Saturday, August 16, 2014

Folding Bike Week 2014: Just Go Ride, Already.

Now I was going to do a very detailed post today about the Microbike - the little Swedish folding bike I picked up at a tag sale last year. I emailed Sven (you remember Sven) and asked for an update. He said he hasn't yet found a commercial partner in Sweden but is currently - and optimistically - looking in the rest of Europe. 

That's a Microbike update I could have put in a tweet. It doesn't really lend itself to a long post.

But I decided to elaborate a bit more on that point by taking my Microbike out for a long-awaited outdoor spin - it hasn't been anywhere since I fixed it last summer. 

That meant inflating the 12" tires. The design of the rims makes it difficult to fit an ordinary pump in place - I hope Sven thinks about that if/when the Microbike is brought back. 

Lucky for me, I didn't have to hook up my air compressor at 6:30 in the morning - because I have the seatpost that came with my Dahon Matrix when I bought it in 2009. Today, I have a Cane Creek Thudbuster which makes a more comfortable ride, but I do like the idea of a pump integrated within a seatpost. 

The tire inflated easily, and I rode off to the beach. The belt was very smooth and the bike was quiet. When I came to the sand, the bike fit right in.

So that's how best to bring folding bike week to an end: get on your bike, whether it has hinges or not, and ride somewhere. Somewhere fun that brings a smile or incites laughter. I don't know where that is, but I'm sure that you do. So log off and take a ride. Thanks so much for joining DIYBIKING.COM for Folding Bike Week 2014, and thanks for reading and thanks for riding. 


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