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    Anyone own a Mobiky 12?

    I'm wondering how the Mobiky would be on bus transport. It appears to have a small footprint for bus travel.

    I'm 6 foot and 200# but I read it can handle that.

    I also read that it was discontinued and replaced by a 16" wheel version which is bigger overall and takes up more space while riding a bus. I dont think I would get the 16 unless I could try it using bus transport, of course that is out of the question unless someone out there has a 16 and has used it on a bus and can give feedback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    I'm wondering how the Mobiky would be on bus transport. It appears to have a small footprint for bus travel.

    I'm 6 foot and 200# but I read it can handle that.

    I also read that it was discontinued and replaced by a 16" wheel version which is bigger overall and takes up more space while riding a bus. I dont think I would get the 16 unless I could try it using bus transport, of course that is out of the question unless someone out there has a 16 and has used it on a bus and can give feedback.
    First time seeing this bike. I kinda like it, especially the electric version. I would think it would work rather well on a bus. Are they only available in the UK? I couldn't see them for sale in the US.
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    [QUOTQE=Still Pedaling;17318132]First time seeing this bike. I kinda like it, especially the electric version. I would think it would work rather well on a bus. Are they only available in the UK? I couldn't see them for sale in the US.[/QUOTE]

    I see that you own a Brompton, thats what id like to have but used ones are always too far away and are sold fast to local buyers. The new one are expensive but they are the best!

    Ive searched the web and have found places that had sold them but the websites are old or expired. I havent found a dealer yet in the U.S. Theres a 12 on ebay used for $599. It looks ideal for bus transport. I live in the Florida Keys and the bus system is great. Im a senior and can travel 50 miles to Key West one way for $1.50. I have a car but bus travel is easy and more fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    [QUOTQE=Still Pedaling;17318132]First time seeing this bike. I kinda like it, especially the electric version. I would think it would work rather well on a bus. Are they only available in the UK? I couldn't see them for sale in the US.
    I see that you own a Brompton, thats what id like to have but used ones are always too far away and are sold fast to local buyers. The new one are expensive but they are the best!

    Ive searched the web and have found places that had sold them but the websites are old or expired. I havent found a dealer yet in the U.S. Theres a 12 on ebay used for $599. It looks ideal for bus transport. I live in the Florida Keys and the bus system is great. Im a senior and can travel 50 miles to Key West one way for $1.50. I have a car but bus travel is easy and more fun.[/QUOTE]

    That is indeed great. Traveling 50 miles by bus for only $1.50, I don't think I would own a car if I lived there. I know this is off topic, and I apologize for that, but what is it like living there? Are you not concerned about hurricanes, especially in the Keys? I have visited the keys a few times many years ago, and I liked it there very much, especially Key West. How is it there for riding a bike? I don't suppose there are bike lanes on the major causeway that links the Keys? My two daughters live in Florida just north of Orlando. I miss them very much, but I'm not quite sure about living up where they are because of the humidity and the bugs. I know from when I was in the Keys, I didn't notice it being too humid because of the breeze off the ocean. Anyway, I hope you find the bike that suits you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    I see that you own a Brompton, thats what id like to have but used ones are always too far away and are sold fast to local buyers. The new one are expensive but they are the best!

    Ive searched the web and have found places that had sold them but the websites are old or expired. I havent found a dealer yet in the U.S. Theres a 12 on ebay used for $599. It looks ideal for bus transport. I live in the Florida Keys and the bus system is great. Im a senior and can travel 50 miles to Key West one way for $1.50. I have a car but bus travel is easy and more fun.
    That is indeed great. Traveling 50 miles by bus for only $1.50, I don't think I would own a car if I lived there. I know this is off topic, and I apologize for that, but what is it like living there? Are you not concerned about hurricanes, especially in the Keys? I have visited the keys a few times many years ago, and I liked it there very much, especially Key West. How is it there for riding a bike? I don't suppose there are bike lanes on the major causeway that links the Keys? My two daughters live in Florida just north of Orlando. I miss them very much, but I'm not quite sure about living up where they are because of the humidity and the bugs. I know from when I was in the Keys, I didn't notice it being too humid because of the breeze off the ocean. Anyway, I hope you find the bike that suits you.

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    hi wayne,
    sorry for the typos but this tablet isnt compatible with this website. Living in the keys is good, good weather all year round, beautiful scennery. Re.hurricane, usually the storms skirt us but one of these days we are going to get it. in 1960,hurricane Donna wiped out Marathon where i live. on my strret there was a washing machine lodged up in the tree branches after it hit.!!!! The humidity isnt here isnt as bad as Orlando. its actually cooler here than mainland forida as, as you said, we have the ocean breezes.. re. bike riding, fair bike pafhs here, one can ride from key largo to key west (100 miles) probsbly 70% bike paths all the way. they are currently working on completing a continuous bike path. one has to bicycle defensively here as drivers are sightseeing and sometimes dont watch the road.
    im from daytona beach, 60 miles from orlando. if you were to move down, daytona would be a great place, only one hour away from your kids. daytona has the best beach in thelworld, in my opinion. id rather be back in daytona, much more to do there than the keys...oh, and the heat factor is less than orlando, hot but lots cooler thN orland, ocean breezes...im an ex surfer so i have great memories of daytona..........regards, noel

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    shoalster - Here's the very little I know about the Mobiky: It a French design, and the manufacture has recently returned to France. The new company owner does seem to have dropped the 12" wheel model (the Genius) and FWIW is emphasizing the electric assist version. Be careful with any ebay offerings - the Mobiky, along with the Strida and some other bikes, is copied, cloned and actually counterfeited in Asia.

    Another bike to at least consider is the widely available Dahon Curve D3. I looked this up, didn't believe it, tripled checked, and darned if the Curve isn't lighter and by golly folds smaller than the Mobiky Genius, with a similar footprint. The Curve has been sold in NA for many years and you could possibly find one on your local Craigslist, but if not the new retail is about what the Mobiky Genius was before it was discontinued, and around half the NA retail of a similarly spec'd Brompton.
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    hi,
    ive seen the curve but i didnt realize it folded so small! 3 speed to boot! i just saw the guy at Nyce wheel demo it and hes 6'2" and had no problems with it. Something to consider.

    re. the Mobiky, how would i determine that its a genuine one by viewing it just on ebay? in the pics i see the decal for "genius" but i imagine the copyists can duplicate the decal too? what i really like about it is the 3 second fold.

    if the product didnt make it in the U.S. does that mean poor product, poor marketing or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    hi,
    ive seen the curve but i didnt realize it folded so small! 3 speed to boot! i just saw the guy at Nyce wheel demo it and hes 6'2" and had no problems with it. Something to consider.

    re. the Mobiky, how would i determine that its a genuine one by viewing it just on ebay? in the pics i see the decal for "genius" but i imagine the copyists can duplicate the decal too? what i really like about it is the 3 second fold.

    if the product didnt make it in the U.S. does that mean poor product, poor marketing or both?
    I should have mentioned that bike to you, but I thought you had your mind set on the Modiky. Sorry, I didn't realize you had perhaps others in mind. I bought the Curve D3 for my wife a few months back. She's only ridden it a couple of times because she went in for surgery a few days after I bought it. Its a great bike and very well built. Not too keen on how it folds, as the handlebars fold in the middle of the bike, and I have to set the height of the bars so that it folds properly without getting in the way of the two connected magnets and the kickstand. Not a big deal, just needs a little time to sort it out. A bit finicky really. It doesn't fold as nice as my Brompton, and from what I see of the Modiky, I don't think the D3 will fold as neat and easy as that. I would get to a Dahon dealer before I settle on it. You might not like the way it folds, if you want something that is easy as the Brompton or Modiky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    hi wayne,
    sorry for the typos but this tablet isnt compatible with this website. Living in the keys is good, good weather all year round, beautiful scennery. Re.hurricane, usually the storms skirt us but one of these days we are going to get it. in 1960,hurricane Donna wiped out Marathon where i live. on my strret there was a washing machine lodged up in the tree branches after it hit.!!!! The humidity isnt here isnt as bad as Orlando. its actually cooler here than mainland forida as, as you said, we have the ocean breezes.. re. bike riding, fair bike pafhs here, one can ride from key largo to key west (100 miles) probsbly 70% bike paths all the way. they are currently working on completing a continuous bike path. one has to bicycle defensively here as drivers are sightseeing and sometimes dont watch the road.
    im from daytona beach, 60 miles from orlando. if you were to move down, daytona would be a great place, only one hour away from your kids. daytona has the best beach in thelworld, in my opinion. id rather be back in daytona, much more to do there than the keys...oh, and the heat factor is less than orlando, hot but lots cooler thN orland, ocean breezes...im an ex surfer so i have great memories of daytona..........regards, noel
    I've been to Daytona a few times, and I have to agree, its a real nice area for sure. Its been a long time since my last visit there, and I would assume it has changed some. I don't think I could convince my wife to move out that way as she isn't too keen on hurricanes. She would consider central Florida around where my daughters live, but then it would be me that isn't the keen one. I don't care much for humidity and bugs, which around the Orlando area, have their fare share.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    hi,
    ive seen the curve but i didnt realize it folded so small! 3 speed to boot! i just saw the guy at Nyce wheel demo it and hes 6'2" and had no problems with it. Something to consider.

    re. the Mobiky, how would i determine that its a genuine one by viewing it just on ebay? in the pics i see the decal for "genius" but i imagine the copyists can duplicate the decal too? what i really like about it is the 3 second fold.

    if the product didnt make it in the U.S. does that mean poor product, poor marketing or both?
    The Dahon D3 is a much better bike.. it folds up small, rides really well, is supported with plenty of parts, and available lots of places.. I happen to like the way the handlepost fits to the inside (like my Mu Uno) .. keeps the folded package neat, and narrow ..

    The knock on the Mobiky is that it is loaded with proprietary parts which you cannot source.. one of the biggies is the counter shaft sprocket for the reduction drive.. not only does it wear out prematurely, but you have a hard time (read near impossible) getting replacement bits .. lots of Mobiky unhappiness on the web via searching .. I certainly wouldn't buy a used Mobiky unless I had it in my hot little hands testing it for worn parts ..

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    hi Wayne
    i did c that u owned a curve and i was going to ask u about it. i just saw a video of a man folding one and he also ggot the handlbars stuck in between the fold and couldnt get it like it should be. im sure if a person uses it regularly that it would be no problem. i can fold my sinclair A-bike fairly fast as i use it regularly but at first it was difficult.

    im looking at other bikes beside the mobiky. i may purchase Pacific Cycles Carryme wit the 2 speed schlumph crank (copy of schlumph). Im also looking at the Dahon MU N360 with the nuvinci infinitely geared hub. Dahon Ciao, Tern Swoop.
    I really like the Ori folding bike but im not sure if they are available in the states.

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    yes, the hurricanes are a big factor. there are bugs in daytona too, esp. near the beach and worse near the inland waterways. orlando has no ocean breezes and bugs too!!
    noel

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    thankks for the info re. parts for the mobiky, that is a BIG factor. if the countershaft sprocket fails then the bike would be a big loss monetarily. im glad that you informed me of this. perhaps i should back off for now as i cant test the bike as its in california and im in florida, thanks!

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    Something similar that you might be interested in:
    Who else wants one of these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    hi Wayne
    i did c that u owned a curve and i was going to ask u about it. i just saw a video of a man folding one and he also ggot the handlbars stuck in between the fold and couldnt get it like it should be. im sure if a person uses it regularly that it would be no problem. i can fold my sinclair A-bike fairly fast as i use it regularly but at first it was difficult.

    im looking at other bikes beside the mobiky. i may purchase Pacific Cycles Carryme wit the 2 speed schlumph crank (copy of schlumph). Im also looking at the Dahon MU N360 with the nuvinci infinitely geared hub. Dahon Ciao, Tern Swoop.
    I really like the Ori folding bike but im not sure if they are available in the states.
    There are several Ori's available on Ebay. They're imported from Taiwan. Nice bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Remi View Post
    There are several Ori's available on Ebay. They're imported from Taiwan. Nice bikes.
    hi joe,
    i was just looking at oris on ebay and i heard your mail come in. i wonder what the import dutys and fees are? ebay mentioned about that. i dont know much about folding bikes but the ori is very impressive. it seems that the orient is a folders paradise!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpg View Post
    Something similar that you might be interested in:
    Who else wants one of these?
    wow! it folds small, smaller than a brompton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shoalster321 View Post
    hi joe,
    i was just looking at oris on ebay and i heard your mail come in. i wonder what the import dutys and fees are? ebay mentioned about that. i dont know much about folding bikes but the ori is very impressive. it seems that the orient is a folders paradise!
    noel
    Huh, I don't know anything about extra fees. As far as I can tell these bikes are sold by an Ori dealer in Taiwan with any fees and shipping built into the price. I've been staring at that "Flag" model for a couple days..it's a little garish, but in a cool way

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    Ori is the same bike as the Mezzo so if you need more info about the bike take a look at the following forum posts. They are slightly larger than Brompton when folded but have a superior ride and the advantage of using standard components so upgrading is possible.

    The MEZZO Thread

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