift end.


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    Hello Folks, I've just bought my first folder. Officially, it's for Mrs 4322, but that may be subject to some negotiation. Its a second hand Apollo Transition (20" wheels, 6 speed). It seems to be nearly new, except for some cosmetic damage to the mudguard.

    Although I was actually on the lookout for a hub geared bike, this seemed to be particularly good value at the price, so I went for it. I've not had chance to fully check it over and riding it properly, but from first impressions I'm pleased. I've never owned a folder before, so I was not sure how good or bad it is, and just what to look for. I know its not some supercool titanium lightweight or a sexy extra small fold, and it doesn't have the cachet that others do, but for me I think its well suited (easy-going leisure rides from home, and carrying by car when going on holiday). Also, a reasonable weight. I've no means of weighing it, but I visited Halfords to look at the same model, before buying it, and it is a very similar weight to the Dahon D7 that Halfords also sell.

    I already have a Dawes hybrid type bike (bought about 12 years ago). It's noticably lighter than that. My wife is looking to start cycling again, and our daughter is nearly 3 so we intend to cycle as a family. We decided to go for a couple of folders so that we can pack them in the car for holidays. We've got the Apollo, and will now start looking for another folder to go with it, although when cycling from home I can still use my full size bike. So now I start looking for another folder to go with it.

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    I bought my first folder a month or so ago. It is a Dahon Stow-Away that was purchased in 1997 and sat in a sailboat untouched since then. It rides alot better then I first thought it would. I bought it just because it was so cheap ($50). Since then my girlfriend has claimed it as her to tkae to the neighborhood gym and pool and she put the "pretty green" milk crate on it! I think I'm going to take it for its first 10 miles r/t today.

    A question I have, whats the best way to mount a waterbottle cage on these? I've noticed that the Downtube folders have them on the top tube. Should I just mount one on there? There is no braze-ons for this so I would have to get one of those aftermarket kits. For now, Ill just throw it in the milk crate!

    Quote Originally Posted by M_S View Post
    ..... but at the end of the day we're all just dorks riding around on bicycles, right?

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    I have a 1968 Schwinn stingray run-a-bout with the 3 speed stik shift that I got for 12 bucks and a late 60's Legnano folder. My 14 year old daughter told me riding the little bikes is "social suicide" hence the username. Vintage rules!

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    Here is a scratchy notebook pic of my new downtube NS9
    as I commue with it......
    I this bike ! Somtimes less is more !
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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=- View Post
    Here is a scratchy notebook pic of my new downtube NS9
    as I commue with it......
    I this bike ! Somtimes less is more !
    Heh, you're hooked!

    I like the left side drive train. Never seen that before
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

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    Thats cuz your on the left underside of the world....
    Thats the way stuff looks spun around to the normal side
    -ADVOCACY-☜ Radical VC = Car people on bikes. Just say "NO"

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    The XX

    Here's the XX restored to it's original glory.


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    The Bird is the word

    The new Silver beast.

    The engineering and build quality is superb. The only thing I've done to it since is replace the brakes with SingleDigit Magnesium units(had them on hand, the originals were quite good) and put a carbon fiber handlebar on it to cut down on wrist and arm tingle. There really is no compelling reason to upgrade these other than replacing bits as they wear out. Very well thought out machine and the design of the fold makes it very easy to carry about.

    This one came with the SRAM X7 derailler and trigger shifter, which I've come to prefer to the twisters.


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    Hi! I am a new foldie fan! This is my Dahon Curve D3, with upgrades.



    I upgraded it with a Pazzaz carbon seat post, Rido Glow-in-the-dark saddle, Radius VRO handle post, Syntace VRO clamps, AL carbon handle bar, and Ergon R2M magnesium grips.

    Loving the new ride, and the improved handling from the new parts!
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    Legnano pics

    If you look up cool in the dictionary, this is what you'll see.......
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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    I got my 1971 Phillips folder about a month ago (it's the same bike as the Raleigh Twenty) in it's all original condition and have done a few upgrades... the bike in the background is also a 1971 Phillips Twenty in all original form.

    So far I have replaced the post and saddle, laced a new BMX wheel to the SA 3 speed, replaced the front wheel, got new tyres, new pedals, and removed the steel fenders and chainguard.

    The bike lost 2.5 pounds in as many hours.

    I have new fenders but haven't installed them yet and figure the bike should even be able to handle a good deal of winter riding.



    The next things on the list are to replace the cottered axle with a square taper and install my Shimano 600 crankset.

    Aside from all that... it's a fabulous bike to ride and I am most impressed with the bike's quick handling and stability at speed.

    It has yet to be named although I am leaning towards "Phil".

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    Senior Member striegel's Avatar
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    This is my first new bike in over 33 years - a Dahon Mu P8. The few changes I made were to have fenders, rack, and bar ends installed along with MKS Ezy pedals with Power Grips in place of the plastic folding pedals.



    It's been a long time coming. Last Thursday was my first short ride around the neighborhood. Friday, I put it through my 14 mile lunch hour ride and on Sunday I rode about 26 miles.

    I haven't decided on a name. My old bike never got one. I've been thinking of "Pepe, my little MUle". It should serve me for recreation rides, commutes on occasion, some trips to the store and maybe a century each Spring or Summer.

    It will need a headlight and a suitable bag for my laptop, lunch, and a change of clothes. Any suggestions?
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    I have had a 35 lb one speed folder with 16" wheels for 2 years. It goes easy into a suitcase or car or bus, but the one gear was killing me. So yesterday after much research and ebay watching I bought a new 2007 Downtube 20" NS. More work to pack for the airline but I hope to do some serious riding with it.

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    This is my lastest, and hopefully last, folder that I buy and upgrade to my taste: Brompton M6R currently featured as S6E (Sports stem/handlebar, 6 speeds, no rear rack or fenders/mudguards).



    Upgrades include brakepads, saddle, brake levers, rolling wheels, pedals and light system.

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    Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc LittlePixel's Avatar
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    You always take such jealousy-inducing pictures Raf! Love how the reflectors have made it look like it's got whitewalls...

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    My Giant Halfway. This bike works well for me.
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    Here's my 2007 DT. Mods include ergo bar-ends & grips, wider handlebar, Kore stem, XT headset, Shimano sealed BB, 42T chainring, upgraded pedals, rigid fork and Big Apples.
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    Old enough to know better Spudmeister's Avatar
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    New Swift

    New Swift frame, built up with parts out of the garage...


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    I have two old so called Minibikes which are very big but was seen as mini around 1960 or so.
    I almost never use them.

    My main folder is a now out of biz Microbike. A Swedish design.
    http://flickr.com/photos/8233858@N05...7600645923733/

    I bought a used one and they unfortunately have plastic in the spokes
    and hub so the plactic is reported to get the plastic illness but mine
    works well despite being some ten years old now or more. I don't remember
    when I bought it. I rides very well compared to the Strida 3 that I have tested.
    A-bike too seems to have as twitchy steering as old Strida had.

    Does the new Strida 5 have less twitchy steering?
    I hope the Carryme has the same good steering as my Microbike have.


    Maybe Brompton and other more expensive bikes road much better but I am very pleased with this one.

    But my next buy could be a Carryall from Pacific in Taiwan if it is as good as I hope.
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    Senior Member Fibber's Avatar
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    Recently got a Dahon Speed D7 ordered from Performance.

    Tonight I placed an order with Amazon for a "PT Cruiser" folding bike bag. Cheap, from the dimensions I found on another web site it should fit the Dahon bike, and best of all, it doesn't appear to have any visible logos. I'll let you guys know if it works out.

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    My Brompton/Merc hybrid that I've been working on a while.

    Alloy frame + Fixed gear + Titanium = lightweight [8.8 kg /19 1/2 ilbs)
    Handbuilt wheels: 16 spoked Velocity Aeroheats on Phil Wood/Pantour suspension hubs.
    More detail in this thread:



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    I had been watching Raleigh Twentys go on ebay for what I considered to be a fortune, upwards of a couple hundered dollars, and was very lucky to find this one (a '68) on Craigslist for $80. Cleaned up real nice. Missing the original rack and the pump, tho.

    A very comfortable ride. The steering response feels fast and responsive, and the nylon sleeve that's in there keeps things from feeling too twitchy.
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    This is my "Product Improved" Raleigh Twenty after Stage I. When I plucked it off E-bay it was in pretty good shape; however, it needed a couple things like a good greasing, tires, and a new set of Sakae cotterless cranks as the cotters on the original had seized and I had to have them drilled out. It as had a non-functional SA-6 front dynohub that was just adding weight and the gosh-awful-maybe-I'll-stop-when-wet-by-next-Christmas chrome rims. I would have loved to resuscitate the SA-6; however, I would have needed a scad of small parts (Axle, cones, etc.) that I would have been just as lucky finding them in a very large haystack than here in the Houston. So I set the original wheelset aside and with a lot of luck I came across a rebuilt wheel set with alloy rims on E-bay. I then added a Brooks Conquest, Tioga Pool Comp TA Tires, new tubes, a CPC reflector set and an old Cateye Enduro 1 that I had laying around.


    What's planned for Phase II?? Well, I figure a rack, some Kool Stop brake pads. I don't plan to do anything too earthshaking as it's good enough for what it is which is 'round the neighborhood utility bike. Or rather a grab-to-go-to-the-store-for pocketable items bike..


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