Originally Posted by RonH
You're riding a folder in the Ride the Rockies ride???
A good folder is almost as good as a regular bike. Last year I had a Dahon Speed P8 at RtR, and as jppe mentioned, I had some shifting problems, and a desire for higher gears for the flats/downhills and lower gears for the long climbs. The BikeFriday is a more solid feeling bike, and this one has a 3 speed internal hub and an 8 speed cog--so the gearing problem should be rectified. It is also about 5 pounds lighter. It also fits into a suitcase, so if you are travelling with a bike, you don't pay the outrageousj fees associated with shipping bikes. It flies with you.
Why did I change bikes? well, I had a bad experience with teh Dahon where the frame broke right next to the weld with the hinge in it. I wasa riding it at the time, and the result on my knee was not good. The frame was replaced, and it is now being ridden by my son-in-law who only uses it for a relatively flat commute--does not take it like I did to long rides, mountains etc. The Friday has a design I like better, because there is no hinge on the main tube. It doesn't fold as quickly or as compactly as the Dahon--not as good for getting to the metro, folding it and going, although I have done that. It is more of a 'transportable' folder--not a quick folder. But the ride is much more like my road bikes.