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First Official Folding Bike Thread!! :) Name Your Bike!

Old 06-17-12, 11:51 PM
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Hello from Long Beach CA.
Here is a pic of mine, my first folding bike, a new Montague Paratrooper fitted with street tires (Schwalbe marathon plus).
Awesome bike and awesome tires, my longest ride was 70 miles RT from Long Beach to Los Angeles.
I also have a seat mounted rack and panniers.
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I think that it is only right that since they sleep side by side that Forrest's best good friend should be named "Bubba".











For the short trips I make downtown this is the perfect bike.
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Old 06-27-12, 05:11 PM
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Bubba and I are going to go away for the long weekend and spend some time with family... and think it is always good top carry a spare... bike.



Plan to just keep him here along with my spare helmet and pannier bags as most of my heavy hauling will still be done with my bike and trailer while the car was acquired for longer trips.
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Hmm...I guess I forgot my folding intro a few months back,somehow missed this (awesome) thread...a few months back I bought a Citizen Miami and Schwinn Loop at about the same time (the Citizen was better than I'd expected,the Schwinn worse than I'd even hoped,LOL!). "Name Your Bike!"-Ummm.......Blue n Green?



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Old 06-29-12, 06:19 AM
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My Giant expressway. BB7 disc on the rear.




My 1 day old White Brommie P6RU:





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Old 06-30-12, 11:23 PM
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Picked up the generic folder today for 40.00... Needs a little cleaning up as it looks like it was left outside for some time but everything works smoothly and the fold is perfect for my car.

Takes up much less space than my R20 and matches the car too.
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Old 07-01-12, 10:42 AM
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Nice score,my friend
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Old 07-01-12, 11:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Singlespeed92
Nice score,my friend
Still trying to figure out it's origins... Frame is steel with a decent hinge set up with a sprung locking pin and the qr locks, drive is a 6 speed with low end parts that I will upgrade to better parts, has one folding pedal, and folds rather well. It rides well enough and just needs a little polishing up.
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"Still trying to figure out it's origins... Frame is steel with a decent hinge set up with a sprung locking pin and the qr locks, drive is a 6 speed with low end parts that I will upgrade to better parts, has one folding pedal, and folds rather well. It rides well enough and just needs a little polishing up."


The hinge,lower level parts and one folding pedal almost described my Schwinn Loop,had there not been a pic,I woulda assumed it one,LOL! Lets hope that even as it sits (not counting the upgrading you mentioned) that it's a better bike than that (Schwinn Loop) But hey,even if it were one (it obviously isn't),for $40 it wouldn't have been a bad deal (I paid $199 shipped for my Loop).

Can't wait to see what you do with it,ofor 1 thing,I enjoy bike builds,2 I enjoy watching your bike builds specifically
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Tweaked a few things, Kool stops and some new cable and housing improved the squeaky braking and an Acera is serving in place of the stock rear d which was a chattery thing and will see what I have in a nicer short cage rear d. Mounted an old rack I had and my new panniers are a good match too.

The freewheel looks hideous but has no wear and spins smoothly... might see what I can't do to upgrade to a 7 speed and see if I can't find a nice orphaned thumb shifter.

Rode all over my home town this weekend and the bike was fine... for a low end folder it makes nary a squeak or a rattle and has a solid feel and a nice ride.
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Old 07-03-12, 02:39 PM
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I wish I had your bike mechanic skills!

My foldie squeaks and creaks. Wish I could sort it out. I fear I might end up buying a new one though I wonder if I can use a derailleur after my simple Nexus 3 hub (noob cyclist here).

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Originally Posted by keke
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I wish I had your bike mechanic skills!

My foldie squeaks and creaks. Wish I could sort it out. I fear I might end up buying a new one though I wonder if I can use a derailleur after my simple Nexus 3 hub (noob cyclist here).
I run my own shop and have been doing this for a little while... might have to take that cruddy looking freewheel and pass it by the wire wheel a few times.

Plan to swap the steel post for an alloy one and see if I can't swap the crank for a lighter one and still retain the chain guide and guard as that is quite useful... that should knock a few pounds off the bike as the cranks and post are steel.

Although the stock brakes were a little noisy the stopping power was just fine as the V brakes themselves are decent... might have some nicer levers here too.
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Originally Posted by keke
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I wish I had your bike mechanic skills!

You and me both,my friend (each wishing that we each had more mech skills ),you and me both
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I think I'll call this folding bicycle Max. Original bicycle model sticker is b-max. This is a size 20" stainless frame bicycle. Rims, fenders, spokes, fork, and folding basket are stainless also.

b-max

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I like Max's frame/rack design
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Originally Posted by Singlespeed92
You and me both,my friend (each wishing that we each had more mech skills ),you and me both
It just takes practice, practice, and more practice... have been spinning wrenches since I was a wee tyke as my dad thought that if you were gonna ride it, you also needed to know how to fix it.

The same applied to cars as he was a master mechanic but as I do not have my shop set up for working on the car (yet) sent took it in to a reputable mechanic this am.

Looked through my parts bin and swapped the Acera on my "auto bike" for a somewhat scruffy but functional Deore XT short cage derailleur I had which works beautifully and has better ground clearance... dropped my car off at the shop for a pre-vacation check up and will use the folder to retrieve the car when it is done and tuck it back in the trunk.
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Originally Posted by Sancycles
I think I'll call this folding bicycle Max. Original bicycle model sticker is b-max. This is a size 20" stainless frame bicycle. Rims, fenders, spokes, and fork are stainless also.

b-max
That is a great looking bike and looks like it would have a rather splendid ride quality what with a longer wheelbase and some fatter tyres under it.
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Rainy day here and while the car is getting it's pre trip inspection I tweaked out the "auto bike" which lost a little over three pounds after the steel crank, chunky tyres, and seat post (new post not shown here) was changed for alloy bits. Added a nicer saddle and changed the freewheel to a Shimano 600 with a 13-21.

Those Comet Primo tyres roll out faster and have a ride quality that is better than the stock tyres at nearly twice the psi and will fit a larger chain wheel to bring up the top gear a little to compliment the faster rolling tyres.
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Seek and you shall find, track crank with a 50 tooth chain ring...

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Hey...I've got 3 of those Bontrager saddles (one was on the Jabberwocky I sold recently,so I gots TWO now,LOL!) Lookin good,Brother
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Originally Posted by Singlespeed92
Hey...I've got 3 of those Bontrager saddles (one was on the Jabberwocky I sold recently,so I gots TWO now,LOL!) Lookin good,Brother
It is coming along nicely... I think that Microshift has to go as soon as I find a decent thumbie.
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Yeah...thumbies rock
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Put at least 20 km on the "Velocycle" today as my ex picked me up for a meeting we had down-town and having things to do afterwards put the bike in the trunk and when were finished pulled it out and was on my way in minutes as the folding and unfolding is rather quick.



Installed a Sachs half ratchet thumbie to replace the flaky Microshift and this has improved the shifting considerably and changed the 13-21 block for a 13-24 (another Shimano 600 freewheel) to give me a little more bottom end with that 50 tooth ring.

Folded up at my physiotherapist's office... it is no Brompton but it isn't bad and I like how the Superflash tucks in perfectly under the rack to keep it from getting smashed up.



Locked up... it is a very secure area so I felt no need to take my saddle and post with me and will see how a slightly longer shackle works as I'd like to go through both tyres and the frame and lock up to things which is something my Krypto just isn't big enough for.



Since I am at physio three times a week I could just leave an extra lock there...
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Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver
Plan to swap the steel post for an alloy one and see if I can't swap the crank for a lighter one and still retain the chain guide and guard as that is quite useful... that should knock a few pounds off the bike as the cranks and post are steel.
Do you know the final weight of the bike now that you've done all the mods?
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