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    Want to spread awareness of folding bikes? . . .Visit yard sales.

    The neighborhood had a mass garage sale this morning/afternoon and I rode 'round suburbia on my black Origami Crane. Folders are a perfect icebreaker, people were not kidding about that. Nothing quite like a comic yelp of "please don't sell my bike!"--I had two people try to buy it off of me (and one of those was a garage sale host trying to get rid of stuff, not accumulate more) and a few others marvel over the unusual design without understanding its special feature. I did show off a little, folded it up while chatting about when I got it and where and why, lifted it up unfolded with one weakling arm, talked up the genius of a bike that can grow with a pre-teen. I didn't think to bring bungee cords (I'll just cruise around. . .hop off and look. . .ok maybe one item. . .and that one. . .) so wasn't able to tote on the rack anything more impressive than a small bookshelf. Got to go vacuum some of the country accents* off of the bookshelves now. . .

    *"Dust is a country accent"--decorative plaque, curiously immune to dust, in my mother's house.

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    I've found that any specialty bike is an ice breaker, provided the bike has an unusual look. With my Salsa Mukluk 2 fatbike, it's gotten to the point that I don't ride it on some days because I don't feel like or have time to talk to the crowd of people standing around it at the bike rack when I walk out of a store or restaurant. My Brompton folding bike also gathers a lot of attention, albeit not a crowd, but I always, always bring the Brompton inside with me whenever I ride it somewhere and it never fails to start a conversation. What's ironic about that is that I deliberately chose the black color and opted not to get a Brooks seat because I thought they would be too attention-getting.

    ...just wait until I get the Krampus...

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    There are always a small fraternity who seem to think folding bikes like the Brompton are the preserve of older geeky & eccentric British workers. Well, I once set a choice of 10 emerging companies with growing exports in my International Marketing Class and Brompton was joint top as the students' choice and tied with a Portugese wine brand! You get the odd person who cannot get over their prejudice of a smaller wheeled folding bike but the majority appreciate their innovative nature and even admiration for the design.

    When I bring my Dahon Jetstream EX on the train I see young, middle-aged & older people alike staring in fascination at it!

    Folding bikes are part of the future and for some even an incurable virus because we love their advantages and appreciate their additional design ingenuity.

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    Even in NYC where folding bikes are not uncommon, I still get comments about my Brompton about twice a week in the 30 seconds it takes me to fold it before going into the office building or my apartment building. Everyone loves the compactness of the fold, but for a city with people that have no qualms about dropping several hundred dollars on dinner and drinks, their jaws drop when they find out how much one of these cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ratdog View Post
    Even in NYC where folding bikes are not uncommon, I still get comments about my Brompton about twice a week in the 30 seconds it takes me to fold it before going into the office building or my apartment building. Everyone loves the compactness of the fold, but for a city with people that have no qualms about dropping several hundred dollars on dinner and drinks, their jaws drop when they find out how much one of these cost.
    Some of them spend that on a TV or jacket lol! It's amazing how people think. Some will spend 30,000+ on a car without blinking but never comprehend how I have spent 2000 on a high-end folder (Jetstream EX)

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    I found the folding bike a good for meeting people. But I haven't met any chicks with it, at least not yet. I'm curious if anyone else have better luck than I am.
    Current: 2012 Tern Link D8 w/Brooks B17

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    Quote Originally Posted by ryukenden View Post
    I found the folding bike a good for meeting people. But I haven't met any chicks with it, at least not yet. I'm curious if anyone else have better luck than I am.
    You just need to flex your calf muscles and talk smooth lol!

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    The amount of attention I get when I ride my Dahon Speed TR down the paved path at the beach pales in comparison to what my friend gets when he rides his LWB recumbent.. Pedestrians, young and old, will yell "Cool Bike". Recumbents seem to attract the eye and cause a second look from car drivers. They also suffer from a reputation of being somewhat the domain of middle aged fat men.

    As far as meeting "chicks" being married and monogamous for 26 years I am no authority. However I do think when my bike is particularly polished that I catch the chicks "checking me out" out of the corner of my eye. I get the feeling its like a an older man in a sports car. "He must be rich to own such an expensive toy". It could be just the disillusioned fantasy of a middle aged man.

    Silliness aside, It always fun to get a chance to talk about your bike and demonstrate it unique features. The folder works well in some pedestrian heavy areas like fairs and festivals. Great conversation starter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zebede View Post
    It could be just the disillusioned fantasy of a middle aged man.
    Yup, +1
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