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Old 09-01-2011, 21:18   #31
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i will be taking a real bike fro provisioning trips-- if you decide on a small wheel bike, you may not like riding it for 2-5 miles for reprovisioning trips. i hated the one i had, and it had 5 speeds and 20 in wheels. i will be using a regular a lil small for me mountain kinda bike with 26 in wheels, 24 speeds and saddlebags. comfy handlebars--not those straight ones..
i have a huge boat and i am not certain as to location of stowage of said bike....
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Old 09-01-2011, 21:35   #32
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Great point if you don't ride much already then maybe not a great idea, we love our bikes
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Old 09-01-2011, 21:42   #33
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We carry 3 folding bikes on our boat, Just wash them down regularly and they should last for ears with no problems. If you have to carry them on deck, get the zippered bags as mentioned above to keep salt spray off while sailing.

We keep ours below deck, as we have a 43' CC, I just put them in the engine room where they are out of the way. No lost storage space that way..

We prefer 5 speed bikes so if you have hills they will help you get up them easier. Plus is that a little exercise will make you feel netter and you will examine sights further away than just by walking. Plus, it's a lot cheaper than renting a car or taking alternative transportation..

Have fun and enjoy which ever way you decide....
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Old 09-01-2011, 22:29   #34
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i will be taking a real bike fro provisioning trips-- if you decide on a small wheel bike, you may not like riding it for 2-5 miles for reprovisioning trips. i hated the one i had, and it had 5 speeds and 20 in wheels. i will be using a regular a lil small for me mountain kinda bike with 26 in wheels, 24 speeds and saddlebags. comfy handlebars--not those straight ones..
i have a huge boat and i am not certain as to location of stowage of said bike....
Put a pair of those folding pedals on your bike and it will stow heaps better. Take off the front wheel, loosen the handle bars and it's only a touch bigger than the folding bikes. I stowed my first bike like that in a garbage bag on top of the sails.

Crude but effective.
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Old 09-01-2011, 22:48   #35
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Another benefit of having a bike on the boat is that in the tropics it is much cooler to ride than walk.

Imagine yourself coasting down the road, panniers full of groceries, the wind blowing in your hair like a Fabio book cover as you breeze past your fellow cruisers as they slog with loaded backpacks, sweat dripping down their backs, escorted by the entire local fly population.
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Old 09-01-2011, 22:56   #36
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"is carying a bicycle a good idea"

Yes, but riding it is more fun!

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I have not actually ridden the Dynamic Bicycles "Sidekick 8". I have ridden several folding bikes including the Dahon "Mariner". I was actually pretty pleased with just about every folding bike I've ridden, so I might not be that tough of a critic. One of the Dahon's had the internal Shimano 8 speed hub, and I preferred it to the chain gears. It shifted very smoothly, and can be shifted into any gear from a "dead stop". The one feature I haven't experienced personally is the shaft drive, but I've read several user reports that speak very favorably of it. With the enclosed gearing for the shaft, it should prove to be low maintenance, and being chainless, I think it will be a lot more "salt air friendly". I'll be bagging the bikes on the boat, and storing below, and the idea of not having a greasy chain and derailleur parts snagging on things seems pretty attractive as well. Their website claims this bike is the "Official Bike of US Sailing", whatever that means. If I don't like the bikes, I'll return them.
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I opologise for my english I am french canadian...I can post on french european forums but they have a diferent french then me...id still be the alian over there...if its alright with you guys and if you can find humore in my posts, id like to stay and keep educating myself on this new passion of mine.

also have anyone use bicycle suitcase to store there bikes? iv seen soft and hard cases but wonder if they are usefull.
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We had 2 alloy mountain bikes on the back rail - looks like the back of a SUV. The amount of alloy is the same as on an expensive folding bike.

http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/v.../StAnna005.jpg

I sprayed lots of lanolin and used chain grease on the chains. These bikes lasted 4 years whilst cruising. It was our only means of transport except for walking or paying for a bus etc. One bike is still in use now, 7 years after we started. They got wet many times.
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We had 2 alloy mountain bikes on the back rail - looks like the back of a SUV. The amount of alloy is the same as on an expensive folding bike.

http://i665.photobucket.com/albums/v.../StAnna005.jpg

I sprayed lots of lanolin and used chain grease on the chains. These bikes lasted 4 years whilst cruising. It was our only means of transport except for walking or paying for a bus etc. One bike is still in use now, 7 years after we started. They got wet many times.
Exactly, and practical evidence that the corrosion issue is not overwhelming. If the best answer on a car is a rack, why not on a boat? They are secure, do not rob me of below deck or inside-the-rail storage space, out of the way, and ready to go in seconds. Perhaps some think they look funny, but form follows function.
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I opologise for my english I am french canadian...I can post on french european forums but they have a diferent french then me...id still be the alian over there...if its alright with you guys and if you can find humore in my posts, id like to stay and keep educating myself on this new passion of mine.

also have anyone use bicycle suitcase to store there bikes? iv seen soft and hard cases but wonder if they are usefull.
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Please don't hesitate to post here. Your communication in english is fine. When we had the small folding bikes their strong fabric cases could be used to hoist the bikes into our inflatable dinghy with our mizzen halyard. Now, with our larger bikes, we wrap them in mattress pads for storage below. .....and a bonus,- the side pockets in the cases for the little "circus bikes" are handy for stowing the yarn wig and the red rubber nose!
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I have a folder that is so old, I don't even know the make. I had my canvas dude make a bag out of heavy vinyl with the zipper on the bottom. The bike has thousands of deck miles on it inside the bag, and other than routine corrosion precautions, has not required a Herculean effort to maintain.
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Please don't hesitate to post here. Your communication in english is fine. When we had the small folding bikes their strong fabric cases could be used to hoist the bikes into our inflatable dinghy with our mizzen halyard. Now, with our larger bikes, we wrap them in mattress pads for storage below. .....and a bonus,- the side pockets in the cases for the little "circus bikes" are handy for stowing the yarn wig and the red rubber nose!

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We bought a couple of foldable Gyro walkers and they work well for us. Gyroscopes maintain balance for the 25lb vehicle and we can reach speeds up to 15 mph. Plus, it is foldable and stores in the lazarette. It is also easy to carry around.



Actually, this hasn't been created yet. It's just a concept, but when it is released I'll be in line for it!
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Riding a bicycle is a better idea than carrying one.
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