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Old 05-25-16, 07:21 PM   #1
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6'2" 280lbs

Looking for a decent inexpensive folding bike to ride under $400. Any help will be appreciated.
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Old 05-25-16, 09:17 PM   #2
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You might want to ask this on the Clydesdale forum. They may have more info for you.
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Moved this from General Cycling. I chose this forum (Folding Bikes) because it seems like half of the regulars are involved in the industry somehow- dealers/distributors/factory reps- and hopefully will be able to help you out.
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Used heavy duty bike friday?
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That's a tuff one.... Bike Friday maybe, but not nearly for that price. Maybe a mini bike where its easy to take wheels out for smaller storage ? but again if not used there is nothing close to 400 ...( used Origin 8 ? non folder ?)
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I am 205lbs and I carried both my kids ( 65lbs each ) from the school bus to our home on a 9 silver. After about 3 months the rear wheel needed to be trued. The documented weight capacity on the site is 245lbs, but it can handle your size/weight. Please understand the rear wheel would be the weakest point and may need to be replaced, and I can not cover that as a warranty, everything else would be warrantied.

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I am 205lbs and I carried both my kids ( 65lbs each ) from the school bus to our home on a 9 silver. After about 3 months the rear wheel needed to be trued. The documented weight capacity on the site is 245lbs, but it can handle your size/weight. Please understand the rear wheel would be the weakest point and may need to be replaced, and I can not cover that as a warranty, everything else would be warrantied.

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Can the Downtube mini handle a 230lb rider? Or would the 8H be the only option. I just had a nightmare experience with a shady eBay seller for a Dahon Curve, so the Downtube Mini is the next best (better actually) choice for my 3 mile commute.
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Can the Downtube mini handle a 230lb rider? Or would the 8H be the only option. I just had a nightmare experience with a shady eBay seller for a Dahon Curve, so the Downtube Mini is the next best (better actually) choice for my 3 mile commute.
I never recommend a small aluminum framed bike to a big guy...I think suspension is a requirement for bigger riders. I like to recommend the mini to smaller women. It would handle your weight, however I would encourage you to consider a suspended model.

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I never recommend a small aluminum framed bike to a big guy...I think suspension is a requirement for bigger riders. I like to recommend the mini to smaller women. It would handle your weight, however I would encourage you to consider a suspended model.

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I understand. I'm only interested in the smaller bike for its ability to be easily brought with me on my 59 mile daily Long Island Rail Road commute. If the 8H is a better option I'd go with it instead, but it's size is definitely a negative.
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You tons of options, BF, Dahon, and a few of ours. The mini will ride like the Curve, not too comfy for a big guy...hence my recommendation.

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You tons of options, BF, Dahon, and a few of ours. The mini will ride like the Curve, not too comfy for a big guy...hence my recommendation.

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I rode the Curve (after repairing/adjusting it for an hour and a half), and the bike was actually a perfect fit. It was easy to handle, quick, light, and it fit me nicely. That's why I'm asking about the Mini. It's a step up from the Curve. If it can handle my weight I'm in! And yes, I'd be responsible for my own rims. I destroy bike rims.
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I rode the Curve (after repairing/adjusting it for an hour and a half), and the bike was actually a perfect fit. It was easy to handle, quick, light, and it fit me nicely. That's why I'm asking about the Mini. It's a step up from the Curve. If it can handle my weight I'm in! And yes, I'd be responsible for my own rims. I destroy bike rims.
I don't think the mini has a smooth ride....it feels like a Curve to me. It will handle your weight.

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I don't think the mini has a smooth ride....it feels like a Curve to me. It will handle your weight.

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Thank you. I'm awaiting the refund from eBay , and I'm ordering a Mini when the funds are received by my bank.
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At $400 you will probably be going thru several over time .. thats the Dahon clone price range..
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I don't think the mini has a smooth ride....it feels like a Curve to me. It will handle your weight.

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One last question. Are the Downtube Mini and 8H disc brake compatible?
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One last question. Are the Downtube Mini and 8H disc brake compatible?
The 8H has a disc hub, but you need to order the suspension model to get disc tabs on the fork. The mini is not setup for disc brakes.

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The 8H has a disc hub, but you need to order the suspension model to get disc tabs on the fork. The mini is not setup for disc brakes.

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Thanks. I guess an 8H it will be then.
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