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Old 11-14-22, 05:21 PM
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Wow, a Folding Bike!

After hitting senior status and part retirement, I get arthritis and more and think my option is to get a folding bike so I can get my leg over the bar.
But I'm 250 and 5, 9,, a mixte could not work, but I I think some of these folders will work, Ferro. Izzo Campo are priced right with the Hawk a b it more.
Ilike 30 pounds or less with several gears (can replace Revoshift with thumb)

What I see missing is a frame size -S, M, L How does one determine the fit?
I'm used to vintage road bikes and would work them.

So a close call to some, what should I look for future mods, but I'm ready to ride now.
Do any of these have anti-theft? Have lon;y looked at popular brands on the internet.

Thanks
Jim
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Old 11-14-22, 05:30 PM
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Folders are usually one size fits all because adjusting the stem and seatpost is part of the folding action. Reach (top tube length) is fixed. My wife and I are 8 inches apart in height and both use the Zizzo comfortably. It's an upright position but the bike is not geared high enough for speed, anyway. Drop bars interfere with the fold so usually not available/practical.
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The previous poster is correct, the Zizzo folders are one size fits all. I am in your weight range but 6ft tall. I now have two of the Zizzo models, the more heavy duty (and expensive Forte and a Campo model. Both work will for me as a retired senior. I use them around the neighborhood and on a rail trail or other finished (paved or gravel) path. Since the seat height and handlebar heights are fully adjustable (within seconds) you can easily change your bike for another rider....I just picked up a yellow Campo new from Amazon at a good discount from regular price and I just checked and now the white color Campo is the one on sale ($249 + tax). Amazon is allowing returns for Christmas until Jan 31st so it is a good time to buy with a long try out period...cheers...
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The Origami Bull has a stated weight limit of 300lbs, but can support up to 360lbs (as per the owner of Origami Bicycles Pinigis ).
https://www.origamibicycles.com/shop/p/bull
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Old 11-15-22, 05:27 PM
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Originally Posted by jgcycle View Post
After hitting senior status and part retirement, I get arthritis and more and think my option is to get a folding bike so I can get my leg over the bar.
But I'm 250 and 5, 9,, a mixte could not work, but I I think some of these folders will work, Ferro. Izzo Campo are priced right with the Hawk a b it more.
Ilike 30 pounds or less with several gears (can replace Revoshift with thumb)

What I see missing is a frame size -S, M, L How does one determine the fit?
I'm used to vintage road bikes and would work them.

So a close call to some, what should I look for future mods, but I'm ready to ride now.
Do any of these have anti-theft? Have lon;y looked at popular brands on the internet.

Thanks
Jim
Yes. The ones that fold to the side can usually be rolled while folded, thus easy to bring with you.

I recommend getting one with a chromoly steel frame, not aluminum. Aluminum folding frames suffer from limited use life due to the nature of how this metal fatigues. Also aluminum frames are typically not actually lighter than chromoly ones at all, despite their typical marketing claims. The only exception to these are a specific frame design which uses the seatpost itself to lock the frame open. But those are out of production and unlikely to return in any kind of satisfactory implementation.

Stay away from folding bicycles with disc brakes, if you can. Rim brakes are much easier to manage. I don't buy any disc brake bicycles unless they have what are known as thru-axles. No production folding bicycles have those, though, due to the cheap-OEM nature of this bicycle genre.
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... Also aluminum frames are typically not actually lighter than chromoly ones at all, despite their typical marketing claims. The only exception to these are a specific frame design which uses the seatpost itself to lock the frame open. ...
When it comes to FnHon, the aluminum alloy frames are distinctly lighter than the chomoly frames. Not by a lot but certainly noticeable by holding both in the hand at the same time. The Blast is lighter than the Storm or Gust 20. The Zephyr is lighter than the Gust 16. I was actually surprised by how light the Zephyr frame feels in the hand.
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