Corex Spozio Slide 20 Folding Bike - Silver
"Corex", I get. It's a Korean bicycle company. "Slide 20" makes sense at least halfway: the bike has 20-inch wheels. But what the hell is a "spozio"? I don't know.
Who cares. I like bikes with extra frame tubes on them, and big gussets. The Corex Spozio Slide 20 folding bike has both. A curved carrying handle welded between the seat tube and the top tube (or, since this bike has just one frame tube, the "only tube"), and a bulletproof joint between the bottom of the "only tube" and the head tube.
Plus there's a luggage rack, and a sprocket sandwich protector, and the bike folds in the middle with a big hinge. It's enough weird stuff to keep me amused for a while.
And it keeps on coming. The red sidewall tires, which don't usually look good on anything, definitely work on the Corex. The inner tubes had weird Asian valve stems, so I replaced them with normal American tubes, which are made in Taiwan. Huh? The frame graphics look like an advertisement for a fly-by-night discount electronics store in Manhattan. There's a big spring-loaded kickstand on the left rear dropout. And the bottom bracket even has its own brushguard.
The front brake is cheap stamped steel. The rear wheel sports a band brake. Which is also made from cheap stamped steel, sure, but it's definitely one more nifty gimmick.
Riding the Corex Spozio Slide 20 was a disappointment, because it looked like it was going to be incredibly fun, but the bike was way too small for me, so I just awkwardly pedaled around the parking lot for a minute in the fetal position, and said "that sucked." But folding bikes are allowed on the Metro-North Railroad without a permit, so the Corex was pretty easy to unload.
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