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Old 02-01-2007, 07:51 PM   #15
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I have ridden several and to me the Brompton comes out on top...with a price to match. Any of the higher end folders are going to be expensive. At last check Bike Friday still had not released a true folder. They are definitely an excellent compact bicycle. Dahon has a good line, but like most of the ones I have tried the super compact 16" wheeled bikes are on the short side for me. Brompton is the only one that addresses the issue. I really think that the folders and Airstreams go together very well.

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I would have loved a Brompton, but you're right. They're unreasonably expensive here because of their relative rarity, and secondly, the 16" wheels are great for folding and carrying, but I'm 6'5". That makes for a bit of an overbalance situation. The 20" wheels under me are small enough. And, I don't actually "need" to fold it much... the Bike Friday travel fold is generally sufficient for my needs.

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Old 02-01-2007, 08:23 PM   #16
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Oh, Aaron!!!!!

Raleigh 20" Folder on ebay
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Old 02-01-2007, 08:33 PM   #17
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Already watching that one the 20's usually go for more than I am willing to pay The last one I bid on went for over $250...I got less than that in my current build up.

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Old 02-01-2007, 08:45 PM   #18
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Darn... and here I figured i'd made a find!

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Old 02-01-2007, 08:54 PM   #19
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Your grandfather's bike sounds like one of the old Raleigh Compact RSW.
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Opa's bike was definitely a Brompton (M-Type of the time):

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Dahon Espresso?

If you want 26" wheels and have room for a larger folder, Dahon makes silver folding "City Bike" called Espresso for less than $400... Shimano 18 spd gears, spring seat post, and folds to about 30" x 38" by 18"... Built in Taiwan, quality pretty good

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Old 02-01-2007, 09:23 PM   #21
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Club Racer...need to quit buying bicycle parts and get back to the Airstream! Aaron
aaron...

PLEASE to do NOT direct me to a sheldon brown website...

i get lost in there for days!

what a great source of info he is...

as you know i'm a moulton guy...

and i may have an moulton apb for sale in the late spring....

it will be a bargain but it will not be cheap...

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Old 02-01-2007, 09:33 PM   #22
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aaron...

PLEASE to do NOT direct me to a sheldon brown website...

i get lost in there for days!

what a great source of info he is...

as you know i'm a moulton guy...

and i may have an moulton apb for sale in the late spring....

it will be a bargain but it will not be cheap...

cheers
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If you need bicycling links.... I saw a couple of very nice Moultons this past fall at the ABCE one was a NS with a Rolhoff hub probably cost more than my entire collection

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Nice Superbe and others... I have the Dahon Flo, which rides and looks 99.9% like a regular 26" mountain bike, but the frame cleverly breaks in two and I can fit into a large suitcase. Pretty sweet, with the binding mechanism by Tom Ritchey (a pilot) and the frame is by Joe Murray and is Reynolds 853 steel. Held up very well in the mountians of Nevada, California, and Japan. It lived in my Airstream on one of the two twin beds until recently, now is in a shed next to the trailer (I am a full-timer but have no TV). But it does take a half-hour to put the bike together, a bit less to disassemble.
My everyday commuter is a '73 Raleigh International with fancy chrome lugs, have ridden that thing all over, must have well over 10k miles on it by now. It's a nice match with the 70s Airstream Excella--handbuilt, functional, stylish. Thanks for the fun thread!
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I saw a couple of very nice Moultons this past fall at the ABCE one was a NS with a Rolhoff hub
what a coincidence aaron...

i've been planning to make that event for the last 3 years but camping schedules conflicted.

perhaps this year!

as you must know they also have a vintage 3 speed bike tour around lake pepin...
The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

a friend of mine built a 3 speed (3 cog/no shifter) moulton for that ride 2 years ago...

the rohloff version you saw is pretty cool. i have wanted a rohloff hub/rear wheel for a while. they are sweet.

those guys in minni-toe-ta are loads of fun...
british/irish beer too!

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Old 02-01-2007, 10:11 PM   #25
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what a coincidence aaron...

i've been planning to make that event for the last 3 years but camping schedules conflicted.

perhaps this year!

as you must know they also have a vintage 3 speed bike tour around lake pepin...
The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

a friend of mine built a 3 speed (3 cog/no shifter) moulton for that ride 2 years ago...

the rohloff version you saw is pretty cool. i have wanted a rohloff hub/rear wheel for a while. they are sweet.

those guys in minni-toe-ta are loads of fun...
british/irish beer too!

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The double porter was great! I am not going to be able to make the Lake Pepin this year, but hope to make the September one, complete with Airstream in tow (assuming the thing gets done this year) I hope to have my Dawes based club racer ready to go, and will be bringing a very unusual Hercules along. It is a very small ladies frame, single speed freewheel with rod brakes, called a Skyliner, no one has ever seen one before. My wife hopefully will be up to speed and able to ride her Ladies Colt that she won at the event last year. Eventually I want at least one bike with a Rolhoff...but it may have to wait until I win a lottery or two.

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Already watching that one the 20's usually go for more than I am willing to pay The last one I bid on went for over $250...I got less than that in my current build up.

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This seller bought it on ebay about a month ago for $80.
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Well this is what $2,700 looks like all folded up!

The Airnimal Chameleon is unique. Its a folding bike that performs with the best road bikes. The Chameleon provides three levels of compact packing sizes with the smallest enabling it to be checked in on most major airlines


I think I would rather buy some Toy R Us model and replace it every two years for money like that!
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Awww geez... cut Airnimal some slack, willya? You can buy a Chamelion frame for just $900 and build it yourself!

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