Eric J. Smith
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kansas City, MO
Bikes: Raleigh M-60 and a Kinn-Ovation folder with a shaft-drive
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I'm looking for a folder (preferred) that I can throw in a bag or backpack. I need splash guards, and the ability to add a decent sized basket and/or panniers. It would be mostly used on streets and bike trails (paved). I DO NOT want clip pedals.
I would like it to have a dynamo hub lighting set-up for front and rear lights. I utilize my gears a lot on my current bike, and don't know how well I'd do with a three speed as I've never riden one.
It sure would be nice...
A water cage would also be nice. It would be nice to be able to add a BionX electric assist system at a later time.
And I want it for under $300. Ok, maybe I can fudge a bit on that. The iXi with some of the features I'm looking for is about $1,250. I like the Birdy, but that's getting into the $2000 range.
I'm in Kansas City right now, but am moving to D.C. the end of December or first of January. (Brett, if you're reading this, don't tell anyone at work yet). So I would like it to be able to be compact enough to take on the subway (at peak hours), take it on a train, and/or even carry it onto an airplane flight.
I don't own a car, and don't plan on buying one...although I do have a Zipcar account.
I don't want to have to buy a replacement in 5 years.
I weigh in around 180 lbs. and am 6 feet tall.