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Old 03-21-13, 02:29 PM   #1
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Introducing the Cruzigami Mantis

Hello,

I've converted a Origami Mantis into a folding FWD recumbent bike.



The ultimate goal is to have a suitcase packable recumbent bike. The frame still folds (although the stem does not). For more details, a lot more pictures (and even a video), check out my blog entry.

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I've updated my blog post to show the bike folded in the back of my mini-van (with more pictures available there including a 90 second time-lapse video showing how to do a Cruzbike conversion)


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I went out for a short 11 mile ride today on the Mantis.. It feels very similar to my Cruzbike Sofrider (I can ride the new bike without hands as well).





I'm very pleased so far (although I killed a brake cable and had a tire fail). More details and pictures/video here (and you can find the original description here)
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Here's an update after 100 miles including:


* Lower seat angle
* (Sometimes Seat post rack allowing panniers
* The Mantis is faster than my Sofrider (so much so, I'm trying to figure out why my Sofrider is so slow).


When I built it, I tried to build a bike that also happened to fold and was packable. I'm happy to say that I've succeeded. For more details, see my latest blog entry.
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Very cool!
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Now that the weather's finally above freezing in the morning, I've started commuting to work on the Mantis. The bike has been showing it's a great all around bike.
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