Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 06-30-13, 04:48 PM   #26
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
ox peco:


smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-13, 08:49 PM   #27
Ozonation
Senior Member
 
Ozonation's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Rivendell Sam Hillborne DTT in Awesome Green; Brompton M6R (reduced gearing) in Sage Green; GT Timberline Hybrid (10 years old!)
Posts: 1,014
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
small wheeler... this is an awesome post! Where did you find all these bikes?
Ozonation is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-13, 11:52 PM   #28
bjorke
Idealistic Troublemaker
 
bjorke's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: SF Bay Area + Surrounding Planet
Bikes: Bike Friday, Soma, Fuji, Haro, No_Name...
Posts: 609
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
..and Seven still makes their Ti mini too: http://www.sevencycles.com/bikes/mini/mini.php

bjorke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-30-13, 11:55 PM   #29
bjorke
Idealistic Troublemaker
 
bjorke's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: SF Bay Area + Surrounding Planet
Bikes: Bike Friday, Soma, Fuji, Haro, No_Name...
Posts: 609
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bannard Sunny mini mixte custom build at "Minivelo & Folding Bike" shop in Bangkok....

bjorke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-13, 02:34 PM   #30
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
small wheeler... this is an awesome post! Where did you find all these bikes?
too many hours searching for the perfect bike..
smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-13, 02:35 PM   #31
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
Bannard Sunny mini mixte custom build at "Minivelo & Folding Bike" shop in Bangkok....

oh my goodness.. that's gorgeous!
smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-01-13, 02:36 PM   #32
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
i didn't know about this: swift folder in full cromo!
http://hpm.catoregon.org/?page_id=214

thanks, fietsbob!


smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-13, 08:42 AM   #33
Lalato
Senior Member
 
Lalato's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bay Area and Sacramento
Bikes: Bike Friday Tikit
Posts: 1,160
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
Bannard Sunny mini mixte custom build at "Minivelo & Folding Bike" shop in Bangkok....

LOVE!!!!!!!!! It's like someone reached into the dark recesses of my mind and built this just for me.
Lalato is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-02-13, 02:41 PM   #34
brakemeister 
New usename ThorUSA
 
brakemeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Southern Illinois USA
Bikes:
Posts: 2,469
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lalato View Post
LOVE!!!!!!!!! It's like someone reached into the dark recesses of my mind and built this just for me.
it is lovely .... I would love it with a flat bar ..maybe a little swungback ...
__________________
www.thorusa.com
Dahon : Freedom Unfolds
Tern : all about the ride
brakemeister is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-13, 04:45 PM   #35
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
kimori:

smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-13, 04:49 PM   #36
lucille
Senior Member
 
lucille's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Canada
Bikes:
Posts: 1,720
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by bjorke View Post
Bannard Sunny mini mixte custom build at "Minivelo & Folding Bike" shop in Bangkok....

Absolutely stunning!
lucille is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-13, 05:02 PM   #37
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
panasonic rodeo:

smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-13, 10:47 AM   #38
darukhan
Senior Member
 
darukhan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Chicago-land
Bikes:
Posts: 266
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I love these customized Birdys...





Attached Images
File Type: jpg 394026_493624800667902_1871701603_n.jpg (102.3 KB, 16 views)
darukhan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-13, 07:18 PM   #39
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,993
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I really like those custom Birdy's and of course just about any Moulton gets my mouth watering. But the one bike that does it for me on all levels is:
Attached Images
File Type: jpg GoBikecombo.jpg (26.1 KB, 27 views)
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-13, 05:27 PM   #40
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,993
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post



I really tried hard to refrain from saying anything about this "bike" but WTH? It looks like an example for design students of how NOT to design a product. It's chock full of fail... not a small package yet I can't imagine it even rides halfway decent. Even a Citizen Tokyo would be a better option... i.e. road-worthy and fairly compact when folded. Did someone buy a warehouse full of low budget toddler's bikes and decide to reassemble the bits and pieces to look like an inner-city multi-modal commuter? This offering's only redeeming qualities appear to be that:
  1. the purchaser gets a lot of components and hardware to use in building their own bike (it's a parts kit with a frame like object to keep all of the parts together... you supply the frame). The steering mast alone looks like it's made up of an a-head steerer tube mated to an adjustable a-head stem to which is attached an old clamp style seat post with a bracket welded on the bottom so it can be bolted to the a-head stem and an old goose-neck style stem welded to the top for the handlebars to attach to.
  2. the derailleur doubles as a (fragile) kickstand
  3. if it gets a flat you can ride that huge chainring like a unicycle yet with the safety of fore/aft outriggers.


I would love to see a video of someone riding this thing.

**Update**
My wish came true.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zsVWj8vbB0

Yep... pretty much what I expected. I think walking would be faster and more convenient.

Last edited by BassNotBass; 07-12-13 at 05:32 PM.
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-13, 09:21 AM   #41
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by BassNotBass View Post
I think walking would be faster and more convenient.
at first i thought you were criticizing the modifications to the bike, but then even after seeing a video of a stock version being ridden, you continued with the above quote. the bike is called "rodeo". the name and the frame geometry clearly indicate the design intention. it's a trick bike. nothing to do with faster or convenient or commuting. i'm surprised you didn't get that.

personally, i really enjoy seeing unusual modifications. from a design perspective, it's instructive to observe the ways in which end-users choose to extend the functionality of a given device through modification. as to why they do it- who knows? whimsical creativity? clearly, the person is having fun with it. whatever the reason, i enjoy seeing the efforts and often find them inspiring.
smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-13, 10:39 AM   #42
bicyclridr4life
Bicyclerider4life
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Florida and Idaho
Bikes: Huffy Beach Cruisers, Miami Sun Trike, Vertical PK7, KHS Montana Summit, Giant Cypress DX, Schwinn OTC Stingray
Posts: 706
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I like them all ... folding and non-folding ...
__________________
"Whenever I see an adult riding a bicycle, I know there is hope for mankind." (H. G. Wells)
bicyclridr4life is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-13, 11:05 AM   #43
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
thinking of modifications, i was reminded of some bridgestone picnicas i've seen recently. the picnica was basically designed as a folding leisure or "mamachari" style bike. i remember the first time i tried one at a fleamarket in the east village i was surprised by how heavy and sluggish is was. but, i was also impressed by the quality of the construction. apparently, there were several different iterations: a standard chain-drive version; the famous belt-drive model; 14" wheels; 12 in wheels; and a "DX" model with a rear rack and side folding handlebar stem. plus, a couple of different frame geometries with different lugs. there is even a modern knock-off. here are a few mods i like- some simple and a couple extraordinary ones:



serious mod here with 18" wheels, a beauty:

Last edited by smallwheeler; 07-13-13 at 11:43 AM.
smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-13, 08:12 AM   #44
browngw 
Senior Member
 
browngw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Port Dover Ontario Canada
Bikes: 1958 Sun Cresta, 1971 Robin Hood Sports, 1976 SuperCycle Excalibur, 1979 Raleigh DL1 Tourist, 2014 Salsa Vaya, 2016 Giant ATX27.5, 2012 Giant Halfway Folder,1993 Raleigh Portage MTB and others
Posts: 678
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I had the good fortune last year to have some extra cash and an LBS that wanted to deal and I bought the "bike I like". The Giant Half Way with mono fork and stay.



__________________
We are what we reflect. We are the changes that we bring to this world. Ride often. -Geo.-
browngw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 03:45 PM   #45
seadragonpisces
Member
 
seadragonpisces's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Hertfordshire, UK.
Bikes: Autum Minion, Brompton S6L Barcelona, Dahon Jetstream EX
Posts: 33
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For me its the Biomega bikes, specifically the Brooklyn, if someone could post a pic please that would be great.

I also had a Pacific Reach Scandium Edition bike, which I specced to the max and it was AMAZING. I miss it but spent too much and needed some money back :-).
seadragonpisces is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 04:29 PM   #46
noglider 
aka Tom Reingold
 
noglider's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Village, New York City
Bikes: too many
Posts: 26,861
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 84 Post(s)
I want to collect all of these. Well, almost all of them.
__________________
Tom Reingold, noglider@pobox.com
New York City and High Falls, NY
Blogs: The Experienced Cyclist; noglider's ride blog

Please email me rather than PM'ing me. Thanks.
noglider is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 04:54 PM   #47
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,993
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
You're right, I didn't get that. A "trick" bike?... so the trick is tiller type steering? I've seen more inventive and "trick" worthy homemade freak bikes... and the Rodeo still looks like a half-baked amalgamation of spare parts.

"Hey what are we going to call this lump of coal?"
"How about 'Black Diamond'? Because that'll make it sound awesome!!"
IMHO names of products mean very little. What am I to expect from my KHS Mocha, from a Cannondale Hooligan, from a Surly Pugsley? They're usually just names to evoke an emotional response and have little to do with the actual functionality of the product. Here's another Rodeo... I should have known it's a trick car.


Well, I still don't get it but then there's a lot that I don't get like the 1970's Pet Rock craze, Snuggies and Kangoo Jumps.

Last edited by BassNotBass; 07-15-13 at 05:22 PM.
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 06:58 PM   #48
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
can't be sure, but i get the distinct impression you don't care for the panasonic rodeo.

Quote:
IMHO names of products mean very little. What am I to expect from my KHS Mocha, from a Cannondale Hooligan, from a Surly Pugsley? They're usually just names to evoke an emotional response and have little to do with the actual functionality of the product. Here's another Rodeo... I should have known it's a trick car.
true. but, there are many products that have been named with the intention of conveying something about that product's functionality. i was thinking specifically of some of panasonic's other folding bikes like, the Transit- a commuting bike, the Springbok- a fast and nimble folding road bike; and the Traincle - (clunky japenglish conjunction of train + bicycle) a multi-modal commute bike.

and yes, for a guy who's most recent bike purchase was a Bike Friday New World Tourist- a folding touring bike that fits in a suitcase for travel, i thought for sure you would "get it".

anyway, here's a biomega brooklyn:



smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 07:13 PM   #49
smallwheeler
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
smallwheeler's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: NYC
Bikes:
Posts: 2,175
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 19 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I want to collect all of these. Well, almost all of them.
hehe.. you and me both!
smallwheeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-13, 09:06 PM   #50
BassNotBass
lowlife bottom feeder
 
BassNotBass's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Lou-evil, Canned-Yucky USA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,993
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
can't be sure, but i get the distinct impression you don't care for the panasonic rodeo.
Damn... am I that transparent?


Quote:
Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
and yes, for a guy who's most recent bike purchase was a Bike Friday New World Tourist- a folding touring bike that fits in a suitcase for travel, i thought for sure you would "get it".
I'm very open to new concepts and odd designs that address form and function, something I felt the Rodeo was lacking in spades. Let's face it, just because something is "unique" doesn't mean it's a great idea. The concept of something like the Rodeo was probably envisioned before in a drunken stupor but was scrapped at the get go for good reason... until someone who acquired a warehouse full of crap parts decided to use Dr Seuss books as bicycle design reference material.

Maybe I viewed the Rodeo out of context. You posted pictures of some very tasty bikes... most of which were folding bikes that addressed a particular function in various forms. Then there was the Rodeo which was way out of place compared to the other bikes. It didn't help that the videos I was able to track down only showed very slow slalom runs, as if the only attribute worthy of note was to show that the Rodeo is at least somewhat rideable... woohoo! It wasn't shown doing a single thing that any other bike couldn't do better, except look super-dorky (a disparaging technical term). It honestly reminded me of this comical advert.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=reyt3uiQqI8
BassNotBass is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:33 PM.