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cplager 03-21-13 02:28 PM

Introducing the Cruzigami Mantis
 
Hello,

I've converted a Origami Mantis into a folding FWD recumbent bike.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fO3Q-eRFJF...9/IMAG0682.jpg

The ultimate goal is to have a suitcase packable recumbent bike. The frame still folds (although the stem does not). For more details, a lot more pictures (and even a video), check out my blog entry.

Cheers,
Charles

BassNotBass 03-21-13 02:59 PM

Very cool. That's what I have planned for my other Citizen Miami.

darukhan 03-21-13 03:00 PM

Well done, Charles! Looks like you took some inspiration from a Cruzbike Quest possibly?

(By the way, if that's your house... it's very close to my wife's ideal dream house. Is it a Victorian era home with an addition?)

cplager 03-21-13 03:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by darukhan (Post 15415730)
Well done, Charles! Looks like you took some inspiration from a Cruzbike Quest possibly?

(By the way, if that's your house... it's very close to my wife's ideal dream house. Is it a Victorian era home with an addition?)


Thanks. :) Yes, I'm hoping to end up with (almost) all of the functionality at less than half the cost.

The house is my in-laws house in Vermont. Very nice, but too much snow. :)

cplager 03-22-13 04:03 PM

I've updated my blog post to show the bike folded in the back of my mini-van (with two more pictures available there including a 90 second time-lapse video showing how to do a Cruzbike conversion)


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-3vegpdGFFj...0/IMAG0701.jpg

Dahon.Steve 03-22-13 06:51 PM

Very nice. It's almost impossible to find a folding recumbent under 1K. I really like your conversion and suspect you spent about that much. Excellant!

cplager 03-24-13 06:18 PM

I went out for a short 11 mile ride today on the Mantis.. It feels very similar to my Cruzbike Sofrider (I can ride the new bike without hands as well).


http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rvj4hw92MR...0/IMAG0713.jpg


I'm very pleased so far (although I killed a brake cable and had a tire fail). More details and pictures/video here (and you can find the original description here)

smallwheeler 03-25-13 10:29 AM

looks awesome, charles! well done!

cplager 03-25-13 01:43 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BassNotBass (Post 15415724)
Very cool. That's what I have planned for my other Citizen Miami.

Thanks! I'll be waiting for the pictures. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve (Post 15420494)
Very nice. It's almost impossible to find a folding recumbent under 1K. I really like your conversion and suspect you spent about that much. Excellant!

Thanks! I did pretty well as I bought a used conversion kit and got a deal on both the Origami Mantis and the Capreo wheel.

Quote:

Originally Posted by smallwheeler (Post 15429060)
looks awesome, charles! well done!

Thanks!

EriktheFish 03-26-13 08:20 AM

Most excellent, Charles. Look forward to seeing a video of you riding it!

cplager 04-14-13 05:34 PM

Here's an update after 100 miles including:


* Lower seat angle
* (Sometimes Seat post rack allowing panniers
* The Mantis is faster than my Sofrider (so much so, I'm trying to figure out why my Sofrider is so slow).


When I built it, I tried to build a bike that also happened to fold and was packable. I'm happy to say that I've succeeded. For more details, see my latest blog entry.

jur 04-15-13 02:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cplager (Post 15510135)
* The Mantis is faster than my Sofrider (so much so, I'm trying to figure out why my Sofrider is so slow).

This is common with folders. :) People are always busy wondering why I am faster than them on my little wheels.

cplager 04-28-13 07:15 PM

Now that the weather's finally above freezing in the morning, I've started commuting to work on the Mantis. The bike has been showing it's a great all around bike.

Bill Fold 04-29-13 11:23 AM

Impressive work! It's great to see something you put so much into become a functional part of your daily routine.


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