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Some vintage German folding bike brands of the 1970s included Alpina, Bobby, Condor, Elite, Escorte, Europa, Excellent, Fantom, F.E.M. Brillant, and Göricke.
The History of Folding Bikes. The foldable bicycle has been around for considerably longer than one imagines, and most claims of being the first are erroneous.
The Fuji Folding Bike of 1996 was part of a promotional campaign for cigarette company Marlboro. Learn more about the Fuji Marlboro bike and the ironic campaign.
Graziella folding bikes were conceived by Italian designer Rinaldo Donzelli in 1963 and built by Teodoro Carnielli & Co. in Vittorio Veneto, Italy, from 1964.
The Schwinn Run-A-Bout bike only sold from 1968 to 1970. All models came with a 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub gear, most with a trigger shift on the handlebars.
The MicroBike folding bike was designed by Otto Linander and Sven Hellestam in 1987 and made in Sweden; it is no longer in production. The above example is a 1993 model.
The Auto-Mini folding bike was made by the Junior Fahrradwerke in Graz and Köflach, Austria, from 1965/66 to 1975. It was primarily made for department stores.
The MIFA bike is historically significant in that almost 3 million were produced between 1967 and 1990. MIFA bicycles was founded in 1907.