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Old 06-09-2012, 10:26   #16
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Re: Needed: Recommendations for Folding Bicycles

on the 20" for general use!
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Can I throw a question out and ask how much use folks actually get from their bikes? Just wondering if folks feel they are worth the investment.
To us, worth every penny. It was cheap in a French sports supermarket. They both get a lot of use, not just from the boats but they travel by plane to many places too. Lots of use, but we like using them.
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Old 06-09-2012, 11:17   #18
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Can I throw a question out and ask how much use folks actually get from their bikes? Just wondering if folks feel they are worth the investment.
Some people have bikes and never use them...I have been doing the car free lifestyle for years. Have 3 bikes, 2 in storage locker and one one the boat. Number one ride is a Volae Expedition (hi-racer recumbent).It lives on deck, gets dismantled and stowed below underway. It is a major P.I.T.A. to get int in the dinghy or to stow it below, but it is so much fun to ride-3-5k miles a year- I would not be without it. It is available with a frame coupler to break it in half...should have ordered that option!Hostel Shoppe Recumbents - the world's largest source for recumbent information, bicycles, trikes and accessories.
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Old 06-09-2012, 17:33   #19
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Judging from what I am reading, there is some bike shopping in my future. Thanks to all who offered advice.
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Re: Needed: Recommendations for Folding Bicycles

I've been looking at Folding Bikes by Citizen Bike for a realistically priced rust-bucket but have explored this site: cycling into the future: 15 crazy concept bicycles.

Lots of good designs out there flying under our radar.
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Old 06-01-2013, 18:44   #21
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We keep a pair of folders on the rails in sunbrella bags.
At many places we go (east coast usa) the stores & sights are several miles away. A bike makes that easy. We wouldn't be without. If possible, go with the 26" tire. We have the 20" and do OK but the 26 would be nicer.
I found a guy in St. Aug that sells a cheap alum folder on ebay, well under $200 a year ago. Nice enough as basic transpo, nothing fancy, starting to rust in a few places.
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I have a folding Dahon I bought a few years ago, 26 in wheels, aluminum frame, front suspension, disc brakes, good components, rides good, well made. I think I paid about 700 us.I am happy with it.

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Re: Needed: Recommendations for Folding Bicycles

Cheap and small. They rust and get huge once on board!
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Re: Needed: Recommendations for Folding Bicycles

I have 2 folding bikes, a Dahon, and a cheap West Marine folding bike. We have used them both alot and have been fairly happy with them. The bad news is the parts used on both bikes are cheap, and rust heavily if not protected. They are also both heavy, compared to a decent mid-grade mountian bike. The weight isn't a big issue except when hauling them in and out of the dinghy.

So, I have gone to a different plan that I am using now that I am very happy with. I found a very nice mountain bike on Craigs list, I think it is a Treck. The bike is incredably light weight but strong. both wheels come off with a twist of a leaver, as well as the seat. I can take it apart faster than it takes to set up a folding bike. All of the components are high quality, and don't rust. Made out of AL, Titanium or stainless. even the chain is Stainless. The bike does not rust. When the bike is broken down, it takes up very little space, the same or less than a folding bike.
The ride quality of the Treck is much better than the folding bikes and I spent less than half of new for the used mountain bike. So some food for thought.
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These are for sale. They have a ten mile range and will do 10mph.









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Interesting, funny I didn't see what happens when a dog runs out in front of ya. I would give it a try!!!
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Interesting, funny I didn't see what happens when a dog runs out in front of ya. I would give it a try!!!
These are for real. The next big thing in urban mobility. Like a Segway
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These are for real. The next big thing in urban mobility. Like a Segway
Not too bad for $1800! A lot less then the sagway at $6000. But one better have good balance!
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Not too bad for $1800! A lot less then the sagway at $6000. But one better have good balance!
Actually I believe they are fairly simple to ride. They work on heavy gyroscopic principles. Certainly way more stowable than a bicycle.
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Re: Needed: Recommendations for Folding Bicycles

My wife and I were keen cyclists, and really needed some on-board transportation (we are full time live-aboards). We made a trip from Turkey to London to buy a pair of Bromptons. These are probably the most expensive fold-ups you can buy, but we think they're worth every penny.

We had a small space above our generator to store the bikes, they were the only ones that folded small enough to fit. We got a large front carry-all, and rear rack, and they have been great for toting shopping and wheeling water/fuel drums around. They have a 16" wheel, but ride like a full size bike. They are small enough that you can indulge in 'multi-mode transportation', catch a bus/train somewhere, carrying the bike. Get out, unfold, and your off!
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