Questions tagged [folding-bicycle]

Questions about bikes that are designed to fold or collapse for ease of storage.

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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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Big dent on frame: How did this damage happen?

I just bought this second hand Ridgeback Impulse folding bike for my partner. I'm a wheelchair user and it was dark and rainy when I collected the bike. So... I didn't check it (facepalm) I just got ...
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Front V-brake not working

My V-brake isn't working and I am not sure how I can fix it. I have uploaded a photo of it. Any advice or tips?! I think the flange might have come off the noodle and got stuck in the boot - any tips ...
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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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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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Are folding handlebars a good idea from an engineering standpoint?

A couple of Chinese stores have been selling folding handlebars: At first glance this appears to be a great idea since the handlebar width is one of the reasons that carrying and storing bikes can be ...
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How do people store bicycles in London?

I just moved to London. They seem to have a decent bike culture but I just spoke with a letting agent about renting apartments and she said that most apartments don't allow bicycles inside and most ...
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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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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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Are all folding pedals a bit… bendy?

I have recently acquired a folding bike. One of the most irritating things is the folding pedals, as pictured: Pedal in folded position Pedal in deployed position, ready to ride Close up of pedal ...
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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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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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Why do folding bikes usually have MTB components?

Most of the folding bikes I've seen, which are used for urban commuting/recreation, usually have MTB components except for the big chainring. If they're going to be ridden most of the time on paved ...
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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 ...
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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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Type of permitted folding bikes on London trains & Tube?

I have found quite a bit of information about taking folding bikes on trains and the Tube in London. Specifically it says you can take a folding bike pretty much anywhere. However, having examined ...
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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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Wheel diameter affects speed? Comparing 20in Foldie wheel vs 700C wheel

I am currently riding a Foldie with 20in wheels and also a 700C road bike, and I see that (Subjectively) I can ride ~5kmph faster for the same effort on the road bike. I am curious to know how much of ...
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What is the best place to buy a folding bike for $350-$400 in Canada? [closed]

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 concern....
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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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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 £759....
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Are folding bikes less efficient than full sized bikes?

I've recently been touring with my Birdy folder, and people constantly ask me if it's hard work to tour on a folding bike. Compared to my normal sized bike (which has the same gearing, 8-speed ...
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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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Pannier rack for larger diameter seat post

I have recently purchased an old, second-hand folding (or at least collapsable) bike, a Daewoo shuttle to be precise. In order to use it for commuting, I would like to fit a pannier rack onto it. It ...
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Many punctures on my 18" wheels Strida

I have a Strida with 18" wheels. Unfortunately the places I cycle seem to have lots of glass and I get a new puncture almost every week. I commute in London, so this is really unavoidable. The tires I ...
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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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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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Good source for folding Strida clones? [closed]

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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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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Fiido D2: shock absorber broken

I bought almost an year ago a Fiido D2 bike. I use it everyday for my commute to work and unfortunately it broke. I brought it to a bike repairer and he said that there's nothing he can do. The only ...
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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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Where is the best place to park a folding bike?

This is quite a generalised question, but I'm looking for some principals to follow when looking for parking for my folding bike, that I just bought this morning. I think the ideal situation would be ...
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V-brake noodle broken: replace immediately? With what?

I realized today that the front brake noodle on my folding bike is most likely broken. It looks normal as long as the wheel faces left or forward. As soon as the wheel faces right, however, the noodle ...
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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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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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What are these cable “unions” called

The Moulton bike can be taken apart for travel (just using it as an example, I don't have one). The cables that run from the handlebar to the rear triangle are not single continuous cables but are ...
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Advice on Folding Bicycle

I am planning to buy a folding bicycle (brand doesn't matter). Intent is commuting to work inside the city (5-6 kms one side run). Reason for folding bicycle is space constraint in my apartment. I ...
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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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How to safely transport a Brompton by air?

I now own a Brompton folding bike.  (Fortunately, I bought my plane tickets first, as I am also now broke!) Anyone here ever checked one into baggage in a B-bag, and suffer damage?  If so, what parts ...
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Why are folding bike warranties so short?

I am looking for an affordable folding bike with reliable warranty. So far all the bikes I looked at have 2 weeks to 3 months warranty for frame and manufacturers warranty for parts, nothing like 5 ...
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Why can't I ride my city type (folding) bike uphill?

I'm a newbie when it comes to biking. I don't plan on taking it as a very serious hobby; I'm really more of just a leisure rider who enjoys touring around town, but I'd also like to be able to drive ...
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Tern Spartan (front rack) on Bike Friday NWT

Does anyone have experience with putting a Tern Spartan™ low-riding front rack on a Bike Friday New World Tourist? Will it fit? Tern Spartan front rack: Bike Friday NWT Bike Friday standard front ...
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Front fender rubbing on tire

On a 16" folding bike, the front fender slider tends to release over time and increase the distance between the tire and the fender. This is a problem because, as the fender angle changes, the end of ...
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What to do with the white plastic tube in Dahon city vybe c7a?

Just got a Dahon city vybe c7a: It has a white plastic tube at the bottom, what should I do with it? It seems to prevent the seat pole from sliding down.
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Milian Pere - Brompton child seat - installation instructions

My Milian Pere - mount to allow attaching a child seat to a Brompton folding bike - arrived in the mail today. This piece of hardware attaches to the Brompton. How do I attach a saddle to it so that ...
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JIS and ISO square taper

I've read Sheldon Brown's page on JIS and ISO and have read exchanges in forums about the pros and cons of using ISO cranks on JIS bottom brackets. If my understanding is correct, these standards ...
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Shimano MTB and Road Components Compatibility

What chain would be suitable for a drive train that uses a Deore SL-T610 right shifter, Deore RD-T610-SGS derailleur, 105 CS-5700 10-speed cassette (11t-28t), and 105 FC-5700 crankset? According to ...
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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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Has a BMX bike ever been transformed for touring?

BMX frames are notoriously small and nimble for acrobatics. I was curious if the same frames and the same 20" wheel bikes were ever used for touring. Obviously the single-gear and the low-seat ...
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Does a Tern Cargo Rack fit on a Bike Friday NWT (whilst accomodating Ortlieb Backroller Classic Panniers)?

I was wondering, whether a Tern Cargo Rack fits on a Bike Friday NWT with a Sram Dual Drive 27 whilst accommodating Ortlieb Backroller Classic Panniers. The problem with rear racks, the Sram Dual ...