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Old 05-25-05, 10:42 PM   #1
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Thinking about getting a folder

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I'm normally a mountain Biker but lately I've been thinking about a folder for the future, any advice? I like the Giant Halfway, but don't know much about them.
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Old 05-26-05, 06:44 AM   #2
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Also thinking of the Dahon Boardwalk, but I was concerned with the 230lb weight limit as I'm 220lbs on a good day, also I'm 6' tall so I don't know how well they would fit, Any ideas?
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Peruse the threads .We have discussed pretty much every folder available in the west.Another alternative is a swift( Brand Name) folder.What will you use it for ?How much can you spend?Bike friday is an excellent bike but not cheap and not necessarily the best to commute on.On the plus side it can be custom made for larger people to handle more weight and you can get more gears.
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You might look at the KHS folder -my friend has one - it seems more solid than my dahon speed8 and has needed fewer lbs trips for tweaking. ALso - HAmmerschlammer has a new folder too - it seems nice and I think it has a larger weight limit.
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I will be using it form commuting to and from university, about 10 miles total a day. I want something that folds in case I need to take the bus home for some reason. I want a rack and fenders for it for sure, as I'd like to carry stuff (probably no more then 20 lbs) and the fenders would work good in the rain. I may do some longer rides, but mostly just short trips around town and then to school and back everyday.
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I test rode a Giant Halfway tonight, really liked it except for a few things. The gearing was way to low, and I didn't like all the non-standard parts on it, also I thought it was a bit pricy for the spec it has on it, $779 Canadian, the Dahon Boardwalk 7 has better gearing and is easier to upgrade, also alot cheaper so I may go that route. But I would have to say that the Halfway rode much like a bigger road bike, just alot more sensitive with the steering, but it feels very zippy. I liked that part of it.
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Also thinking of the Dahon Boardwalk, but I was concerned with the 230lb weight limit as I'm 220lbs on a good day, also I'm 6' tall so I don't know how well they would fit, Any ideas?
I'm 6' 3" and ride fine on my Speed P8. Although I have to have the seat and handlebars both in the highest possible position. I do wish the frame was a bit longer though, even though I ride fairly "upright". I might spring for that fancy new Syntace VRO stem they've got now.

Bear in mind that the Boardwalk's handlebars do not adjust.

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Hey! I recently sold my full size bike (GT Tachyon) and went with a folder.

I'm 6'0", 240lbs.

I *thought* I'd be getting a Giant Halfway but ended up with a KHS almost by accident (they had a discontinued 2003 KHS Westwood discounted to less than the price of the Giant... not an everyday occurance)

Here's a couple of links where I bLoged about the bike choice:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/af895/18282.html
http://www.livejournal.com/users/af895/18618.html

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Biggest factors for choosing a bike, especially a folder:
1) what do you want to DO with it?
2) what's your price limit?
3) what's the most important factor: folded size, general comfort, performance in it's intended role

Everyone's different but part of my decision process involved the following.

Things I needed:
- 20" wheel but no smaller.
- reasonable gearing - the Giant Halfway, as others have commented, was a bit low but I could have put a different freewheel on
- comfortable; I'm getting to be a lazy 20-something and I didn't want a high cross-tube that made it difficult to mount the bike while wearing jeans

I wanted something for *mainly* pavement use - maybe occasional dirt path.

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In Canada, Dahon markets the 2004 Impulse D6 http://www.dahon.com/2004/impulsed6.htm as the "Avenir Aluminum." I rode it and was VERY impressed.

http://www.bayviewcycle.com/NewFiles...nir_Alloy.html

The above link features both Alloy and Steel Avenir models. I recommend them highly after a test ride.
The Avenir is designed for road use but the bike shop owner felt it would be a great light-offroad bike with the addition of some knobbies. (it's built tough)

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The "Norco Origami" isn't advertised anywhere online except at one bike shop in Vancouver.
http://www.jvbike.com/bikes/Origami.htm
Good deals to be had on it and it's an impressive bike for the price. They seem to be available just about everywhere but you have to request it specifically.

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The "Airnimal" line (Rhino) out of England are AWESOME bikes but way out of my price range. They're great for off-roading.

Hope this helps some! Feel free to write back with more questions!

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I just bought a Giant Halfway, I am 6 foot and 220 and am pleased with it.

I bought it specifically for a trip on Memorial Day weekend when I was taking a bus trip and could think of no other way to ride on that weekend. I got a great deal on it.

I have only ridden it a few times and like the feel of it. The longest I have ridden on it is maybe 24 miles.

The bag it came in was just nylon and is pretty good but I had to reinforce the sides with cardboard to protect it on the way.

I would make a few upgrades (seat, pedals, rack) if I was to use it for longer rides.

It has a lot of uses I never thought of, from unusual commuting, to riding anywhere and leaving it, to just about anything.

The gearing is way too low which is good for climbing but not for speed.
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