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Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-19, 03:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,406
Posted By downtube

This bike is awesome. I recall someone posted a...

This bike is awesome. I recall someone posted a video here before. I'm glad he's doing a Kickstarter.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-19, 09:55 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,833
Posted By downtube

The emphasis is on CAD. It has changed everything...

The emphasis is on CAD. It has changed everything about manufacturing products. We have added features seamlessly, that Brompton could never add using older development techniques.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-19, 09:10 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,833
Posted By downtube

The Brompton was developed 40 yrs ago. Today CAD...

The Brompton was developed 40 yrs ago. Today CAD can develop a smaller bike with standard parts. We could get smaller with custom parts, however we want it to be an excellent value.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
04-21-19, 07:33 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,833
Posted By downtube

The copyright only applies in the UK, and EU by...

The copyright only applies in the UK, and EU by extension. Ritchie claimed as much during a talk at the London School of Business.

I recall the basis for the Brompton copyright was because they...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-06-19, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,417
Posted By downtube

I think Pacific Cycles is a great idea! I...

I think Pacific Cycles is a great idea!

I would contact Bike Friday first. I understand that they have had some financial issues. I expect they need a new offering.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-06-19, 12:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,053
Posted By downtube

The seatposts we sell online are the same as the...

The seatposts we sell online are the same as the stock posts. They are not longer.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-05-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,417
Posted By downtube

Dahon is the biggest folding bike company in the...

Dahon is the biggest folding bike company in the world. I doubt they would be very interested. Contact Thor to see the level of interest.

Tern doesn't have a good reputation here....so I wouldn't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-19, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,417
Posted By downtube

There are many technical schools in the USA. Many...

There are many technical schools in the USA. Many teach welding, you should ask the instructor to make a prototype. He will do it if he sees value in the design.

Don't do anything overseas until...
Forum: Folding Bikes
03-04-19, 08:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By downtube

I sell Dahon's prices already jumped due to...

I sell Dahon's prices already jumped due to tariff's. Future deliveries might be cheaper, however current prices should be stable for a while.

Thanks
Tan
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-08-19, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

Him being hands off has created this super large...

Him being hands off has created this super large thread. I expect he will get more press, whenever he wants.... because nothing is in the public domain.

His success with Kickstarter was not luck!...
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-08-19, 07:49 AM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

I believe Apple started the concept of secrecy....

I believe Apple started the concept of secrecy. Several companies have followed that model.

It's a personal preference issue.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-05-19, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

I believe some competitors are also interested &...

I believe some competitors are also interested & want Peter to fail.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
02-03-19, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

I would not like to see it, but I could do it. I...

I would not like to see it, but I could do it. I assumed 12 hr days would be a minimum.

My argument was that he doesn't need an assembly line with numbers he provided as projections. I am sure I...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-29-19, 09:13 PM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

I estimate that I could assemble at least 20...

I estimate that I could assemble at least 20 bikes per day....on my own. This equals 140 per week, or 500ish per month. Three people would nearly triple production.

This implies that he can...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-19-19, 06:44 AM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

FYI we have developed a new bike which accepts...

FYI we have developed a new bike which accepts three different wheel sizes. I hope to release it in 2020.

It's amazing what one can do in CAD.

Thanks
Yan

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Forum: Folding Bikes
01-18-19, 06:19 PM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

It's disc, so you will probably be able to swap...

It's disc, so you will probably be able to swap wheels to 540. I expect he took this option into account during development.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-12-19, 11:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 874
Posted By downtube

Is the charger faulty? If not maybe you...

Is the charger faulty?

If not maybe you could return it and buy another?

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-19, 01:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 14,135
Posted By downtube

I thought they were illegal in NYC. Thanks, ...

I thought they were illegal in NYC.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-19, 10:56 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 14,135
Posted By downtube

We moved from Philly to NC in 2013. We didn't...

We moved from Philly to NC in 2013. We didn't disconnect the phone, or bounce emails.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-11-19, 08:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 14,135
Posted By downtube

I am surprised. Their online presence is...

I am surprised. Their online presence is excellent.

The market is downsizing, most likely due to bike/scooter share services. I have special SEO tools and most of the folding bike websites have...
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-08-19, 09:26 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,843
Posted By downtube

Nice bike!

Nice bike!
Forum: Folding Bikes
01-04-19, 08:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,838
Posted By downtube

20" is the sweet spot. Perfect compromise of size...

20" is the sweet spot. Perfect compromise of size & function.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-20-18, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 648
Posted By downtube

Nice!

Nice!
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-10-18, 08:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By downtube

I would guess that the rear derailleur is not in...

I would guess that the rear derailleur is not in a parallel plane ( with respect to ) the cassette.
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-05-18, 08:47 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 10,709
Posted By downtube

A 25% duty on new orders would be a reason. ...

A 25% duty on new orders would be a reason.

New bike prices will have to increase to accommodate the additional cost.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
12-01-18, 06:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,800
Posted By downtube

I have a friend that weighed 300lbs. He bent a BB...

I have a friend that weighed 300lbs. He bent a BB axle on his first ride...he rode the bike for a minute or two. I found it amazing that his weight did the damage so fast.

I see this bike as a...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-29-18, 02:47 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,800
Posted By downtube

The wheels will handle a big guy. However the...

The wheels will handle a big guy. However the cranks look low end. I would expect Euromini to have issues with cranks/ BB's & frames.

I would wait on buying this bike. I stayed away from the big...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-18-18, 07:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By downtube

There is a difference between retail price and...

There is a difference between retail price and OEM price. I think $1000 OEM is a reasonable rate for BioniX, assuming they could scale manufacmanufacturing.

Obviously something did go wrong.
...
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-16-18, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By downtube

A longer seatpost or telescoping post are...

A longer seatpost or telescoping post are possible. I agree one that it would need a few minor changes.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
11-06-18, 10:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 996
Posted By downtube

On bicycleretailer.com dealers are claiming the...

On bicycleretailer.com dealers are claiming the GM deal caused BionX's bankruptcy. I don't understand where these claims came from.

Does anyone have details?

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-31-18, 08:23 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 39,106
Posted By downtube

Tern started with a recall. Then it went to two,...

Tern started with a recall. Then it went to two, then that was extended ( so it's really three ). Frames are still failing after three recalls. They don't have the serial number of recalled bikes...
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-29-18, 09:20 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 39,106
Posted By downtube

Mark, Is there a connection between the...

Mark,

Is there a connection between the hinge failures and the frame failures?

Has Tern diagnosed the cause of frame failures from multiple factories?

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-27-18, 04:34 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 39,106
Posted By downtube

What happens when the FUD is real? I was...

What happens when the FUD is real?

I was contacted by a Tern dealer that knew of the bolt failure causing the frame failures.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-26-18, 10:38 AM
Replies: 270
Views: 39,106
Posted By downtube

I recall reading that this can cause a frame...

I recall reading that this can cause a frame failure...even after repair. Does anyone recall this stuff??? I think Mark Bickerton was a reference...not sure.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-11-18, 01:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,421
Posted By downtube

Yes 95mm is too narrow for any gears. I know SA...

Yes 95mm is too narrow for any gears. I know SA has been doing a 120mm 8sp hub, and they will have an announcement of a new hub at the Taipei trade show.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
10-11-18, 12:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,421
Posted By downtube

What is the spacing? There are narrow axle...

What is the spacing? There are narrow axle internal hubs in the market.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-25-18, 01:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By downtube

Try the stock tires before you upgrade. Any...

Try the stock tires before you upgrade. Any rackpack will suit your needs.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-24-18, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,762
Posted By downtube

David at bfold is awesome. Nice guy, very...

David at bfold is awesome. Nice guy, very helpful. I would talk with him.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-24-18, 05:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,247
Posted By downtube

I have had a handful chain warranties over the...

I have had a handful chain warranties over the years. I normally send replacement links, however I have also sent chains. I am amicable to resolve problems in the best way. I believe this problem is...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-23-18, 07:33 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,077
Posted By downtube

Seattle Cycles Thanks, Yan

Seattle Cycles

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-16-18, 02:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,614
Posted By downtube

So this bike belongs in the trash? I think a...

So this bike belongs in the trash?

I think a new crank, and touch up paint will solve the problem.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-15-18, 06:18 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 10,407
Posted By downtube

I like this bike. I missed the thread years ago. ...

I like this bike. I missed the thread years ago.

Hopfully it makes a comeback.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-12-18, 09:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,247
Posted By downtube

I talked with Thor about this. He claims he told...

I talked with Thor about this. He claims he told a customer to contact ANY Dahon dealer to purchase his bike....and that got him banned.

Honestly Pingis is constantly peddling his goods. I can't...
Forum: Folding Bikes
08-09-18, 09:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 554
Posted By downtube

Musket, Thanks for asking. FYI Dyan means...

Musket,

Thanks for asking. FYI Dyan means light in Sanskrit.

Let me explain some of the complications:

1. My health- I have had serious issues this past year. I'm still not normal but I am...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-18, 10:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By downtube

I would not buy a new derailleur. Keep an eye on...

I would not buy a new derailleur. Keep an eye on the hanger...it may be bent. That will mess up the shifting.

Thanks,
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-30-18, 05:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 974
Posted By downtube

He doesn't complain about 8th gear. Hence I would...

He doesn't complain about 8th gear. Hence I would assume he can shift into 8th which implies it is not a limit screw.

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-29-18, 11:59 AM
Replies: 2,319
Views: 334,453
Posted By downtube

The old mini was about the size of a Brompton,...

The old mini was about the size of a Brompton, and the comparison table has the old mini size. The new mini is taller, longer and wider than the old one. I need to update information in the...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-28-18, 11:36 AM
Replies: 2,143
Views: 455,654
Posted By downtube

Things are constantly changing, hence I would...

Things are constantly changing, hence I would expect the business plan has evolved....and will continue to evolve.

There is no reason for them to share it publicly. Does Dahon, Brompton, etc share...
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-26-18, 10:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,253
Posted By downtube

Get a Mariner Thanks Yan

Get a Mariner

Thanks
Yan
Forum: Folding Bikes
07-25-18, 04:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,247
Posted By downtube

Yeah that's messed up. Thanks Yan

Yeah that's messed up.

Thanks
Yan
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