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    Recommendation

    So I'm going to tour across either Italy or New Zealand (leaning towards the former), and have decided to take a folding bike.

    Now, the ones I'm looking at are actually "urban" bikes from Dahon, but they seem to be pretty nice nonetheless.
    So you think any of these would withstand a cross-country trip?

    http://www.dahon.com/us/marinerd7.htm

    http://www.dahon.com/us/speedd7.htm

    http://www.dahon.com/us/espresso.htm

    I'm currently thinking the Speed D7 would be the best for a 45-day tour.


    Your opinions?

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    For Dahon specifically, there's also
    http://www.dahon.com/us/speedtr.htm (much pricier though)
    and
    http://www.dahon.com/forum/index.php

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    The selected price range is favoring the mid to low end models that you listed. So let's concentrate on size first. Mariner and Speed are both 20 inchers. Expresso is a 26 inch wheel size. The Mariner and Speed are more compact than the 26 inch ones. The Mariner is intended for the boating crowd or use near a salty coast. Speed is similar in size and construction and would go well most anywhere. Expressos are not as compact as the other two and might be a bigger-and more expensive-problem either shipping or taking it abourd a commercial flight. But it is a "full size" bike with little or no compromises in handling or riding. I have a 20 inch size bike (a Boardwalk) and I find very little differance in comparison with my past and present larger wheeled bikes (at 26" or 27" wheel diameter). So I recommend that you try all three bikes before you decide.

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    The Speed was the first bike I saw on the website, but I've really been hoping to go cheaper than that. So, I guess I will just have to play around with the three bikes in-store.

    Thanks!

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    let us get this right you are planning for a tour of 45 days in one of these locales ......
    45 days boys and girls !!! Thats a month and a half while we are all working our butts off ..
    dont give him any good advice ( I am kidding)

    in all seriousness though 45 days on a wrong bike will be murder... get a litle better than the lower end models a speed tr is a good choice ....

    thor

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    Thats a month and a half while we are all working our butts off ..
    dont give him any good advice ( I am kidding)
    Hahaha!


    Well, you can go ahead and keep working your butt off. My butt will be sitting on a bike seat come next year.
    (although it has worked quite hard for over 3 years by the time my trips rolls [no pun intended] around....yeah, this'll be fun.)

    Thanks the help...I think I'm going to stop being so cheap and just buy the Speed TR. I'll be cheap in other areas.

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    your butt will thank me .... thanks to the suspension seatrpost and you will be able to climb every hill as well ....

    :-)
    thor

    p.s
    And I am not saying that because I have a new 2005 speed tr for sale ... !!!!

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    You could also check out Downtubes, they're in a similar price range.

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    "...I think I'm going to stop being so cheap and just buy the Speed TR. I'll be cheap in other areas..."-ibimus

    Smart move on your part!

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