Questions about bikes that are designed to fold or collapse.

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Sliding chain back on hub gear bikes

I got a folding bike 2 months ago and got my first hiccup. It has a 3-speed hub gear and while changing gears today, it seems like the chain slipped off the smaller chainring near the back wheel into ...
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How to lubricate noisy joint on Dahon foldable bike?

My Dahon foldable bike makes a huge noise whenever I fold the frame and unfold it. I tried spraying a lubricant into the joint. I do not know if the problem is continuing because the lubricant went ...
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Folding bike for commuting and touring

When looking for a compact bike for storage and carrying reasons, a folding bike seems a great deal. But how do folding bikes perform for trips longer than 20km ? I'm looking for a bike I would use ...
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Koolstop set compatible for folding bike?

Is this Koolstop Road Pad Holder and Brake Pad Set compatible for folding bike ? My bike is using Dahon Speed P8.
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Dahon handle post hinge loosens too quickly

I noticed that the handle post hinge on my Dahon Speed D7 now requires attention much more often than it used before. Unlike main frame hinge which remains tight for long after adjustment, this one ...
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Recommended Folding Bike for Hybrid Commuting? (Bus/Car + Bike) [closed]

I bike commute to work, but for other trips where I don't want to arrive covered in sweat and/or would take longer than 30 minutes each way, I generally have to drive. I'd like to be able to get ...
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What's an “Auto-Mini” folding bike? Can I use one for decades without having to replace the frame?

I've been thinking of buying an internally-geared folding bike for commuting (5 km each way) and errands. I want to spend $100-$200, but I want a reasonable-quality frame; I don't want to ever have to ...
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Brompton front light recommendations?

Can anyone recommend a LED front light for Brompton (S Type) that can remain attached when the bike is folded and works well for commuting in town? The folding causes problems in that anything ...
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Choosing a foldable 20" bike: Schwinn S2280 vs. Citizen Bike Miami

At the moment, I'm in the market for a foldable 20" bike, for commuting purposes. I've done my research, and have found two appealing models: Schwinn S2280 Citizen Bike MIAMI Which of them would ...
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What makes a folding bicycle so difficult to ride?

I got a folding bike from Citizen (like the Miami) with dreams that I could take it on the road with me when I go to conferences but it's REALLY hard to ride very far with it. Is it because of the ...
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Folding Bike Seat Post Replacement

I have a folding bike (basically this Origin8 model) and the seat/seat post got stolen. I haven't replaced a seat post before, but this is the only replacement post I could find, and I'm not sure ...
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Converting my bike to use quick release wheels

I have an activ folding bike designed by raleigh. I was wondering if I can swap the stock wheels for a wheel with a quick release? Or does the frame have to support it? I also read I can use a quick ...
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What is the folded size of ORI AR18 or ORI CR87?

I'm assuming ORI AR18 and ORI CR87 use the same frame design and size. I couldn't find any specs on these bikes about its folded dimension. ...
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Folding bike vs mountain bike

I'm thinking of giving up my heavy Trek mountain bike for a folding bike. Anyone made the move to folding bike regretted it? Why? I'll be using it around town, shopping, etc. We have a small ...
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Trading out folding bike seat post

I currently have an older Dahon Mariner with a Telescope seat post. The third wheel that functions as the "third leg" (when the bike is folded) has broken off. To compensate, could I switch out the ...
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What is the diameter of the seat post on Citizen folding bikes?

I have searched and cannot find the diameter of the seat post. I would like to get their Miami or Gotham model, but I know I'll need a seat extension as a 6'2" rider. Dahon and others make longer ...
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What is the size when folded of the ORI M9 or Mezzo D9?

ORI M9 and Mezzo D9 seem to have the same frame design. Does anyone know the dimension of these bikes when folded?
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Any way to transport kids on a folding bike?

I LOVE my Strida, but have noticed that the only way to transport kids with it is in a trailer, which seems to defeat the purpose of a compact bike. I've seen a crazy expensive Brompton bar ...
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For a complete beginner, what bike would you recommend?

I live in a tiny apartment on the 4th floor, narrow stairs and no elevator. I'm looking to buy a bike, and planning to put in 50-60 miles a week at least. Could you recommend a bike in the 300-350$ ...
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Seatpost of a folding bike is always dirty, filed down by frame?

I fold and unfold my Dahon Speed D7 at least four times a day, and each time its seatpost is being pulled up or pushed down the frame tube. Problem is that the seatpost becomes dirty really quickly ...
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Need advice on choosing the right folding bike

I'm looking for a bike for about half an hour of use a day in town. Don't have room in my flat so it will be a folding bike, and it has to cost less than £200. I consider buying this one Is it a ...
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Replace Brompton folding pedal - what tool is needed?

I've managed to completely break the folding left-hand pedal on my Brompton. The bit where it fastens onto the crank* is fine, but the rest of it gone. What tool(s) do I need to remove the broken ...
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Taking a bike on a sailing boat

Marinas are often located a bit outside from town centers and shopping locations. So a bike might be a good thing to have aboard a sailing boat. Given the limited space on such a vessel I'm thinking ...
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Looking to buy a bicycle for exercising and recreational activities, that will fit in a car

Exactly like the title says :) Well, I know how to ride bicycles, and I know they have 2 wheels, pedals and some gears, but almost nothing more than that :) Now, I want to buy a bicycle and was lost ...
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Folding bike cleaning

I just got a Dahon Mu Uno 2011. I am really happy with the bike, but it's my first folding bike and I have noticed how quick it gets dirty. This is probably due to being closer to the ground than most ...
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What is the best place to buy a folding bike for $350-$400 in Canada?

I'm looking to buy a folding bike for my commute to work and want to spend $350-400. The bikes at Vela.ca look very good but I want to make sure I get the best deal. Shipping costs are also a ...
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How to get more tire clearance with caliper brakes?

I've discovered the brakes on my Bike Friday Tikit don't allow for enough clearance to run Schwalbe Marathon tires. The bike - a folding bike with 16" rims - ships with Kojak treadless tires. It looks ...
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Should I buy a Dahon or wait for a Tern folding bike?

I am currently thinking about buying a Dahon folding bike to replace my existing Dahon folding bike. Brompton and other marques are not really a consideration because I like Dahon for many reasons - ...
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Does the price difference between a Brompton and a budget folding bicycle represent quality

I understand the difference between a cheap and expensive road bike as I have owned one of each. My question relates to an example of two polar-opposite folding bicycles; a budget £129 bike and a ...
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When should the metal clips be replaced on a brompton folder?

I have a brompton which is about 7 years old. Do I need to think about replacing the aluminium clips that lock the frame in place when unfolded?
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Studded tires for small wheels

I'd it possible to purchase 16" studded tires? I have an old Dahon I use as a winter bike, and I'd like to replace the tires with proper snow tires if this is possible. If not, has anyone here ...
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What Schwalbe Nobby Nic should I buy?

I recently bought a Swissbike X5 (same as the Montague Paratrooper, but labeled Swissbike and matte black). It came with Kenda Kinetics 26" x 1.95" (front and rear) that I'd like to replace. Due to ...
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Good source for folding Strida clones?

Is there such a thing as a good Strida clone? What are the qualitative differences between any clones and a real Strida?
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Larger wheels - easier to turn?

I've seen it mentioned that larger wheels are easier to turn - is that actually the case? How would that work? The way I see it, larger wheels will have more angular momentum, meaning they'll take ...