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Old 02-29-2016, 08:31 AM   #43
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Not impressed with my 2001 vintage Bike Friday New World Tourist.
Was great initially, but the hinges were and continue to be inadequate even after BF's band-aid fix. They used to use brass bushings, which disintegrated after only a couple hundred miles. They may be better now. There's probably a better way to fix the style my BF has. I'll have to look into it someday. It's also ridiculously heavy.
I prefer to just use a piece of plywood with a fork mount on it. I just set it in the trailer, attach the full size bike appropriate to where I'll be, and be done with it. As long as the plywood is big/heavy enough, it doesn't move. Simple. Effective. Multiple bikes can get crowded, but I can deal with it.
Usually, I just fold the back seats up in the Tundra and throw it in. Wheels stay on, it's out of sight and secure. Full suspension 29er goes in the bed of the truck with a shell on. It's a huge bike, but does get tossed in the trailer for security as needed.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:41 AM   #44
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Folding bikes

Would appreciate any more info on Montagues, specifically the higher end recent Partroopers like the elite.

I am having a hard time finding any local knowledge on these since very few LBS deal with them.
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Old 02-29-2016, 08:58 AM   #45
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Last fall, I bought a Montague Fit for half price on Craigslist. At 26 lbs very light and fast. Changes the 30 gear combinations easily with the paddle shifters. I haven't taken it out much this winter to give you proper report. The only problem I have is the seat. In 35 yrs, either the seat has gotten smaller, or my a-- larger.
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Old 02-29-2016, 09:40 AM   #46
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Would appreciate any more info on Montagues, specifically the higher end recent Partroopers like the elite.

I am having a hard time finding any local knowledge on these since very few LBS deal with them.
You can get lots of info on the Montague site. We have had ours for several years now and would not change them for any other bike!
We added gel seats for comfort. Because of the ease of unfolding/folding and small area needed for storage, our bikes are always with us as you never know when you will have an opportunity to use them. We camp in lots of different parks and the roads can be good or terrible. We have no problem getting around on our bikes. See my earlier post.
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Old 02-29-2016, 07:56 PM   #47
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We have bike Fridays and really like them a lot - no hinge problems - and if you don't look down at the wheels I cannot tell a difference between it and my pro bike - they were a bit pricy and custom made - but really pack nice and have been great for traveling - I know they are traveled all over the world - wonderful bikes !


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Old 02-29-2016, 08:04 PM   #48
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You can get lots of info on the Montague site. We have had ours for several years now and would not change them for any other bike!
We added gel seats for comfort. Because of the ease of unfolding/folding and small area needed for storage, our bikes are always with us as you never know when you will have an opportunity to use them. We camp in lots of different parks and the roads can be good or terrible. We have no problem getting around on our bikes. See my earlier post.

I'll reach out to Montague to see if they will work with my LBS.
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:52 AM   #49
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there shouldn't be anything special about the seats ... any dealer will have a plethora
just like me :-)
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Old 04-01-2016, 01:53 PM   #50
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Old 04-01-2016, 02:00 PM   #51
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Aren't larger wheeled bikes easier on you for longer distances in general or if you want to do some mountain bikes than most 20" folding bikes?

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Old 04-01-2016, 09:05 PM   #52
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I actually went with a REI Skycap which is an 18 speed Tern Node 24". Perfect for us.
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Old 04-01-2016, 10:20 PM   #53
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Kelvin- I've been riding bikes since I was about three years old - I'm four now :-) - I have several pro bikes - several mountain bikes - a tandem and the bike Friday - I like you was skeptical when I bought a bike with 20 in wheels - I don't know how they did it - but if you don't look down at the small wheels when you are riding you really cannot tell the difference between it and a road bike - we purchased the bikes for travel - they fold into a suitcase and can be checked as regular baggage - way better than the old days of boxing up a bike. The Fridays are a bit pricy and have their purpose - but overall great bikes that I would not be afraid to take anywhere or any distance

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Old 04-01-2016, 10:22 PM   #54
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Aren't larger wheeled bikes easier on you for longer distances in general or if you want to do some mountain bikes than most 20" folding bikes?

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I have both. It all comes down to comfort of seat and bike fit. With the same seat I find no diference between my specialty bike Friday pocket Llama ( offroad) and my Myata Terra Runner .
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