We have a pair of Dahon Mariners (20" wheels, folding, 6 speed derailleurs). I keep them in nylon bags made by Dahon, and I lash them to the pulpit. We have a center cockpit
boat so there is room on the aft deck
. The bags make it easy to lift
them in and out of the dinghy
both from the boat and on to land. The bikes have Dahon nylon handlebar bags with zipper tops--great for things about the size of two six packs, maybe a little larger. There is a rack on the back to which things can be lashed with a bungee cord, and I'm sure one could find saddle bags for the rear rack.
We have used the bikes all over the Chesapeake and New England
. Great for getting around a town for errands, and the gears make it much easier on hills and going distances. While the bikes have derailleurs, the shifting mechanism is a flipper moved by one's thumb--could not be easier. Clicks into the next gear
like the Sturmey Archer three speeds. Much easier than the "feel-y" system of the old style derailleurs.
The bikes are not inexpensive, but I got pair at the annual "sell unused stuff" sale
at our marina. Pretty much brand new.
There are a number of brands, but what I like about the Mariner Dahon brand is the use of aluminum
or stainless components. Check carefully. A friend bought a pair for sale
at a Marine parts
store and most of the components (rims, brake calipers, seat tube, handlebars all the nuts and screws) were ferrous. That means they will rust and corrode if scraped and the nuts/bolts will become almost impossible to take off or adjust w/o a decent tool box. Not what you want to have to carry around! And we're talking just a fee days in rain and salt water
cruising to watch the rust take charge. Once a year I'll strip and lubricate the Dahons. The bikes cost more because the components are aluminum
, but the more expensive bikes with such components are largely maintenance
free. Worth it, in my view.