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    Brompton-like vertical fold bikes?

    Hello! I'll soon be starting college and I am wanting to step into the folding bike scene.
    I've been combing the internet for bikes that are similar to the brompton's vertical fold and cheaper (price range <500) and still easy to find in california. I'm really looking at the Dahon Jifo, or if I do go with a classic fold, the Dahon Mariner, or a Citizen Tokyo...


    Anyone have any off brand brompton alternatives, that are good to upgrade too? Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tru7h View Post
    Hello! I'll soon be starting college and I am wanting to step into the folding bike scene.
    I've been combing the internet for bikes that are similar to the brompton's vertical fold and cheaper (price range <500) and still easy to find in california. I'm really looking at the Dahon Jifo, or if I do go with a classic fold, the Dahon Mariner, or a Citizen Tokyo...


    Anyone have any off brand brompton alternatives, that are good to upgrade too? Thanks!
    nothing in that pricerange below 500 ...
    Jifos are 900 ish but all are sold out since a long time

    MAriner is nice but fetches a little more than 500.... Dahon Vybe c 7 all sold out .... but interesting alternatives from Tern below your price point ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThorUSA View Post
    nothing in that pricerange below 500 ...
    Jifos are 900 ish but all are sold out since a long time

    MAriner is nice but fetches a little more than 500.... Dahon Vybe c 7 all sold out .... but interesting alternatives from Tern below your price point ...

    Thor
    Which Tern would you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ah b View Post
    Which Tern would you recommend?
    I would recommend the Tern Link C7. See: Tern folding bike Link C7

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    Quote Originally Posted by HGR3inOK View Post
    I would recommend the Tern Link C7. See: Tern folding bike Link C7

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    Thanks HGRinOK

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    Put that Upgrade Money on the Front of the Deal and buy a Used Brompton.

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    Mezzo is an easier bike to upgrade than a brompton. But they only had a short spell en available in US and simular price afaik. Else birdie, brezzer(space genie)not great but very upgradable if cheap(agree put the money in to a brommie rather than upgrade a brezzer). There is the 12" king of folders. "Who else wants one of these " thread that's much smaller folded and in your price range.
    Basically you need to buy used and/or spend more to get something decent.
    Bikes; dual drive Mezzo X2 bullbar previously owned brompton with mods. Also 3 birdies + downtube FS

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    Don't forget Bike Friday.

    They usually command a pretty penny, but every once in a while a cheaper one shows up on the used market.

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    Just Bike Fridays, rear fold is to the side, Tikit is their quick fold bike..

    UK and SEA have Upgrade parts for Bromptons.. the Swiss Mountain drive crank to double the low gear ranges on the low side,

    My 3 speed hub is used twice 6 individual gears.. though Swiss made products are not cheap.

    and all those Swiss bank deposits don't help the CHF in exchange rate either..

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    Used bike market Breezer i3. Brompton decal set.
    "When man first set woman on two wheels with a pair of pedals, did he know, I wonder, that he had rent the veil of the harem in twain? A woman on a bicycle has all the world before her where to choose; she can go where she will, no man hindering." The Typewriter Girl, 1899.

    "Every so often a bird gets up and flies some place it's drawn to. I don't suppose it could tell you why, but it does it anyway." Ian Hibell, 1934-2008

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    Quote Originally Posted by tcs View Post
    Used bike market Breezer i3. Brompton decal set.
    hahah that's so funny ...
    Having fun selling Terns and Dahons for a living. My personal website is also my business website, same as my profile name, therefore no link given to follow forum rules.

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    Terns are great bikes!

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    Caspian Terns are not popular, as they compete with the Fishermen, For Fish .
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