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Old 08-06-2009, 01:08 PM   #1
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Folding bikes

Does anyone have folding bikes? That may be the answer to where the bikes go when pulling our Airstream. But there are so many and a wide price range. We want to choose one with good quality for recreational riding.... I'm not sure how to compare them and there aren't any shops around us to give any a try. I would appreciate input form those of you who have them. Thanks, MJ
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Old 08-06-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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Here is a site that has them.


Montague Paratrooper Tactical Folding Mountain Bike: The Bike

These are used in the military quite often.
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Old 08-06-2009, 02:19 PM   #3
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We recently purchased a couple of Dahon folders and have been quite pleased. We chose the speed P8 because it came with the wider tires.
Google SafteyCycle in Los Angeles, they still have some 2008 models at reduced prices and the shipping is free.
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That's a lot like asking "what car should I buy?" Each model exists to serve a different market. Your budget, folding size, unfolded size, component quality, YOUR size, your ability to service it, and the way you intend use it are all considerations, and are all equally important.

The least expensive folding bikes may work for you, but they won't be fun to ride. Most of the offerings from Downtube (I've recently changed my opinion on them), Trek folders (I have two, an F600 and F400) and (2005 and later) Dahon folders are all high quality for reasonable cost. They don't make the Treks any more. If you're willing to get into the higher end folding bikes Bike Friday and Brompton occupy the space from about $800 to $4,000.

There are also a lot of older folding bikes out there from the '70s that can be fun. Wahoonc can fill you in on those!

Don't pass up on good used bikes. They can be found on eBay and Craigslist. Just search on "folding bike" or "folding bicycle".

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I have had a Worksman 3-speed folder for several years and like it. They are built like a tank. And where else can you get a bicycle made in the USA?

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I have had a Worksman 3-speed folder for several years and like it. They are built like a tank. And where else can you get a bicycle made in the USA?

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Green Gear Cycling, in Eugene Oregon, manufacturers of the Bike Friday.

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We purchased some Dahon 26" Espresso folders about 6 months ago and love them. I don't know what your budget is, but folding bikes can get pretty expensive. We paid about $350 (2008 closeout models on sale) each for ours which is reasonable. The MSRP for a 2009 is about $500. The thing about the 26" folders is they are the same size as a standard bicycle when unfolded, but you sacrifice small size and light weight. The Espresso is about 29lbs I think. The nice thing is they fit easily in the back of the pickup with the camper shell on, so I don't have to deal with racks or hauling them in the trailer.

Folding Bicycles and Folding Bicycle Accessories by Dahon: Espresso
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Another vote for Bike Friday.
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Old 08-06-2009, 04:06 PM   #9
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We've had two mid level Dahons since about 2005. They are adequate, but I've grown pretty ambivalent about them.

Neither of them came from the factory in suitable condition. Bottom brackets were too tight, hub cones were too tight, etc. You could ride it that way, but in about 200 miles things would begin seizing and/or falling off (which they kind of did anyway, come to think of it). Possibly the Mu or Speed Pro might be a little better assembled.

I've put about 1200 miles on one, mostly commuting but including one 65 mile ride. The other has had more gentle use. I'm afraid mine's about done, as it needs repairs equal to its current value. I've put many more miles on many more bikes which needed far less maintenance.

I would not buy another Dahon, I think. I would be more likely to save for a considerable period and go Brompton, although Bike Friday's Tikit is interesting too.

So, it depends, what do you do with a bike? I understand recreational, but some people cruise 75 miles at 18mph and describe themselves as recreational. Others poke around the campground and toodle down to the store or beach and also describe themselves as recreational. They're both right, of course.
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One more strong vote for Bike Friday.

Mine hasn't been anywhere on the Airstream yet, but we were out cruising on our sailboat for 8 years and the two Bike Fridays were our main transportation on land. They're still going strong.

Bike Friday's cost a little more, but if you really want a decent bike to ride, to me they are the way to go on a folding bike.

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Old 08-06-2009, 05:50 PM   #11
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Dahon and Downtube will most likely fill the bill for campground riding. If you plan to ride more or longer distances start saving for Bike Friday or Brompton. There are plenty of vintage folders out there, but they are like vintage Airstreams

I am partial to the Raleigh Twenty's I currently have two and probably a third one

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Well, I have both a Dahon D7 (on sale at Performance bike right now for less than $300.. a screaming deal!) and it's been workman like for quick commutes of less than 12 miles. It's a very comfortable bike (a bit fast steering, but you get used to it quickly), but it's not as fast as my regular road bike.

I also have a Bike Friday tandem (actually, it converts to a triple to haul the kids around... it's as long as a semi!). It really feels like a quality piece... I wouldn't hesitate (except for the strength of my children stokers!) to do a century on it. With the 451 rims, it's very fast. We took it to Germany a few years ago and had a blast.
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I am partial to the Raleigh Twenty's I currently have two and probably a third one

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We have a pair of the Dahon Expressos and they are OK. Really any bike needs maintenance and adjustments. Ours needed it from the beginning, but not a big deal. I got a "deal" from an EBAY seller for two left over models a couple of years ago, so they were still in the boxes when we got them. Once they are setup, they seem to do alright. I did have to replace the crappy quality brake pads, however. We haul them a lot more than we ride them, but it's nice to have them when you want them, and I guess that's what a folding bike is all about.
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