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Old 05-05-08, 11:26 AM
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Any information on SCOOMA FOLDING BIKE?

Saw this ad... googled it... not much info....anyone know or have experience with it?

5sp 16" Scooma Travelling Bike

https://toronto.en.craigslist.ca/tor/bik/668301194.html

I wouldn't mind a junk/cruiser bike...
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Old 05-05-08, 11:44 AM
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don't even know if it could be considered junk, for $60 and it folds like the tikit? looks very decent.

can't find too much info on weight etc, but there are a few of them in toronto:


on the danforth...


for $60, i'd be all over it.
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Old 05-05-08, 12:29 PM
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wow... that one looks much better than the other one... the chainring is certainly geared better...

I'm going after that puppy...
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Old 05-05-08, 01:10 PM
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yah hope u get it..

remember, $60 alone is the price of TWO MARATHON TIRES, at urbane cyclist! so for the entire bike, i can't see it being a bad investment at all!
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The handlebars and the way the frame is set up make it look sort of like a Bickerton. For more information on that, but not on the Scooma, see https://www.bickertonbicycles.co.uk/. For $60 I'd go for it.
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Old 05-06-08, 07:20 AM
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I ended up buying it, the owner didn't like how undergeared it was. But as soon as I saw it, it just had that novelty factor... it has an interesting design (all steel, integrated folding rear rack, rollers on the kick stand, "old school BMX" style brakes (I'm going to hack my GT Interceptor circa 1987 for brakes), and it SHOULD fit 16" big apples... oh and the grasshopper folding handlebars are really cool). Time to mod and work on gearing (I wish I had that silver bike's crankset)... and for some big apples...

I think this is the puppy that'll be coming with me to asia...

BTW... I've ordered the big apples... and so far I've spent more on the tires than for the entire bike...ehhh... gad....
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heh, glad u managed to pick that one up, i have seen bikes that are not quite as novelty go for twice as much.. so thats awesome.

take pics man, lets see some of this scooma goodness!!

oh and its undergeared? so u look like a circus monkey on it? lol

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Old 08-18-16, 02:32 PM
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I just bought one of these, singlespeed version in near Mint condition. Even have the instruction leaflet. If anyone has questions, by all means ask me here, rather than in PM. My take on it so far: Very fast easy fold, very durable/steel constrution, only concerned about a few smaller plastic latches for the handlebars but so far so good. Rides pretty decent, easy to work on. Lots of hinge or contact points, wonder how they will hold up over time but looks well! made. Downsides: The fold is not big by any means but does not beat a Dahon Classic 3 in terms of compactness for example. Also, heavy! about 14 kilos + Of course some of that could be mitigated for sure by putting in Alu rims, chainring etc. Another big downside is that the seatpost is special (swept back/curved, seat sits about 8 cm behind the post and not so long, this means this bike is limited to people of about 175 cm in height. The seatpost is very nicely made of good steel so i def. think any good metal worker could well a piece on to it. I bought mine for 120 euros I think. Will use it more extensively for the first time these coming 6 days.
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Old 08-18-16, 02:46 PM
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Originally Posted by v1nce View Post
I just bought one of these, singlespeed version in near Mint condition. Even have the instruction leaflet. If anyone has questions, by all means ask me here, rather than in PM. My take on it so far: Very fast easy fold, very durable/steel constrution, only concerned about a few smaller plastic latches for the handlebars but so far so good. Rides pretty decent, easy to work on. Lots of hinge or contact points, wonder how they will hold up over time but looks well! made. Downsides: The fold is not big by any means but does not beat a Dahon Classic 3 in terms of compactness for example. Also, heavy! about 14 kilos + Of course some of that could be mitigated for sure by putting in Alu rims, chainring etc. Another big downside is that the seatpost is special (swept back/curved, seat sits about 8 cm behind the post and not so long, this means this bike is limited to people of about 175 cm in height. The seatpost is very nicely made of good steel so i def. think any good metal worker could well a piece on to it. I bought mine for 120 euros I think. Will use it more extensively for the first time these coming 6 days.
here's some inspiration for you. this is really a fantastic restoration/upgrade project. hope you have a lot of success with yours.

from this:



to this:



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Originally Posted by trueno92 View Post
and it folds like the tikit?
??? It folds nothing like the tikit.
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Old 08-19-16, 08:01 AM
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Scares the heck out of me!
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I bought a Scooma Foldy last week and started to look for more info on it. There's a story on a Taiwanese website with a model in a museum, stating that it was invented by Mr Ching H. Thay and he won a silver medal in the Geneva Invention Conference in 1989, he patented it a.o. in the US (patent nr 4,824,131 see Google Patents). I modified it a little with higher saddle bar and I put skeeler wheels on the stand to make it roll better in folded condition, but it's a very nice bike and extremely easy to fold (even my wife can do it). When I lower the saddle, even my 8 yr old son can ride it.
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Interesting design. Does ot ride rigid or can you feel a lot of flex? The frame seems to be a box with the left and right tubes but so many hinges make me wonder about rigidity.
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It is indeed a bit flexible, becomes a bit better when the hinges are tightened better, but you get used to it quickly. Mine does not have gears, so not for long distances...
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Originally Posted by feijai View Post
??? It folds nothing like the tikit.
Yea, rear section folds under then along side the frame in the Tikit.. like all bike fridays..
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Hi, I just got registered to discuss a bit more about that Scooma foldy as I just happened to buy one. Strange bike indeed. Heavy but comfy on the road. Mine has a back pedalling system.
I already found on the net some pictures and old brochures. But I would be interested to have other details. I just saw that one member even has a leaflet instructions. Could be great.
Greetings from France.
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