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Old 08-08-05, 10:26 AM
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Foldermania!

I've seen so many folders around lately. They're mostly Dahons and Bike Fridays. Spotted a Brompton this morning on the commute along the Hudson Greenway. Saturday I briefly went out with my better half to teach her the ways of the clipless pedal and saw no fewer than FOUR other folders in maybe half an hour on the Greenway (way up by the GWB, no less). I see them in Midtown too. In fact there's some noname folder locked-up most days a block or two a way from work. FOLDERMANIA HAS HIT NYC!!!
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I see a folder every once in a while in the Los Angeles area. If I bike at the beach, I'm bound to see at least one. The last time I did laps around the Rose Bowl there was a guy on a BF Air Friday. But other than that, don't see any other folders.
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
I've seen so many folders around lately. They're mostly Dahons and Bike Fridays. Spotted a Brompton this morning on the commute along the Hudson Greenway. Saturday I briefly went out with my better half to teach her the ways of the clipless pedal and saw no fewer than FOUR other folders in maybe half an hour on the Greenway (way up by the GWB, no less). I see them in Midtown too. In fact there's some noname folder locked-up most days a block or two a way from work. FOLDERMANIA HAS HIT NYC!!!
Thanks for the update; there does seem be a distinct uptick in interest. When we initiated our concept of a folder-only store approximately 1 year ago, we found that 90% of people had never seen a folder and as many as 60% had never heard of a folding bicycle. Customers are just amazed to see a showroom full of them.
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Old 08-08-05, 06:12 PM
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Glad to give the good word. wpflem.

I saw another on the way home in almost the same spot I saw the Brompton, coincidentally. A Dahon this time. I was going to fast too tell which model, but not so fast that I couldn't say "NICE FOLDER DUDE!".

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Old 08-09-05, 07:52 AM
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I saw two riders on folders on today's commute. Normally I don't see any. One was riding a Giant Halfway and the other a Dahon, both 20". They were both riding on Massachusetts Avenue, and I was waiting to cross at New Jersey Ave. It was cool. I think I might have to get a 20-inch folder for the winter commute.
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Old 08-09-05, 11:42 AM
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Even though Los Angeles has the largest folding bike maker located here-Dahon-I very rarely see another folder. I think it is due to the lack of interest in nontraditional styles or knowledge about these bikes existance rather than rejection by the masses.
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Old 08-09-05, 12:07 PM
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I had lunch with a pal in Bryant Park today (ahh, a rare lunch away from the desk!), and what do I see but a guy with a Dahon Helios (2000-something model year)! I had a brief chat with during which he chastised me for not going to the Park on my folder(!). Anyhow, the guy had an AirZounds which he let me try. I want one. It was sooo loud and should stop crazy peds about to cross against the light in front of me dead (err, alive) in their tracks!
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I've been biking on my folder to run errands such as going to the post office, ATM, and grocery store and folks end up coming to me asking what it [the folder] is. I explain or demostrate to them how it works and they usually end up in awe. So in my area folders are getting some exposure.
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Old 08-11-05, 02:59 PM
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I saw another Dahon (a Helios '05) on my way home two days ago, and another (definitely different) Brompton on the way to work yesterday. No folders yet today!
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Originally Posted by oboeguy
I had lunch with a pal in Bryant Park today (ahh, a rare lunch away from the desk!), and what do I see but a guy with a Dahon Helios (2000-something model year)! I had a brief chat with during which he chastised me for not going to the Park on my folder(!). Anyhow, the guy had an AirZounds which he let me try. I want one. It was sooo loud and should stop crazy peds about to cross against the light in front of me dead (err, alive) in their tracks!
I ride through Times Square every day and I have an Air Zound. I used it a lot a first and would make the occasional fool drop a cell phone, but it only works 1/3 of the time since they're so oblivious. I just avoid those chumps for the most part and use it punitively on cabbies.
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Old 08-12-05, 06:42 PM
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I took a folder with me to Coronado california.i was there for some training .I recieved favorable comments about the bike .I saw one other folder while there it was a 16 inch fuji.
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Old 08-18-05, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by pharnabazos
I ride through Times Square every day and I have an Air Zound. I used it a lot a first and would make the occasional fool drop a cell phone, but it only works 1/3 of the time since they're so oblivious. I just avoid those chumps for the most part and use it punitively on cabbies.
Are there different models of Air Zounds or are they all the same?

Anyhow, after a bit of a dry spell of no folders for a few days, I saw a Bike Friday this morning going uptown on Riverside Drive (I was riding downtown). There weren't any (moving) cars in the vicinity so I was able to give the guy a matey wave and "Nice ride!" holler.
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Foldermania has also hit Noo Joisey, by the way I'm not surprised to hear they're taking off in NYC, they're perfect for your typical miniscule NYC apartment.

I picked up a Dahon in the last week, and the woman behind the counter was stunned by how many they're selling. Supposedly Dahon is doing so well this year, they're having supply issues....
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It's a beautiful thing, what can I say? The best has been, though, riding to Nyack on the folder and getting all sorts of looks on the way. I can't wait until the City century...
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One of my friends bought a folder [Dahon] after seeing mine.

I wonder if we'll see more folders on the rode because of rising gas prices. For the folks too far for commuting by bike, they can drive to work and have a folder in the trunk to bike to lunch.
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In the bagel shop today a lady of, shall we say full habit, surprised me by saying that "we" (presumably she and her hubby/partner/whatever) have two old Dahons on their boat. I was pleasantly surprised! Someone else in the shop asked about the bike, too. Didn't see any other folders this morning, though.

OT: My poor Dahon will have to be in shop over the weekend. No long ride this weekend on it. The rear wheel is being rebuilt. I hope this eliminates the broken spoke malaise it has been suffering! On the flip side, my neglected road bike will get some love.
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I live on the Beach at Ventura Ca and ride 20 miles a day, have only seen 2 other folders, Dahon Helois. Just returned from an 8 week trip on in our motorhome, saw 4 dahons in Salt Lake City, none in Portland (although bought my wife a new Speed 8 in a great LBS there), none in SF. Don't get a lot of comments on my Speed TR but what I do get are mostly from young (teenagers) and they all have been postive, generally "cool bike".
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Yeah I get a lot "cool bike" stuff from kids too.

Saw another Dahon, this time I think on 34th (had to go the DMV <grumble>).
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I've seen only a few other folders here in Nashville. I remember the first one I spotted last fall. It was red, with silver fenders, but it wasn't curvy like a Brompton. Not sure what it was. I was in my car and wasn't able to stop him and ask him.

Well darned if I didn't see the same guy this morning, after almost a year. Again, I was in my $#%& car. Still don't know what the heck he was on.
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Foldermania is back!!! On the way home yesterday riding across W45th, I passed a young lady on a Dahon, only to spot another fellow on a Dahon waiting to cross the West Side Highway. The young lady caught up and we all had a brief, pleasant chat. But get this -- when we crossed the highway, another Dahon was flying by going north! So four Dahons all within 20 feet of each other, bwuahahahaha!!!

But wait, there's more! Not more than a few hundred meters after crossing the highway and turning north myself, I spotted a Giant Halfway and then a bit past that another Dahon. So that makes four Dahon sigtings and five folder sigtings total within about 5 minutes. FOLDERMANIA BABY!!!
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I work in Midtown and occasionaly take my Bike Friday Crusoe for a ride in Central park at lunchtime. A few years ago I might see a folder once or twice a month. Now I see a few folders every day in the park.
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yeah, i've been seeing a lot of folders too. i think it's fantastic to see more and more people commuting with them.
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I took a test ride on a Xootr Swift the other day at NYCEWheels. It was pretty light (22 lbs) and the steering was a little squirrely. I'm considering buying one, but not sure if I should get the lighter aluminum framed ones by Xootr or go to Peter Reich's shop in Brooklyn (THAT'S RIGHT, BROOKLYN! NO CALIFORNIA BIKE FOR ME! ) and have him build me a custom job for $400-$500 more. He can either do the frame up in steel or use a Xootr built aluminum frame and help me spec out different parts.

Guess I'll have to take a visit and check out the shop. While I'm there, I may swing by Brooklyn Machine Works (think BMX/MTB) and check out the Park Bike and maybe make it a Brooklyn bike sweep!

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Originally Posted by oboeguy
Are there different models of Air Zounds or are they all the same?
I think there's an Air Zound and Air Zound II, but I don't really know the difference. I bought mine a few months ago at Nashbar for 16.95 (tho' for some reason they call it Delta Airhorn):




Air Zound

The other thing that annoys me is that if I'm really using it a lot I use up all the air before I really need it, and then I'm frustrated b/c someone that so richly deserves a honking escapes scot-free. :>

Maybe I could ask the person to wait while I reinflate it.
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Originally Posted by pharnabazos
I think there's an Air Zound and Air Zound II, but I don't really know the difference. I bought mine a few months ago at Nashbar for 16.95 (tho' for some reason they call it Delta Airhorn):




Air Zound

The other thing that annoys me is that if I'm really using it a lot I use up all the air before I really need it, and then I'm frustrated b/c someone that so richly deserves a honking escapes scot-free. :>

Maybe I could ask the person to wait while I reinflate it.
How long does it take to fill it up? I guess if the volume and pressure of air is similar to a tire (you fill it with a bike pump, right?) then you could hop off, apply a CO2 cartridge and not miss much if any punitive honking.
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