I only found out about folding bikes this afternoon, so you can guess that I'm a newbie.
I live near Toronto, in the suburban city of Mississauga. I've always wanted a bicycle, it feels like all of a sudden hybrid or utility (??) bicycles are popular (or I've suddenly noticed them,) and, I've had this extra longing for mobility and freedom, so I really want a bicycle.
I had felt pretty upset that there had been no engineering marvels to prevent the all too common theft of bicycles, discouraging me from buying a bicycle, and further more, get more people into the habit of environmentally-friendly transportation!
Lo and behold! I discover the brilliant folding bicycle!
From this afternoon 'til midnight now, I've been researching folding bicycles. Bromptons, Birdies, Bicycle Fridays, ... they're all too expensive.
However, Dahons seem to have pretty good reviews overall, and they have a price I can afford (CAN$500 = $UK235 = $US475)
I'm on that budget, which Dahon bicycle would you most recommend?
Dahon Curve D3
Dahon Speed D7
If you can even recommend a bike under $CAN500, please do!
I'll be using this bicycle perhaps 2-3 weekly, on mostly flat terrain, for usually shorter than 15 mile trips a time. I'm very interested in having a lighter, sturdy, comfortable and smaller folded bicycle - what cheap folded bicycle can you suggest? best quality for its price?
Such an interesting exciting discovery, the folding bicycle for me.
p.s. And curiosity, what is a "mini bike"?
p.s.s. If you live in Toronto, what other stores besides "Urbane Cyclist" and "Curbside Cycle" have a good selection of folding bikes?