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Folding Bikes work great for Small spaces


With the rising cost of gas, this organized blogger has been wondering if it might not be time to dust off the old bicycle. A purely figurative term in my case since my old bicycle has long since been sold and I couldn't imagine where I would put a new one in our small space. That is until I happened to be walking by Vessel last weekend and spotted the STRIDA 3.  What, folding bicycles?  Not such a new concept if you've been keeping up with the trends but if you are in the dark like me, you'll be amazed to learn of the great new options out there.
A folding bike is a great idea for those living in a small space in an urban area.  It's not just good organizing sense, but good economic and envirnomental sense as well -- and hey, if you are looking for a way to build exercise into your day then cycling to work or a friend's place needs  your serious consideration.  With a folding bike, you can get in shape, save money and find room to store it in even the smallest of apartments. You can also take it "inside" with you wherever you go so that worrying about having your bike stolen is a thing of the past.
Perhaps top of the list in folding bikes is the STRIDA 3.  To quote their own copy, "Strida has an elegant and ergonomic triangle construction, greaseless chain (your dress pants will thank you for that), and five second fold time" (really, I've seen it done)  and it weighs just 22lbs which makes it possible for even the least muscular of us to consider hauling it up a 3 floor walk up at the end of the day.  It's small enough, when folded, to fit into a coat closet or slide under a bed.  And for those who are small in stature, they have a mini version which is even smaller and lighter to carry.   Comes in a whole bunch of cool colors too and as bikes go, it's not a bad price.
If you prefer a more traditional bicycle that folds, DAHON is the place to look. The Cadenza 8 is just one of their urban performace bikes that folds in 30 seconds and weighs approx. 27lbs.  A little bigger, a little bulkier, but still small enough when folded to tuck away in a duffel bag which they sell as an accessory.  Personally, I find most of their models too big to be portable for short daily commutes, but for those planning to bike further afield, they are a really good option. They have many models to choose from depending if you want a utility model or urban performance and there's a larger range of styles, speeds and the like for the diehard cyclist.
The GO BIKE  also is a great folding bicycle. Kinda sporty looking this Italian made folding bikes takes 25 seconds to fold and tote and they look pretty snazzy too.  
 Kinda makes you want one, doesn't it?

posted on: 6/24/2008 8:00:00 AM by Joan Kosmachuk
category: Clutter

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Organizing Small Spaces

by Joan Kosmachuk

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About Joan:

Joan Kosmachuk is a professional organizer and personal life coach. Born in Toronto, Canada, Joan moved to Boston in 2005 and lives in a less than 800 square foot apartment in an old brownstone with her husband, Jerry, and their papillon dog, Duke. In addition to organizing, Joan loves to read, write, garden, travel and spend quality time with her family and friends. Check out her website for additional articles and tips on making room in your home, head and heart for the things you value most.

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TV Shows I enjoy

  • Small Space, Big Style on HGTV
    This show makes me dream of living in an even smaller apartment just to see how creative I could be.
  • Mission Organization, HGTV
    We all know it doesn't happen in a half-hour, but this show does do a great job of showing just what can happen when a professional organizer works with a willing client. Magic!!
    Sadly you can only catch repeats of this one, but Helen was my first on-camera organizing coach and as I told her when I met her at the POC in Toronto last year, she was an inspiration!!

Books and Authors I recommend

  • Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    timeless inspiration
  • Freedom of Simplicity by Richard J. Foster
    one of the best books I've read on finding harmony in our complex world
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
    Finally a time/task management system for those of us without "regularly scheduled" lives
  • Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
    a beautiful novel on every level
  • Leaven of Malice by Robertson Davies
    because it makes me laugh everytime I read it (and he was a fellow Canadian)
  • 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
    if you love books and you love reading other people's correspondence, you'll love this book
  • Lewis, Tolkien and MacDonald
    three fantasy writers who make life magical for me
  • John Piper, Oswald Chambers, Richard Foster
    for spiritual exhortation


  • Home Goods OpenHouse
    Such personable interior designers with affordable ideas!
  • Small Space Style
    wonderful ideas for decorating small spaces
  • organizing LA
    nothing like seeing the world of organization through the eyes of Hollywood -- John does a great job of keeping us East-coasters up-to-date on the West Coasters.

Poets who speak to me

  • Jane Kenyon
  • Anne Lindbergh
  • Jeanne Murray Walker

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