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Old 10-03-13, 08:47 PM   #1
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Folding bike for Korea?

I just completed a relocation to Korea and now I think it's time for me to get a folder. I read the faq but still not sure what might be best. I live in a high rise and probably will take the bus from time to time with it. So that means small folded size and folding speed are important. I am 5'11" and 170. I plan to ride every day. Having the option for good winter tires would be nice. So far I am looking at brompton, bike Friday, and maybe birdy. There are tons of local options available, but i havent seen any as nice as the above options.

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Bike Friday will Ship internationally , their Tikit is a quick fold , there is a wide variety of options
on what is a built to order bike.

nice feature seat post and handlebars are on folding masts , so they dont need re adjustments.
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Old 10-04-13, 01:34 AM   #3
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Bike Friday will Ship internationally , their Tikit is a quick fold , there is a wide variety of options
on what is a built to order bike.

nice feature seat post and handlebars are on folding masts , so they dont need re adjustments.
Luckily I also have a USA address that will get here so international shipping isn't too much of a problem. I could also get something from japan easily.
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Luckily I also have a USA address that will get here so international shipping isn't too much of a problem.


there ya go afaik there are 20" studded tires, Schwalbe , for winter,

but the 349 , 16" wheels make a nicer smaller fold.. and offer a higher pressure easier rolling tire.
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there ya go afaik there are 20" studded tires, Schwalbe , for winter,

but the 349 , 16" wheels make a nicer smaller fold.. and offer a higher pressure easier rolling tire.
That's one of the things I read about the birdy -- the "18 inch" tires and wheels can be swapped for 20 inch tires and wheels with a brake adapter. Just not sure if the fold is compact/carryable enough with a dust cover for semi-crowded areas/bus.
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Old 10-05-13, 10:32 AM   #6
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My Bike Friday pocket Llama, has disc brakes , though It wont fold as easily as one made to do so rapidly .
Its my wet winter bike ... [I have an old MTB wearing the studded tires when the temperature
drops to Icy roads.]

the company since has introduced their Silk model , with a 20" wheel will take a belt drive, so chain dirt is gone.

and appears to fold some what easier..

But .. the NWT and the PL offer derailleur drivetrain options, some may prefer ..
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