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« on: October 26, 2009, 07:12:41 PM »

Anyone here have any experience with them?  I don't have room in my apartment to store a full size one, and there's no real place outside to secure one, so I'm looking into one that can take up half the space. This was my first summer in awhile where I didn't bike, and the waistline on my pants is feeling it. I'd hate to go another summer without one.
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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2009, 07:17:42 PM »

WaitWaitWait ...

I don't see how a unicycle could get any more compact! (standard fare for clowns, ain't it?)


In all seriousness I've not tried a fold-up bicycle; my only experience is as a tandem add-on for my kid which folds in half.



Unless you have wicked balance, I wouldn't recommend solo'ing it, and the fold-up still doesn't shrink it down enough to be a benefit. What about just taking the tires off in the winter? Doesn't that make it small enough?
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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2009, 07:26:00 PM »

When I was living in an apartment in college I had hooks in the ceiling over my bed where I hung my bike when it wasn't in use. This strategy had it's flaws:
- Waking up suddenly in the middle of the night could be... painful.
- It can be awkward when the bed is used for activites other than sleeping. Luckily I didn't have this problem often in college.
- On rainy days you really don't want to hang the bike over your bed immediately.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2009, 07:27:31 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on October 26, 2009, 07:26:00 PM

When I was living in an apartment in college I had hooks in the ceiling over my bed where I hung my bike when it wasn't in use. This strategy had it's flaws:
- Waking up suddenly in the middle of the night could be... painful.
- It can be awkward when the bed is used for activites other than sleeping. Luckily I didn't have this problem often in college.
- On rainy days you really don't want to hang the bike over your bed immediately.

I think you could combine all three of those events and write half the plot of the next "American Pie" movie.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2009, 07:43:49 PM »

Quote from: coopasonic on October 26, 2009, 07:26:00 PM

When I was living in an apartment in college I had hooks in the ceiling over my bed where I hung my bike when it wasn't in use. This strategy had it's flaws:
- Waking up suddenly in the middle of the night could be... painful.
- It can be awkward when the bed is used for activites other than sleeping. Luckily I didn't have this problem often in college.
- On rainy days you really don't want to hang the bike over your bed immediately.

I thought about that but the landlord gave me a firm 'no'.  I also looked into some bike racks but they all were ones where it was heavily suggested that the use attach them to the wall, which rules those out.
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2009, 07:47:18 PM »

You could use a standard hanging hook from the ceiling (like the ones used for flowers etc). Then use twine to hold your bike upright (just don't suspend off the ground). Once again, removing your tires may help with the space, and turning the handlebar sideways).
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2009, 07:51:35 PM »

Perhaps putting it under your bed as an option.
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009, 08:02:14 PM »

Don't they make hooks that you can put on your door (slide over the top)?  Then it's out of the way, and the landlord can't say anything as it's not permanent.

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009, 08:02:51 PM »

How heavy is your bike?
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009, 08:14:25 PM »

What you are looking for is a Swagman Hang It Bike Hanger. It extends up to 9 feet tall, requires no screws, and just uses vertical pressure to maintain its position.




I can speak to Swagman quality; I have a 4 bike rack for my tow kit on my Jeep.
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009, 08:50:53 PM »

Quote from: Purge on October 26, 2009, 08:02:51 PM

How heavy is your bike?

I don't have one currently.  ended up tossing the last one due to lack of space.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2009, 09:38:31 PM »

Wait and hope that The Contortionist gets into production soon.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2009, 11:51:15 PM »

Quote from: Boudreaux on October 26, 2009, 09:38:31 PM

Wait and hope that The Contortionist gets into production soon.

now that would be awesome.
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2009, 04:59:04 PM »

very cool. But he never actually rides the bike. Upon second viewing I also noticed that there is no chain - hence the no actual riding part.

Still looks very nice - just wish we could actually see it in practical use.

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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2009, 09:39:11 PM »

Folding bikes always looked heavy to me.
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