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Old 10-30-09, 06:13 PM
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becuase i bought it before i researched anything

I am in japan, military. i had it sent to a friend in teh states to send it to me. before he shipped it to me, i had him sell it locally.
id rather ride an original than an imitation personally
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Old 10-30-09, 09:42 PM
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Originally Posted by yokotas13 View Post
why? so the original maker looses all their money?
Im kinda getting irked by all the BD bikes, which is why i sold mine before i ever got it adn bought a bridgestone
free market=win
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Old 10-30-09, 09:53 PM
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Mini-velos are popular in Tokyo because they are easy to get in the elevator, and carry up stairs narrow stairways.

But I still can't bring myself to get one though.
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Old 10-30-09, 11:58 PM
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Those things look so awesome.
I'd get it with SS couplers, and build it up as a touring bike though...
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Old 10-31-09, 06:53 AM
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Mercier should be cutting this place a check
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Old 10-31-09, 08:30 AM
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Originally Posted by hairnet View Post
can you ride those comfortably like a normal bike?
You fit them the same as any other bike, they just use smaller wheels for size, strength, and maneuverability reasons. Given, for most people a 700c bike is small enough, 700c wheels are more than strong enough, and they never need to ride their bike in a 6 foot U turn.
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Old 10-31-09, 08:52 AM
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Here is a geared Bianchi MiniVelo. A much better deal I think. Fully luged frame and just 36000



or the bridgestone SS! 33,000


There is even a Raleigh Rush Hour for 60,000


Or for the Hentai performance freak, there is the Gios Panto! at just 140,000


Seriously, they allow you to have a decent bike, that rides as fast as a road bike, but allow you to put it in small entrance ways and elevators and the like.
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Old 10-31-09, 08:58 AM
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And this is new, the full suspension XC mini velo!


And a carbon road one for an outrageous 260,000!!!
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Old 10-31-09, 09:21 AM
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I feel like with those small wheels, the ride has got to be super harsh. Has anybody ridden one of these?
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Old 10-31-09, 09:42 AM
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Shipping to the States is expensive... nearly equal to the cost of the bike. I'd like to get a Mini Velo but the shipping cost is the big deterrent.
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Old 10-31-09, 09:49 AM
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Sheldon Brown reported Continental racing tires on his Raleigh Twenty gave a harsh ride until he installed a suspension fork. I think a medium width tire like the Schwalbe Kojak would be a good compromise and still ride quite fast. The 20" wheel bike is no slouch.
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Old 10-31-09, 09:55 AM
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A Mini Velo has adult frame geometry but small wheels. Its really a rigid bike downsized to allow it to be tossed in a car trunk or stored in a closet. In Japan, they are popular because space is at a premium. They are better than folders because the frame is one piece, stiffer and puts more of the rider's power into the ride. The closest to them in the US were BMX F1 bikes. As I recall, it was a fad that made them useful for asphalt racing. They're decent enough to make a suitable Mini Velo.
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Old 10-31-09, 11:25 AM
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Oh Hell I want that Raleigh! Can you you get these in/to America?
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Old 10-31-09, 01:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Blacksail View Post
****.

Bikes Direct NEEEEDS to do a Mercier Mini TT.
That is funny
We have a mini velo sample in the office with 20 speed and very nice components
[actually frame is a soft tail]

We have all been riding it to see if this will become a real tend in USA
it is kinda hard to figure out

my take is: Very Fun at first but gets a bit odd and hard to deal with after awhile

plus the one we have is super expensive; so we would have to rethink specs; if we ever did it
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Old 10-31-09, 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by bikesdirect_com View Post
That is funny
We have a mini velo sample in the office with 20 speed and very nice components
[actually frame is a soft tail]

We have all been riding it to see if this will become a real tend in USA
it is kinda hard to figure out

my take is: Very Fun at first but gets a bit odd and hard to deal with after awhile

plus the one we have is super expensive; so we would have to rethink specs; if we ever did it
Interesting...can you elaborate a little bit on the riding experience? I'm extremely intrigued by these little guys and would definitely consider buying one if they came to the US and were a reasonable price...I think pricing is the biggest factor because I suspect most people wouldn't be using this as anything more than a fun bike...I know I personally wouldn't spend too much on something like this, probably just the minimum to get the experience.
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Old 10-31-09, 01:45 PM
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i don't see it taking off.

besides, i'd rather have a bike friday.
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Old 10-31-09, 04:33 PM
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There the Dahon Smooth Hound or Hammerhead. Both regrettably endangered rigid small wheeled bikes.
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Old 10-31-09, 04:41 PM
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Originally Posted by the_don View Post
Here is a geared Bianchi MiniVelo. A much better deal I think. Fully luged frame and just 36000

That's exactly what I want!
I didn't realize the market was so big for these.
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Old 10-31-09, 04:50 PM
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I've ridden the Sillgey Piccolo (the bike that copies) and found it to be very twitchy and uncomfortable given the wheel base. It really isn't a bike you would want to ride more than 10 miles.
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Old 10-31-09, 05:17 PM
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That's the one being sold as a fixed gear bike. It comes in a 48" one size fits all frame outfitted with 451mm wheels.
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Old 10-31-09, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Lug Steel View Post
Oh Hell I want that Raleigh! Can you you get these in/to America?
If you really want, I am sure we can help.
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Old 10-31-09, 10:03 PM
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OHHHHH! just saw this in Yahoo auctions! GanwellPro pursuit mini velo! starting bid, 148,000. I think I found my next bike!!!




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Old 10-31-09, 10:20 PM
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I think that looks quite uncomfortable.... I prefer a bike with a more normal geometry.
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Old 11-01-09, 04:19 AM
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How about a Mini-Velo with a drive shaft!!!!

This one is 79,000




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Old 11-01-09, 12:39 PM
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I think these are cool. I had considered getting a BMX bike to leave in the trunk of my car for impromptu rides and messing around when I go out, but I would much prefer something like this. Make it SS/Fixed with room for wide BMX tires and for <$300. As long as it doesn't use proprietary wheels, BB, etc, I would get one.
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