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Old 08-29-2015, 12:50 AM   #1
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Folding bikes

With the recent purchase of my new airstream classic I strongly considered installing the fiamma bike rack. For many reasons I decided against the installation. I also decided against the installation of a front receiver hitch on my truck that will accept a bike rack that will carry normal size bikes. That said, and so that my wife and I can bike ride while camping, I'm now considering quality folding bikes that will easily store in my F 250 truck bed or cab, such as the Dahon D7 mariner. Do any of you carry folding bikes? If so, what are your thoughts as to the advantages and disadvantages? Do you have any folding bike brand or model recommendations?
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Old 08-29-2015, 04:58 AM   #2
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After installing a front hitch receiver on my TV. Guess what? My wife and I were at a house sale and there was a matching pair of Mariners (white). What to do? We decided to buy the bikes for the convenient storage on long trips and use the front hitch for short trips. Best of 2 worlds, so to speak! Good luck with your decision.
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Old 08-29-2015, 06:09 AM   #3
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I have a Citizen folding bicycle and am very happy with it.

Considerably smaller and more manageable.


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Old 08-29-2015, 06:47 AM   #4
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The folding bikes I have from camping world are heavy and uncomfortable. For a short shot around the CG they are okay, though. Not anything like the specialized hybrids we carry inside the trailer when on the road. Might list the folders on the classifieds if we make it home through the tropical storm.
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After installing a front hitch receiver on my TV. Guess what? My wife and I were at a house sale and there was a matching pair of Mariners (white). What to do? We decided to buy the bikes for the convenient storage on long trips and use the front hitch for short trips. Best of 2 worlds, so to speak! Good luck with your decision.
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You guys are going to have to tell us how the heck you get all these good buys at garage sales, etc. etc. Which ones are you bringing to Traveler's Rest? We're awaiting the arrival of our front hitch so we can bring ours. That's another story.

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:32 AM   #6
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Dahon is a reputable brand, and there are quite a few others. Only issue I have had with my Dahon's is the fact they have a lot of proprietary parts on them. As they get older the parts are harder to find. I have two Dahon's from the mid 80's and two Raleigh Twentys from the early 70's. They work for us as campground cruisers. If I want to ride longer distances or ride some technical trails the full sized bike goes along. I usually just prop it inside somewhere. FWIW I bought my Dahon's at a local thrift store, $100 for the pair.

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Old 08-29-2015, 07:56 AM   #7
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Like Avion my folder is from CW. Too heavy for the size. In hind site I would not of bought it.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:52 AM   #8
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My wife has two from West Marine that were a gift to her from a friend. They were essentially new and had always ridden all folded up in the hold of their sailboat. They had been intended for "port" bikes and were simply never used. My wife's friend gave them to her hoping they would be good for Airstreaming.

They ride in the back of the truck unfolded because I can pack more effectively that way. They are nervous little bikes and are fine on pavement but gravel and dirt is not the place you want to go. As mentioned, these bikes tend to have lots of parts that become unavailable, even with the top brands.

We also have a Montage folding bike which is more like a mountain bike and it has not yet made any trips because of its size.

My view of folding bikes is not positive. They are a compromise at best and their utility is limited. There is simply no way that a midget bike with a hinge in it is as structurally sound or capable as I would prefer.

I am dreaming of a custom built receiver on the back of the trailer (discussed elsewhere here on the forum) and a bike rack that will fold down. This would allow carrying some decent bikes that can handle the rigors of camping and also allow folding the carrier down or taking it off to get into the trunk on our trailer.
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Old 08-29-2015, 08:52 AM   #9
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I would revisit the Fiamma Airstream rack. It gives you the opportunity to carry better, more comfortable bicycles. We have carried the same two Gary Fisher bikes on a VW Camper Fiamma rack and now the Airstream rack for over ten years, all over the country. They have suffered little from the experience and have always been convenient and secure for us.
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Old 08-29-2015, 09:35 AM   #10
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When we sol our 25' FB to purchase the 30' Classic we let the Fiamma be sold with the 25' because if we were to mount the Fiamma on the 30' Classic we would have problems with access to the rear storage compartment with the slideout. In addition the emergency escape on the 30' is the rear window. the presence of the bikes would have created a problem with getting out if the bikes were on the Fiamma. On the 25' the escape window is on the side, therefore, no problem. We are now waiting for delivery of our front hitch for our new TV. Before we sold the F-250 we had a front hitch and were very happy with having our bike rack mounted on the front. One of the advantages for us, having the rack on the TV was that if we decided to go exploring far from the CG we could take our bikes. The picture is our 25' Int'l set up that a new owner now has.

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Old 08-29-2015, 10:29 AM   #11
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We receintlly purchased recumbent trikes that fold. We carry them folded in the back of the truck. The truck has a shell. We can also carry them folded,in our 25 footer. We use them I. The camp ground, when we can as someone is always asking to try them.
We don't have the ICE brand, but one can see the trikes in different situations,trail,street and off road.. We have traveled up to 40 miles in comfort on them.
Before the trikes, we had a recumbent tandem.

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I had the pleasure of riding one of these for an afternoon. Very comfortable, light and easy to fold up and stow away.
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My Citizen bike is sturdy, made of steel, and does well on paved, dirt and gravel surfaces.....tho curves and turns on gravel must be done carefully, but that would be true for me on any bike on gravel.

It is not a dirt bike, but great for exercise in a campground or roadway.

Doug and I carried our two folded and in their carry cases. I find carrying mine unfolded is much less bulky and awkward for me, and I have no problems lifting it into and out of the Interstate.

My bike takes up about 1/3 the space of a traditional bike.


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Old 08-29-2015, 12:20 PM   #14
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Can anyone comment on the riding comfort of a quality folding bike versus a standard size non-folding bike?
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