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Old 10-31-12, 10:54 PM   #1
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Folding Bicycles Meets & Activities From Europe

Sometimes it is nice to read or watch what others in more enlightened countries think about & interact with their bicycles-especially the collapsible (folding/separating) kind. Here is one rather interesting example:

[video=youtube;ufEI1KQrJ_Y]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufEI1KQrJ_Y&feature=related[/video]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufEI1...eature=related

"........Only original folding bikes from the seventies used identical or current models. There are no straps or clipless pedals are allowed.
20 inch wheel size, crank length max. 170 mm, original handlebars, original saddle or similar.
Front smallest sprocket 36 teeth, rear gear teeth greatest 24th
Coaster brake and front brake, 1 speed and Duomatic allowed.......PS
And please do not come to me with the whining that this translation is too difficult. I even already left with a non-folding bike converted 44/19 and was able to drive all the distance. If there is still not enough, the translation despite the smallest force, it is not a tragedy to push various sections. Folding bikes like it when you push them!......"
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http://www.mtb-marathon-pfronten.de/73.0.html

Or the bike pushes me! I don't know how they could manage with the above original specs these bikes came with. I needed to add an 2 speed kickback hub at the bare minimum on my own German made 1970s separating bike to manage all the rolling hills surrounding the area I use my folding/separating bikes in.

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...........Or the bike pushes me! I don't know how they could manage with the above original specs these bikes came with. I needed to add an 2 speed kickback hub at the bare minimum on my own German made 1970s separating bike to manage all the rolling hills surrounding the area I use my folding/separating bikes in.
My personal theory is that the heavy gears is a big reason why we today can find lots of almost mint foldingbikes from the 70`s and 80`s. Same with 10 and 12 speed bikes from the same yrs. Geared for trained athlets but bought and used by school children and housewives who gave up on riding them. I was given a seperable bike this summer (24" wheels). I remember the lady who used it. I discowered she had a bigger than stock rear cog (on a two speed kickback) put on since she rode in hills. Most peopel did not know and nobody told them.

There is a serious big MTB race once a year close to where I live. We have talked about doing that same route on foldingbikes just for fun, and spend thenight half way trough if needed just for the heck of it. I think we have to do that now..
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I don't care about the bikes: why didn't they use the right music???
[video=youtube;DP3MFBzMH2o]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DP3MFBzMH2o[/video]
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It is from Germany, so THIS is the right music:[video=youtube;BlC_8w8eox4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlC_8w8eox4[/video]
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Klapprad WM Pfronten
Folding Cup Pfronten

Werbespot zur Klapprad WM in Pfronten Advert for folding bike world championships in Pfronten

Klappt's bei dir auch? It'll work for you too?
-All The Above Was Translated By Google As My Grandfather Is No Longer Here To Translate (he was fluent in several languages as in most educated Europeans)
After All, He Did Tell Us To Forget About The Old Country. I always wondered why.

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