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Old 03-20-16, 12:28 PM
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Old 03-20-16, 01:02 PM
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Its a birdie.
Seen this before but didnt realise.
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Old 03-23-16, 11:28 AM
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Old 04-05-16, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by ttakata73 View Post
Found on some Japanese sites.
Having ridden a Strida, Dahon Mantis, and Brompton; I think a 16" minivelo might be acceptable to ride.



i just remembered another 16" 305mm mini velo, the beat moon.









charming bikes but, i think the 349mm wheel size is more optimal for a compact mini. i've had this idea for quite awhile for a 349mm sprinter style bike. i'm talking to a frame builder about having this fabricated. (batik graphic wrap optional)

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Old 04-05-16, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post


charming bikes but, i think the 349mm wheel size is more optimal for a compact mini. i've had this idea for quite awhile for a 349mm sprinter style bike. i'm talking to a frame builder about having this fabricated. (batik graphic wrap optional)

You have to include the graphic wrap, it makes the whole package!
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Old 04-05-16, 06:34 PM
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make sure it is surakarta batik. yogya's is too staid, and pekalongan's and cirebon's too garish.
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Old 04-06-16, 12:42 PM
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I love those Beat Moons; never seen them before.

I found this 16" bike, WCI Speeder.
Not sure if it is a kids bike or if they are still sold since I have never seen one at a store or bicycle show. Proportions look like an adult can ride it.

**********?? ???? speeder **********??? ********************? - ThaiMTB.com - **********??

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Old 04-06-16, 06:06 PM
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Old 04-06-16, 08:55 PM
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I think some enterprising people must take all the old bikes from Japan and dump them in Thailand because I see many old and weird ones for sale on Kaidee.com and Thaimtb.com
If you search for wheel size and keywords like: mini, 12, 16, 20, folding... all sorts of interesting folders and minivelos result.
I don't feel like hosting photos so here are some recent links.

DiBlasi 16 folder stainless
https://www.kaidee.com/product-115921115

This is a Panasonic Traincle Surf which is much stranger than the regular Traincle; not sure if a shock is missing.
https://www.kaidee.com/product-116530081

Some illogical 16/20" bikes.
https://www.kaidee.com/product-117284624
https://www.kaidee.com/product-114210022

National Caminito
https://www.kaidee.com/product-117104281

National 12"
https://www.kaidee.com/product-116553391

Some goofy 12" bikes
Https://www.kaidee.com/product-115177377
Https://www.kaidee.com/product-117169662
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Old 04-07-16, 02:03 PM
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ttakata73 - Them is some cool bikes. Especially like the design of https://www.kaidee.com/product-117284624. Thank you for sharing
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The UK are finally getting these in shops in the next couple of weeks, very smart for £450 Todays Cyclist: Bobbin Metric 2016
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bike.gang.uk posted about this bike a while back, but the more I think about it, the more it becomes a 'bike we like'.

The Caracle 20 from Japan:



Unfurled, it could be mistaken for a garden variety 20" Dahon:



None of the individual elements seem new: the front of a Dahon Ciao, the back of an Oyama Space Genie, the 'brace against seat post' of the Jifo.
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Old 05-27-16, 07:06 AM
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The ingenious combination of these design elements and some clever geometry yields quite a remarkable bike.

Folded, the Caracle with its 20" wheels is small:



How small? It will fit into a 28" suitcase w/o disassembly:



It also folds with not only its driveline to the inside, but also its handlebars, protecting those expensive combined brake/index shift levers, and, I suppose, your GPS computer and Spurcycle bell.

Kudos to the unknown designer(s)!
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Old 05-27-16, 07:40 AM
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The fellow @ Loopwheels is up in full production. You can buy just the 20" wheels as an upgrade or a turnkey Dahon bike:



The hubs are Sturmey-Archer X-RDC and X-FD drums.

Don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle:

https://youtu.be/P5JPB_kKAg8

It seems like this is the sort of thing ThorUSA would be the US distributor of.
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So what do you do to attract the attention of that cute girl at your local South Korean Strida club?



Buy the 8.5kg carbon fiber model, of course!

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The fellow @ Loopwheels is up in full production. You can buy just the 20" wheels as an upgrade or a turnkey Dahon bike:



The hubs are Sturmey-Archer X-RDC and X-FD drums.

Don't sell the steak, sell the sizzle:

https://youtu.be/P5JPB_kKAg8

It seems like this is the sort of thing ThorUSA would be the US distributor of.
Loopwheels bob & bounce too much. Look nice though,...
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The carbon Strida looks cool but is a letdown.
A Strida 5 comes in at 10kg and it has a rear rack.
So this carbon frame and wheels only saves 1.5kg; I expected more.
Since it uses a non standard crankset it would be hard to take off any more weight.
STRiDA C1 | STRiDA

I watched some videos on the Caracle and it is impressive.
It seems to roll easily assuming the magnet is strong enough over rough terrain.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lbQ6zMtmBOY
This 16" version seems even better for travel although more cumbersome to transform.
CARACLE cary [under development] | CARACLE -the innovative folding bike-
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Old 06-01-16, 12:55 AM
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It also folds with not only its driveline to the inside, but also its handlebars, protecting those expensive combined brake/index shift levers, and, I suppose, your GPS computer and Spurcycle bell.

That US$49.99 bell looks awfully similar to the US$8 bell I got off eBay...
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Old 06-03-16, 11:15 AM
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That US$49.99 bell looks awfully similar to the US$8 bell I got off eBay...
The fifty buck one is the original, and the eight buck one is a Chinese made copy...but let's not get into the Brompton vs. Beiou/Burke20/Chedech/Curl/Flamingo/MIT/Neo/Rubin/Sanye thing here.
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Old 07-11-16, 11:27 PM
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full suspension electric folding bike coming soon from canadian recumbent builder. looks promising.

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full suspension electric folding bike coming soon from canadian recumbent builder. looks promising.

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Wow

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Old 07-14-16, 04:13 PM
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Wow

Welcome back smallwheeler.
thanks, bhkyte. hope you're doing well.

incidentally, i was just thinking about you and imagining that you're observing the collapse of western europe in style while perched atop the new..

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Old 07-14-16, 06:25 PM
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As cool as this bike looks; this designer knows nothing about bikes.
I assume it was done by a student that ran out of time to really think if it could work.

A drop bar road bike with ~8" front tire and 3" height clearance is my first concern.
I see no way for the front tire to actually turn.
The tire profile is so flat it can probably only lean 10-15 degrees.
You couldn't pedal through a turn or risk a pedal strike.
The massively wide, low profile, and small tires would be very slow rolling and warp the rim bead unless they are solid rubber.
A 22t chainring with such a small rear tire and short crankarms would have to spin ridiculously fast.
The rider's butt is above or even behind the rear tire's contact patch so I think it would wheelie and throw the rider off with an electric motor.
The rear fender would allow the rider to get sprayed.
You can only brake with your hands at the bottom of the drops and the lever would sever a finger off in a crash.

I know it's always easy to criticize any design; but this thing is dangerous in several ways.
I give it an A for rendering skills, B for cool factor, and an F- for feasibility.
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new bike from 700bikes - smart folder Galaxy for 540 US$

700 bikes Galaxy
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new bike from 700bikes - smart folder Galaxy for 540 US$

700 bikes Galaxy
some interesting modifications to the standard fold-in-half bike.

this stem is noteworthy: steering mast and stem in one.



with built-in computer. sweet.



quick-release button inside the latch mechanism is novel. however, i do find that dahonesque turnbuckle triggering and problematic. it gives me flashbacks, tbh.



the custom seatpost and tube are questionable. i wonder if the seattube can properly bind a standard 33.9mm post? IMO, the best designs are always the one's with the fewest and most universal parts with the highest durability to weight ratio.

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