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Old 07-11-13, 12:41 PM   #1
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Origami Cricket: Good Choice for Durability, Comfort and Value?

Hi all! This is my first post! I'm new to the folding bike, but am looking for a good budget folder that will be durable, upgradable, and comfortable for long rides. I am pretty sold on the Origami Cricket, as I think the suspension will be more comfortable for my long rides. I also really like that it comes with everything i would want to add to any other bike, like the rack/fender, but it also leaves room for more upgrading and customization as I learn more about my bike. It also appeals to me that they are a small, yet growing company. I appreciate the hands on approach that the owner of the company has, as he was really helpful in answering my questions via email! I just want to make sure that I'm making the right decision! I know there are some Cricket owners out there, do you guys LOVE your Origami Cricket?
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Old 07-12-13, 06:53 AM   #2
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Bueller.....anybody? Bueller??
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Hmm, tell me how much you love your Origami Cricket. bizarre.

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Old 07-12-13, 10:20 AM   #4
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Old 07-14-13, 10:11 AM   #5
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I have one. I rode it for a few minutes and it seemed pretty nice. A word of advice, it might be common sense, but I didn't realize: I don't know how heavy you are, but it's probably best not to stand up on the folding plastic pedals it comes with. I stood up on them to climb and the left one went snap, but I'm still alive and ordered some metal ones instead. That's why I only rode it for a few minutes.
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I have one. I rode it for a few minutes and it seemed pretty nice. A word of advice, it might be common sense, but I didn't realize: I don't know how heavy you are, but it's probably best not to stand up on the folding plastic pedals it comes with. I stood up on them to climb and the left one went snap, but I'm still alive and ordered some metal ones instead. That's why I only rode it for a few minutes.
The pedal absolutely should not have broken. The only thing that I can think is that it may not have been seated properly when it opened (but the spring should have seats it all the way. Of you still have the pedal I would be very interested to see it.
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Old 07-14-13, 02:52 PM   #7
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i have not snapped a pedal yet, but i wonder if/when it will happen.The flex drives that thought. i've put about 20 miles or so on it and i am quite satisfied. i'm a over the road trucker and live in the space about the size of a small bathroom, so it fits well into the lifestyle. i would like higher gearing though
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I just put my order in. Very excited to try it out!
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Thanks for the feedback guys! I just put my order in. Very excited to try it out!
i think you will like it. Seat is comfortable and out you get rear suspension "just right" the ride is as good as a regular bike with big wheels
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That's great to hear. I'm looking forward to my first folder!
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Cuzzinit, I don't think you have anything to worry about. Judging from Paul's reaction I believe him that the pedal shouldn't have snapped. We resolved things by e-mail and I can say Paul really stands behind and believes in his products and is a very pleasant person to deal with. Don't hesitate to buy from him. No, he didn't pay me to say this. I hope to be back in the fold and on the road soon.
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So far, it's been a lot of fun to ride. Took it for a 12 mile errand run today, and it's been smooth, and fun to ride.
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So i've ridden mine in 5 states, 6 tomorrow night
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Nice!
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It will be nice when i can pack on some miles. Can't go very far yet
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Dang, Ben Stein looked so young!
+1. The sad thing is that when I first saw him when the movie came out, I thought of him as an old guy.
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... it's probably best not to stand up on the folding plastic pedals it comes with...
From my experience it's not a good idea to stomp too hard on any plastic pedals. None of the folding or non-folding designs I've used were robust enough or had the grip to apply any real meaningful pressure. I replaced them immediately.
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Old 07-29-13, 08:14 PM   #18
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The Cricket has been lots of fun so far! Took it on a 28.88 mile Critical Mass bike ride through L.A., and it was a comfortable ride that handled hills and kept up with the group.
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... it was a comfortable ride that handled hills and kept up with the group.
Don't sell yourself short... the motor has a lot to do with it.
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Did you specifically replace the pedals on the cricket?
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Did you specifically replace the pedals on the cricket?
my pedals are holding up to my use. i don't trust plastic though, but maybe i can find a therapist to help me with that
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