Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

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Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby fastpedaller » 21 Jun 2020, 5:13pm

Recently I remember something on here about 'fun' adult bikes with small wheels. Non-folding bikes which were simple - I've even done a web search but can't find anything. I can see the appeal of a light-weight, maybe single speed or 2 speed nimble bike.

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby PH » 21 Jun 2020, 5:19pm

Google mini velo for some ideas. They were looking to become a big thing a few years ago but have since sort of petered out.
I can see the attraction, I have a 24" wheel Airnimal Joey and it's fun to ride in a way it's hard to define, it has an appeal beyond the folding.

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby simonineaston » 21 Jun 2020, 5:22pm

The Raleigh Twenty (nylon-based steering technology an' all... :wink: ) has a cult following.
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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby simonhill » 21 Jun 2020, 5:28pm

They are quite common in Japan, some are high spec mini road bike types.

Maybe add Japan to a mini velo search.

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby simonineaston » 21 Jun 2020, 5:32pm

Twenty with added GU&G (Get Up & Go!)
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Va-va-voom...
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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby Mick F » 21 Jun 2020, 5:36pm

What about a Raleigh RSW16?
:D

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby fastpedaller » 21 Jun 2020, 6:51pm

Thanks. Interesting that these 'fads 'come around in time. Only source seems to be Tokyo bike in London c£700 ouch! or Alibaba for $100 each, but need to buy 100 minimum :lol:
Maybe a few scrap bikes and my brazing kit ?

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Postby simonineaston » 21 Jun 2020, 6:55pm

What about a Raleigh RSW16?
Rider looks happy & cheerful - that must mean it's a Great bike! :D
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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby PH » 21 Jun 2020, 6:56pm

fastpedaller wrote:Thanks. Interesting that these 'fads 'come around in time. Only source seems to be Tokyo bike in London c£700 ouch! or Alibaba for $100 each, but need to buy 100 minimum :lol:
Maybe a few scrap bikes and my brazing kit ?

The Cannondale Hooligan was the closest I saw to it becoming mainstream, seems to have been discontinued a few years ago, though they don't fetch much secondhand,

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby Sid Aluminium » 21 Jun 2020, 8:40pm

Small wheels, non-folding. Okay. Moulton Bikes (made in England since 1962) are exclusively small-wheeled and the firm has never offered a folder. The majority of the bikes they've built over the last 58 years haven't been separatable/demountable, either. Bob's your uncle.

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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby Mick F » 21 Jun 2020, 8:49pm

simonineaston wrote:
What about a Raleigh RSW16?
Rider looks happy & cheerful - that must mean it's a Great bike! :D
That very Mk1 1968 RSW16 can be seen in the National Cycling Museum at Llandindrod Wells.

It was a barn find up the road from here and given to me.
All I needed to do was pump up the tyres and lube the chain, and it was rideable. Hub dynamo lighting worked too.

I rode it locally for some few years - pubs and shops etc then put it away. Eventually decided that it needed to be preserved, and we drove it to Llandindrod, stayed overnight, and handed it over ............ and that was Mrs Mick F riding it from the carpark to the museum. :D
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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby simonineaston » 21 Jun 2020, 9:40pm

Closer inspection of the photo reveals several components that were shared with Raleigh Moultons of the era, ie the chainset, the brake callipers, the dynamo and the curved 'bar stem that crops up on the Moulton Mk 3... and of course, ride comfort, achieved not by the sophisticated suspension on the expensive-to-make Moultons but rather, balloon tyres, giving a comfy ride but also tons of rolling draaaaag!
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Re: Small(er) wheeled bikes - non folding!

Postby Mick F » 22 Jun 2020, 8:44am

Yes, but when the tyres were inflated quite well, it was surprising how little drag there was.
Those were the original tyres of the Mk1 ........ and the pedals too.

By the time the Mk2 came along, the tyres were black with the red Raleigh stripe, and the pedals became normal standard "two block" ones.

This is as it was when I brought it home.
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