Hey guys, I need some good advice/suggestions!
There is a strong possibility that I may be spending the next two years on a hot, humid tropical island and I'm going to need a bike. I know that bike needs to be a folder, but I'm torn as to which manufacturer/model to buy. Here are some parameters for y'all:
1. It must have the ability to be packed in a hardshell case that meets airline regulations...especially since I'll be on puddle jumpers as well as regular, standard airplanes. I do not want to remove wheels or disassemble the bike.
2. It must have 20'' wheels and rims that can support my weight (145-1501bs) plus an extra 15-30 lbs of gear.
3. It has to handle well over hilly terrain and less than ideal, developing-nation kind of road conditions (some paved, some dirt, some gravel-covered).
4. It needs components that will be tough enough to withstand heat, humidity, moisture (i.e. rainy season). I don't need top of the line, but I need components that will hold out for the long haul...no LBS where I'm going!
5. I would like to keep the price under $900.00.
6. I'm looking for something I can commute with as well as use for recreational riding. I would be commuting 14-20 miles a day.
I've test ridden most of the Dahons, and I like the Helios P8 a lot. Bike Friday is way out of my price range. Airnimal (chameleon) is too uncomfortable---makes me feel too stretched out.
Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
My first thought would be the Dahon too. What do the locals ride? Some marvellous Luzon beater?
I would recommend Bike fridays low end model for packability or a Dahon Boardwalk. Bike fridays are good bikes .I have one.If you cannot find anything ,You may P.M me or e mail.If you are going to the P.I There should be people who can repair bicycles.I checked the Bike friday website all the used models are higher end.The pocket tourist straight 8 is $799 new ,list price though. Bike fridays come in two frame sizes small and medium. This might solve your fit problem.
Originally Posted by beaterbike
Last edited by James H Haury; 05-27-05 at 08:27 AM.
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Aren't these two mutually exclusive needs? I'm fairly certain that none of the 20" Dahons will fit into a regulation case without removing the wheels at the very least. And I think the same goes for the Bike Fridays, doesn't it?
Originally Posted by beaterbike
Because I thought I could
I noticed that, too. With a quick release, removal of the front wheel is simple. Quick removal of the rear wheel pretty much requires a rear derailluer and quick release hub. And while the Dahon case is over the 62 linear inch regulation size, I noticed the folks at Gaerlan have figured out how to pack a 20" Dahon into a 62 inch case. Their "Go Travel" model might be an option for him.
Originally Posted by eff-J
The other unknown is how often he needs to transport the bike. He's paying a premium for a Dahon or BF folder to do that repeatedly. It might be easier in the long run to disassemble a conventional steel frame bike ONCE (I'd pick an older hardtail MTB), ship it ONCE, reassemble ONCE, and leave it behind when he leaves.
There is a LOT of wisdom in that statement. Consider the need for the folding bike when travelling. If one is going to be spending a lot of time in one specific location, it makes more sense to just take a normal bike. International travel often allows for larger bike boxes and the hassle isn't that great if only doing it occasionally. In fact, one can also allow for just leaving a frame and/or wheelset in the remote location if travelling back/forth often. That's what I've done - I have a wheelset sitting in France which makes packing up my bike a lot easier (it's S&S coupled). Even leaving a nice inexpensive frame abroad isn't that expensive. Just spend 30 minutes pulling off the components between trips. That's essentially what you have to do to get everything from a >20" wheel bike into a real airline case anyway.
Originally Posted by ks1g