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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Very nice! (And it actually folds, too. )
    Well -- Ok, perhaps a "Diamond in the Rough". A little TLC and a nice paint job would make it a stand out for sure. An interesting placement of the chain tensioner. I think for me, I would keep it assembled. Not exactly the best bike for travelling with. One could miss his/her flight trying to take that apart. Perhaps arrive at the airport/bus depot/train station earlier than normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    Well -- Ok, perhaps a "Diamond in the Rough". A little TLC and a nice paint job would make it a stand out for sure. An interesting placement of the chain tensioner. I think for me, I would keep it assembled. Not exactly the best bike for travelling with. One could miss his/her flight trying to take that apart. Perhaps arrive at the airport/bus depot/train station earlier than normal.
    It's what I'd call a packing bike instead of a folding bike. You give up the instant fold, but you get a lot in return. And I'll point out that you can't get a Brompton into a 22x14x7 container.

    The gearing choice is interesting (two very different speeds - has to use hand as there is no front derailleur), but the builder built it for himself and it works well for him.
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    custom titanium separable mini velo from Wade Beauchamp and Vulture cycles. very clever incorporation of a single S&S coupler on the downtube. gorgeous machine:


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    Just had a look at the Vulture flickr site, there are truly gorgeous TIG welds.
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    Very nice.
    The single S&S coupling is a great idea - far stronger than the small lip and single clamp ring used on the Ritchey Breakaway bikes, which also use a seatpost clamp to hold the top together.

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    I've really enjoyed this thread. I'm going to throw this one in the mix for good measure. However, I still think the first one you posted was my favorite of these. Although, the Vulture is also jaw-dropping.


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    rob english's beautiful packable bent (check out all the gorgeous machines he has built. really stunning stuff):



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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    rob english's beautiful packable bent (check out all the gorgeous machines he has built. really stunning stuff):
    Very nice! (Where do you keep finding these!!)

    I clicked on the link provided and didn't find any more info about this bike.

    Note that it has two rear derailleurs and two cassettes. It looks like that's used so the stoker and captain don't have to agree on a gear (although I want more pictures/descriptions!!!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    Very nice! (Where do you keep finding these!!)

    I clicked on the link provided and didn't find any more info about this bike.

    Note that it has two rear derailleurs and two cassettes. It looks like that's used so the stoker and captain don't have to agree on a gear (although I want more pictures/descriptions!!!).
    http://www.englishcycles.com/customb...dem-recumbent/

    also, check these out:

    http://www.englishcycles.com/customb...umbent-tandem/

    http://www.englishcycles.com/customb...d-recumbent-2/


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    Thanks!

    By the way, I was wrong. The two cassettes aren't so stoker/captain have different gearing, but rather the bike has 54 (as in fifty four) gears!!

    Definitely some outside-the-box thinking here.
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    absolutely stunning rodriguez "6 pack" separable travel bike featuring 6 S and S couplers will pack into a case (20"x20") no wider than the wheels. primo custom travel bike. wow. much want:










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    Hi all, i'm new here and in folder world (at least after i bought my Dahon and became crazy addictive with this little stuff..)
    This is a great thread ever i read, really love this.. here, i found this today while browsing :
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    Called as Fuji 1960 Telescopic, really love the detail and its rare fold method...

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    My precious?

    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    absolutely stunning rodriguez "6 pack" separable travel bike featuring 6 S and S couplers will pack into a case (20"x20") no wider than the wheels. primo custom travel bike. wow. much want:








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    Quote Originally Posted by Lalato View Post
    My precious?
    indeed. perhaps too precious?

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    Quote Originally Posted by didit85 View Post
    here, i found this today while browsing :



    this is so nice. and definitely a refinement of it's predecessors like the porta-silk and the road puppy. a beautiful bike. i've never seen one before. where did you find it? i would love to know more about it.

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    Got my 2-speed automatix build from respect cycles yesterday. I had read some forum posts from Bruce over the last year and got increasingly interested in this hub.

    The bike is awesome. It has a 44:18 direct drive and increases by 137%, essentially making it like a 44:13. I had spoken to the company over email and they were nice enough to swap out white saddle and white grip tape on my all black urban velo with the 2-speed SRAM Automatix. They also threw in extra tubes... great because 20" long stem presta tubes can be hard to locate!

    Using a 10% off coupon code they emailed me, came in under 480 free shipping. man its fast!
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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeboyjohn View Post
    Got my 2-speed automatix build from respect cycles yesterday. I had read some forum posts from Bruce over the last year and got increasingly interested in this hub.

    The bike is awesome. It has a 44:18 direct drive and increases by 137%, essentially making it like a 44:13. I had spoken to the company over email and they were nice enough to swap out white saddle and white grip tape on my all black urban velo with the 2-speed SRAM Automatix. They also threw in extra tubes... great because 20" long stem presta tubes can be hard to locate!

    Using a 10% off coupon code they emailed me, came in under 480 free shipping. man its fast!
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    Nice choices!! Excellent price for a bike with that hub installed already tuned .. when you're ready, spring for a an inexpensive 16t and try that, you'll like the speed increase .. btw, what tires are on your bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post

    That caliper makes me all tingly in the no-no parts.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    Nice choices!! Excellent price for a bike with that hub installed already tuned .. when you're ready, spring for a an inexpensive 16t and try that, you'll like the speed increase .. btw, what tires are on your bike?
    1.35" up to 100psi. rides smooth, a 16t might be too fast . Thanks for providing so much info about the hub on the web.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceMetras View Post
    Nice choices!! Excellent price for a bike with that hub installed already tuned .. when you're ready, spring for a an inexpensive 16t and try that, you'll like the speed increase .. btw, what tires are on your bike?
    the white industries double freewheel would be awesome for this build.


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    bridgestone picnica redesigned:

    within a somewhat narrow context, this is one of the more amazing bikes i've seen. the maker at rat engineering saw the inherent quality in this design and fabricated what is effectively a "picnica 5.0" from scratch. minimally redesigned, the U channel headtube brace is replaced by a elegant tube. the bulky and heavy cast alloy bottom bracket/lug is also gone. a very cool cantilevered stem (he did have an alternate version with internal cable routing). a lefty front fork. the original spring-loaded collapsing seatstay is redesigned and incorporates a quick release. the weighty hi-ten steel is replaced by cromo. and amazingly he fabricated his own rear caliper brake. although he never mentions the final weight of the new bike, i would hazard a guess at around 8-9kg for the final build. gorgeous. if this ever went into production, i would certainly buy one.

















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    The "picnica 5.0" definitely looks interesting, but I wonder why they don't show any pictures of it "folded"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmm View Post
    The "picnica 5.0" definitely looks interesting, but I wonder why they don't show any pictures of it "folded"?
    John

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    here is the alternate stem with internal cable routing mentioned above:


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    in it's folded position, the front wheel and stem assembly of the picnica flops to one side and makes handling awkward. also, there is no clip or locking mechanism to hold the fold together. a possible solution would be a folding handlebar that would capture the frame tubes and hold the front wheel upright and prevent pivoting. it would have the added benefit of enabling a more narrow and compact profile. some type of clasp or strap would thread through the back wheel and hold the fold tightly together.









    or something like this:


    interestingly, the problem wasn't ignored by bridgestone, in fact, they did produce something similar to the above in one iteration of the picnica (the DX i think). the twiddly knob releases the handlebars and pivots on the stem:

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