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Old 05-16-2014, 09:05 PM   #11
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I got my first folding bike when I was still working and occasionally had to travel for work. Having a bike in a suitcase meant I could get a ride in before work or after work. I got the tern because I wanted a bike to ride on trails with my wife and to take to the store etc gor errands. The tern folds to fit nicely into a spot in our current tow vehicle, and I can get studded 24x2'' tires for the winter time. You pay a premium for a good folder, but being able to go for a ride after a day spent in meetings makes it worth while
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Old 05-17-2014, 08:58 AM   #12
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Boy, I am going to be embarrassed now to ride my little CW bike around the rally, you guys are talking some serious bike jargon and $$. Here is mine $99
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Old 05-17-2014, 01:20 PM   #13
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That one is bigger and heavier than ours--ours is 20 inch tires and 6 speeds..
Sure does us for the amount we ride--a 25km ride--I probably wouldn't do much more in a day...
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I used to spend a lot of money on bikes because cycling is one of my passions. It the important thing is to ride your bike. I also volunteer at 'free bikes 4 kidz' which takes cast-off bikes, fixes them up and gives them away at Christmas time. A lot of nice bikes come through that have barely been ridden at all. If you are riding your bike, even just around the block, there is no need to be embarrassed by it....
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Old 05-17-2014, 10:02 PM   #15
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Took a trip to a local bicycle shop this afternoon with two of my boys. It is a huge store with a lot of nice bikes. It truly amazes me how many bikes they stock in the $3500 to $7000 range, and higher. It actually makes a new Escape trailer seem like a really economical purchase.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:41 PM   #16
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Just curious, what is the main purpose for going with a folding bike? They would have to be stored in the tow vehicle somewhere, as there is no storage in the trailer big enough. The exterior storage box if you have one, maybe?
Thinking outside the box, a folding bike is good for times not related to camping but commuting. They easily fit inside most transit system's bus and subways, office elevators, car trunks etc. They can, when not in fold up mode, fit on a bike rack too.
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Old 05-20-2014, 05:50 PM   #17
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Why folding bikes?

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Just curious, what is the main purpose for going with a folding bike? They would have to be stored in the tow vehicle somewhere, as there is no storage in the trailer big enough. . . .
Folding bikes won't suit everyone's cycling style, and the high-quality, well-equipped, quick-folding, lightweight ones are expensive.

We like the Bike Fridays' responsiveness on both roads and trails, where to us they feel safer, more comfortable, and more easily controlled than full-sized bikes, which makes them more fun to ride, which means we will ride them more. We also like the absence of a chain, derailleur, and lubricants on the SILK model with its belt drive and enclosed gears.

When towing, we'd prefer to keep the weight of two full-sized bikes and a hitch off the back of the trailer, and stow the two 25-pound bikes compactly folded in their bags in our SUV.

Although smaller, Bike Fridays are highly capable transportation. Adventurers around the world have ridden suitably equipped BFs and other high-end folders on long road trips and impressive off-road expeditions. Others, like us, will just use them for fitness, convenience, day-trip explorations, and fun. But, as Donna D. would say, YMMV.

Here's Bike Friday's explanation of the advantages of small-wheeled, high-performance bikes:

Bike Friday - Custom folding and travel bicycles hand-crafted in Oregon
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I know this reply is somewhat obsolete since 6 months has passed, but still, let me try and reply to some of your questions from 6 months ago.

Brent and Cheryl (Catchlight) wrote:
> Has anyone ridden Bike Friday's SILK folding bike with
> the nylon v-belt drive and 11 gears in the rear hub?


Brent and Cheryl,
I got my Bike Friday Silk in January 2014. It rides like a full-size bike. This is what that attract me to this bike. I have test ride the one you mentioned above with the Alfine 11 gear. The gear is smooth but I wanted something with a wider gear range and decided to go with a CVT. I was simply amazed by the continuous and instantaneous gear positioning (no shifting involved). See my Google+ link below.

(Brian BP) wrote:
> Has anyone tried a NuVinci continuously variable bike transmission?


Brian,
Besides what I have explained above. One person who put it this way, here is his quote:
"As you ride, you'll find yourself reaching your ideal cadence and then fine tuning your gear ratio. This is almost exactly opposite of a standard gearing setup, where you shift first and then adjust your cadence range to the gear. Twisting the shifter is addictive, and I find myself almost constantly adjusting the gear ratio. It is such a different riding sensation that it is hard to explain. It is kind of like having your own personal controllable torque converter. There are no clicks as you slide from one ratio to another. There are no slight jerks in the drivetrain as the chain jumps in the derailleur. It is just smooth, so smooth."

Another person said this as he pedals up the mountain in Oregon's McKenzie Pass:
"The smoothness of each pedal stroke enhances the ride quality to the point that I ascend above the typical riding experience. It’s something that I can’t explain; I can only experience. With a smile on my face."

(Jim Bennett) wrote:
> Just curious, what is the main purpose for going with a folding bike?


Jim,
I explained this in detail on my Google+ public post. Let me share this link to you. It also has really nice photos that I took when I unbox the Bike Friday Silk for the first time. In there somewhere is a link to a video animation I create to show how the bike fold and unfold. Here is the link:
https://plus.google.com/105844089988...ts/2J2gKvaZJuo

I hope my answers will be useful to someone who bump into this thread later.
Enjoy.
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