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Old 03-17-06, 10:27 PM   #1
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OK... What is good having a "folding Bike" ?

Seems that it looks fragile... Can you put it in your breifcase? If not, F IT! O.o
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Old 03-17-06, 11:16 PM   #2
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Obvious troll post. At least you have come to the right forum to receive your education. Folding bikes have many advantages of full-sized bikes. Some are fragile just like some full size bikes are. Small wheels are inherently stronger and more efficient in many scenarios. The most important point is what good is having a bike if you can't use it? Having a folding bike allows many of us to easily travel with our bike and then use it more often.
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Old 03-18-06, 05:17 AM   #3
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I know it says "do not feed the Trolls" but...
In many cities, car travel is not feasable (lack of parking, congestion), commuting distances are too great for cycling, so a mix of public transport and cycling is the ideal solution. This may not apply in some US cities but in Europe is pretty typical.
Folders allow you to take a bike onto any public transport (which often have bike restrictions in commuter hours).
Commuter folders need to be effective over shorter distances (perhaps 3 miles) so you can compromise on race effiency in favour of small fold and convenience.
A well-built folder such as the Brompton is reliable and durable. Check out he used prices of Brommies (if you can ever find one for sale).
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Old 03-18-06, 06:00 AM   #4
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the question posed is why a folding bike, the short answer is why not. I for one use the oflder to have it with me , when i travel. I go to the coast of flordia, and to portland Or. As i am cursed with diabetis and nerve damage from agent orange from my army time in Vietnam the bike provides exercise. Exercise is life to a person with the disease. Others here use them to commute in the large cities,agaiin a neat idea. It seems from reading their posts that many use a combo of public trans and the folder to get around. Hey in the large cities makes sense. And then there is the fact that they are kinda of neat to ride.I have tow bike fridays and two dahons. the fridays are 20 in wheels and the dahons are 16 in and 26 in . Now i dont use the 26 in expresso much any more but my oldest son does and he lives in Baltimore city so the oflding factor is nice for storage. My 16 in piccalo was an impulse purchase but i like it . The three speeds really give me a workout, soooo back to the exercise is life idea. Why indeede do some ride recumbents ?
so if you have any more questions hey ask we shall attempt to elucidate.
oh one more thing, I have taken to riding from the parking garage several blocks to the courthouse i work at in my fell deputy sheriffs uniform on my 16 in piccalo just because I can. The looks i get in downtown Annapolis really crack me up.
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Old 03-18-06, 06:58 AM   #5
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My main ride is a 20" wheel raleigh twenty...there is nothing like the look on a roady's face when I pass them. Oh, and I can bring it right into my office at work,

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Old 03-18-06, 08:54 AM   #6
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Isn't it typical?! People who have never ridden a decent folder, always react the same...
Well, it's simple:
-Have Fun when trying to fit your 'normal' bike in your car or on top of the roof, or on a rack....
-Have Fun when for some reason (chain break, flat tires,....) you have to carry your 26" around....
-Have Fun when you're riding your MTB and some 'fool' takes you over on a lightweight, fully equiped folder...
-Have Fun when your bike gets stolen, we can carry our bikes anywhere, so leave your precious machine outside, we'll take ours indoors....

So,Youthbiker, HAVE FUN !!!!! And do something about your silly signature at the bottom of your comment.

If You're stupid, and you are not aware of it....it's your own fault

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Old 03-18-06, 10:17 AM   #7
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The simple fact that I have one and you don't.

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Old 03-18-06, 12:24 PM   #8
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Why indeede do some ride recumbents ?
Hmm. This really needs to be cleared up:
Riding a recumbent is NOT less exercise (in fact, it may be harder in many cases), just more comfortable overall.
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Old 03-18-06, 01:22 PM   #9
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I no longer purchase any full size regular non folding bikes. And I doubt I will ever do in the future. Just look at my past post and my fellow forum members previous post here as to why-enough said.
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I was using recumbents as part of the answer, not as a put down. Folks ride them because they want to and like them. In the same vein some folks ride mountain bikes while others ride road bikes.
the cool thing is that there are som many different types out there and all tastes can be taken care of.
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Old 03-18-06, 09:56 PM   #11
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Seems that it looks fragile... Can you put it in your breifcase? If not, F IT! O.o
You no speaky englisshhh?

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Old 03-18-06, 10:40 PM   #12
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Can you put it in your breifcase? If not, F IT! O.o
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Old 03-18-06, 11:03 PM   #13
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I was using recumbents as part of the answer, not as a put down.
I see. Got it.
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I sure wanted a folding bike yesterday. I needed to return an item to a store. Getting to that store would require riding my bike for about five miles on a narrow street with bumper to bumper traffic moving at 40 mph. Although I think cyclists have the "right" to ride on any public road, I'm not crazy enough to actual exercise that right on a road where doing so would be fatal.

I could get there by riding a folder to the bus stop, taking the bus to the neighborhood where the store is, and than riding the folder from that bus stop to the store...a perfect plan...except I don't have a folding bike.

My next bike is likely to be the Dahon Boardwalk single speed model. The Boardwalk is probably too heavy for long rides, but would be perfect for trips where I'd combine a short bike ride with a long bus trip.
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Old 03-19-06, 12:27 AM   #15
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My next bike is likely to be the Dahon Boardwalk single speed model. The Boardwalk is probably too heavy for long rides, but would be perfect for trips where I'd combine a short bike ride with a long bus trip.
Excellent choice!
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I hope you are able to get a Boardwalk S1. The Boardwalk 7 has been dropped from the 2006 model lineup for the US market (althought they are still offered everywhere else). You will not be disappointed if you do buy a Boardwalk.
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Old 03-19-06, 08:52 PM   #17
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Hi, a newbie here, and I have fallen in love!

I set out yesterday to check out 26" hybrids. Came home with a Dahon Vitesse. All it took was one test ride and I fell hard. I still can't believe I bought such a funny looking bike!

I've been riding all my life and all my life I've never fully felt completely in control of any of my bikes. I'd temporarily maim myself getting my leg over the bar; one of the pedals would bite the back of my calf when I walked the bike...things like that. Now all that's over!

I love this bike!
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Old 03-20-06, 09:30 AM   #18
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You are obviously (and understandably) alone.

You, equally obviously, have nothing better to do.

And , unfortunately, by your own admission, it's your own fault!

Solution! :-

Pull your finger out

Get a cool folding bike

Travel, meet new friends

Enjoy the joys of a form of transport that lends itself to all types of travel, can be taken in cars, trains, planes and ships, can be taken indoors when you go in (i.e. it'll still be there when you want to leave and it won't have banana shaped wheels!)

Be careful though, because people will treat as though you are interesting, strangers will talk to you, you'll even gain some respect (optional)

If you follow my advise, Safe Riding!

If you don't, I'm sure that you could find a more suitable forum to whinge in!
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