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Old 11-13-08, 10:45 PM
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folding bike as utility bike?

hi all,

I have learned here, that mostly, utility cycling is about steel bikes, long bikes, cargo bikes and trailers.
what about a folding bike?
since I live a bit far from the capital city (35 miles) for the last two years now, I have now a folding bike, to get more easily on the train or bus.
does a folding bike count as a utilty bike?
I don't have a car right now, so running errands are also done with the bike..

any suggestions how to outfit the (folding) bike to haul stuff too, except attaching a trailer??
thanks for suggestions...
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Old 11-13-08, 11:00 PM
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Having a trailer is ideal...



As are paniers...

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Some folders, notably Brompton, have luggage mounting systems, and when the bag's full, you can just strap and hang stuff pretty much anywhere... That's a tent hanging off the saddle, and a sleeping bag strapped to the outside of the front bag.

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The fact that it is a folder folds makes it utility. My folder has fenders and a rack. It rides in the back of my car so when I am away from home in that thing I have a bike. I generally ride it for transportation and to haul stuff but seldom for fun.
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Folders are great utilitybikes. I like to have a small rack in the front. That way I can use a backpac that is hanging on the bars, resting on the small rack. When you leave the bike you carry the backpack on your back.

I like baskets, they can be fixed to the bike or remowable.

Remember small wheels are stronger than big wheels. Also they carry the weight low, that is a plus.

They also work great with trailers.

Many folders has got a weight limit, find out the limit for your bike. If you are heavy or carrying a lot best to use a trailer for heavy stuff.

There are some bomb proof vintage folders around. Maybe get one of those?
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You might want to try one of the removable front baskets. The basket can be used as a market basket and then put it back on the bike. Some bungee cords for bulky items will also help immensely.
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This is a great trailer for you. You can take it innside shops if you want.
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The fact that it is a folder folds makes it utility. My folder has fenders and a rack. It rides in the back of my car so when I am away from home in that thing I have a bike. I generally ride it for transportation and to haul stuff but seldom for fun.
The same with my folder. (Montague Paratrooper.)
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Thread for folding utility bikes: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=487270
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Here it is! http://www.bikesandtrailers.com/
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