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Old 10-24-10, 10:43 AM   #1
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Airnimal Joey?

I have been looking at a bike to take along on my vacations in the future. Among the various contenders are various small wheel folders, S&S coupled bikes and such. Then I started checking out the Airnimal - the Joey Explore Drop, to be exact. It seems that this bike would be perfect for my needs. It doesn't cost too much, it packs into a nice suitcase and should be fine for light touring as well as general riding for fitness.

Does anyone have any experience with the various Airnimals? I can't seem to find a lot of information.


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Old 10-24-10, 11:00 AM   #2
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I've ridden one. It's a nice bike, but personally I prefer 20" wheels because there are more parts available in that size for customization.

Plus smaller wheels accommodate larger tires without much weight penalty and 20" just makes a nice proportion for putting cargo over the wheel. Larger wheels require special luggage solutions like panniers whereas if the wheels are 20" you can just tie almost any bag to the back of the seat or strap almost any box to the rack and still use additional specialty panniers if you like.
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Old 10-25-10, 08:00 AM   #4
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After riding for many years ( and still do), on a Brompton I'm very happy with my Airnimal Joey explorer. The Brompton is a very good bike and if you need the folding often then it's the best choice. But now I prefer the Airnimal Joey for longer or faster (fitness) rides. Why? Because I wanted a faster and more stable bike. And I wanted a bike to ride through woods and on tarmac.
I'm a proud owner since march this year. Do use it for fitness and my rides are on the tarmac and through the woods. I've changed the Kenda tires for the Schwalbe Marathons. But next summer I might change them back again. I think they were oké. Maybe I change them for Schwalbe Kojaks. In the summer I like to bike on the tarmac, so I think slicks are better there.
The bike is without problems so far. There where no pedals on it as I bought it. I have used it with SPD pedals, folding pedals and now with BMX pedals, which I prefer. (But in the summer maybe SPD again).
Some things to know:
Airnimal just had there 10th anniversary.
There is a small FLICKR groep where you can share you're pictures and even get some advise.
There is a Facebook group.
Want to know more, you can also write to Airnimal. I did and they where very friendly.
Of course you can also take a look at my site http://airnimaljoey.blogspot.com/
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After riding for many years ( and still do), on a Brompton I'm very happy with my Airnimal Joey explorer. The Brompton is a very good bike and if you need the folding often then it's the best choice. But now I prefer the Airnimal Joey for longer or faster (fitness) rides. Why? Because I wanted a faster and more stable bike. And I wanted a bike to ride through woods and on tarmac.
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Airnimal just had there 10th anniversary.
There is a small FLICKR groep where you can share you're pictures and even get some advise.
There is a Facebook group.
Want to know more, you can also write to Airnimal. I did and they where very friendly.
Of course you can also take a look at my site http://airnimaljoey.blogspot.com/
Many thanks for your message above and for sharing your site URL, brommie. Impressions from actual Airnimal owners are thin on the ground (er...Internet), so it's good to read something that isn't just a recitation of specs or airy marketing material but instead real day-in-the-life stuff.

P.S. Nice Rido saddle! I just put one on my Brompton and it makes a world of difference.
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P.S. Nice Rido saddle! I just put one on my Brompton and it makes a world of difference.

. . . . I got one on my Brompton too . . .
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I have been looking at a bike to take along on my vacations in the future. Among the various contenders are various small wheel folders, S&S coupled bikes and such. Then I started checking out the Airnimal - the Joey Explore Drop, to be exact. It seems that this bike would be perfect for my needs. It doesn't cost too much, it packs into a nice suitcase and should be fine for light touring as well as general riding for fitness.

Does anyone have any experience with the various Airnimals? I can't seem to find a lot of information.


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I own a Airnimal Joey with Alfine 11 speed hub, front and rear racks for 4 panniers, Jones-h-bar handle bar (replaced butterfly bar). I have used this bike on short tours in Germany and France of about 1000 km and two long tours in Canada of 3000. I like the bike, the gearing may not be the best for very dirty conditions as the rear shifting cable gets dirty and shifting gets hard. I have a bike case/trailer to use with it which did prove a hassle but makes packing real easy but the airline still smashed the crap out of the case. I think a 27 speed gearing system would have been a better choice on second thought. I bought the bike as a frame and added the components which jacked up the cost to about $2300.
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