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Old 08-12-11, 10:22 AM   #1
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Carrying a folding bike on a full-sized bike (hot bike-on-bike photos!)

I'm not sure whether other people find themselves in this situation, but I thought I'd show you my solution, and ask you how you deal with it: how do you carry a folding bike on another bike?




So, I ride my bike to work every morning. I work on a college campus and I don't have a parking permit, so driving a car is not an option. Not infrequently, though, for one reason or another, I don't ride my bike home in the evening (usually because of bad weather -- I commute in dress clothes). I then need a way to get to work in the morning.

I could walk (it's only 1.5 miles), but I'm really not a morning person and the extra 20 minutes are actually pretty valuable to me. I could ride one of my other full-sized bikes, but then I'd have two bikes to ride back. So I recently picked up a Dahon Piccolo, which I can strap to my regular bike and ride home. It's a little ungainly, but it works.

One of the guys at Harris Cyclery showed me a photo of a Brompton strapped to the side of an Extracycle, but I don't really want to spend the money for either one. Do any of you have better systems? Show me what you've done!
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Old 08-12-11, 10:43 AM   #2
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Towed my Brompton in my bike trailer, down town to let the potential resale customers test ride it.

could have towed the trailer with my other Brompton, but chose the Friday instead.
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Towed my Brompton in my bike trailer, down town to let the potential resale customers test ride it.

could have towed the trailer with my other Brompton, but chose the Friday instead.
Interesting -- what kind of trailer do you use? Obviously, I'd need one that can attach both to the Peugeot and to the Dahon.
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Old 08-12-11, 11:23 AM   #4
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check if your front wheel of the dahon will sufficiently stick into either side of your rear baskets. my friend with a full size has the walden rear baskets rack.

I have had a friend tow my folding bike with his full size by putting my front wheel into the basket - securing the front fork to the rack frame so that it kept my folder straight up with the full size, and we just pulled the little bike similar to the way the TRAIL-GATOR works. the folder followed along quite nicely. it was a little tricky with some bank turns, but we did not have a long distance (just a few kilometers) so it worked out fine.

its been some time since we did it, but i recall that i might have removed the front wheel to fit the folder front fork into the basket. I sort of remember carrying my front wheel while i was riding.
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Old 08-12-11, 12:15 PM   #5
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I carried a 1975 Dawes kingpin on the front rack of my other cheap folder. Admittedly it was dismantled at the time as I was taking it to a local frame builder for some modifications
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Old 08-12-11, 01:05 PM   #6
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check if your front wheel of the dahon will sufficiently stick into either side of your rear baskets. my friend with a full size has the walden rear baskets rack.

I have had a friend tow my folding bike with his full size by putting my front wheel into the basket - securing the front fork to the rack frame so that it kept my folder straight up with the full size, and we just pulled the little bike similar to the way the TRAIL-GATOR works. the folder followed along quite nicely. it was a little tricky with some bank turns, but we did not have a long distance (just a few kilometers) so it worked out fine.

its been some time since we did it, but i recall that i might have removed the front wheel to fit the folder front fork into the basket. I sort of remember carrying my front wheel while i was riding.
Great idea! Actually, I remember seeing somewhere a heavy-duty cargo bike that came with a "trailer hitch" on the rear fender for the fork of another bike. I can't find it now, of course.
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Interesting -- what kind of trailer do you use?
I have 2 , either the Burly Flatbed or the Carry Freedom City would work..

both attach with hitch a piece that goes under the left axle end.
either with the axle nut or the QR skewer..
and an elastomer that is the end of the tow bar.
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I'm not seeing why you don't ride the folder all the time and bring it home folded on the days you get a ride home...?
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I'm not seeing why you don't ride the folder all the time and bring it home folded on the days you get a ride home...?
Too much stuff -- my baskets are usually full, with 20+ lbs. of books, and the folder's rack can't handle the baskets or the weight. Also, I don't like the ride quality of the folder as much.
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Old 08-13-11, 01:54 PM   #10
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I am car-lite, so when I bought my Dahon Speed D7 from REI I used my Worksman Port-O-Trike to carry it home.


Worksman Port-O-Trike carrying Dahon Speed D7 by kittyz202, on Flickr

Worksman Port-O-Trike carrying Dahon Speed D7 by kittyz202, on Flickr
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Old 08-13-11, 02:27 PM   #11
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Too much stuff -- my baskets are usually full, with 20+ lbs. of books, and the folder's rack can't handle the baskets or the weight. Also, I don't like the ride quality of the folder as much.
I tour on my folder. 40-50 lbs of luggage in panniers, holds up just fine. In fact, it rides better with the weight.

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Old 08-14-11, 03:11 AM   #12
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Probably overkill for you but with the right cargo bike it would be a piece of cake. Take a look at this bike-on-bike action.



Understandibly, that might not be an option, so you should just strap the front wheel to the side of your basket and tow it.

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Old 08-17-11, 01:15 AM   #13
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Ive ghost rided a couple of bikes 10 miles home from town. IE rode one bike, and pushed the other bike by holding the handlebar stem. kept the speed down to 6mph more or less. so the second bike wouldnt crash into me. was on a bike path mostly.
I brought a MTB home. I undid the left wheel nut on my folders SA hub. put all the washers on that side. then managed to get the Giant Boulders rigid fork in there. with the front wheel strapped to carrier. usual folder bike cruising speed of 12mph all the way home
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