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    Help ID a pair of folders with cottered cranks

    I acquired a pair of old folders for something to do during this lazy summer. The previous owners re-painted them so there are no signs of any decal, brands, or lettering. The only thing that shows something is the rear coaster hub. It is Shimano CB-E110. They still have both front and rear caliper brakes.

    The only difference between the man's and woman's is the length of the seatpost.

    I am attaching a few photos. It is a rainy day so the pictures are not that great inside the garage. The handlebar also has a quick release type of hinge to rotate it up or down.

    My gut feeling is that these are some kind of Asian knockoffs of certain euro folders but I could be wrong.

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    Looking at some pictures and the frame kind of resembles these.

    1984 Norco Compact Loop Frame Folding Bike


    1969 Folding Cinzia Elite
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    I still cannot find any info on these two folding bikes. The only difference between the two is the seat post length. The man's has a 16" seat post and the lady's is only 9".

    I finished restoring/modifying one of the two and it is a very smooth running bike. Will be working on the second one.

    I serviced all the bearings including the Shamano CB-E110 hub. A cotter pin press was used to service the bottom bracket and it was very easy to push them out and back in.

    I took off the rear brake. The coaster plus the front is good enough. I love coaster brakes and this Shamno unit is very nice.

    I replaced the handlebar with a dropbar so I get more reach. Also put on a pair of aero levers but only the front one is connected.

    I replaced the old tires with some Kenda Kwest 20x1.5 and they are really nice.

    Here is a finished pic.


    Eventually I will be replacing the rims/wheels with some alloy ones.
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    wow. that looks great! i was just reading about these old "U" shaped bikes. nice to see this. thanks.

    i'm not sure what more you want to know about these bikes. you indicated that they were made in the 80s which would suggest they were probably made in eastern europe and branded by italian companies. maybe what you want to look for are bikes that have exactly the same construction and trace back to the oldest similar models to know the history. there were thousands of these made in the late 60s- 70s...

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    ^ Thanks.

    What interested me were the cottered cranks on these bikes. They might be heavy but I like cottered cranks. Since I bought the tool for them, the days with hammer, pipe, and wooden blocks are over. They can pretty much last for a long time.

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    looks pretty .... maybe a better saddle and down the road a set of wheels ... ( watch out for the width of the front axle ) most modern foldies have 74 mm versus your 100 mm ?

    cool project
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    Thanks. I actually have ordered the rear wheels and have the front ones in my shopping cart waiting for a sale. They will take a while to ship but reviews said they have put them on some Dahon folders (rear).

    I do not know if this adds any clue. The front fork spacing is about 95 mm.

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