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Old 06-28-12, 02:06 PM   #1
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Folding Bike for a guy, 6' 1", 300lbs

My first post, so bare with me

I want to start taking the train into work and biking to and from the station. I would like to get a full-size folding bike. It's only about 4 miles, round trip. No hills. I would also use it around town for errands and stuff.

I was looking at the Montague line of bikes. They look really well made and I like the design. The X50, in particular, looks to be perfect(my budget is somewhat limited).

Has anyone ridden a Montague? Any info on this or any other bike would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-29-12, 05:36 AM   #2
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I've been using a Montague Paratrooper for about six years. I don't commute (anymore). In the past I have used trains, busses, subways, a bicycle for my daily commute. Montague builds a quality product. No ‘high end road bike’ but not the 'Wallyworld special' either.

I went with a folder because of limited trunk space in my previous four wheel vehicle. The Montague serves the purpose. It's quick to pack into the trunk. Mostly used as a ‘non-folder’ now days. (Open the garage door, jump on the bike, go for a ride, return to the garage.)

I haven’t taken the bike onto public transportation often. When I do it’s been loaded on the front rack of the local bus.

Have others taken a full sized folder onto your train? Check the railroad policy.

When I used a train to commute, ‘packages’ needed to fit ceiling racks or between seats. You couldn’t use a vacant seat. Then there’s the problem of accessing the train from the platform. There were two commuter railroads in the city where I worked. One had ‘low platforms’ the other had ‘high platforms’, the ‘low’ platforms required you to lift whatever you wanted to carry onto a short/narrow flight of steps. Big items - like a full sized folder could be difficult. Then again some of the other riders would carry their ‘art portfolios’ up the steps.
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Old 06-29-12, 10:41 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I'm in NJ and you can bring regular bikes on the train. But during rush hour, things will be a little crowded. These bikes definitely stand out from the rest of the folding bikes out there.
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Old 06-29-12, 04:57 PM   #4
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If you're on a tight budget you may want to check out an old Fuji Marlboro. A quick search showed one in Jersey, but at 4x what I would expect to pay here. http://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/3085948375.html http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/3108726365.html
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Old 06-30-12, 11:58 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I'm in NJ and you can bring regular bikes on the train.
Which line are you planning to use? There are some restrictions as to when you can bring a bike on.
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Old 06-30-12, 12:41 PM   #6
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If I can ask, where are you in NJ? I am in Cherry Hill.
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Old 07-01-12, 11:52 AM   #7
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If you're on a tight budget you may want to check out an old Fuji Marlboro. A quick search showed one in Jersey, but at 4x what I would expect to pay here. http://newjersey.craigslist.org/bik/3085948375.html http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/3108726365.html
Yeah, I was checking those out. Seems like a lot for an older bike.

I from NNJ. I grew up in Hackensack and now live in Garfield. I would be travelling the Main/Bergen line and the Montclair/Boonton line.

Folding bikes are allowed at any time on any line.
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I used to work in Mickleton, exit 17 on 295, about 25mins from Cherry Hill.
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