Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Cape Cod
Bikes: Dahon Helios; Jack Taylor tandem; 1970 Raleigh (Carlton) Professional/ Vision R64 Recumbent
I'm very impressed with your custom-built Swift. Currently I own a Dahon Helios (bought used via eBay) with 7-speed hub (Nexus) gearing. I use this bike for intermodal transport: I take a train or bus from Cape Cod, where I live, to Boston, where I teach and consult, and ride from terminal to worksite, 4 to 10 miles away. Boston's streets are hazardous to wheels and somewhat hilly in places, and the Helios has done reasonably well but I think a stiffer lighter bike would be of interest, especially if I can have the convenience and relative ease of hub gear; and a right-folding bike would definitely be an improvement and perhaps ease the hazard of chainring bending in travel. Do you have an idea of your final cost?