For padding, go back to WalMart and buy some cheap throw covers (the foam like kind) and/or some cheap bath towels.
Pipe insulation could work too, but I'm not sure if Wallyworld sells that.
Edit: if your Walmart has a sewing section, look for the foam sheets, they come in 1", 1.5", 2", etc thicknesses (my daughter is well versed in sewing), you can cut them down to size and would be perfect.
Last edited by PhotoBiker1968; 06-23-14 at 06:35 PM.
I would really like to see you pack this bike in a larger suitcase, to see if it could be done without as much disassembly. Say a 30x21x11 or 30x20x12 polycarbinate, which would put you right at 62 linear inches.
The thing these folding bike manufacturers don't seem to understand is that many of us are not avid bikers, but we still want a low-cost folding bike that we can fold and put in a standard suitcase that we can buy on sale for $50, not some fancy $450 bike case. Don't care whether the wheels are 14, 16, 18, or 20 inches as long as I can get it in a suitcase easily.
I think 20" wheels means removing the wheels.
Got some tasty new/used parts which I will be adding within the next week.
20" Racktime Foldit rack. Just ordered so don't even have this item yet, but I'm excited for it's arrival:
I'm fairly certain the Dahon and Tern rear racks would also fit this frame, but I decided on the Foldit rack instead. I read it's manufactured by Tubus. Seems this rack will be easier to remove from the bike and fold flat to pack into a suitcase (if that's even necessary).
Gyes ST15 leather seat and a set of 20 X 1.35 Primo Comet tires.
Vintage Suntour friction thumb shifters
Shimano Alivio rear derailleur
Wellgo platform pedals
Koolstop Mountain Pads
Now onto the question:
The "derailleur tube" on this bike is approx. 41mm (I measure roughly 1.615" using calipers), so would a clamp-on front derailleur hanger for the Dahon MU (like the Litepro that ThorUSA sells) work on this bike? I think it will. If it will work, I will probably add a compact double to this bike.
Last edited by atombikes; 07-07-14 at 09:21 PM.
Here's the Racktime Foldit rack on a Dahon Mu
Got the Primo Comets and brake pads installed this evening. Pictures to follow once I get everything swapped out.
Also, I found this imitation of a LitePro P-series front derailleur adapter on ebay. I contacted the seller and they claim it is 41mm ID, which is the diameter of the "derailleur tube" on my folding bike (same tube size as Dahon Mu, I believe). I just ordered one. ThorUSA lists their LitePro adapter as out of stock. But I like the fact that this generic one is not hinged, but rather has two mount bolts. I think this will allow a little more wiggle room for mounting (and filing if required)....
Aluminium Alloy Braze on Front Derailleur Clamp Adapter for Folding Bike | eBay
Hopefully it will work out; this will enable me to upgrade to 12 speed! :-)
Last edited by atombikes; 07-08-14 at 07:54 PM.
Parts are slowly making their way onto the bike:
These Suntour Power Ratchet shifters work beautifully. I placed the left side shifter in anticipation of adding a front derailleur.
I used the bike's rear reflector mount (with correct 43.9mm diameter) to mount the Planet Bike Superflash mount. Worked perfectly. The zip tie around the flasher is a trick I use to prevent the cover from popping off the flasher (as they are prone to do).
Last edited by atombikes; 07-10-14 at 06:18 AM.
5 mile shakedown today at the local trail. Front brakes a little grabby, even though I thought I had them adjusted fairly well. Shifter does just as it should, but I noticed that the shifting was a little off, like the rear derailleur was searching between adjacent cogs. My fault, I didn't replace the derailleur because even though my travel tools has a chain breaker, I don't have a removable link for the KMC chain. So will have to buy one of those, and while I'm at it, I'm gonna get a couple cable sheath stops so I can shorten both brake cables. They're wayyyy too long.
The 100psi Primo Comets roll forever it seems.
I haven't added everything up yet, but I think I currently have around $340 into this bike. Of course, I did add some stuff from my parts bin that didn't cost anything, like the shifters. They came off a bike I pulled from the trash.
Oh, and that Gyes saddle tore my butt up! Going to have to get used to that for awhile, I guess.
Last edited by atombikes; 07-10-14 at 07:08 PM.
Excellent work, bike looks great. Before you shorten the cables make sure you are happy that the bike will still fold. Cables on some folding bikes have to be longer to give some slack when folding the bike.
Have you considered some quick release pedals such as Wellgo QRD or MKS EZY? That would make packing into the case a bit quicker.
Mezzo I4 (converted to dual drive), Whyte PRST-1, Trek 1200, Dahon Jack, Bickerton Portable (upgraded).
Excellent work. I bet it flies now,...
Is the Racktime Foldit one size fits all?
a driver's test is not an IQ test
This is quite a handsome bike; I really like the curve of the frame. Wonder if it'll come to the UK? Our big supermarket chain Asda is a wholly owned division of Walmart. I'll keep a look out to see if it ever appears, but it would really need mudguards for it to sell over here.
Last edited by Robin Hood; 07-15-14 at 06:25 PM.
how much does that bike weigh now? seems like you lightened up quite a bit of parts.
This is the version that I bought, and I got it from this company. They quickly shipped fedex. You have to select the 20" option. I did not have to order any of the seatstay adapters; the ones that shipped with the rack are solid aluminum, and I had to remove approx. 4-5" from the length. They provide rubber caps to fit over the cut end, and all hardware required to mount.
Here are a couple pics.
Last edited by atombikes; 07-15-14 at 07:38 PM. Reason: added link
I favor SKS mudguards and will probably add them later.
Next up is the crankset....swapping the stock Lasco for a Shimano FC 2350 50/34 compact double.
- Compact foldable frame designed with elegant clean lines offers amazing mobility in a quick space saving package. Folded Dimensions are 29" x 26" x 15"
- Built of Lightweight Aluminum, it's one of the lightest in its class
- Adjustable seat & handlebars for a comfortable fit
- Shimano Rear Derailleur operated by 6 Speed Shimano Revo Shifters enables you to easily adapt to every terrain
- Front and rear alloy V-Brakes for powerful and reliable braking
- Alloy rims and hubs for additional weight savings
- 20" x 1.75 all-purpose tires offer a smooth ride and improved steering response
- Perfect for college students and apartment living!
Excellent pics BTW.
20" Genesis City Cruiser Unisex Folding Bike, Green:
The 20" Kids Bike has a compact foldable frame designed with elegant clean lines offers amazing mobility in a quick space-saving package
20" Kids Bike folded dimensions are 29"L x 26"W x 15"H
Frame size: 11"
Frame material: lightweight aluminum
Shimano rear derailleur
Front and rear alloy V-brakes for powerful and reliable braking
Tires: 20" x 1.75" all-purpose tires with white stripe
Alloy rims and hubs
Adjustable handlebars and seat
Padded comfort seat with rear bumper guard
Weight: 28 lbs
Maximum weight capacity: 250 lbs
Some assembly required
kids green bike dimensions: 58"L x 26"W x 15"H
20" Genesis, City Cruiser, Folding Bike, Green - Walmart.com
This bike has turned out to be a fantastic work in progress. I luv it. I'm even considering getting the rack you purchased for my Xootr Swift. I like a solid, heavy duty rack more than a carry bag behind my butt. I tend to carry greater than a 25lb payload.
I'm surprised it weighs 2 stone. That's only 2lbs lighter than my own folder which has a steel frame, rack and mudguards (which aren't plastic or aluminium). I wouldn't have thought that my 16" wheels and single gearing would have offset the heavier spec that much. Still, I'm very much a beginner in the ins and outs of bicycle design and I'm keen to learn.
I think when comparing bike weights we should look to a comparably sized bike as a benchmark. For instance, for this Genesis folder, I look to the Dahon Mu (which this design is copied from). The Mu P8 is listed as 27.1 lbs on their website. So the Genesis bike is comparable. Not sure if the Dahon weight includes fenders and rack, though?
Last edited by atombikes; 07-16-14 at 10:59 AM.
Last edited by Robin Hood; 07-16-14 at 11:21 AM. Reason: Whoops, just realized that 'bathroom scale' probably means something pretty disgusting to an American :)