|Here's something you've never seen: a folding tricycle.|
In the 1970s and '80s an American company imported bicycles and tricycles branded as "Royal Enfields" into the United States from Asia.
There was probably little or no relationship to the Royal Enfield bicycles and motorcycles made in England up to 1970. But the G. Joannou Co. of New Jersey was nevertheless proud of its innovative line of push bikes.
The line-up extended from beach cruisers and BMX machines to road bikes and included two very unusual products: the Village-Velo tricycle for senior citizens and the Compact folding bicycle for commuters.
|Catalog illustration of the Compact folding bicycle.|
It occurred to someone — but who? — that it would be possible to incorporate the folding mechanism of the Compact into the similar frame of the Village-Velo. Ta-dah! A folding three-wheeler!
The folding three-wheeler does not appear in a 1983 Royal Enfield bicycle catalog on found online.
|Note folding mechanism on the CraigsList tricycle.|
I wrote the seller asking if he has more information. In particular, I'd like to know if the front wheel tucks in nicely behind the rear wheels, or does it just butt up against the back wheel? Asking price for the bike on CraigsList is $300.