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Old 10-20-05, 01:25 AM   #1
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If you are considering buying a folder, please read this

I was thinking, maybe making this thread a sticky, where folder owners can drop an advice for the newcomer/curious to improve their knowledge "the easy way". Upgrades, hints, pros, cons, advices about accessories, etc.

My advice is: Make sure you have proper tyre pressure. Since the tyres are small, less PSI makes a big difference. Buy a decent pump and check your pressure more often than you are used to with "conventional" bikes. You will be impressed with the results.

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Sounds like a plan, i think we may be able to cut and paste or link to all the other threads with sound advice and valid opinions on folders and purchasing them...

So my top tip is,.. use the Search function and try to read through about 50% of the folder forum b4 you decide, well,... anything.
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Old 10-20-05, 12:35 PM   #3
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I noticed I have to top off air on the tires of my folder more often than the tires on my full-size road bike.
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Old 10-22-05, 08:22 PM   #4
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@V1nce: The search function for this board is, by far, the best tool ever created to help a newcomer making a decision.

I was thinking more like a collection of hints related to the daily use of folders, specially those not mentioned before. Here goes another:

If you are considering buying a folder, be aware that you may have to fold it more often than you need. People WILL stop you and ask how it looks when it's folded. It is up to you how you are going to handle this, but I usually end up being nice (specially if there are kids present). The curious mind of today can be the SUV driver spotting you on the road tomorrow.

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If it is an SUV driver I'd say "I'll show you how mine folds if you show me how yours folds".
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Ah i see Rafael, so that's how you meant it. Hmm wel lets see:

A great boon of small wheeled folders is that the wheels are very strong and the whole bike is extremely manouverable, both these qualities are excellent in city traffic and riding. It is still wise not to get carried away and take too many risks... You may well be even more vulnerable on a folder since you tend to be less visible, additionally most people don't expect or anticipate for bikes to be ridden very fast in traffic, this is even more true for a folder.
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