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    IMG_4124.jpgJust bought this bike at Seattle MINI dealer
    Here are the exact specifications of this bike:
    Product specifications:
    Assembly Description
    Frame AAA Series, aluminium 7005 patented Fusion Technology , lime green
    Fork Dahon Slipstream, aluminium U7 double-butt, lime green
    Handling bar Kinetix Comp double-butt. Aluminium, matt black
    Stem Aluminium, matt black, height-adjustable, 2 x quick release
    Handlebar grip Biologic ARX, screwed, black with grey lines
    Brakes Kinetix V-brakes, front and rear
    Brake handle Avid FR5 aluminium, matt black
    Crank set Kinetix Supra forged aluminium l=170 mm black, aluminium chain guard
    Inner bearing BSA chamber sealed tripartite
    Chain Taya Chain OCTO, Teflon coated, black
    Pedals Suntour foldable pedals
    Derailleur NEOS.2 for 8-speed, black
    Gear stick Sram Twist 8 gear change; turning grip shift incl. cable control
    Sprocket cassette Sram 8 gear change silver; 11-32 cog
    Front hub Kinetix Neutron 74mm, Aluminum black with hollow axle and SSP
    Rear hub Kinetix Comp. 8 gear change cassette black with hollow axle and SSP
    Rims Schürmann YAK 406
    Tires Schwalbe KOJAK 35-406 Dahon special edition
    Tube/hose Schwalbe Unitube 20” AV6 (with car valve)
    Spokes Niro black, diameter = 2mm; brass nipples silver
    Seat Selle Royal Gel, black without logo
    Seat post Super-Oversize 580mm, patented head, Aluminum matt black with Scala
    Seat bracket Dahon “Turtleneck” with quick release, black
    Passive lighting Reflectors for spokes, frontline and backline (as accessory pack), and for reflectors based on DIN and road traffic regulations
    Bicycle bell Stop bell type Billy, black
    Accessories Transport bag in cover (installed under seat), folding bike BA Mini specified (different languages), BAs of component producers
    Chain case Not applicable, see also circular chain wheel disc close to Crank set
    Others Delivery installed already (non-inflated tyres in folded state), in special box with MINI Logo
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    Quote Originally Posted by yogik View Post
    Just bought this bike at Seattle MINI dealer
    .......................
    From my research from the web, it all started with this company

    GIC BIKE COLLECTION / ???????,

    they even have a Ferrari

    mv_ferrari.jpg

    But somehow Mini was not in their product list anymore. Too bad there are no English webpages.

    Mini folder used to sell on Taiwan's "amazon" for abut 450 dollars new (7 speed), out of stock now.
    PChome???? -

    You can still buy the Ferrari folder there for less than 400. Quite a bargain to "steer" a Ferrari?
    PChome???? -
    Last edited by bike.gang.uk; 08-02-14 at 12:03 AM.

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    UGH! You spelled MINI wrong.

    A Mini: OK! The other one is a Morris Minor with a proper British folder in the boot.

    joes record on mini.jpgTwenty trnk2.jpg

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    Loving this bike. Got mine for $490!

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    A year later so not sure if anyone that posted here about their Mini Cooper folding bike will see this... I looked at one at the local Mini Cooper dealership and really love how light weight it is plus I can lift it even with all my injuries/limitations re lifting/weight into the back of my Ford CMax hybrid vehicle. I was originally thinking of getting the lime green one re the seat post pump altho am thinking I'd have to change the saddle and maybe add a thudbuster which don't know if I can do on the lime green since it has the seat post pump but maybe on the black one? Also am considering a Dahon Mu P8 however I've not been able to see one in person so would have go strictly by ordering online.

    Just wondering for those that got the Mini Cooper folding bike how it's holding up and if you're still pleased with it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBlady111 View Post
    A year later so not sure if anyone that posted here about their Mini Cooper folding bike will see this... I looked at one at the local Mini Cooper dealership and really love how light weight it is plus I can lift it even with all my injuries/limitations re lifting/weight into the back of my Ford CMax hybrid vehicle. I was originally thinking of getting the lime green one re the seat post pump altho am thinking I'd have to change the saddle and maybe add a thudbuster which don't know if I can do on the lime green since it has the seat post pump but maybe on the black one? Also am considering a Dahon Mu P8 however I've not been able to see one in person so would have go strictly by ordering online.

    Just wondering for those that got the Mini Cooper folding bike how it's holding up and if you're still pleased with it?
    I wanted to get into biking for a while. I saw a guy posted his MINI on sale on craigslist last night. Long story short I bought it this morning and I now own a MINI! Bike forums be prepared, one fresh nOOb coming up!!!

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    Hey whacked congrats! I looked on Craigslist today tho didn't go thru it entirely..
    I'd love to hear what you think of this bike and how it works for u!
    Meanwhile I'm still researching the possibility of adding a thud buster to the seat post on this bike which thus far I haven't been able to figure out. I'm pretty sure I just need to ask the right question to the right source to get the answer ~ meanwhile it seems like the Dahon Mu P8 would work with a thud buster so if I can get this info in the next day or so I'd like to order me a folding bike and start riding!

    Did u get the lime green or the black mini cooper?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LBlady111 View Post
    Hey whacked congrats! I looked on Craigslist today tho didn't go thru it entirely..
    I'd love to hear what you think of this bike and how it works for u!
    Meanwhile I'm still researching the possibility of adding a thud buster to the seat post on this bike which thus far I haven't been able to figure out. I'm pretty sure I just need to ask the right question to the right source to get the answer ~ meanwhile it seems like the Dahon Mu P8 would work with a thud buster so if I can get this info in the next day or so I'd like to order me a folding bike and start riding!

    Did u get the lime green or the black mini cooper?
    I got the black. I dont know anything about biking. A fold-able bike works best for me since I live in NYC and my apt is tiny (plus it'll fit in my trunk).

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    I tried the black one out at a Mini Cooper dealership. It's really nice and light weight and folds up easily. It also fits in the trunk of my Ford CMax hybrid which has so much less space than my old clunker SUV I had to sell! Have fun riding in the city ~ I used to live there quite some time back though didn't ride at all there~ (wasn't brave enough)!

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    This site has the following picture with the caption "The bike completely collapsed." Hilarious.


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    Quote Originally Posted by feijai View Post
    This site has the following picture with the caption "The bike completely collapsed." Hilarious.

    Is the joke that it folds further, or that it is sad that all it can only fold to that size.
    I cant figure out how to fold it further

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    Quote Originally Posted by whacked View Post
    Is the joke that it folds further, or that it is sad that all it can only fold to that size.
    I cant figure out how to fold it further
    It doesn't fold any smaller. The comment was just to say that it does fold.
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    I am the OP and the bike is still going strong. My son has a lot of bikes but this is the one he uses, all the time. Just sold a Miyata 910 becouse he did not touch it in 5 yrs.

    No idea why you want a TB on this bike. Remember you likesd that it was lightweight. If you start adding heavy stuff it is no longer lightweight.

    Bike can take wider tyres and a sprung saddle.

    Edit: The bike DO fold properly, it is just to hard for some peopel. Found a similar picture on a local craiglist-like list. Sent the seller a polite e-mail saying if he folded it properly and posted new pix it would be easyer to sell. I think he still hates me..
    Last edited by badmother; 03-11-16 at 11:18 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whacked View Post
    Is the joke that it folds further, or that it is sad that all it can only fold to that size.
    I cant figure out how to fold it further
    It isn't folded correctly. The handlebar is resting on top of the saddle so the sequence of folding was wrong. It's amusing that the site where this bike is described in detail, also shows a card with folding sequence but the chap still got it wrong.
    My folding bike photo essays www.dekter.net/

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    Mini being a British company originally, they could have sold a Brompton instead. Besides, it'd leave more room in the trunk for other stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    It doesn't fold any smaller.
    Of course it does. This is a bog-standard rebadged Tern. The handlebars fold down between the wheels. Reminiscent of:


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    I've seen the bike in person and it does fold properly. The image shown is not folded completely and/or properly.

    Reason for "possible" Thud buster is history of two back surgeries (discetomies) that failed and continued low back pain.

    This bike would still be light enough for me with that addition.

    I got a reply from Cane Creek re my inquiry about using a TB with MC folding bike.. was told seat posts for Dahon bikes are 603 mm and 523 mm with a 33.9 seat post diameter. I was advised to check seat post diameter first but can only find that the seat post is "oversized" 580mm and aluminum.

    Can some take their seat post off and check the number (size) of diameter as it's supposedly etched into the seat post.

    Thanks to anyone that can do this. I'm not saying I "have to have" a TB but if I feel I need it I want to be able to get I if I spend $500 plus on a folding bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feijai View Post
    Of course it does. This is a bog-standard rebadged Tern. The handlebars fold down between the wheels. Reminiscent of:

    YOU MADE A BOOBOO,...YOU POSTED A VIDEO OF A BROMPTON BEING FOLDED. YOU'RE QUITE AMUSING.

    I got exactly what that person meant, as I KNOW it's a rebranded Tern. My Dahon Speed P8 folds the exact same way. The post I quoted was asking if there's any way to make the fold even SMALLER,... No there isn't. Not unless you disassemble it.

    And the posted picture does show the bike folded incorrectly. The handlebars fold down first, to sit between the wheels when folded.

    I am wondering why, when googling an image, all the mini Cooper folding bike pics come up incorrectly folded?!?!?! Now I see why a person who has never really seen a folding bike might be confused with it.

    Here's a video review of the black mini Cooper, and it shows it being folded, etc. It's in German, but his actions should be universally understood.

    https://youtu.be/azU7UPCfirM
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    thats the problem with car dealers selling bikes, they usually have no clue, lol.
    but it is a cool folder and not junk like some other foldies which sell outside the usual dealer or online places.

    the original thudbuster in 33.9 will work. I have two versions, short and long travel. I prefer the shortbtravel but most peeps like the long travel .... if u spend 150 bucks you want tomaee and feelmsome immediate action, lol. short and long travel is probably the reason for the two different lengths ....
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    [QUOTE=LBlady111;18601174]

    Reason for "possible" Thud buster is history of two back surgeries (discetomies) that failed and continued low back pain.

    Maybe before you do the thud buster, you might try a brooks saddle. I'd recommend the pre-broken in one (as my butt took a while to get mine comfortable) but the suspension effect of a leather-like hammock works well. I have bulging discs (L4, 5) and can ride my bike friday without any suspension due to the hammock effect of this saddle, and mine doesn't have the springs. Wallingford bikes online has a great return policy (6 months) if it does not work for you. Just another option.
    It's easier to stop and smell the roses when all you have to do is put a foot down.

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    A nice set of Schwalbe Big Apple tires adds cushioning as well. I had them on my Xootr Swift, and the ride was smooth, without the jarring back pain.

    Sigh,...I miss that bike. Not the NuVinci N360 hub I had on it,...just the SS version.
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    Thanks for replies re help for disc/back probs seats, tires etc. I've done pretty well with saddles/seats on my other bikes as I never even heard about a thud buster until looking into Electric bikes and the shop there had them. I could tell with the Mini Cooper that the seat as nice as it seemed to be will likely not be enough for my tail end re shock absorption. My L5S1 disc is bone on bone and L4 is still bulging. I still have some pain with my beach cruiser though at least can enjoy riding it a bit though I am tired of how big and bulky it is and I can't transport it anywhere by myself and especially not with my new vehicle. So folding bike here I come!!!!

    Thanks again!!!!

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    I too have chronic back pain and bulging disk touching nerves both sides of my spine so feel your pain as its a miserable life, i have the long travel thudbuster and a RiDo saddle on my xootr which is nothing special but bearable, had Brooks and Leppers on my beach cruisers and its fantastic, just bought another 2 brooks flyers for my Moulton F frame builds and wont use anything else, may need spine surgery but wont go near me until my heart surgeon says its ok as i need a valve replacement in the near future so they wont take the risk and both scenarios dictate its getting worse so my future is not good so will keep riding until i cant no more plus i have arthritus in most of my joints so always in pain so look forward to summer in the cold UK as its the only time i can enjoy riding my bikes with less pain as the warmth helps.

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    hey dezzie,
    yeah there were many times I wished I hadn't had back surgery though at least with age some of the natural fusing of L5S1 has lessened the pain at that level more than when the disc was still in there and bulging.. it's a bit more stable at that level but I can feel it when I bike and L4 usually gets a bit aggravated too depending on how much I bike or how hard I work at it. I've had 2 right knee surgeries too, 4 foot surgeries and have arthritis in my hands, feet, knee, feet, back, neck (disc bulges there too). I keep moving though as much as I can! One thing that's great is to see that there are so many options out there for people that want to remain active and need to have adaptation of some type to help with this. I'm impressed! I'm fortunate living in Southern CA that most of the time the weather is good so lots of good day for riding and other activities!

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    this is now a vicodin thread.



    also, for you old people who have all sorts of inflammation, you should really stop eating sugar (that includes bread and pasta).

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