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Old 06-25-11, 06:17 PM   #1
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The Ultimate Pootle Bike - Recumbent Abio Folder

For the past year, my Abio folder has been my pootle bike. I laced up the S2C 2-speed, kick-shift, coaster brake hub to it. It works with simple elegance for short, easy rides into town to get groceries, lunch, go to the bank, etc. Nothing that would exceed the official pootle speed limit of 12 mph.

So, when I recently switched to recumbent riding, it struck me that the recumbent seat is perfect for pootling. I mean, cruising on a bike slowly while seated in a recliner chair? That's quintessential pootling.

Heh heh, long story short, this is what I ended up with:



The Ultimate Pootle folding bike. Comfy, easy, and gets a lot of attention. Just the way I like it!
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Heh heh SC you are brilliant. Unfortunately pics while pootling are essential, or better still pics of you pootling.

PS I just learned a coupla weeks ago the cruzbike was actually invented by a fellow Aussie.

Is that the same Cruz set you had on the Downtube?
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The Ultimate Pootle folding bike. Comfy, easy, and gets a lot of attention. Just the way I like it!
That's one funny looking critter! I like it!
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Heh heh SC you are brilliant. Unfortunately pics while pootling are essential, or better still pics of you pootling.

PS I just learned a coupla weeks ago the cruzbike was actually invented by a fellow Aussie.

Is that the same Cruz set you had on the Downtube?
Yes, John Tolhurst is an Aussie. Seems like a real decent guy.

This is a different kit than the original. I sold the Downtube conversion when my son outgrew the child seat. Now that I'm going recumbent for my sporty rides, I thought I would go even more 'bent - I've sold 3 of my uprights so far and converted this Abio to recumbent.

Unfortunately, my bike lust, formerly manifested on folding bikes has only transferred to recumbents . I'm embarassed to tell you what 'bent project is next up on my workbench.

Pootle pics to come. Went to the local farmer's market today. Would have been a great photo opp, but didn't bring a camera
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Sorry but I'm a bit ignorant on the lingo. "pootle"??? please define? "putting around lazily looking like a bicycle eccentric"?

So basically you created a wonky folding recumbent with front wheel drive. Steering angle looks to be changed as well by the looks of it. The unused bottom bracket shells begs to be finished with the big unused opening. Interesting bike to say the least...
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Truly amazing.
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Awesome!.

I start to see a folding recumbent in my future. The front wheel drive ones looks simpler. Wonder if a IGH will work.
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Awesome!.

I start to see a folding recumbent in my future. The front wheel drive ones looks simpler. Wonder if a IGH will work.
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Mine has an IGH, the S2C hub. I also know others who have converted using a Sturmey Archer 8 speed hub. So, yes, IGH's will work.

If you don't want to build one, there are a small number of folding recumbent bike makers. I recently started a thread on that, so search for "folding recumbents". I confess to a bias towards this one: http://www.bentrideronline.com/?p=5420#more-5420 . But the front-wheel-drive format takes an adjustment to get used to riding. www.cruzbike.com/quest.

If you want to convert one, I can certainly help you with it. You know where to find me
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Sorry but I'm a bit ignorant on the lingo. "pootle"??? please define? "putting around lazily looking like a bicycle eccentric"?

So basically you created a wonky folding recumbent with front wheel drive. Steering angle looks to be changed as well by the looks of it. The unused bottom bracket shells begs to be finished with the big unused opening. Interesting bike to say the least...
pootle (ˈpuːt ə l)
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informal ( Brit ) ( intr ) to travel or go in a relaxed or leisurely manner

Everything you need to know about pootling on a folder -
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=pootle+thread

Yes, this bike is ugly in a cute sort of way...
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Next up for this Pootler is belt drive transmission. That's in the planning stages. Will provide full report when completed. I have another recumbent build ahead of it...
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