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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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    Hmm, tell me how much you love your Origami Cricket. bizarre.

    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinigis View Post

    Dang, Ben Stein looked so young!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by landhere View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by patrockT View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by patrockT View Post
    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.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by landhere View Post
    ... 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.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by patrockT View Post
    ... 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.
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Did you specifically replace the pedals on the cricket?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTicagon View Post
    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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