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    Might need to rent a folding bike for future trips

    I'm in Orlando for an industry event, I have a big race on Saturday and I'd like to just get a few miles to stay loose. So I thought I'd see if I could rent a bike nearby. I search Google for bike rentals in my area and see wheel chairs, mobility scooters, and baby strollers. WTF?!?

    I don't think I'd use a folding bike for daily life at home. However, it seems every time I'm on a business trips, I think about buying one. Minneapolis has a LBS that rents folding bikes, might need to try this for the next trip to this bizarre place in Florida. Might find out that owning one would be a good idea.
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I'm blaming you. There's a difference.

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    Portland Oregon Brompton dealer rents , but I think its Just locally a ride before you buy scheme.

    But you're more in Cahoun's Bike shops territory in MN..

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    Having a bike along on business trips is what led to my purchase of a Bike Friday in '94. Very nice to have a bike along so I could explore new areas either before or after meetings. And far more convenient than finding a rental outlet, figuring out how to get there, etc. But I'm surprised you didn't find rental bikes available in the Orlando area with it's focus on tourism. orlandobikerental.com came up first on my Google search.

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    check spinlister.com and see what's for rent around where you will be......
    It's easier to stop and smell the roses when all you have to do is put a foot down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linberl View Post
    spinlister.com
    you beat me to it. spinlister is really cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    you beat me to it. spinlister is really cool.
    Have you actually used it? I'm planning on trying it later this year.
    It's easier to stop and smell the roses when all you have to do is put a foot down.

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    Your scenario is similar to how I ended up getting my Brompton (and other ensuing bikes). I had an event to attend in Prince Edward Island out on the east coast. The last time I was there was for our honeymoon, and we had brought our bikes, but didn't really get a chance to use them (nor was I really into cycling at the time). So, this time, given PEI's famous trails, I figured I'd rent a bike. Lo and behold... no bike rentals nearby where I was staying at all. Then I thought, what about folding bikes? I had heard about them, and so I started Googling, and then I ended up on this forum, looking at Bromptons, etc. and it was all downhill from there.

    Whenever I go to conferences, if it looks like I will have at least one free day and if the location is known for its trails, I will try to bring my Brompton.

    My advice is if you do end up buying, buy the most expensive folding bike that will meet your needs that your budget will allow. All things being equal, you get what you pay for.

    Mind you, I want to see how the Helix turns out... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7OkPc0hD1S4
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Portland Oregon Brompton dealer rents , but I think its Just locally a ride before you buy scheme.

    But you're more in Cahoun's Bike shops territory in MN..
    That's the one!
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I'm blaming you. There's a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linberl View Post
    check spinlister.com and see what's for rent around where you will be......
    This is new to me, thank you!
    I didn't say it was your fault, I said I'm blaming you. There's a difference.

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