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Postby c170b53 » Tue Jun 06, 2006 8:46 pm

George asked a question that was on my mind in another thread, not to distract further, any recommends for folding bikes? I'm thinking of a Monatague mountain bike.
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Postby Joe Moilanen » Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:17 am

The Montague is great, I've been packing mine around for years and years.

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Postby 170C » Wed Jun 07, 2006 1:01 pm

Some of those units look pretty neat, but for the life of me I can't spot where the motor is :lol:
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Postby GAHorn » Wed Jun 07, 2006 4:31 pm

I read a story (can't remember where) about a 170 owner who'd taken an old Honda CT-90 and cut it in half at the frame just above the engine. (The frame at that point is nothing more than a piece of 3" or so tubing.) He then installed a pipe-clamp for quick assembly, and assembled the wiring harness at that point with molex/cannon connectors for quick-connect.
He flew around with the 170 rear seat removed, and when he and his wife arrived, they clamped/plugged the Honda back together and rode double on the little bike. Street-legal, simple solution.
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Postby cessna170bdriver » Wed Jun 07, 2006 5:43 pm

One I used to see at either the Gaston's or Kentucky Dam Fly-In was from Illinois. I dont remember what his name was but the airplane was polished spinner to tailcone. (The only paint on the outside was the N-numbers.)

As best as I remember, he had a 125cc Honda cut and clamped as George describes. I also remember it having a smaller pipe internally at the cut for stiffness. The half with the engine/transmission was a bit on the heavy side for easy loading, so he had made a ramp that would stow in the airplane with the motorcycle. He also had tiedowns and wheel wells for the bike built into the floor so the bike could be stored upright and not leak gas and oil in the airplane.

I think Doggie and Vi Kline from Arizona used to carry a Honda Trail 90 in the airplane. There is a story about them once hitting a bump while riding the bike and leaving Vi sitting on the ground. (OUCH!)

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Postby Harold Holiman » Wed Jun 07, 2006 7:49 pm

Many years ago, after our daughter got tired of her minibike, I cut the frame and made brackets to fold it in half. I also made the handle bars and fuel tank removable. I would remove the tank, dump the fuel and put the tank in a plastic bag for no fumes, fold the frame and handle bars, and then it fitted in the rear seat of the 170. I had a folding piece of plywood that protected the seat. At destination we would reverse the process and fill the tank from the fuel sump with av gas. The minibike would hold both of us (I wasn't this heavy then) but wasn't street legal, although we were never stopped on it. We sold it first time we got out of airplane ownership for a while. Years later I saw the frame behind a house from the train. I went back to the house and bought the frame back for about $10.00. I still have the frame and have thought about rebuilding it several times.

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Postby Kyle Wolfe » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:12 pm

The folding bikes I've got are made by Dahon.

I've got the smaller tire size (I think they are 12 inches) and the 3 speed shifting is in the axle. Not as good as the next model they make which are 14 inch tires and have regular derailour (sp?) gears. I'd go with the bigger tires.

That's what Barry and Karen Miller from IL (in the Petiti Jean picture) have. They love them. They fit in the backseat.

I recently saw a Honda 60 listed* by a former 170 owner that had the split frame and cables. Last I saw it was going for $300. Not sure what it sold for or who had it.
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Postby n3437d » Thu Jun 08, 2006 4:00 am

Just bought a Montegue folding Bike - its awesome -- a bit on the heavy side (35lbs) but extremly well constructed. Full size tires - 20" and pneumatice seat - very comfortable - 21 gears - front tires comes off and bike folds in half. When your old you lean towards comfort.

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Postby Randolph » Thu Jun 08, 2006 6:07 pm

I've got two Montague folding bikes. One is an older model and one is a newer model. The newer model is a little bit easier to assemble and disassemble. I think they're great. I leave the backseat out of my 170 and leave one bike in it most of the time. The other I leave in the hangar for riding around the airport. If I need them both it's a snap to tear down the one in the hangar and throw it in too. They're full size and ride just like any other bike. I bought them when I was looking for a plane to buy.
I knew I wouldn't want to have a plane and not have some way to get around when I got "there". I'll probably bring the newer one to Kelowna if anybody wants to take it for a spin.
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Postby hilltop170 » Wed Jul 26, 2006 8:16 am

In 1975 I bought a Honda Mini Trail 70 (CT-70) for $100 that has fold-down handlebars and weighs 145#. With the back seat out and the handlebars folded, it will roll right into the 170 in one piece without modification. It will haul two standard FAA 170# people at 35mph on level ground and is street legal. Now they are going for up to $1500 on the auction sites for pristine examples. I have flown one all over North America in the 170 and 180 and still riding the first one I bought. For cheap, fun adventure they can't be beat. People stand and stare as you unload one and ride off.

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For times when a motor is not required, Camping World sells the Dahon 6-speed fold-ups for around $200. They set up and break down in a couple of minutes, no tools required. They are good bikes but two will take up as much room as the Honda.

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Either way, ground transportation is not an issue as long as you pack light and it's not raining or cold.
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Postby ron74887 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:31 pm

hey guys go to members only section and look up these to see what you think.
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Postby c170b53 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 6:02 pm

I bought the Montague bike and so far its done well. Its a real bike that you can put 200 Km a day no problem if you're legs hold out.
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Re: Folding Bikes

Postby c170b53 » Sat May 30, 2009 5:18 pm

Well I've owned this baby for awhile, rode from Schiphol to De Haag, took the train back to AMS then rode back to the airport. Here's old trusty resting while I was replenishing fluids.
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Re: Folding Bikes

Postby alaskan99669 » Fri May 21, 2010 12:40 am

For "the person who has everything" you can get this folding battery powered bike for about $4500 from New Zealand.

Weighs about 22 pounds.

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Re: Folding Bikes

Postby djbaker » Fri May 21, 2010 10:48 pm

Campers World $146 for 7 speed folding workhorse.
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