Well somebody had to be the first. EuroMini ZiZZO Campo has made the crossover to folding bikes and they haven’t done too bad a job. EuroMini ZiZZO Campo review will be given in this article. We know what some readers will be thinking about the branding, it’s a little umm too much, and initially that was our first impression as well, however, there’s no denying the EuroMini ZiZZO Campo folding bike is a great looking ride and best inexpensive folding bike under 200!
This mini folding bike is incredibly lightweight and compact, it’s actually designed to fit in the trunk of your car so that gives you an idea of just how compact it is. But underneath the stickers, badges and branding is a surprisingly high-quality machine. Here’s a quick video to show you the MINI in action (It’s In German I’m afraid, but you get to see the folding mechanism in action)
Folding Bike Under $100 and $200
Checking out the spec sheet you’ll note it makes use of parts built by the worlds leading folding bike producers, giving it not only a great look but making it a great ride as well. The tires are the Wanda 20 × 2.0″ off-road tire special edition, while the braking system makes use of the Kinetic V system both front and back.
With 7 gears moderate hills are no problem and the 580 mm Black Aluminum seat makes it a comfortable ride as well. This bike is solely an urban dweller. Overall we found it to be a comfortable ride with a smooth gear change and a quick easy fold. It is one of the best inexpensive folding bike. Check out the spec sheet below, you’ll see what we were talking about earlier with the quality build parts
|Color:||Matte Black/ Matte White / Matte Yellow|
|Frame:||Steel Fork; 20″ 6160 Aluminum Alloy; V-brake compatible|
|Handlebar:||25.4 mm Bars, 6° 54cm Back Sweep Black;|
|Shift System:||Shimano Revo 7 speed grip shifter|
|Brakes:||Alloy V style Brakes|
|Brake Lever:||Alloy Brake lever|
|Rims:||Black Anodized ; 20″ Aluminum 28H|
|Tires:||Wanda 20 × 2.0″ off road tire|
|Chain:||KMC Z50 7 speed chain|
|Pedals:||9/16″ Steel/plastic, Non-Slip|
|Saddle:||EuroMini ergonomic saddle|
|Seat Post:||580mm Black Aluminum|
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Euromini Zizzo Campo Review
Made From Quality Parts. A mish-mosh of parts from the top folding bike manufacturers. A well made a bike with top quality parts.
Super Light. Weighs only 28 lbs or just under 12.7 kg, the EuroMini ZiZZO Campo bicycle is a breeze to carry and commute with. It is one of the best inexpensive folding bike under 200.
Style. Did we mention good looking?
The branding. Well, that could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on the owner.
Overall a big thumbs up from us. There’s no denying this is a smooth looking machine, made from quality parts, lightweight with some great extras included. In fact, we really like the design and think it’s one of the better looking foldable bikes on the market today.
However what we didn’t like in our EuroMini ZiZZO Campo folding bike review were the branding and whole EuroMini ZiZZO Campo association, it seems a bit, how should we put it, pretentious? But hey that’s just us and overall this is a well made, great looking set of wheels.
Why become a folding bike owner?
You’ll become a transport hero. You can walk there, train it, bus it, taxi it or ride it. Foldable bikes give you that option to do all. Nobody wants to ride in a storm and nobody wants to be that annoying person you can’t split a cab with because of your cumbersome bike. Having a compact folding bicycle lets you tackle all modes of transport in a painless urban cool sort of way
Save yourself some money. Use one for the daily commute to work and you’ll save a serious amount of money on parking fees and petrol. Me personally, I cycle to work in the morning and ride the bus home at night, even doing this still saves me $30 week on public transport.
Community buzz and exercise by accident. When you ride you feel alive, you feel engaged. You start to notice the things happening in your community and neighborhood and best of all you’re doing it a lot faster than if you were walking. You’re also exercising but not really exercising consciously, you know what I mean? You’re having fun getting from A to B and just so happen to be getting fit as well.
You trendsetter you. You’re at the forefront of a global trend, taking the moral eco high ground whilst being fiscally responsible and cool at the same time. Besides you’re probably too old for a BMX now anyways.
Here’s a quick 2-minute vid showing a pretty spiffy guy going to work, catching the train then jumping in a cab with his folding bike.
The quick five things to check when choosing a folding bike (really easy and fast)
Most people, myself included a look at five main factors when deciding on a model to buy. Seeing as we want no fluff legit reviews we’ll apply these five factors to all the folding bike reviews we add to the site. So without wasting any more time here are the things we’ll be looking for.
We’re looking at two sizes here, the wheel size and the size of the bike after it’s been folded. Wheel size is fairly standard with most foldable bicycles having 20″Wheels, folding mountain bikes generally have 26” Wheels.
The size when folded is important because the more compact it is folded equals how easy the bike is to carry. The whole purpose of a folded bike is the take it anywhere attitude, so the folded size is a biggie as is the weight which leads me onto our second factor…
Pretty simple, the lighter the bike the easier it is to carry. We’re after that effortless, not breaking a sweat look.
Gears and speeds:
Means the same thing really. The more gears you have the more options you have in terms of speed and ability to get up those tough hills. If you live somewhere where hills are a factor, then you’ll need to pay attention to this.
Bike frames are made from metal. Some metals are lighter than others and some are stronger than others. Also, some metals are cheaper than others in terms of price and quality. Think of the frame as a juggling act with the three balls being weight, price, and durability. When we get to the individual bike reviews you’ll see what we mean so don’t worry too much, we’ve got a good handle on things to frame wise so will point out things as we go along.
Bikes are just like any other product or service, you get what you pay for. With that being said it’s definitely possible to snag a great deal for a great bike. Some of the bikes you’re paying for the branding rather than a good bike, we call it label bashing, we’ll let you know when we review them if that’s the case.
How to choose a type of bike
Buying a bike will depend on what sort of bike rack you plan on buying or building. It will determine how strong you need to make your rack and if you should weld or bolt together your rack. Your bike also will determine the type of metal you should make your bike out of such as steel, aluminum, wood, plastics or other material.
I found this humorous article on how to choose a bike but I disagree with a lot of the points they make.
Get To The “Which One Should I Buy” bit already!
Fine, fine. Or rather, I’ll tell you which one not to buy (unless you really know what you’re doing, in which case you shouldn’t be reading this):
- Any really, really cheap bike. If it costs less than about 250 dollars/euros, even on special offer, it’s almost certainly junk.
- Anything with rear suspension.
- Anything resembling the torture instruments the Dutch inflict on themselves.
- A road racer.
- Anything marketed as a “city bike.”
- A BMX bike, unicycle, fixed-gear, downhill bike with gi-normous tires, Custom Cruiser, expensive touring bike or cyclocross bike, or any other specialty bike.
A so-called Dutch bicycle. This one’s hiding, because it doesn’t want to cause any pain to anyone by having them ride it. Avoid. They’re heavy, wobbly, slow, hard to maneuver, hard to stop, and give you a very poor riding posture. I once rode one right into some rose bushes when coming back from a party one summer night; took me weeks to get all the thorns out. On the upside, they can be rather pretty, if well made, they last forever with minimal maintenance, and riding a Dutch bike is great cardiovascular exercise, even if most pedestrians will overtake you.
But I want a…!
Fine, go ahead. Just don’t blame me when it all goes wrong. All the bikes on the above “avoid” list have their legitimate uses, and if you’re sure that your needs fit one of those legitimate uses, knock yourself out. (I have two road racers myself.) But if you drop four grand on a super-duper fully-suspended lacquer-painted downhill marvel, don’t be surprised when (a) you’ll find that it’s not that great at going up hills, and (b) it got stolen 24 hours after you bought it. However, be especially skeptical of “city bikes” and really cheap bikes — there really aren’t many things they can do that something else couldn’t do better and (in the medium term) cheaper.
Screw custom cruisers and bling-bling Klein downhill bikes. Tandem’s the way to go if you want to get some attention — and offer them a ride too.
Really, tell me. What should I buy?
Since you insist, dear imaginary reader.
If we cross out cheap junk bikes, Dutch bikes, racers, downhill bikes, and specialty bikes, what does that leave us?
Fitness bikes: If your main use is exercise, go for it. However, if you need to leave it unattended outdoors, go with something else: it’ll get stolen, and even if you’re insured, it gets annoying to replace a bike that you’ve just managed to break in. In my opinion, a fitness bike is the only “specialty” bike a novice might want to consider, since it’s an excellent ride, easily adaptable to different missions, and much more approachable and versatile than e.g. a road racer (which, I can tell you, is not much fun in a city full of curbs, tram tracks, sewer lids, and similar fun)
Trekking bikes: or “hybrids.” If your main use is urban utility cycling with some fitness and touring thrown in, a trekker or “hybrid” is probably your best bet. They’re not as pricey as fitness bikes and therefore less attractive to thieves, they ride reasonably nicely, and they can be easily adapted for a variety of different uses. (A hybrid is basically a mountain bike with bigger wheels, and a trekker is basically a hybrid kitted up with baggage racks.)
Mountain bikes: If the price was not a consideration, I’d only recommend a mountain bike if you intend to bike off-road, and in that case, I would urge you to save up and get a good one costing a grand or more. However, for some reason, they’re very popular, and therefore if you’re looking for a bargain, you’re much more likely to find it in a mountain bike than a trekker or fitness bike. While most mountain bikes are just about useless for anything in the state in which they’re sold, they’re easy to adapt for a number of missions, including utility, fitness, and even touring. So, if your main concern is utility cycling, especially in an old-world-y city with lots of curbs, cobblestones, tramway tracks, potholes, sewer lids, and such, a mountain bike may be just your thing. I would steer you away from disk brakes, though — they’re thief magnets, and they add cost and weight to a bike without really providing any benefits you’d notice unless you’re actually blazing down a muddy path somewhere.
A decent bike can be had for about 350 euros/dollars, less if you find a special offer or buy off-season, more if you want to dress it up a bit. Decent mountain bikes are the cheapest, and decent fitness bikes are the priciest: expect to spend about 500 and upon a fitness bike. Trekkers are somewhere between the two.
Don’t get one of these. Either it’ll scare the living daylights out of you and make you stop cycling altogether, or a spin on the open road on it will make every other type of bike feel like complete rubbish. And you can’t really ride it in the city because you’ll smash the rims on curbs and it’ll get stolen them minute you look in another direction. And you’ll look pretty silly into the bargain. Oh, and you can get a half-dozen perfectly serviceable bikes for the cost of just one of these.
What to watch out for?
Look out for pigs with lipstick. That is junk bikes that have had one or two flashy and expensive parts hung on them — typically the rear derailer and/or a disk brake. If you see an obviously expensive part on an obviously cheap bike, it’s almost certainly a pig with lipstick, and you should avoid it. Pigs with lipstick cost about as much, or just a hair less, than the minimum price you’d expect to pay for a solid entry-level all-rounder. So if you see a Shimano Deore XT derailer on a bike costing 300 bucks, a warning bell should go off — that part belongs on a bike with a four-figure price tag.
Poor Brandy. Nobody deserves a bike like this: this one’s a pig with a lot of really cheap lipstick on.
On the other hand, shop towards the end of the season, when the stores are clearing out the bikes to make room for snowboards. Big chains are perfectly acceptable places to find bargains on last year’s bikes — my sister got her extremely solid road bike from Intersport for a song, since she bought it in mid-winter. Mid-price big-chain brands like Nakamura, Nishiki, Insera, Scott, or Decathlon are sort of like the Toyotas of bikes — there’s nothing particularly exciting about them, but they’ll get the job done just fine at a reasonable price. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with buying your bike from a supermarket or general sports store, as long as you avoid the pigs with lipstick who also like to lair there.
The “Shimano series” of mountain-bike components which you’ll find on most MTB’s and hybrids, from most to least expensive, is XTR, Deore XT, Deore LX, Deore, Alivio, Acera-X, Nexave, and then some number-coded stuff. XTR is pure bling, while Nexave borders on junk. Acera-X is still just a bit dodgy, but everything from Alivio to Deore XT is worth what it costs. The corresponding series for road parts is Dura-Ace, Ultegra, 105, Tiagra, and Sora. (The latter is funny because it’s Finnish for “gravel” which is one place you don’t want to take a Sora-equipped bike.) However, Shimano doesn’t make any really shoddy road parts; Sora is roughly at the level of Alivio or Acera-X, so there’s not anything wrong with, say, a fitness bike that mixes Sora and Deore. However, beware of bikes with wildly different levels of components mixed together — an Alivio-based bike can be nicely jazzed up with LX or XT shifters and rear derailer, but Acera-X or anything below it does not belong with Deore XT or LX. It can be a bit hard to detect cheap-outs, though, since there are plenty of manufacturers of perfectly good hubs, bottom brackets, cranksets, and brakes, and if you don’t really know what to look for it might not be easy to see whether a hub is cheap junk or well in line with the rest of the bike. The TANSTAAFL principle is a pretty good guide for bikes too.
The points I disagree on are: stay away from sora. By all means, if your a serious biker, you probably want to stay away from Sora, but if you are looking for a cheap bike, then your only really going to get Sora. As long as you don’t ride down gravel or in the dirt/rain you will be fine with them. Think about it this way: buy an expensive car with a good engine, or an expensive car.
The other point I disagree with is don’t buy any of these: cheap, road racer, cycle cross, fixed gear or city bike. It doesn’t matter what type of bike you buy. If you are going to ride up hills and on gravel and on the road, a cycle cross bike might be best for you. If you want to ride really fast, a road racer might work. A cheap bike is good if you want to ride once a month, a fixed gear is good for flatland if you live in an area that’s all flat a fixed gear might be best. So, like with buying bike racks, do your research and the perfect bike will come to you. As for bike racks, everyone knows that Thule, Yakima, and Saris are the best bike racks.
How do you stop a fixed gear bike?
Fixed Gear Bicycles have been around for ages but the scene has recently exploded.
For people that are unfamiliar with Fixed Gear Bikes that know that some fixed gear bikes don’t have brakes so a common question is:
“How do you stop a fixed gear bike?”
The simple answer is by using brakes.
“But fixed gear bikes don’t have brakes”
Most fixed gear bikes from the factory come with brakes. If it is a custom fixie then it is true that the bike may not have brakes.
“Well, how do you stop one then?”
Quite simply it takes a bit of practice to stop on a fixed gear bike but it can be done. To stop quickly you can do a fixie skid. It’s done by basically pushing down on the pedals in the opposite direction to lock up the rear wheel. Leaning forward a bit and doing this will make the skid easier and weight can be pushed back over the rear wheel to increase the resistance.
To slow down all you need to do is slow your pedaling speed or cadence down. The faster you pedal the faster you go.
Quite honestly if you are new to fixed gear bikes I would use the front brake to get used to it and for emergencies. Until you can stop adequately without one this is the safest thing to do. Let’s say that your chain breaks while riding a fixed gear bike with no brakes, there is no way to really stop it other than coasting. If you were to be traveling down a large hill with an intersection at the bottom you would have two choices:
1) Eject the bike
2) Try to maneuver through the intersection.
Now, if this were a wall with spikes on it and you had no front brake, and you were trying to stop your fixed gear bike with a broken chain, you would only really have the one choice to avoid death and that would be to abort the bike somehow.
Bicycle Repair Tool Kit
Recently walked into a well-known bike shop just to browse around. I went back to the service desk to take a look at prices just to see what it costs to have repairs done. I found out you can save a lot of money by getting yourself a decent bicycle repair tool kit. Sure you can use your regular tool kit or your multi-tool but a good bicycle repair tool kit is essential to anyone who is serious about saving money by doing their own repairs. When purchasing a bicycle tool kit take into consideration the cost of the number of repairs that one single bicycle tool kit will allow you do do. For example, a cheap bicycle tool kit may cost $20. This may give you a chain tool, and some essentials. This is not going to give you as many tools or the quality that a more luxury bicycle repair tool kit will. What you’ll need in your tool kit depends on your limitations. What do you want your bicycle tool kit to allow you to repair? If you’re like me you’ll want to be able to repair everything but not go overboard with the unessential.
Sure I could have got a tool kit with more options, but the number of tools I actually needed and use was just right with the toolkit I purchased. The only tool I had to buy was a park tool individual spoke wrench as the multi spoke wrench just didn’t cut it. I’ve put together some tool kits that I would buy and use.
Here is a review of the toolkits I put in the bicycle repair tool kit store and why.
This toolkit has 37 pieces and is very similar to the park toolkit I got. The only difference is it has a lot more pieces than mine and is actually cheaper than the retail cost of mine. Had I of known this, I would have purchased this rather than mine. The layout of the case is better. These types of bicycle repair tool kits are great to keep in your garage and move to the car when you need them. You should be able to take this anywhere and fix your bike.
There is no doubt about it that Bikehand makes great bike repair tools. This is the starter kit. The good think about it is that it’s a toolbox. Meaning you can buy any tools that you may need and stick them in the box. Great for those looking to expand their tools as they need them. I’ve always liked tool boxes and there is no doubt that Bikehand makes some of the best tools available. There is a reason some of the best bike shops use Bikehand tools. So why not buy a tool box to match the great quality tools and save your money by buying the set?
Want a quality bike toolset without the huge price tag? This looks like the ticket and the price is low enough to justify it. Another clamshell bike toolkit with the basic tools you’ll need to do repairs on your bikes. Many of the tools included are of the same design as the park, just different colors – but don’t tell Park tools that.My kit is very similar to this and there isn’t a problem that I have not fixed yet. You may want to buy some additional spoke wrenches to go with this one though.
Ok, if you don’t need all the above tools, but want a quality set get a bike repair kit like this.Just make sure that you put a chaintool in it, in case you have an incident like this: I Broke my Front Derailleur If I had this kit with a chain tool in it, or even my multi-tool it would have saved me a lot of walking. Learn from my mistakes and buy a quality bicycle toolkit!