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overbyte 02-22-14 09:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Winfried (Post 16515996)
I browsed through the Rack section, but didn't find a Nashbar rear-rack with adjustable height. Would you have a URL?

Thanks.

This is the rear rack I got for my 20" UCC folding bike: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2013-Bicycle...item23295a2595
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=365419
Notice that the mounting rod (which is flat with multiple holes) can be screwed to many heights. I used the maximum, which due to the slant, puts the rack high enough and rearward enough that I don't have heel conflict with my panniers. The rack comes disassembled. I had to flex (not actually bend) some of the pieces to get them into position where their bolt holes lined up where I could insert the bolts. It's very sturdy and has a handy spring-loaded arm on top for quickly attaching something like a jacket.

Winfried 02-22-14 02:00 PM

Thanks for the info. A mounting rod with multiple holes is a more flexible solution than the Biologic Traveller rear-rack.

overbyte 02-22-14 04:09 PM

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Another option is a rack with several mounting plates that have different amounts of offset. Axiom makes a few, such as: http://www.amazon.com/Axiom-Journey-...rds=axiom+rack .
http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=365472
Another thing to consider: Some panniers have their mounting hooks permanently affixed in one position. Others have a track along which the hooks can be moved and screwed in place. The adjustment may allow you to shift the pannier farther to the rear to alleviate heel strike. Another benefit is that the pannier hook spacing and position can be adjusted to avoid conflict with the vertical supports or to adapt to racks that are not as long as the spacing between the pannier hooks. I have some inexpensive panniers from Nashbar which are the former type (fixed positions) and unfortunately the spacing is such that they hooks won't both fit on a rack that's on my non-folding touring bike. I need to add a makeshift hook between the factory installed hooks so the Nashbar bag can properly hang. But my Garneau panniers have adjustable hooks and fit all of my racks.

Winfried 02-23-14 06:37 PM

Thanks for the infos.

tian 02-24-14 11:09 AM

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Found some useful information about Rhine. Email of the manufacturer is laiyinjinshu@163.com and their official taobao store is this.
There are two different "birdy like" frames:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=365822

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=365823

For now I don't know which is the better one, but they have a official board where I found this nice picture:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=365824

This looks exactly like I want, just the disc brakes are missing.

Winfried 03-01-14 07:58 AM

It's unclear who makes/sells the Rhine.

There's also this store in the Philippines, Peerless Folding Bikes.

http://peerlessbike.blogspot.fr/

kungfuguy 03-10-14 05:16 PM

Brands like Dahon and Tern are considered foreign brands even though they are manufactured in China/Taiwan. Hence they are priced ridiculously high. Check out Aliexpress and see the difference.

ThorUSA 03-10-14 07:57 PM

you might try to get in contact with Tern, They had a Social ride during the Taiwan show last week, and just might have some mildly used ones for sale

cant post an email or link
otherwise one of the moderators gives me yet another warning

tian 03-16-14 07:19 AM

Visited the Rhine Factory Last week in Shanghai and bought a folding bike. They are definitly the manufacturer of the frames.
Will post some pictures of my bike in the next days.

2_i 03-16-14 11:17 AM

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Originally Posted by tian (Post 16581855)
Visited the Rhine Factory Last week in Shanghai and bought a folding bike.

Any info on bike offerings that should be checked out in Shanghai would be appreciated, including locations and how to access them. I was quite unsuccessful a couple of months ago in Shanghai, even with my very low scale Dahon ambition. The dealers from Dahon list that I wanted to check out were already not there, as common in Shanghai where things change quickly, and by then I already lost a full day which was all I could dedicate to the issue.

tian 03-16-14 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by 2_i (Post 16582431)
Any info on bike offerings that should be checked out in Shanghai would be appreciated, including locations and how to access them. I was quite unsuccessful a couple of months ago in Shanghai, even with my very low scale Dahon ambition. The dealers from Dahon list that I wanted to check out were already not there, as common in Shanghai where things change quickly, and by then I already lost a full day which was all I could dedicate to the issue.

Well, it wasnt so easy. My girlfriend is chinese, that helped a lot. The manufacturer gave her a address of a shop in Puxi. They had a lot better folding bikes but just one of the brand I want. After that we decides to visit the factory, which was far outside. You have to take subway 2 to the end (East Xujing), then a bus without number just with chinese signs on it and you have to tell the "ticket person" your destination in chinese of course. Was a 1.5 hours ride to get there. I was the first foreigner who visit the manufactorer, so the boss was very happy, gave me some parts for free and drove us back to the subway with his car...

pibach 03-18-14 09:52 AM

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Originally Posted by tian (Post 16582651)
Well, it wasnt so easy. My girlfriend is chinese, that helped a lot. The manufacturer gave her a address of a shop in Puxi. They had a lot better folding bikes but just one of the brand I want. After that we decides to visit the factory, which was far outside. You have to take subway 2 to the end (East Xujing), then a bus without number just with chinese signs on it and you have to tell the "ticket person" your destination in chinese of course. Was a 1.5 hours ride to get there. I was the first foreigner who visit the manufactorer, so the boss was very happy, gave me some parts for free and drove us back to the subway with his car...

Great story! Would appreciate pictures. And a review of the bike of course.

daihung 03-18-14 03:13 PM

I'm interested in the Rhine bike too. Especially the Birdy fold version. However, I can't get that in the United States. I wanted to get a Birdy here but the disc version with tax is $2500. A sub $1000 for a Rhine birdy is ideal. Please let us know how that bike rides and show some pictures!! Thanks.

tian 03-19-14 01:16 AM

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In this moment I'm not completely happy with the bike:

First of all the coating isnt so good:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=369724

My bike is missing the "chain stretcher":

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=369725

And I dont know how to fold it correct:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=369726

Also this black fixing element isnt in the correct position:

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=369728

But at least it looks good ;)

http://bikeforums.net/attachment.php...hmentid=369727

daihung 03-19-14 08:20 AM

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I wanted to get a Birdy but the price is just too expensive. Rhine seems to be the option. However, no one in the US sells this brand. The only place I can get it is through taobao.com, and as you said, through the manufacture's taobao page 首页-BIRDY鸟车/LAIYIN上海鸟折叠车 整车配件专卖-淘宝网. They can ship it to the US for approximately $200 USD. Do you think shopping directly from the manufacture is safer than purchasing from other dealers?

This bike is at lease 3 times cheaper than the Birdy. How do you find the suspenion working? I see that you changed the rear suspenion to the birdy type red damper. How does the disc brake works? I'm all curious about how this bike performs. Thanks for all the info.

Edit: Also, did you compare the fold to the Birdy bike? From the pictures I saw on the Birdy, the front wheel folds in an angle just like yours. Since the Rhine is the copy of Birdy, I think it might not fold as nice as a birdy.

Winfried 03-19-14 08:54 AM

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Originally Posted by daihung (Post 16591724)
Rhine seems to be the option. However, no one in the US sells this brand. The only place I can get it is through taobao.com, and as you said, through the manufacture's taobao page 首页-BIRDY鸟车/LAIYIN上海鸟折叠车 整车配件专卖-淘宝网. They can ship it to the US for approximately $200 USD.

Maybe you can find some you trust who's travelling between there and where you live, and bring it back on the plane or ship it surface instead.

tian 03-21-14 06:26 AM

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Originally Posted by daihung (Post 16591724)
Do you think shopping directly from the manufacture is safer than purchasing from other dealers?

I don't know. I can just tell you that the manufacturer was reliable. I was in the factory, he drove me to a ATM, I gave him the money and the next day at noon the bike was at the destination 500km away because I didn't want to carry it by myself.

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Originally Posted by daihung (Post 16591724)
How do you find the suspenion working? I see that you changed the rear suspenion to the birdy type red damper. How does the disc brake works? I'm all curious about how this bike performs. Thanks for all the info.

Suspension and Disc brakes works ok, but I only made short rides till now.

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Originally Posted by daihung (Post 16591724)
Edit: Also, did you compare the fold to the Birdy bike?

I dont have a original Birdy, so cant compare the bikes. Will maybe find someone who have a real Birdy in the next weeks.

chagzuki 03-21-14 10:19 AM

I prefer the aethetics of the straight tubing over the Birdy hydroformed frames. Somehow the hydroformed frames seem a little too reminiscent of a feminine hair removal device, or suchlike.

FlyingPigeon 04-11-14 07:35 AM

I am also interested in this bike. I see they sell only the frame, for 1,800 yuan:

16寸海娃 V刹版 新款头管 全铝折叠自行车 车架-淘宝网

which is just above 200 euros.

Has anybody tried to contact them and purchase the product? (I mean, not going to China, but just buying through the internet).


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