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Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?

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Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
on: August 03, 2007, 08:47:26 PM
It looks pretty neat:



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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #1 on: August 03, 2007, 11:11:25 PM
It's been kicking round in one form or other for a good couple of years now, nice idea in concept but i doubt it'll ever come about :cry:

but then the current state of the art in folding push bike's is pretty high now anyway...

http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/

and the new bike friday tikit...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQscBxx7wLE

not particularly small fold for that you need a brompton...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8syAyvbje3g

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #2 on: August 03, 2007, 11:15:57 PM
That One bike- how do you pedal it?  I see pedals, but I am wondering how that transfers to the wheels?

As for the Brompton, I have pieces falling off my car- I don't need a bike that does it too! :P

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #3 on: August 03, 2007, 11:33:12 PM
That One bike- how do you pedal it?  I see pedals, but I am wondering how that transfers to the wheels?

As for the Brompton, I have pieces falling off my car- I don't need a bike that does it too! :P

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I think it's suposed to be belt driven,

Quite a few bike manufactures are looking in to using kevlar belts now, so it might be belt driven but i doubt they'd work in a tight space like that!
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #4 on: August 04, 2007, 12:09:18 AM
I thought of that as well, but I don;t see any way for the belt to effectively contact either wheel.  The only thing I can think of is that it's only powered by the electric motor, and you have to pedal like crazy to keep the battery charged?

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #5 on: August 04, 2007, 12:16:12 AM
I thought of that as well, but I don;t see any way for the belt to effectively contact either wheel.  The only thing I can think of is that it's only powered by the electric motor, and you have to pedal like crazy to keep the battery charged?

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Quite possible, if thats the case the bike will be VERY heavy and knackering to ride' plus we've already establised i'm a luddite ;D
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #6 on: August 04, 2007, 12:21:31 AM
Ride would be bad... trying to carry the sucker would be an even bigger pain!

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #7 on: August 04, 2007, 03:33:52 AM
I'm thinking that steering that One bike would be a chore as well. It appears that the front wheel pivots just ahead of the seat post.
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #8 on: August 04, 2007, 03:42:53 AM
That would be my take on it as well.  Maybe these are the reasons why this thing never went anywhere?

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #9 on: August 04, 2007, 05:22:33 AM
Let me take the Raleigh out for a 60 mile tour,and y'all start posting pics of noveau art! The concept behind is likely logical and sound,but it just looks  ungainly.Folders are gaining popularity,but maybe The One is a bit too ahead of it's time
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #10 on: August 04, 2007, 09:37:50 AM
Just like in the automotive industry, there are a lot of concept bikes that never see the light off day.

I'm glad the One exists, but you would'nt see me on it ;)
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #11 on: August 04, 2007, 12:13:35 PM
I know you guys say that folders are much better than they were, and I believe you, but I'm still a little leery.  The last time I tried one (which admittedly was almost 15 years ago) it felt pretty rickety, and at anything over about 20kph it felt like the world was going to end!

60 mile tour eh?  Must have been a fun ride!

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #12 on: August 04, 2007, 04:33:49 PM
 That 60 miler was a lot of fun,I'm kinda feeling it this morning though.Next time it's a metric century for me! 15 years of improvements have gone on,I bet if you tried something like a newer Dahon,you'd be pleasantly surprised.
      Many years ago,in the 60's IIRC,a car maker was trying to gain a toehold in the US market.The maker,and I can't recall which one,offered a free folder as an enticement to buy one of their cars.
         I'm with you Micky,the luddite in me wants my bike to look like a bike.
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #13 on: August 04, 2007, 06:12:48 PM
That 60 miler was a lot of fun,I'm kinda feeling it this morning though.Next time it's a metric century for me! 15 years of improvements have gone on,I bet if you tried something like a newer Dahon,you'd be pleasantly surprised.
      Many years ago,in the 60's IIRC,a car maker was trying to gain a toehold in the US market.The maker,and I can't recall which one,offered a free folder as an enticement to buy one of their cars.
         I'm with you Micky,the luddite in me wants my bike to look like a bike.
aston martin did it with a moulton i think?

Any chance of a picture of your raleigh? :)

And your bang on with dahon,s being very good, I've had two now and i really can't fault them :)
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #14 on: August 04, 2007, 06:39:05 PM
So how long did the 60 miler take you?  Also, what tool(s) did you take with you?

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #15 on: August 04, 2007, 10:04:28 PM
I'll soon be posting pics of my favorite steel frame bikes:
 Raleigh Wyoming-----"The Empress"
 Diamondback/Centurion Interval-----"The Greyhound"
 Giant Nutra------"The Junkyard Dog"

I had things fudged a bit in my ride,I planned it so there'd be just minimal rises,no steep hills,actually riding time was about 3.5 hours....us 50 yr old geezers need to make stops occasionally.I took the Bell bike multi,and a LM Mini-Tool,plus levers,spare tube,patch kit,and cell phone.
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #16 on: August 04, 2007, 10:32:21 PM

Oh yeah,health insurance card :-[
You old cynic you! ;D

look forward to the piccies mate, can't wait to see your steeds :)
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #17 on: August 04, 2007, 11:58:01 PM
I'm so out of shape it would take me longer than that to drive 60 miles!

I'll be on the edge of my seat waiting for pics, especially of that Bell bike tool!

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #18 on: August 05, 2007, 05:31:11 AM
You're all in luck,the bikes have agreed to a photo-op :grin: A pic of the Bell will have to wait a few more days,my daughter's coming in from Minnesota this coming weekend,and her camera is several orders of magnitude better than mine....she owes me a few pics.
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #19 on: August 05, 2007, 08:50:45 AM
I'm so out of shape it would take me longer than that to drive 60 miles!

I'll be on the edge of my seat waiting for pics, especially of that Bell bike tool!

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is this the bell?...

http://www.amazon.com/Bell-Sports-Emergency-Bike-Tool/dp/B0001B1638
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #21 on: August 05, 2007, 03:29:53 PM
If I keep buying bike tools I'll never manage to buy the bike to go with them!

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #22 on: August 06, 2007, 12:40:27 AM
If I keep buying bike tools I'll never manage to buy the bike to go with them!

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Re: Anyone seen the "One" folding bike?
Reply #23 on: August 06, 2007, 12:43:41 AM
Maybe we can trade- I'll send you a bike tool, you send me a bike! :P

Of course I am certain Mrs Bison would appreciate another tool in the house just as much as Mrs Defender would appreciate more bulky "junk" in ours!

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