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Visc D18: The ultimate cycling travel mod is available now

This has been a fun and functional project for me.  Below you can see The Visc D18 Bike in front of the specially reinforced Normal Checkin Size: Aerolite 31" Spinner Suitcase.  I have modified the bike to be able compress down to nearly 1/2 of its "folded shipping size" and fit in the suitcase.  Adventures will follow for me and for you!

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There are a few tricks to the process, but one of the great ones is the fact that the bike fits with the Rear Wheel still on the chainline and attached to the rear frame section.  This means it is working as a unit and much easier to setup at the other end of your travels.

Functional elements:

Quick Release Hinge Pin:

Seen directly below.  This Hinge Pin is a style which allows easy insertion and alignment of the hinge from top or bottom.

Quick Release Pedals:

Also seen below (inserted).  QR pedals make for the most compact package.  We like the well machined and functional MKS pedals.

Cable System stays intact w/ Rear section:

Only one "quick release" is required for the frame and one for the front brake cable, making the system very quick to both take-a-part and to build.

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Find out more and and consider ordering the Visc + Suitcase here.

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Electric, folding and urban bike sales and rentals at Nomadic Crossroads in Boulder

As the Memorial Day weekend winds up we are servicing our fleet to make available for Racer Chasers.  We have a great selection of bikes.  Folding Bikes are great for convenience and security.  E-Bikes give easy acceleration and a comfortable way to haul payload.  Urban City Bikes let you style the town and are just plain convenient and fun.

We'll be building our our online booking system next, but for now, give us a call at: 303-444-2336 or 303-601-0622 to set up a reservation.  You can ping via our Contact Page right now. We offer both long and short term rentals.

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Pushing through the pavement - Zach Krapfl's TedX talk

If you are wondering about the "ethics" of E-bikes this TedX talk from Zach Krapfl is worth the watch.  Actually, it's worth the watch no matter.  I like the 500 mpg and potential 1500 mpg calculations.  Zach used to design really cool bikes for Schwinn when the company was based in the Boulder area.  He would be a great resource for Solar and other installs on the Western Slope of Colorado where hs new company, Clean State Energy is based.

https://youtu.be/0zJHMMYa01g

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All Terrain Folding Bike - Dahon Jetstream

Although many "styles" and "types" of bikes are built with slow changes in overall trends, it does work for certain bikes to rise above and out of the ordinary.

One such Bike is Dahon's Jetstream Bike.  The Jetstream offers front and rear suspensions and a tremendous ride quality.

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 The "Urbanite" color scheme shown here is a great looking bike and we have updated it with the Kenda K-krad tires which give a softer floatier ride in mixed environments, be they dirt roads and trails, in the park or dashing down urban streets.

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Folded, the Jetstream fits nearly anywhere.  We offer stow wraps for bringing onto Trains and Buses, as well as in home storage which will help the bike, your trusted steed, dissappear into its nightly stable.

We offer the Jetstream in both the Urbanite and JetBlack Color schemes.  The JetBlack comes with either Kenda's Small Block 8 Tires (standard) or the K-Rad available on the Urbanite.

In the coming weeks we plan to test E-Bike upgrades to the Jetstream.  One of our points of excitement here is that we feel the Jetstreams Frame and Suspension elements are perfectly suited for carrying the extra mass involved in E-Bike motor and Battery systems.  And as Rocket Ships do need to be engineered well, you can't find a more capable Folding Bike for rugged exploration than the Jetstream.

These are the Kenda K-Rads mounted: 20" x 2.125" which is 3/8" wider than standard and brrings great grip and versatility:

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Optimizing your Folding Bike

Folding bikes are in general extremely functional right out of the box.  They are typically set up to be rideable with just inflating the tires, checking quick releaseas and seat heights.

That said, there is a many modifications you can do with most new folding bikes, depeding upon how they are setup to begin with.

Two of the easiest functional modifications

  • Fenders:  Fenders keep your pants dryer if you encounter rains or puddles.
  • Rear RackL  Rear racks give you easy ability to carry a variety of items including baskets, paniers, backpacks and more.

Other Mods and Accessories:

  • Bigger, Grippier Tires:  These soften your ride and work better on dirt roads and easy trails.  Bigger tires do add some weight but if you have space in your pack think about the upgrade. 
  • Rechargable Lights both front and back:   helping you see, and be seen.
  • Adjustable Paniers:  Ours can be used on Racks as well as Handlebar Stem.
  • Front Bag Systems, expand your carrying capacity. 
  • Trailer system, expand your carrying capacities considerably with great efficiency.
  • Pedelec Electric Systems bring great practicality to many commutes, and load carrying capabilities.
  • Tube Repair Kits, Air Pumps and tool kits are universally recomended.
  • Pant Protectors, Rain Pants and Jackets, Helmets and Sunglasses are nearly always helpful.
  • Bike Burrito for "off wheel" transport.
  • Tool Kits
  • Travel Boxes

We can help you many and most of these accessories and modifications.  Browse our categories or ask directly via "Contact Us" and we can help you with your own kit optimization.

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