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Surprising range of shape and sizes of folders

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by HJ, 16 Jul 2007.

  1. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Folding bikes come in a surprising range of shape and sizes, you can get folding 700c road bikes and 26" wheeled folding mountain bikes, check out foldingbikes.co.uk for more information.
     
  2. Cunobelin

    Cunobelin Legendary Member

    Location:
    Gosport
    Its because the riders are different shapes?

    On my Brompton, I cannot use anyting wide on the rack as my heels clip.

    On the Airnimal I can use panniers.

    Equally the Strida is not ideal for my height.
     
  3. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Stevenage
    They're also aimed at different markets. Take the Brompton and the Airnimal, f'rinstance. You can fold a Brommie to a neat, non-oily compact cube in no time flat and stuff it on a luggage rack on a train. An Airnimal can go into a standard (ish) size case for plane travel, and is a fully raceable bike. Try racing on a Brompton, or folding an Airnimal inside 15 seconds and you'll be disappointed.

    This is in no way to criticise either of them - they're both superb at what they do, but they're designed with very different aims in mind. Same for most folders.
     
  4. palinurus

    palinurus Guru

    Location:
    Watford
    Quite, I had some guy come past me on the commute the other day on a Carrera vanquish. I was sweating cobs to try and hold his wheel (gave up as soon as the road started uphill). Normally I never see anyone on my way home, take the Brompton for one day only..
     
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    Don't get me wrong I wasn't criticising folder, just trying to get a thread started.
     
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Man-Machine

    Location:
    Stevenage
    Quite so. Most bikes are horses for courses, folders especially so.:?:

    Not having too much luck getting a thread going though. Do we need to get some pictures of women in lycra?:tongue:
     
  7. Yorkshireman

    Yorkshireman New Member

    Interesting article comparing various folders (Birdy Touring, Moulton Esprit, Airnimal Chameleon and a Thorn Nomad fitted with S+S couplings) in the latest copy of Cycle if anyone knows a CTC member who would loan them a copy ...
     
  8. urbanfatboy

    urbanfatboy New Member

    Location:
    Masham
  9. Si

    Si Well-Known Member

    I wasn't overly impressed with the review. The problem with bike tests generally - if the bike is on loan to the tester then they don't get to know it properly and don't get the best out of it. This is doubly so when the bikes are that bit further away from the norm. Plus it would have helped if the same person had tested all the bikes - would have made for a better comparison.