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Old 12-29-05, 01:02 AM   #201
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I bought a Graziella (single speed Italian folding bike built from the 1960's-1980's) on Ebay for $50. It is lots of fun to ride and easy fold and unfold, but the single gear really wears me out and it also is a bit small for me... I thinking about maybe getting a taller seat post for it maybe?

Anyway here's a picture of it...

Here's a picture of it: http://www.jmbzine.com/graphics/bicy...graziella1.jpg

Thus far I've been taking it with me on car trips so I can ride when I get to my destination (my regular commuting bike is a non-folding hybrid), but I'm looking forward to taking a trip this spring by either Greyhound or Amtrak and then riding the bike once I get to my destination. I also plan to use the bike to expand my normal car-free range, by taking it with me on city buses... OKC doesn't have bike racks yet on the buses.
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Old 12-29-05, 11:04 AM   #202
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Hey jmbranum!
Your bike looks very much like a Bianchi Aquiletta. I wonder if they were made by the same company and re-badged?

http://www.yellowjersey.org/aq.html

The style of those classic folder frames - the one-piece curve forming chain-stays, rack and seat-stays - is timeless. That's a keeper, in my mind.

If the gearing is limiting, you could probably retrofit with an internally geared hub.

EDIT: apparently, they made these is 26" wheel sized too: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005...oloBellino.htm

Plot thickens...
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Old 12-29-05, 11:41 AM   #203
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That frame without the rear rack is also very similar to my Triton.

http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/2005/oct/boe_fixed.htm
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Old 12-30-05, 07:26 PM   #204
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My current folder is a BF NWT. I ordered a base spec model and upgraded everything afterwards as it worked out much more affordable - and I have all these spares now

Chris King head set
Avid 7 levers with Avid Ti V brakes and Avid Flak jackets
SRAM X0 Grip shift with X0 rear mech
Dura Ace BB triple
Ultegra crankset triple
Frog Speedplays (after trying EVERYTHING !!!)
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selection of SRAM, XT and DA rear cassettes - upgraded from 8 to 9spd
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Wheel set 1
- front SON Schmidt dyno hub 32h, DT SS 14g spokes, Velocity razor rim
- rear Dura Ace 32h, DT SS 14g spokes, Velocity Razor rim
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- front Pantour Prolite suspension hub, Wheelsmith SS 14g spokes, Velocity razor rim
- rear Ultegra 32h, Wheelsmith SS 14g spokes, Velocity Razor rim
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Profile Designs Aqua rack
Arkel panniers front and back
Robert Beckman Designs panniers on their way!

I'm pretty pleased with the bike but always wonder what a Rohloff version would have been like...

Picture shows bike with original X3.0 rear mech - worn out after 20K kms, no front rack, and Time ATACs.
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Old 12-30-05, 07:53 PM   #205
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That is really nice. How do you like the Pantour hub?
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Old 12-31-05, 03:17 AM   #206
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1970 Raleigh Twenty

The frame, rear rack, chain guard, Brooks saddle, steerer tube bearing cup & bushing, and the cool Raleigh cable guide are the only original items left on this bike. I still have the fenders, but they are not installed. Everything else has been replaced/modified/upgraded.

It's a great platform.

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That is really nice. How do you like the Pantour hub?
Cheg,

The Pantour hub takes the buzz off the rough hot mix that you find on many rural Australian roads. That is, it absorbs the small amplitude, high frequency bumps.

It is not a substitute for a suspension fork but more akin to a compliant carbon fork. I reckon careful tyre selection may yield similar but maybe not the same results...In fact good tyre selection just adds to the comfort level.

The Thudbuster made the most difference to my long distance touring comfort. It was a real mental threshold to pass (I mean the Thudbuster is one heavy seat post) after years of watching grams but the comfort is well worth it! Gees I use a Brooks saddle...

I use the SON hub for extended touring and my site commute - my ride usually starts at 5am and finishes after sun down.

The Pantour is now used only for day rides and city based commutes - more civilised work hours

Would I still buy one? Yes as there was almost no price premium when ordering my wheel set.
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Old 01-01-06, 01:43 PM   #208
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1970 Raleigh Twenty

The frame, rear rack, chain guard, Brooks saddle, steerer tube bearing cup & bushing, and the cool Raleigh cable guide are the only original items left on this bike. I still have the fenders, but they are not installed. Everything else has been replaced/modified/upgraded.

It's a great platform.

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Got any pictures?Always nice to see another Twenty!
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Got any pictures?Always nice to see another Twenty!


I have three other pictures posted at the end of Cheg's "Another Raleigh Twenty" thread. I hope to have some more pics posted and a write-up of mods that were performed sometime during the next week. It was a fun project!
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Old 01-01-06, 05:08 PM   #210
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Ah right - it's a nice bike that - love the green and the apehanger bars! Sweet ride - does your wife like it?

Mine was a metallic green too before I got the braze-ons and chainguard bracket removed...
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how many spokes in that front wheel? looks extra bomb-proof.
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Ah right - it's a nice bike that - love the green and the apehanger bars! Sweet ride - does your wife like it?

Mine was a metallic green too before I got the braze-ons and chainguard bracket removed...
My wife had never seen a folder before receiving this bike for Christmas. At first she thought it was kind of strange, but now she loves it. The apehanger bars and adjustable stem are great for dialing in your riding postion. This relaxed setup is perfect for the type of riding she wants to do.

Hey LittlePixel . . . I first saw your folder a few months ago when I started to do my research on the Twenty. That's one sharp bike. Thanks for making you bike available for all to see. It would have been alot more difficult to complete the mods on this bike without the info provided by you and all the other Twenty owners on this site.
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how many spokes in that front wheel? looks extra bomb-proof.
This front wheel was on the bike when I bought it last month. It's a Weinmann Zac30 (48 spokes) with a Sovos hub. On the rear I installed a Sun Rhyno Lite (36 hole) that is laced to a Shimano Nexus 7sp hub with a roller brake.
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Old 01-03-06, 12:31 AM   #214
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Hey jmbranum!
Your bike looks very much like a Bianchi Aquiletta. I wonder if they were made by the same company and re-badged?

http://www.yellowjersey.org/aq.html

The style of those classic folder frames - the one-piece curve forming chain-stays, rack and seat-stays - is timeless. That's a keeper, in my mind.

If the gearing is limiting, you could probably retrofit with an internally geared hub.

EDIT: apparently, they made these is 26" wheel sized too: http://www.fixedgeargallery.com/200...aoloBellino.htm

Plot thickens...
It looks very similiar. The shape of the back is a bit different, but the "hinge" part, and the seat and handlebar quick releases are identical (the seat and handlebars are different, but I'm assuming that you've replaced those on the Bianchi.

I definitely keeping the bike. I still can't believe I got it for so cheap on ebay.
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Old 01-04-06, 12:51 PM   #215
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Hi,

I own a Dahon Jetstream P8, I bought it in November 2005. It's a great bike, folds great und easily fits in the trunk of my car.
Before purchasing my Dahon, I testdrove Brompton and Birdy Red. I loved the Birdy, but the price is really ! The Brompton is without any doubt the folding champion, but it felt more like a girls' bike to me.(sorry, I don't want to upset all you Bromptonauts!). The Dahon Jetstream was the last bike I testdrove and although I still adore the riding & design of the Birdy (esp. the 2006-models), I am really happy with my Jetstream and would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a folder that is not just a commuter but a real touring-machine.
This is my first folder but certainly not my last !
By the way, I also like the looks of the BikeFriday-models
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Old 01-06-06, 02:12 PM   #216
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I (will) have a pre-owned Bike Friday SatRday, which is being prepared for shipping, and should arrive in a few weeks. I am interested in knowing if there are any others in the Toronto area.
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Old 01-06-06, 02:26 PM   #217
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Downtube owner here!
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Old 01-14-06, 03:40 PM   #218
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here's my dahon p9!
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Old 01-14-06, 03:53 PM   #219
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How/where did you get those blue anodized rims?
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I have two fridays, a pocket tourist, and a new world tourist and because the veterans admn paid me back pay for my disability a dahon piccalo a 16 in 3spd because it looked neat. My two fridays ate both 27 speeds and I am using them for my exercise( diabetis and agent orange problems require exercise)
the dhon 16 iner well i get a workout with nly three gears, you really have to plan when to shift.
i am a bike cop so i ride a trek police bike at work.
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Spambait: That's quite a setup! - Who gets to ride in the luxury rickshaw-charriot?
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Spambait: That's quite a setup! - Who gets to ride in the luxury rickshaw-charriot?
Wish it were me, but alas:
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This is my "folder", definately a low end cycle. I use it for under 20 mile hikes. I keep it in my truck. It required some modifications not seen in this picture. I added a higher quality crank, pedals, seat, seat post and tires. The total investment was under $250 dollars. I use this bike during layovers on my job as a school bus driver.
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Hi

I have had a Air Frame folder for about 4 months

http://www.airframebike.com/

I have found it to be a great bike, and enjoy it very much. Yesterday I returned for a trip to my Dads by 5 trains, journey went well, both folded and un-folded.

Although a folder I have done a few day runs and enjoyed the experiance very much.


Previous bike Orbit Crystal recumbent.

Steve B

PS the bike is Emerald Green (too match my politics) + the silver aluminium colour.
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