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Old 04-15-2021, 02:03 PM   #1
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Bikes??

We plan to be on the road for approx. 3-4 months. RV Parks, State CG, and boondocking.

Space is getting limited in the truck and AS. I was wondering what the general feel is for bring along 7 speed foldable bikes non electric.

A real plus? Or So so.

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Old 04-15-2021, 02:45 PM   #2
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We plan to be on the road for approx. 3-4 months. RV Parks, State CG, and boondocking.

Space is getting limited in the truck and AS. I was wondering what the general feel is for bring along 7 speed foldable bikes non electric.

A real plus? Or So so.

Thanks,
Good Idea...we also have a 7 speed foldable.
But it's been decades since I straddled a peddler and I found a 7 speed left a bit on the pavement...glad it has a battery.

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Old 04-16-2021, 07:23 AM   #3
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Islandtrader, there is definitely a trade off but if you can find space, I would take them. Before we got our Airstream we’d fly and drive to national parks then see people on bikes cruising around and think “boy, I wish we had our bikes”.

If you don’t bring them, you’re walking and wishing you had them. That said, if you don’t ride much at home, you might not be as interested in doing so on the road.

We now have a pair of Specialized e-bikes and most of our destinations this year include bike trail as an attraction. Luckily we have enough room inside the trailer between the twin beds to hold them.

Good luck with you decision and have a great summer!
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Old 04-16-2021, 07:31 AM   #4
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Islandtrader, there is definitely a trade off but if you can find space, I would take them. Before we got our Airstream we’d fly and drive to national parks then see people on bikes cruising around and think “boy, I wish we had our bikes”.

If you don’t bring them, you’re walking and wishing you had them. That said, if you don’t ride much at home, you might not be as interested in doing so on the road.

We now have a pair of Specialized e-bikes and most of our destinations this year include bike trail as an attraction. Luckily we have enough room inside the trailer between the twin beds to hold them.

Good luck with you decision and have a great summer!

I second what Jeff said. We have a pair of folding e-bikes and manage to get them into the Airstream. However, if you'd like a pair of non-electric folders we have a couple we bought at Camping World a couple of years ago we'd sell you for $100. They're little used and come with duffel type bags to carry them in.
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Old 04-16-2021, 08:33 AM   #5
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I've become a real fan of folding bikes over the past year. I bought a basic 3 speed model with 16" wheels, that has a single fold in the middle. I've ridden hundreds of miles on it around town, and despite feeling like I am on a clown bike, it has been a good little bike. Best thing, I can fit it and my son's bike into the back of my VW Tiguan, so no rack, locking, etc., required.

I am about to upgrade to a 6 speed Brompton folding bike. They are to the folding bike world, what Airstreams are to the travel trailer world. They have a novel double-fold so that the resultant folded package is just larger than the 16" wheel. Like Airstreams, the price tag is hefty, but I am looking forward to having one.

I rode my full-sized mountain bike recently, and was quickly aware of how much faster I could ride on the full sized, 21 speed bike. That being said, when I am riding the folding bike, I am not really in a big hurry to get somewhere, so it is a good compromise. I see folks cruising along on the electric bikes pretty routinely as well. When I see how much an e-bike costs, and how heavy/bulky they tend to be, I think I would rather put my money toward getting the most compact fold possible. Again, not in a hurry to get anywhere.

Another thing to be aware of in terms of the electric bikes is that many cities are categorizing them as "motorized" vehicles, and banning them from sidewalks, and (more importantly) bike paths. Not sure how actively these rules are being enforced, but this may end up being a drawback to the e-bike.

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Old 04-17-2021, 08:49 AM   #6
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Thanks for the reply....I think I will order one from Amazon and see if it will work out. With prime I can ship back no charge.
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Old 04-17-2021, 09:49 AM   #7
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Do you guys have any recommendations on quality folding bikes? The groupset is particularly important to me. I don't mind to put one together if some one has frame recommendations.
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I second what Jeff said. We have a pair of folding e-bikes and manage to get them into the Airstream. However, if you'd like a pair of non-electric folders we have a couple we bought at Camping World a couple of years ago we'd sell you for $100. They're little used and come with duffel type bags to carry them in.
We also have a pair of folding e-bikes (Lectric XP) and thoroughly enjoy them. We have always hauled them in the bed of the truck, and even folded they take a substantial amount of space but we like having them. We are older, fitness no longer optimal, and the “boost” from the motor is a very nice thing to have when needed. You can control how much of the “e” is used to a good degree, including none if you want 100% human pedal power. They are heavier for sure (e-bikes), but I would recommend you give them a look before final decisions. We have taken ours on moderate trails, and sandy beaches too. Without the motor assist/boost, we wouldn’t be able to go more than 50 yards in the sand
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Old 04-17-2021, 11:27 AM   #9
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Love my Brompton

I also have a Brompton which I really like. I believe it is the only folding bike that folds in thirds, not in half. When folded it measures 2’x2’x10” and weighs 26.8 pounds. It is more expensive but very high quality. I have a six-speed, which is the most gears on a Brompton. I put in the back of my Toyota Land Cruiser when we travel.
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Old 04-17-2021, 02:30 PM   #10
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Do you guys have any recommendations on quality folding bikes? The groupset is particularly important to me. I don't mind to put one together if some one has frame recommendations.


Check out Bike Friday. Great folding bikes, another example of you get what you pay for. I have one of their mid to upper mid range Picket Rockets and love it.
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What's the weight on that?
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Old 04-17-2021, 05:35 PM   #12
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It all depends on what type of cycling you do. Buy whatever bike fits your style.

I ride 7k miles a year, so I want one kind of bike. My wife has an e-bike she rides one or two hundred miles a year.

Just buy the bike that will get you riding.
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What's the weight on that?


No idea, it’s a road bike heavier than my full size carbon one. However I used to do B/B+ rides on it, also very comfortable set up with same fit as real road bike. Metric centuries were not an issue at all. Ride is different but for regular riding or touring just fine.

We’re out traveling now full time and didn’t bring it or road bikes with, wife and i both have full sized ebikes we’re traveling with, hers is a hybrid Specialized turbo Vado mine a mountain bike also a Specialized turbo Levo SL
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I'll second the Bike Fridays as we have 2. We have a tandem which theoretically will break down to fit into two Samsonite suitcases and a Pocket Llama. Both are 27 speed and comfortable to ride long distances. The tandem was acquired as my wife us visually impaired but loves to ride.
We carried it in a pod on our canopy and broke it out several times on trips.
My pocket Llama has actually become a favorite around town.
They are a bit pricey but we've had both for over 15 years with little to no maintenance required.
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