Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Where the cows go bong!
Bikes: Not a folder.... yet
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Let the Test Rides commence!
I have finally managed a test ride and borrowed a S2LX, unfortunately in Flamingo Pink!
Deserves it's reputation for the compact fold. Everything folded into a parallel form, which is a real plus for small spaces. Other brands could do with thinking about this as not all spaces on public transport are fan-shaped.
A bit of wow! but let done in some areas. Cheap looking m/guards, although 2007 look better. Cheap pedals and reflector. Little details which shouldn't matter but do. Take a company like Audi - everything matters and it shows.
More fun than I had anticipated. However, unless the road surface is perfect, it felt like I was running a very under-inflated tyre. I keep changing my mind about the 2 speed. Sometimes I think the 2nd isn't high enough and then I think, no, it suits most situations unless really wanting to hammer along.
It was wearing Brompton tyres - I guess this is a weak link?
Will I get one?
If I could afford more than one high quality folder, Yes. But I can't right now. So I'm unsure. On looks alone I really want the Birdy but all the LBS say that on the train, unless you're prepared to stand in the vsetibule on a regular basis, the only real option for a seat on the train is a Brompton. I still want to measure the space in case a Birdy, Mezzo Curve SL or MU SL would fit. Downtube Mini (in Orange) would be great but there's no aftersales support in the UK. I'm even considering the bonkers Carryme by Pacific.
I'm going to pick up a Birdy later, fortunately not in pink! I haven't found demo bikes for the Cure or MU. Mezzo ride next week and decision by the end of next week, if I want something in the next 10 weeks!
And just for fun, I'll try out a Strida 5 when abroad!
What a surprise. Rain forecast for the rest of the week. Damn Global Warming!