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 Post subject: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:16 pm 
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So I sometimes work away and was talking to a cycling colleague about how pleasant it would be to ride in the evenings, instead of hitting the hotel bar (which could still be done, but later). So he's thinking Brompton and I'm thinking of really cheap fold up shopper. So it needs to fit in the (wee) boot of a Fiat Panda, Singlespeed or SA 3 speed and I'm guessing maximum 16" wheels. I'm not looking to beat Strava PB's just a quick pootle some evenings. Thoughts???


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:10 pm 
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The crunch issue is the trade-off between folded space and ride performance.
Bromptons win hands-down for fold, but are an acquired taste ride-wise.
As a compromise I'd probably go with a 20" folder for something nicer to ride. Being a good RB tinkerer I'd rebuild it with lighter wheels and put it on a diet. I'd probably go singlespeed to make it more fun to ride hard.

However as even my tourer with racks and full guards fits into my Mk1 Yaris (seats folded and front wheel out) why buy a folder at all?
I'm increasingly interested in Rinko - easy with my old steel Witcomb and with 15 minutes each way to set up and dismantle...?
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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:53 pm 
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That’s one I’d not heard of. The reason why it needs to go in the boot is so nothing is visible when the car is parked outside the hotel, so hopefully less chance of break in...


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 6:11 pm 
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I’ve had a look at them on line. Nice but way too good/ expensive for my needs..


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 7:10 pm 
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Rinko is only a way to pack a bike down! Provided you don't have mudguards then you can get very close to the pack size. It does depend on what frame size you ride admittedly!


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Bromptons are great.


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:30 pm 
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hamster wrote:
I'm increasingly interested in Rinko -
What/who is that? tried to google it and just shows me a japanese dating app


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:14 pm 
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:lol: :facepalm:
https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/07/ ... inko-bike/

It's a way to dismantle your bike for travelling - specifically in Japan to fit on trains as large boxes are not permitted. However it works equally well for Eurostar services. Add a couple of custom bits and that speeds up dismantling even further.


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 Post subject: Re: What folding bike???
PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 6:47 pm 
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