Folding Bikes

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    Sep 20, 2012 9:30 PM GMT
    I'm starting to think seriously about a folding bike. The problem is that I haven't shopped for a bike in 20 years and a lot has changed. For one thing the cost of a serious bike had gone bananas. Also the folders don't "look like a serious bike."

    I've traveled on airlines many times with my full-sized bikes, in a hard case. That has gotten to be more and more of a hassle over the years. Anyway, the case was destroyed on the last trip. But the real issue this time is that I need a bike that I can stow safely on my 30-foot sailboat. There just isn't any place for a full-sized bike. I've tried.

    West Marine has some that are supposed to be corrosion resistant, but the reviews suggest that they're dime-store quality. In fact, according to their web site, the "availability is limited to stock on hand" suggesting that they're being discontinued.

    I've been looking at Bike Fridays, but man, that's a lot of money for a goofy-looking bike. Although a really attractive feature is that they pack into an airline-standard samsonite suitcase that turns into a bike trailer. On the other hand, a "pocket llama" sounds vaguely like a nasty sex toy of some sort. But I like that.

    Who has a folding bike? What did you get? Is it any good for serious riding?

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    Sep 20, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    mindgarden said... Also the folders don't "look like a serious bike."
    That's because they're not. They're a gimmic for people who want to say they have a folding bike.

    If you already have a serious bike, get a serious method of transport:
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    (http://shipbikes.com/)

    That's what I used to ship mine back from AZ a couple weeks ago.
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    Sep 21, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    I have to fit it in a sail locker with an 11" wide door. I tried taking my regular bike on the boat last week. It took up the whole foredeck and got in the way of the sails and took a lot of direct hits from waves over the bow.

    Anyway, I had a hard plastic full-sized bike case for years. (The airlines eventually destroyed it.) I am well-familiar with traveling with full-sized bikes.
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    Sep 21, 2012 8:21 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI have to fit it in a sail locker with an 11" wide door. I tried taking my regular bike on the boat last week. It took up the whole foredeck and got in the way of the sails and took a lot of direct hits from waves over the bow.

    Anyway, I had a hard plastic full-sized bike case for years. (The airlines eventually destroyed it.) I am well-familiar with traveling with full-sized bikes.
    You had a bike on a boat?

    I can see T. Payne making a remix now..."I'm on a bike!" icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    my friend has one and loves it.

    though in her situation she is traveling for work to a new city (she is in a touring show) very week or so.

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    Sep 21, 2012 8:30 PM GMT
    paulflexes said
    mindgarden said... Also the folders don't "look like a serious bike."
    That's because they're not. They're a gimmic for people who want to say they have a folding bike.

    If you already have a serious bike, get a serious method of transport:
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    (http://shipbikes.com/)

    That's what I used to ship mine back from AZ a couple weeks ago.

    sorry, my folding mountain bike of 11 years that I take on the commuter train and ride everyday through the hills of san francisco would beg to differ with you. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 21, 2012 8:35 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidThey're a gimmic for people who want to say they have a folding bike.

    They're also the only option for folk who want to take their bikes onto most public transport. If you live in New York City and want to bike on a holiday weekend in Amish Country (Lancaster, PA) and don't have a car to do so you'd have to take a bike onto subways, NJ Transit and SEPTA (Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority) and unless things have changed they only allow folding bikes.
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    Sep 21, 2012 8:43 PM GMT
    I it folds in 4 seconds / it unfolds in 4 seconds: http://www.diblasi.de/Folding_Bicycles.asp?Prd=R22&Pag=Prodotto&Lng=en
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    Oct 01, 2012 9:26 PM GMT
    Took a couple for short test rides yesterday. Once I got one that fit and got a little speed on it, it seemed to handle conventionally. The gears spin those little wheels right up. The correctly-sized frame seemed fairly stiff over the short distance. One would probably need to ride one all day to learn its little quirks.
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    Oct 01, 2012 10:19 PM GMT
    Not sure how practical for a sailboat or within your price range, but I bought a full size touring bike (surly long haul trucker) and had it retrofitted with S&S couplings:

    http://www.sandsmachine.com/index.html

    Total cost came out to about $1500 for a very solid bike that fits in a 26x26x10 SOFT case which is standard airline baggage (I think someone makes hard cases this size too but I needed something I could pack with me on the bike).

    The biggest drawback I see for sailing is that it takes ~30 min to unpack and assemble / disassemble and pack, so if you're making frequent short stops in port that would be prohibitive.

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    Oct 01, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    thaz way to long. check out the di blasi bikes, they assemble in about 5 seconds / ditto to disassemble
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    Oct 02, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    "thaz way to long. check out the di blasi bikes, they assemble in about 5 seconds / ditto to disassemble"

    5 seconds is great - but my point is it's a full size bike, if that's what's important. If you're only packing / unpacking every few weeks it can be well worth the time.
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    Nov 08, 2012 4:11 AM GMT
    mzkyte saidNot sure how practical for a sailboat or within your price range, but I bought a full size touring bike (surly long haul trucker) and had it retrofitted with S&S couplings:

    http://www.sandsmachine.com/index.html

    Total cost came out to about $1500 for a very solid bike that fits in a 26x26x10 SOFT case which is standard airline baggage (I think someone makes hard cases this size too but I needed something I could pack with me on the bike).

    The biggest drawback I see for sailing is that it takes ~30 min to unpack and assemble / disassemble and pack, so if you're making frequent short stops in port that would be prohibitive.

    It also takes ~30 minutes to disassemble it to fit in this case, and ~30 minutes to reassemble later.

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    Nov 10, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Well, I took the bait and added a folder to the stable. They took the measurements off my road bike and built it to fit. It took about five weeks. Picked it up today. Handles great. A bit more flex that I'm used to but we're not going for high-performance racing here. I'll take it out tomorrow and make some serious climbs and descents with it (barring snow) and see what it's like after a few miles.

    Packed:

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    Unpacked: with the trailer and rack it took about 30 minutes to assemble. I think it would be a little quicker with practice.
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    Folded: Takes about five seconds to fold. It would fold a little tighter without the rack and with a straight bar instead of drops.

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    Now I need to book a trip and go somewhere with it icon_smile.gif

    edit: They're not really whitewalls - there's just a thin reflective strip that really bounces the flash back.
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    Nov 10, 2012 3:54 AM GMT
    Pretty spiffy little bike there... though, its like a disabled transformer...icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 10, 2012 3:56 AM GMT
    Maybe ill try one...my bike just completely broke on me...stupid thing sent me flying on the bike trail the other day and I had to carry it 2 miles to my car icon_mad.gificon_mad.gif
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    Nov 10, 2012 6:19 PM GMT
    RadRTT saidMaybe ill try one...my bike just completely broke on me...stupid thing sent me flying on the bike trail the other day and I had to carry it 2 miles to my car icon_mad.gificon_mad.gif


    Once, the bolt that holds the saddle onto the post of my road bike inexplicably sheared off. I had to ride about 8 miles back to town standing.
    (Can you say "leg cramps?" I thought you could.)
    I've been carrying a spare of that bolt for almost twenty years now... Of course, it will never happen again. icon_rolleyes.gif