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Old 03-11-13, 06:24 AM   #1126
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For folks looking for a convenient commuter, Pacific Reach has come out with what I think is the ultimate commuter folder - the IF Move. Here is a link to their video of this incredible bike. There isn't a more ingenious folding mechanism anywhere!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0nymIoO2Zc

I'm a huge fan of this company and their products. I had some problems with my Reach Racing when I first got it, and the company bent over backwards to help me resolve them.
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Old 03-15-13, 03:09 AM   #1127
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Hi everybody, i'm new here.
I'm an Italian long time urban cyclist and a happy owner of two folding bikes: 24"Dahon Ios P8 2011 and 20"Dahon Vitesse D7 2012

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Old 03-18-13, 02:20 AM   #1128
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For folks looking for a convenient commuter, Pacific Reach has come out with what I think is the ultimate commuter folder - the IF Move. Here is a link to their video of this incredible bike. There isn't a more ingenious folding mechanism anywhere!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0nymIoO2Zc

I'm a huge fan of this company and their products. I had some problems with my Reach Racing when I first got it, and the company bent over backwards to help me resolve them.
Much as I like the Reach, I don't think you can claim that as a particularly great fold if you compare it with something like the super fast Bike Friday Tikit fold:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQscBxx7wLE
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Old 03-18-13, 09:15 PM   #1129
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My bike is a Dahon Silvertip I picked up from amazon in October 2011. It doesn't fold small but it is super light, mine weighs in at 22.2 pounds. This is a great bike, its very fast and solid. I stripped off a few parts cut down the handle bars upgraded the brakes and this bike is the best city bike I have ever had.


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Old 03-25-13, 07:43 AM   #1130
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Folding comparison

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Much as I like the Reach, I don't think you can claim that as a particularly great fold if you compare it with something like the super fast Bike Friday Tikit fold:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQscBxx7wLE
On the flip side, if you leave the handle bars, seat post and the pedals extended on the Pacific Reach IF Move (as the Bike Friday Tikit rider did with his mount) the open and close times are MUCH closer. Most folders wind up with folding pedals and handlebars that can be further dismantled to minimize storage requirements, but those folds don't have to happen on a regular basis while commuting. Same with collapsing the seat post. It is possible for minimizing storage, but not necessary for daily use.
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Old 04-15-13, 05:42 PM   #1131
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Its been great to see all your posts on the theme first folding bike , but can i now ask you all , I am looking for the smallest , lightest folding bike , feels like a bit of any obession this folding bike business REALLY
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Old 04-23-13, 01:49 AM   #1132
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I have joined the fold:



Scooped this up off Craigslist today (I've been looking for a new roadbike, and so far have, instead, landed two commuters) for a great price. Did just a bit of tuning-up, and now I'm looking forward to test-driving it on my bike/train commute tomorrow. It's a BLAST to ride... I've heard the ride referred to as "twitchy," but I just think it's a nimble little ride.

Oh, and I especially love that I found a bike that fits in MY CAR:

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Old 04-29-13, 02:09 AM   #1133
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Oh, and I especially love that I found a bike that fits in MY CAR:
Yes!

I keep my Dahon largely (no pun) because it fits in the boot of my Mini, even with the seats up

Welcome saxdiva!
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Old 04-30-13, 10:03 PM   #1134
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Love all the pictures of folders, I'm in the market for a new one right now. I'm thinking Dahon most likely. I read through an article at http://www.newsmicks.com/2013/04/30/dahon-bikes/, and they sound pretty good. I'm probably going with the boardwalk. I'd appreciate any boardwalk owner input.
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Old 05-02-13, 08:57 AM   #1135
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Love all the pictures of folders, I'm in the market for a new one right now. I'm thinking Dahon most likely. I read through an article at http://www.newsmicks.com/2013/04/30/dahon-bikes/, and they sound pretty good. I'm probably going with the boardwalk. I'd appreciate any boardwalk owner input.
I have two, of the blue one posted above. I am very satisfied with them. The only complaint is that the handle bar is not adjustable for height.

The single speed version, I do not like ,as it is too heavy for being single speed.
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Old 05-02-13, 11:01 AM   #1136
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I have two, of the blue one posted above. I am very satisfied with them. The only complaint is that the handle bar is not adjustable for height.

The single speed version, I do not like ,as it is too heavy for being single speed.
Thanks for your feed back, I am definately grabbing one of these bikes, I'll be able toss one in the car for camping as well. lookin forward to it.
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Old 05-07-13, 09:10 AM   #1137
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I ordered the dahon boardwalk from the link at www.newsmicks.com the article had a good background history of the dahon company as well looking forward to getiin my new bik when it arrives i'll post pictures
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Old 05-08-13, 08:46 PM   #1138
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I scored a new Dahon boardwalk from a link on an article at
http://www.newsmicks.com/2013/04/30/dahon-bikes/ my first folding bike, I'm pretty pumped for camping season to start and plan to bring this guy along.

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Old 05-12-13, 09:36 PM   #1139
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This is my Tern Link C7 folding bike i got last wednesday, sorry for the late post. So far i have about 46.5 miles on it,very fun little bike and quick.
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Old 05-18-13, 09:45 PM   #1140
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Hi there - This is what I'm hoping to find:

- light weight (I live in 3 story walk up)

- functional for getting around town - if I could take it on the bike path, that would be great as well

- not too difficult to put together

Am I asking too much?


Thanks all!
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Old 05-19-13, 03:05 AM   #1141
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No, but you need to know what you want first.
have you read the "can't decide ?read this first" sticky thread.
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Old 05-27-13, 09:39 AM   #1142
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Hi I'm a newbie and just want a folding bike I can keep in my RV. Can anyone tell me about the Schwinn AL1020. I can buy a used one for $250.00 in great shape. So please the good, bad & ugly on this unit.
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Old 05-29-13, 02:45 PM   #1143
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Finally got to take Forrest out for his first ride of the year and was most appreciative of those new fenders as we got caught in a thundershower... I do so love this bicycle and we have travelled so many thousands of km together over the past 5 years.





Drop bolt and a snappy new barrel adjuster for my v brakes... fork is suspension corrected in case I ever want to go that way.



The MEC tail bag is awesome, off the bike it becomes a backpack.



Have been riding the newly minted Moulton F all week so this was a good chance to make a comparison between the respective bicycles... both are fairly heavy and Forrest is MUCH stiffer (full on touring build) and gives up a little ride quality to the Moulton which has a suspension and 16 inch wheels. To compensate the Marathons are running at 60/70 front and rear while the Moulton's 16 inch tyres run at 85psi. When I run Comets on Forrest the ride quality is excellent when those are run at 85 psi as they are much more supple tyres (but not as bulletproof as Marathons).

Forrest also has an edge in gearing with a slightly higher top gear that I can spin at 30kmh all day and a stump pulling low gear which is beneficial on long loaded climbs... the Moulton will also cruise at speed all day with very little effort.

That Moulton...



I think they make a great pairing.
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Old 05-30-13, 12:11 AM   #1144
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just beautiful, 65er!
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Old 05-30-13, 06:17 PM   #1145
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I have finally joined the Brompton club!!!
I've been wanting to get one for more than a year now...but with the budget of a college student, I just couldn't afford the big bucks for a new one.
I have been searching relentlessly on Craigslist for the past couple of months, but sellers are either asking top dollar or are reluctant to ship them.

Long behold, this past weekend, I serendipitously discovered that bikes@vienna had a lightly used one for sale!!! Yesterday, I woke up at 6am, travelled 2.5 hours by train, metro, and bus before arriving in beautiful Vienna, Virginia.

The bike shop wasn't even open yet when I got there.


The wait was worth it. Here's the beautiful S2L in white and turkish green, complete with a brand new S-bag.


I rode the Brompton 12.3 miles along the Washington & Old Dominion trail back to DC.

The brompton was smooth, nimble, and just a joy to ride. It was everything I had imagined and more.

Brief stop at Rosslyn for a photo op.


The train ride back really gave the Brompton to demonstrate its best features. Here it is tucked neatly between my knees and the seat in front on a crowded MARC train.


Finally arrived at Penn Station!


It found a cozy nest in my dorm.


I look forward to many more adventures with my Brompton!!!
(Special thanks to the friendly and helpful staff at bikes@vienna!)
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Old 06-03-13, 12:17 PM   #1146
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Introducing Zoot!

I built her up from a a bare Xootr Swift frame and fork over memorial day weekend.

From over a week of riding, I've discovered that she is the best bike I have owned, folding or not. Light, stiff and versatile bike that can handle fast rides (not so fast with me riding), loaded touring and commuting. Not the most compact fold but she can still be packed into Airline-approved luggage with a little disassembly.

I'll be taking her on a 10 day loaded tour of the California coast this Summer. I can't wait...

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Old 06-04-13, 06:23 AM   #1147
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Love all the pictures of folders, I'm in the market for a new one right now. I'm thinking Dahon most likely. I read through an article at http://www.newsmicks.com/2013/04/30/dahon-bikes/, and they sound pretty good. I'm probably going with the boardwalk. I'd appreciate any boardwalk owner input.
Hi Mick,
I enjoyed my time with my boardwalk. Seven speeds is ok for some hills. Strong steel frame, pretty good locking system. Comfy, may want to change saddle later.
Depending on what sort of use, suggest researching tyres. If u want faster for smoother roads, narrower & higher pressure.
Ride & enjoy. Cheers Twizz (Tikit & Birdy).
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Old 06-04-13, 12:43 PM   #1148
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just beautiful, 65er!
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Always a pleasure to see your work.
Was the matching gold a theme?
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Old 06-05-13, 02:48 PM   #1149
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Ori M9

I recently bought a black ORI M9 (see http://www.oribikes.com/ori/products...0&cID=1&Key=3#, but I got the previous version with Calliper brakes on both wheels because it was cheaper)


Usage is for a combined commute:
Bike 7 km house to station - Train for 20 minutes - bike 2.5 km from train station to office. (reverse for the evening return trip)
(If I'm lazy I can use my local station just 0.5 km away, but then I have to change trains in the middle.)
This folder replaces my beater bike at the station.


I did a small test-drive on three bikes at the shop (folding bike specialist : http://www.kemperfietsen.nl/)
(6 speed Brompton, Ori M9, Birdy World)

Reasons for choosing the Ori:
- Value for money.
- Good ride quality
- folds easy and small enough.

I also ordered the Commuter bag ( http://www.oribikes.com/ori/products...2&cID=2&Key=19 )
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Old 06-05-13, 03:15 PM   #1150
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Nice.
Welcome to the fold.
Review please? (On mezzo thread would be great)
What shop did you get it from?
Thanks.
Any other ori only assessories tha interested you.
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