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Offline Partygurl

A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« on: October 26, 2010, 01:42:45 pm »
Hey guys,

Does anyone have a good brand of folding bike? Preferably something fullsize...

It would be great to have a bike that could be easily moved. I've been looking at a few brands and the "Paratrooper" seems to be the best option so far:


If anyone has any insight on this I'd be really appreciative.
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Offline tonythomson

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2010, 02:28:50 pm »
Thanks for your other post re shrink wrapping and although I have no knowledge on this subject just wanted to follow it - & to reply is the only way I can find to do this, so apologies for jumping in like this.
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Offline Pat Lamb

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2010, 05:19:23 pm »
Bike Friday (although the wheels are small) and an S&S coupled bike are the normal responses.  What do you want the bike for?  Why does it need to fold?

Offline waynemyer

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Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2010, 07:19:11 pm »
Dahon Tournado?

Most bicycles move pretty easily.  ;D  But I guess that is not what you meant...
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Offline geegee

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2010, 02:47:56 am »
It might fold up, but that Paratrooper won't be within regular luggage size and you will still have to pay an oversized luggage charge if you are flying with it. Most airlines have a checked baggage limit of 62 total inches (H+W+D) and the specs for that bike folded but unpacked is 76 inches. Even the Samsonite Flite case for Bike Friday is an inch or two over the limit, but close enough that they don't notice. I also have doubts whether the geometry of that Paratrooper is suitable for loaded touring.

Offline TCS

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2010, 10:59:14 pm »
The Dahon Espresso comes to mind.  Perhaps the Dahon Glide or Ios might suit.
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Offline livewombat

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2010, 05:06:15 pm »
Does anyone have a good brand of folding bike? Preferably something fullsize...

...If anyone has any insight on this I'd be really appreciative.

The Airnimal is a good option.  Calhoun Cycle in Minneapolis carries them. 

Offline bogiesan

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #7 on: November 10, 2010, 08:22:46 am »
This is a remarkable folding bike (but rarely does anyone ask about recumbents):

the Quest comes with 20" or 26" wheels

http://www.cruzbike.com/drupal/content/quest

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Offline waynemyer

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Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #8 on: November 10, 2010, 11:38:51 am »
Thanks for the link to Cruz, David.  They seem to have quite a few cool products.  I rate that site NSFW: Not Safe For Wallet.
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Offline RussSeaton

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #9 on: November 12, 2010, 06:12:04 pm »
Ritchey makes a road and cyclocross bike with their take apart system.  Not folding exactly, but the bike comes apart into smaller pieces.  Competitor of the S&S couplers.

Offline Olhiker2

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2010, 12:05:00 pm »
 Check out the new "Surly Long Haul Trucker Deluxe" frame for 26" wheels that comes with S&S couplers. A great touring frame.
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Offline TCS

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #11 on: November 14, 2010, 12:30:30 pm »
There's also the Pacific Cycles iF Urban full size folding bikes.
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Offline mucknort

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #12 on: November 16, 2010, 01:21:11 am »
This is a remarkable folding bike (but rarely does anyone ask about recumbents):

the Quest comes with 20" or 26" wheels


Offline vailrider

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2011, 11:40:24 am »
You might check out Ravello Bikes.  They make cool, fullsize aluminum road bikes that come apart to fit in suitcases.  Their website www.ravellobikes.com says they can also retrofit just about any bike, including aluminum and carbon.  I think they use the smaller S&S coupler suitcases, which aren't considered oversized by the airlines.

Offline lonerider

Re: A Good, Fullsize Folding Bike
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2011, 03:22:27 pm »
Have any of you ridden a Cruzbike? What about torque steer from pedal forces? Not sure it would be acceptable for any kind of touring or hilly rides.