somnatash - whats the saddle you have on it?
The saddle is called "Anatomic 412" which I got at the Eurobike for my Carryme because I wanted to try a saddle without nose fore storing/folding issues...but its not on the bike any more, I could not stand the missing control a nose is giving.
German link here:
You keeping it for another project?
It looks like a good choice for a 'Dutch' bike?
Here she is. Her name is 黑公馬 (hēi gōng mǎ) or Black Stallion in English. Picked her up here in Taiwan for a very nice price. Just nuts the markup that goes into shipping / taxes for bikes made here and shipped to North America. This puppy is only available in Asia though.
Ortlieb Messenger Bag
Almost all the other components are stock, other than the handlebars.
My Dahon Mu p24 getting a breather under the BART tracks!
Wanted a folder that would fit in the trunk of my wife's compact car, so we could carpool to her work and I could bike the ~2 miles farther to my work. Also, since I typically take the bus home, thought it would be handy to have a folder in case the bus's bike rack was full (which is the case about 50% of the time at the stop where I get the bus at UCLA). Looked at a $600 Dahon in a bike shop, got scared away by the high prices.
Ended up buying this 26" folding mountain bike for $130 new:
Sure, it was mass-produced in China, and a few of the parts are cheaply made, but after about $100 spent at the bike shop, I had a well-greased and well adjusted gear shifters and brakes, new town-and-country tires (mainly using it for commuting on asphalt, so didn't need the knobbies), flasher night-lights, and an under-the-seat gear bag.
Works great! It's a big-box bike, so it required more adjusting than you'd expect from a nicer brand bike you'd get at a bike shop, but at around $200 cheaper (at least), I don't mind learning how to fix up the bike myself, not at all.
As for the original intention: It's still a large package when folded, but it fits easily into the trunk of my wife's compact car (a Suzuki Aerio). I usually use the bike racks when taking the bus, but the folding-feature has already saved me 20 minutes one night: instead of waiting for the next bus when I saw the bike rack was full, I just folded the bike and carried it onto the bus. I stood up with the bike perched on my feet, so as not to take an additional seat or get in anyone's way, but it was still better than waiting another 20 minutes just hoping that the next bus wouldn't have a full rack.
wassup guys! newb to the folding bike scene... and loving it!
" M.J.D. "
Nice! Like the black in black with rims :-)
new pics of my Dahon Vitesse plus cane creek + thudbuster...
I recently ordered 2 MIAMI citizen Bikes 6-speed folding bikes. Weight is 32 lbs. I expect them to be delivered today or tomorrow. I just discovered this web site today, and was disappointed to read some posts what some had to say about this bike. My wife and I are new to bike riding, we wanted these to take with us on our RV camping trips to the beach and campgrounds. I know we are out of bike shape and otherwise, and will have to work our way into better shape. We are in our early sixties, but we do consider ourselves in good shape for our age, not overweight, non-smokers, etc. So, we are hoping this will turn out to be a good decision. One reason we bought these bikes was due to price, $195.00 for each one. Seemed fair enough. We had no idea there was so much information on foldup bikes on the internet.
My question is does anyone out there actually own one of these bikes and are satisfied? We are hoping it can't be all that bad.
I have not seen anybody reporting on the MR series of Giant bicycles. And that is exactly the bicycle I ride:
It uses 24" wheels on an aluminum frame. Total weight, 10.3 kg (nominal). The wheel base is almost 1 meter: 0.966 m.
I think the riding position is very good. A quite efficient roadie! The MR-4F model comes with flat bars.
On the negative side, folding is not always that easy, and the bag is not cheap (but required to ride the train in Japan with a bicycle).
Does anybody out there use any of the MR series?
Take care out there!
Iosepus in Kanto, Honshu
Democracy in Japan? What an oxymoron!
Great bike Iosepus, thanks for sharing the pics. I never know about this type of Giant folding before. It looks speedy too,...
Thank you for the compliment.The MR-4R is indeed quite fast. Its main inconvenient is that the folding routine is not that simple.
But this model seems to be limited to the Japanese market only--I have not seen it on any Giant website for other markets.
Iosepus in Kanto, Honshu
Democracy in Japan? What an oxymoron!
Newbie Will here, I just acquired a 2003 blue Dahon Mariner, which is getting a full over-haul: She's on her way to getting "fixed" this afternoon with a nice brand-spankin new rear wheel (Sun CR18 rim on a Formula fix/fix hub), black of course. Pictures to come.
This is my Toddler Transporter, which is a '72 Raleigh.
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I ride the "Eco3" Dahon folding bike.
just bought it recently.
notice I replaced the default seat with a much better one.
first pic unfolded, second one folded.
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I have a Dahon Speed Pro TT (2008) and LOVE IT! It flys and is very comfortable to ride. It definitely requires a bit more tender love and care than a typical bike, but the convenience is just amazing. I can take it on the Metro or commuter train any time and I often take it into shops with me. I have been exceedingly happy with it. The only thing I did was install some Kool Stop brake pads to give me a bit of extra stopping power, especially crucial during this time of year.
I just got an airnimal joey
really nice ride! quick fold, super fast
ive got the nexus 8 speed hub for now, that works ok, although i am saving my pennies to eventually replace it with a rolhoff
i am also building up an alternative fixed gear wheelset to use around town, with an eccentric rear hub
this is a really nice bike! (if I may say so myself)
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IRO Mark V Pro, home made bamboo track bike, eddy merckx corsa extra, Airnimal Joey, UGADA Tikit