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Old 04-02-2013, 15:25   #1
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Folding Bike Which Type?

We are gathering the items in preparation for a rather long cruise with my wife. We are wondering what others have experienced in the way of pro and con's of folding bikes... or please share what you find to be the better brand/model. This type of bike is rather expensive but if it is worth it, ok...The newest thing I see in this category of bicycles is folding electric bicycles... My thinking is that it should be constructed of aluminum as much as possible to not rust rather it would oxidize... hard non-inflatable tires etc...

Please share your experience with us...
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Old 04-02-2013, 15:41   #2
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Re: folding bike which type?

There are many choices, just like in regular bikes, so it really all depends on how you ride.

If you're going to putter around at low speed and short distances, then the low end Dahons or Sea Sure will be fine.

If you want to stretch your legs, you'll need something better. I bought a Dahon Jetstream EX and was completely amazed at the performance -- like a really good road bike from the days when I spent a lot of time on bicycles (won't mention how many decades ago that was . . .). My first day on it I knocked back 50 miles around the Isle of Wight without really breaking a sweat. A great thing to have on a boat -- a kind of long range land tender.

In short, these days you can get more or less anything you want in a folding bicycle. Make your choice and pay your money.
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Old 04-02-2013, 15:52   #3
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Re: folding bike which type?

When we first started cruising we carried a couple of Dahons. Not the ten speed but the three speed Sturmey Archer gears type. These are very nice little bikes without the clutter of derailleur gears. After the first few trips we finally left them at home. It all depends where you cruise. We found them useful on the US East Coast but useless in the Bahamas. Now we have a more or less set pattern and know which stops have the closest stores, laundry, propane etc. we no longer use them. They're in my basement at home. Again it depends a lot on where you intend cruising. Two bikes takes a fair amount of storage.
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Re: folding bike which type?

We have been happy with our Dahon Mariners. We stow ours up on deck inside some bags and have noticed rusting on the break and gear cables along with the gear spindles.
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Re: folding bike which type?

Frankly the Dahon Mariners are not worth the premium you have to pay for them. The regular painted ones stand up just as well with an oil wipe now and then. I have no interest now in Dahons but used to sell them 25 years ago as a hobby business.
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Re: folding bike which type?

Forget the folding bikes. We just use our full size carbon road bikes and two mountain bikes which we cover up and secure on deck. Much more comfortable to ride, safer, no rust issues. If we need to stow them, the road bikes come apart easily in two minutes and are stored in nylon bike bags. Spare parts can be purchased anywhere.

Another fellow we know just buys a used rental bike in each port for short money, then sells it for what he paid prior to leaving.
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Re: folding bike which type?

This is my folding bike. I bought it off Craigslist for a 100 bucks, and it was money well spent. Its a 3 speed, with a shaft drive, no chain to rust. You can find a deal, if ya look. It stows nicely in my port quarterberth. I have used the tar out of it. Its a great bike. Its a Aitelen. This is my grocery rig in photo. The dolly I got from home depot for 30 bucks.
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Try looking at Camping World dot com, they have some real good prices on folding bikes in many gear amounts, if ya sign up they send ya sale stuff for free, lots of the stuff they sell is useable on boats ! I don't have a thing to do with then other then a satisfied customer
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I have a Citizen folding bike. Seems to be decent and cost way less than a Dahon. Came with a nice storage bag too.

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We have two folders thevred ones west sells for 300. We found on craigs for less than half off. We love them !! For the keys they were great when in a marina. We left them on the bow chained up when itbwas calm out and in one of the berths when nasty. These are 6 speed i think. Goi.g to bahamas for 3 weeks well bring dive gear instead. Get covers for yours to never seen em w hard tires.
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Re: folding bike which type?

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Try looking at Camping World dot com, they have some real good prices on folding bikes in many gear amounts, if ya sign up they send ya sale stuff for free, lots of the stuff they sell is useable on boats ! I don't have a thing to do with then other then a satisfied customer
They call them the "adventurer", I have one aboard now. Great bike, very happy with it.

I bought mine used from Craigslist.
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Re: folding bike which type?

Adding a boat description and home port is essential for posters that want meaningful answers. It really helps. We don't know if your boat is 20 or 60 feet , nor whether you are cruising the islands or the inner passage.

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First, many say they never use a bike. I think it depends on where you are going and whether you cycle now. If you do not cycle, at least on vacation, you probably won't use them on cruise. I am a cyclist both at home and while cruising.

Second, there is also the option of a standard bike. I carry up to 3 non-folding road bikes on a bike rack. They are lighter, ride better and faster, and do not require unfolding. They take little more room than folding bikes, just a different shape. I was given a folding bike as a gift and returned it
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check out the montague full size folding bikes if you are interested in actual bicycle riding
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Re: folding bike which type?

We hate folding bikes, we never found one that was comfortable. We tried regular bikes and found they rusted quickly and were heavy.

We finally settled on Trek Districts, Carbon fiber forks, Aluminum frame and belt drives... nothing to rust and so light my wife can pick up both shoulder high at the same time. Wish we'd bought them years ago.
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Strida...Folds out in 10 seconds and folds up in 5 seconds...Bought mine used (little) for $200. New, they are a fortune.
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