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Old 04-01-11, 05:41 AM   #1
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My first ever folding bike

For a freebie gift from Panasonic when buying a panasonic air conditioner, it is surprisingly good. Nice and comfy and fairly sturdy. Then again, I've never ridden one before.




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Looks nice... hope it serves you well.
The smallest chainring and the largest sprocket combination looks close to a 1:1 ratio... I bet that's an entertaining experience.
Is the frame steel or aluminium? I would guess steel judging by the thinness of the hinge plate. It's nice that the bike has tabs for mounting racks. Are you going to use the bike as a commuter or light tourer?
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Free is good! I wish I got a free folding bike when I bought a big ticket item here at home.
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Looks nice... hope it serves you well.
The smallest chainring and the largest sprocket combination looks close to a 1:1 ratio... I bet that's an entertaining experience.
Is the frame steel or aluminium? I would guess steel judging by the thinness of the hinge plate. It's nice that the bike has tabs for mounting racks. Are you going to use the bike as a commuter or light tourer?
The whole experience feels a bit odd. I just worked out how to unfold it and rushed out to try it out. I've still got to find the best riding position. I think I'll use it as a pootling around bike. Can it really be used as a tourer? I can't imagine riding it for long distances.

I think it is steel.
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I take my KHS Mocha on 50 mile rides and wouldn't hesitate to ride it further if given the opportunity. But of course I do have my trusty old Brooks attached to it.

Small wheel touring bikes aren't new and have their advantages:





Man how I'd love to take a few months off and tour through Scotland on a folder.
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Wow, it's the perfect marketing ploy. Give people bicycles so they get sweaty, then they can sell more air-conditioners! :-)
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lol !!!

ur right on that one SC
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Welcome to the world of folders. They are a very versatile bike, and yes you can tour on them.
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Nice bike!

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very interesting responses. makes me think I should be more ambitious with this folder.
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Folders are like Lay's potato chips: Betcha can't [buy] just one.* (I've bought three since August...and a Moulton. )

[* Old Lay's ad campaign: Betcha can't eat just one.]
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Folders are like Lay's potato chips: Betcha can't [buy] just one.* (I've bought three since August...and a Moulton. )

[* Old Lay's ad campaign: Betcha can't eat just one.]
Old jur saying: "Folding bikes are like chocolates - one is not enough."
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Old jur saying: "Folding bikes are like chocolates - one is not enough."

So true! My NWT is not just about a year old and I'm itching for a Tikit.
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Hey, good lookin' ride! Panasonic was an inspiration to my career choice (radio).
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