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    Bikes with folding front forks

    Hello All. Are there any bikes where the front forks fold? I am already aware of the Mezzo/Ori and Birdy but like to know if there are other makes and models where the forks fold. I am interested in the engineering and how different designs achieve a compact fold. Thanks in advance.
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    Check out the "GoBike"! It has the same exact fold as a Birdy.

    Website: http://www.gobikeonline.com/






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    Quote Originally Posted by darukhan View Post
    Check out the "GoBike"! It has the same exact fold as a Birdy.

    Website: http://www.gobikeonline.com/
    That's pretty cool - I hadn't seen that bike before. Any idea what it costs (wasn't obvious from the website)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cplager View Post
    That's pretty cool - I hadn't seen that bike before. Any idea what it costs (wasn't obvious from the website)?

    That company hasn't been making that bike in ages, unless someone knows something that they are starting up production again? The entire design is pretty cool and only a handful of bike forumers here own one.

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    The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
    The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
    Yes, shares design features with Mezzo, front wheel pivots from top of fork instead of bottom.

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    I like the Gobike, nice piece of engineering.

    Quote Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
    The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
    Funny you should say that, part of reason for asking the question is because I had an idea for making a hinged fork crown so that the fork could fold making a bit more compact.
    Has anyone seen a bike with a hinged fork crown? I am sure I have photos on the net but can not remember where.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jefmcg View Post
    The forks fold on a mezzo: it would fit in a lot more suitcases if they did
    Woops! Typo! The forks do NOT fold on a mezzo
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    anemos zippy. i own one.

    here's the tech explained. translation though: http://translate.google.com.hk/trans...%3Ftid%3D83112


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    Got to love google translater!!!
    "Wooden tilt folds like our students do"
    "Some may prefer the look of the frame.................We prefer other hobbies....."

    I need to get out more.

    We need to see your zippy wooden bike frame as none of here have other hobbies!

    Really we do, photos of bike, looks really good.


    Cqp, get that lathe cranked up, I expect a folding fork by christmas!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpg View Post
    ...I had an idea for making a hinged fork crown so that the fork could fold making a bit more compact.
    Oh, like Bigfish.
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

    "Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place it's drawn to. I don't suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway." Ian Hibell, 1934-2008

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    Thanks for posting about the bigfish, anemos zippy and Tyrell, that's exactly the sort thing I was meaning.
    Jongal - what do you think to your bike, how well does it ride and does the folding fork have any negative effects?

    Bhkyte - Santa will only bring you a folding fork if you have been good. Have you been good? I think this is going to be one for milling machine as opposed to the lathe and probably wont cut metal until after Christmas. The idea is still in my head at the moment and I need to design it in CAD first, the devil is always in the detail. The fact that the Mezzo forks are a bolt together affair means that it should be possible and getting rid of the front wheel semi folding arrangement opens up the possibility for other upgrades such as disc brakes, suspension, electric motor hubs. I am sensing a career move, who wants to buy hand made Mezzo / Ori upgrade parts, Bhkyte and Jefmcg seem to be a front of the queue?
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    i like my bike. it rides well on flats or inclines. i live at the foot of a mountain here in the philippines, just outside manila. my commute includes a few climbs. i also sometimes use it on trails. the ride is bumpy and when there's mud i get off and push a lot. but it is still all fun. the fork holds good (potholes or trails). no problem so far.

    but the fold pushes parts of the frame together and while it doesn't do anything to damage the frame, it does chip off some paint in specific areas. i put on padded protectors (like those we put on chainstays) and they seem to do the job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jongal View Post
    i like my bike.
    welcome to the forum. please stay. make comments. post pics. teach us your ways.

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    Thanks for your opinions and photos of your bike Jongal. It does look like a nice piece of engineering and its good to know that the folding forks work well and are capable of handling various different terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jongal View Post
    Cool bike, jongal! ..and welcome to the forum.

    I'm not really familiar with the Anemos. Very cool bike!

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    I found a YouTube video of the Anemos fold for those who might be interested....


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    Bike seems to be 3k+ from the homepage. USD

    Edit: woops guess I saw it wrong. Price I saw at anemos.com/cn showed 3.2k SPR, guess not. If its 550usd thats pretty good price, though folding the bike seems to take a bit longer unscrewing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by destroyer333 View Post
    Bike seems to be 3k+ from the homepage. USD
    no. about 550usd...


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