Life in Mono
Join Date: Oct 2004
Bikes: 5 bikes, all the usual types
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Welcome to the ever un-folding world.
I had the same happen to me - lost a London parking slot !
So I know what a boot is ... many people here call it a trunk ;-)
I'd previously not used bikes to commute. I bought a Brompton 1st, it got me into folders and I still have it. They are almost the 'hoover' of folders in London .... they are really the best all rounder, and the smallest folded size (~ 15 sec). You may get a secondhand one for your budget, or stretch a bit for a new one. They can be quite heavy to carry and are awful to repair punctures on.
Then I bought a Strida3 which is much faster to fold (~ 6 sec) - it is a really simple fold and is nothing to carry (you dont - it wheels along - but if you do its v light). Journey times are same as Brompton but hills in London are all pretty moderate. I like the simplicity, but if you must have gears, look elsewhere.
I tried a Steel framed Dahon recently and was v impressed for the money (under £300), quite heavy and didn't fold so small, with 20" wheels - but a good, poorman's brompton ?.
There seems to be new models coming out all the time - I wish I could try them all. Check back through this forum - you'll find lots of views and feedback. Final choice between price, folded size, weight, speed to fold and speed to ride, is yours .... enjoy !
Last edited by Simple Simon; 11-04-05 at 01:08 PM.