Rare and Unusual Folding Bikes
Folding bikes have tickled the imagination and creativity of bike designers. Here are some unusual ones that I found today. Please add more as you find them.
This one reminds me of the tilting motorcycle trike called the Carver One, but with the single wheel in the rear and dual wheels in front: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLmhYS6Fm9o.
This one brings a new dimension to the idea of packing your bike in a suitcase for travel on public transport: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZiQ1jPw4I0.
Now, this one doesn't fold, but it has all folders beat when it comes to portability:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPBwuP73SK8 . Brompton owners, eat your heart out.
How compact is it, you ask? Here's the volume comparison.
In a posting on the Folders forum at At a loss: Brompton vs Ori M9 #38, I mentioned the volume comparison of 3 small folders. There I said: "Notice that the Brompton has the smallest volume when folded (86 Liters), Ori middle (135 L), and Birdy the largest (173 L)." The folded size of the Dahon Jifo, which is a 16"-wheel 1-speed folder, is (60.7 × 25.5 × 59.5 cm) = 92 L.
Based on the measurements shown on the seller's listing (25 cc x 30 cc x 40 cc = 9.8" x 11.8" x 15.75"), the ultra-compact folder has a volume of only 30 Liters. (I'll confirm these dimensions when I receive mine. They may be the size without the pedals being considered, but I could replace the pedals with folding pedals to bring them within the width of the rest of the folded bike.) That is, it occupies about 1/3 of the volume of a folded Brompton or Jifo.