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Old 03-21-13, 02:28 PM   #1
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Introducing the Cruzigami Mantis

Hello,

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



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.

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Very cool. That's what I have planned for my other Citizen Miami.
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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?)
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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.
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Old 03-22-13, 04:03 PM   #5
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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)


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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!
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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).





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)
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looks awesome, charles! well done!
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Very cool. That's what I have planned for my other Citizen Miami.
Thanks! I'll be waiting for the pictures.

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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.

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