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2/5/03 John T. Chiarella

Porta-silk hbars01.JPG

Huntington, New York

Note the two spring arbors with the conical, chromed covers pointing rearward, and mounted left and right of the steering tube's head badge. These allow the "praying mantis" type handlebars to spring-load to the outside of the bike in order to damp shock transmission originating from the front axle. (This is, at first, most disconcerting to the rider who is unaccustomed to this bicycle). I can best describe the handling as being something akin to holding the reins of a horse...that is to say, the rider must hold them firmly and up, off of the neck, neither pulling too hard nor allowing them to slacken.

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Jim 26-Apr-2007 17:16
I have a Porta Silk Folding Bike, in good condition and was hopeing you could help me determin the value of it. Thank You Jim