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Any harm in keeping a bike Friday folded while in storage?

Old 03-05-12, 09:08 PM
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Any harm in keeping a bike Friday folded while in storage?

I have a Friday pocket crusoe that I keep folded while in storage. Is this bad for the bike components, ie cables. It takes up significantly less space that way, but don't want to harm the bike.
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Old 03-05-12, 10:49 PM
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It's a folding bike, it's designed to be stored while folded. In fact that's the entire purpose of folding bikes--to take up less space while folded.
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Old 03-05-12, 10:58 PM
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It better not! That's why I cleared the stable for my NWT.
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Old 03-05-12, 11:53 PM
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All my current and past folders (including a BF NWT) spend most of their life in the folding position. If you are still in doubt you can ask BF directly.
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Old 03-06-12, 12:51 AM
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Just check that the cables aren't too sharply bent. The rest should be just fine.
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Old 03-06-12, 02:55 AM
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When the bike is folded all the mass is closer together - making a dense clump of gravity. This attracts grit which gets on the chain.
For this reason i store my Bike Friday completely disassembled at all times.
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Old 03-06-12, 03:39 AM
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Originally Posted by jolly_ross View Post
When the bike is folded all the mass is closer together - making a dense clump of gravity. This attracts grit...
I wonder if this might be the hitherto undiscovered First Law of Folders.
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I wonder if the Brompton has a bigger issue than most with the First Law. In fact, this could well be another advantage of the Swift's tall 'n thin fold. It's also another knock against small wheels.

I can't imagine it would make any difference at all, gravity fields notwithstanding. How often it gets folded, unfolded will have an impact on wear and tear, but not how it's stored.
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Old 03-06-12, 06:14 AM
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The biggest danger in keeping a bike folded is that it leaves room for another bike.
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Originally Posted by jscalia View Post
I have a Friday pocket crusoe that I keep folded while in storage. Is this bad for the bike components, ie cables. It takes up significantly less space that way, but don't want to harm the bike.
Yes, it is bad. It is bad for your wallet, cause you'll have to figure out how to fill up those empty spaces with more folding bikes!
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Old 03-07-12, 02:50 AM
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Originally Posted by jur View Post
I wonder if this might be the hitherto undiscovered First Law of Folders.
;-)

I note if I leave my bike unused in my apartment, mysterious elves slowly let the air out of the tyres. Why would they do this? It is something to beware of, I think.
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Old 03-10-12, 01:37 PM
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Originally Posted by social suicide View Post
The biggest danger in keeping a bike folded is that it leaves room for another bike.
BINGO! It promotes N+1 Syndrome.
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Old 03-10-12, 03:06 PM
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i'm guessing inside bike fridays factory warehouse in oregon are neat rows of bikes folded ready to ship in a folded configuration sitting in pallets or shelves

[but in reality they don't have a big warehouse and most bikes are built to order except for a few like the tikit]

well what i'm saying really is i don't think there's any harm storing it folded !
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