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Old 08-03-12, 03:40 PM   #1
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Who's riding their folder more than 3x/week?

Who's riding their folder more than 3x/week? Curious to see what folks are doing regularly with their folders.
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Old 08-03-12, 04:12 PM   #2
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I only have folders and yeah, they get used all the time. Whenever I have the opportunity to bike, I will take it instead of driving. I take the local train to get to work, and I wouldn't dream of taking anything other than a folder. Of course, this means I'm not one of those speedo wearing road bikers or a mountain biker, so my folders are perfect for a commuter/casual rider like myself.

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Old 08-03-12, 04:20 PM   #3
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I'm riding my BF Metro everyday.
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Old 08-03-12, 06:20 PM   #4
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In good weather (no rain), we are normally on our folders three times a week.
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Old 08-03-12, 06:22 PM   #5
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I ride a Dahon Mariner daily-3000 miles since Jan 2012 with a goal of 5200 miles for 2012.
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Downtube 8fs riding every day that weather permits and 5 miles around the block at night.
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Old 08-03-12, 08:29 PM   #7
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Bike Friday: 3-7 days a week, once or twice/day, 26 miles each way
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Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, commute every day 10 mi round trip with panniers.
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ride my folder to work 12km 5x a week.

rain or shine saddle time.
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Old 08-03-12, 10:19 PM   #10
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I have six small wheeled bikes. OK only 3 of them fold. 2 come apart and one is an old 1964 Moulton. I rotate them and try to ride my mistress (a 29er MTN bike) once or twice a week. It helps I only work weekends during the summer!
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In this forum I'd be surprised if anyone rode their folder less than 3X a week.
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Old 08-03-12, 10:47 PM   #12
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I ride mine every day: 18+ miles 5x week for commuting; 1-50 miles on the weekend. (Usually about 15, though).
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Not me, but maybe I`ll be able to soon. I commute in the dark and only have lighting capability for my 26 inchers. But I caught a good price on a new dyno hub in June, just recieved a new 20 inch rim and a headlight this week, and have an email in with Gaerlan to find out about short 15g spokes. When I actually get the spokes into my hot little hands, I`ll be able to commute on my folder.

OT: I`ve been waiting a few days to hear back from Jay Gaerlan about those spokes- maybe he`s just busy, not sure. But if that doesn`t work out, does anybody know of a source for 15g spokes in suitable sizes for small wheels? I know regular 14g will work, but they look kinda funny because they don`t bend well leaving the flange, so want to try thinner ones this time if I can find them. I need 174s.
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Why aren't people not using their folders that often? Don't they use it for commute like work, groceries or fitness? Even although I have a nice car go around, I would at least use it to be outdoors more.
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Old 08-04-12, 01:00 AM   #15
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I'd ride mine more often if I trusted it to BRAKE reliably. It's an early model Dahon with an archaic drum and belt setup which does not work. I'm TRYING to see if I can replace the original wheels with a NEW, machined sides, matching set, but it's proving to be... a challenge. Until I can fit it with caliper brakes(all the bike will support without heavy modification), it is not getting ridden much.
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I ride mine 5 days a week to and from work! why else get a folder?
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Old 08-07-12, 10:42 AM   #17
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I ride mine M-F to the gym and back and take it for a joyride at a park at least once every weekend.
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Why aren't people not using their folders that often? Don't they use it for commute like work, groceries or fitness? Even although I have a nice car go around, I would at least use it to be outdoors more.

I was just under the assumption that if you actually ride your folder every single day, more than 5 miles each way, you'd be better off with a fully equipped road bike. Of course, there are separate issues with that, which the folder can overcome, like space storage, but if I were doing my previous 10 mile commute each way, 5 days per week, I'd be on my road bike as quickly as possible since it's such a regular thing.
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I was just under the assumption that if you actually ride your folder every single day, more than 5 miles each way, you'd be better off with a fully equipped road bike. Of course, there are separate issues with that, which the folder can overcome, like space storage, but if I were doing my previous 10 mile commute each way, 5 days per week, I'd be on my road bike as quickly as possible since it's such a regular thing.
I think a well equipped, quality 20" folder is perfectly suitable for a 5-10 mile commute each way daily. I was using a 16" Tokyo folder about 3x weekly for a 5 mile each way commute - just upgraded to a 20" Downtube and would not hesitate to ride it anywhere/any distance...
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I only have folders and yeah, they get used all the time. Whenever I have the opportunity to bike, I will take it instead of driving. I take the local train to get to work, and I wouldn't dream of taking anything other than a folder. Of course, this means I'm not one of those speedo wearing road bikers or a mountain biker, so my folders are perfect for a commuter/casual rider like myself.
Wow!! You got the Brompton already so soon!
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Who's riding their folder more than 3x/week? Curious to see what folks are doing regularly with their folders.
My Speed Duo as my regular commuter bike and my Mu SL as my groceries and utility bike as it has all the attachments for both my 2 wheel and single wheel trailers!
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Wow!! You got the Brompton already so soon!
haha, yes. With the current state of the Brompton company being so backordered, I couldn't risk losing the opportunity to buy one at my local shop that was the exact configuration and close enough to the color I wanted (I wanted an all racing green one and this one is racing green with white extremities). I'm very happy with it; such an awesome bike! I was losing so much sleep over it that I just had to get it, ASAP.

By the way, is your Speed Duo a modified Uno? Just wondering what kind of hub and how many holes it has because I have been wanting to do the same with my Tern.
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haha, yes. With the current state of the Brompton company being so backordered, I couldn't risk losing the opportunity to buy one at my local shop that was the exact configuration and close enough to the color I wanted (I wanted an all racing green one and this one is racing green with white extremities). I'm very happy with it; such an awesome bike! I was losing so much sleep over it that I just had to get it, ASAP.

By the way, is your Speed Duo a modified Uno? Just wondering what kind of hub and how many holes it has because I have been wanting to do the same with my Tern.
Yeap, it's a Speed Uno with a Sturmey Archer S2C kickback hub wheel that I bought from Bruce Metras. It's 28 spokes laced on a silver rim and makes the Uno such a blast now to ride in town!
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Yeap, it's a Speed Uno with a Sturmey Archer S2C kickback hub wheel that I bought from Bruce Metras. It's 28 spokes laced on a silver rim and makes the Uno such a blast now to ride in town!
Ahhh man, so jealous. I was going to ask him to modify a 36h SRAM automatix for me to put into my Link Uno, but I felt that it was too much effort so I just sent the SRAM back to Amazon. I'll rethink it again someday.
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Ahhh man, so jealous. I was going to ask him to modify a 36h SRAM automatix for me to put into my Link Uno, but I felt that it was too much effort so I just sent the SRAM back to Amazon. I'll rethink it again someday.
He might still have his SRAM Automatix 20" wheels laced 24 spokes I believe still for private sale. PM him. The wheel is modified by him to shift at a much higher RPM than stock. I might become jealous if you got it installed on your Link Uno.
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