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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby dmb90260 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 8:54 am

2bits wrote:Nice Kenskill by the way, I am in the Kenskill Yahoo group although I don't post much since I sold my '58 Kenskill. I pull a Scotty and a Shasta now.

I run that forum, it is very quiet since a group started on Facebook.
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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby 2bits » Fri Oct 13, 2017 9:03 am

Yup same here too... its like people think the whole internet is on Facebook... matter of convenience I guess. I used to run the very popular Chevy Abody showcase in Yahoo groups but I let it go to the new FB page and owner
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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby spacer » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:30 am

I know this thread is a bit older, but I've done some traveling with my Montague Paratrooper and it worked great. While a full size 26" wheeled bike, still folded small enough to fit in a trunk, and handled me when I was 370 lbs, though the factory only rates it for 240 (roughly where I am now). I did upgrade the wheels, crankset, and seatpost... just to reinforce it.
I've considered setting it up to tow a micro-foamie, and I'd look at setting the trailer up with a storage bag or box on the front where I can lock up my bike out of sight when the trailer is set up. Stop at a good spot, unhitch and deploy trailer, fold bike (about 30 seconds), and stow it... unless I need to ride out for some groceries or something.

I'm only beginning to visit the idea of a bike camper, but I think I'd consider a narrower trailer that would expand on deployment, so as not to take up too much space while riding. A good reference, I guess, would be to splay my elbows while on the bike, and measure the width. No point in going narrower than myself, after all.

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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby 2bits » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:56 am

spacer wrote:I know this thread is a bit older, but I've done some traveling with my Montague Paratrooper and it worked great. While a full size 26" wheeled bike, still folded small enough to fit in a trunk, and handled me when I was 370 lbs, though the factory only rates it for 240 (roughly where I am now). I did upgrade the wheels, crankset, and seatpost... just to reinforce it.
I've considered setting it up to tow a micro-foamie, and I'd look at setting the trailer up with a storage bag or box on the front where I can lock up my bike out of sight when the trailer is set up. Stop at a good spot, unhitch and deploy trailer, fold bike (about 30 seconds), and stow it... unless I need to ride out for some groceries or something.

I'm only beginning to visit the idea of a bike camper, but I think I'd consider a narrower trailer that would expand on deployment, so as not to take up too much space while riding. A good reference, I guess, would be to splay my elbows while on the bike, and measure the width. No point in going narrower than myself, after all.



Wow I always thought about bringing my bike camping but you are talking about bringing your camper behind your bike! I would definitely keep weight in mind over compactness. I see alot of these trailers that unfold into tiny trailers that when unfolded are tiny enough and I just think of all the engineering and extra hardware to make it do all that stuff is really not needed and just makes the thing heavier. Going for a faomie sounds like a great idea. One idea that I saw was like a coffin and at the rear was a hinge and it opened up like Pac Man with a curtain hanging down, very simple and thin and light weight.
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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby 2bits » Sat Jun 29, 2019 8:58 am

I found it!!
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Re: Folding bikes?

Postby spacer » Sat Jun 29, 2019 9:01 am

Some like the one you described don't weigh much more than a couple kids in a kiddie trailer, which I've pulled pretty well in the past.


Another method some have used is to install an electric motor to help 'em along. If you can fit about 350w of solar panels on the camper roof, and run an appropriately sized hub motor on a wheel, I think it would be do-able. Not absolutely necessary if you can keep the weight down, though.

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