Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Folding Bikes Discuss the unique features and issues of folding bikes. Also a great place to learn what folding bike will work best for your needs.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-21-07, 10:12 AM   #1
Jessica
cut my gas use in half
Thread Starter
 
Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I got the "I want's"

I had started to think I want to upgrade my Dahon, to one that has telescoping handlebars. I have put 2000 miles on the poor thing, and I still love it, but it is showing the wear. And of course, more adjustability would be more comfort and more fun.

Then I started looking online at things.

NOW,
I want an A bike.
I want a dual speed Carry-Me.
I want a new Dahon.

And of course, I cannot at this point afford any of them, since I am planning an expensive vacation next year, and need to save for it.

And I am spending way too much time at work looking at pictures and data about bikes.

I guess you all know how this feels, huh?
Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 10:37 AM   #2
14R
Bromptonaut
 
14R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Bikes: 2012 Brompton S6R;1993 Diamond Back Racing Prevail ti; 2003 Litespeed Firenze; 1994 Diamond BAck Axis TT
Posts: 1,681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I believe the A Bike and the Carry-me would fall way below your expectations since you have put over 2000 miles on a Dahon and you mention the desire of more comfort and more fun.

For the last 4 years I spend, every single day, at least one hour reading about bikes (most of the time here at this forum) or doing something to my bike that is not riding it (changing accessories, cleaning, adjusting, etc...)

I suggest you to take a look at the new Dahons, Downtube bikes and some of the 16" wheels available in the market (Dahon Curve (both D3 and SL), Downtube Mini and Brompton/Brompton clones such as Merc and Flamingo bikes). You might compromise performance a little (and you can find people that might not agree with me on this subject) but you still have a bicycle that rides like a bicycle (Can't say that about the A-Bike) with a folding package that will open several choices of usage.

That's just my opinion.

14R
14R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 10:40 AM   #3
EvilV
Bicycling Gnome
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: 55.0N 1.59W
Bikes:
Posts: 1,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
I had started to think I want to upgrade my Dahon, to one that has telescoping handlebars. I have put 2000 miles on the poor thing, and I still love it, but it is showing the wear. And of course, more adjustability would be more comfort and more fun.

Then I started looking online at things.

NOW,
I want an A bike.
I want a dual speed Carry-Me.
I want a new Dahon.

And of course, I cannot at this point afford any of them, since I am planning an expensive vacation next year, and need to save for it.

And I am spending way too much time at work looking at pictures and data about bikes.

I guess you all know how this feels, huh?
Try a cold shower. That's what I do when I want angelina jollie too much. Half an hour of cold water and I don't care any more.

EvilV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 10:43 AM   #4
EvilV
Bicycling Gnome
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: 55.0N 1.59W
Bikes:
Posts: 1,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 14R View Post
I believe the A Bike and the Carry-me would fall way below your expectations since you have put over 2000 miles on a Dahon and you mention the desire of more comfort and more fun.

For the last 4 years I spend, every single day, at least one hour reading about bikes (most of the time here at this forum) or doing something to my bike that is not riding it (changing accessories, cleaning, adjusting, etc...)

I suggest you to take a look at the new Dahons, Downtube bikes and some of the 16" wheels available in the market (Dahon Curve (both D3 and SL), Downtube Mini and Brompton/Brompton clones such as Merc and Flamingo bikes). You might compromise performance a little (and you can find people that might not agree with me on this subject) but you still have a bicycle that rides like a bicycle (Can't say that about the A-Bike) with a folding package that will open several choices of usage.

That's just my opinion.

14R
This is true. I've been riding my TSR30 a lot recently, but yesterday I went down to the pub on the old Merc and althought it's very different, it rides really well and I really enjoyed the ride (especially on the way back when the lively handling seemed even more lively for some reason).
EvilV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 02:33 PM   #5
DVC45
Senior Member
 
DVC45's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 3,834
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
' agree with 14R and EvilV....in that order.
DVC45 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 04:20 PM   #6
pm124
Car free since 1995
 
pm124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NYC
Bikes: Birdy Yellow, Birdy Monocoque
Posts: 1,018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you are single and straight, you might consider dating 14R. He has bought a lot of bikes for girlfriends in the past.
pm124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-21-07, 04:41 PM   #7
jur
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 6,833
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pm124 View Post
If you are single and straight, you might consider dating 14R. He has bought a lot of bikes for girlfriends in the past.
jur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-07, 02:13 AM   #8
14R
Bromptonaut
 
14R's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Bikes: 2012 Brompton S6R;1993 Diamond Back Racing Prevail ti; 2003 Litespeed Firenze; 1994 Diamond BAck Axis TT
Posts: 1,681
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
I heard 14R is currently in Brazil, dating girls that speak the romantic language of Portuguese and work part time in NYC dressed as angels to an american company called Victoria's Secret. He also sold his brand new Brompton S6L+ to an actor and is folderless while the new S6E-X (what a name!) is being made.

He can't think about anything else but the names RAW LACQUER, Titanium and Alessandra. Of course, it can't be true.


14R's mom.
14R is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-07, 05:57 AM   #9
Skidurts
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 67
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
No don't get an A-bike or a Carry-Me. Unless

a) you are going to ride them near daily in mixed mode with trains and/or buses.
or
b) you are going to hang them on your wall
Skidurts is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-07, 08:49 AM   #10
caotropheus
Senior Member
 
caotropheus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Portugal-Israel
Bikes:
Posts: 863
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pm124 View Post
If you are single and straight, you might consider dating 14R. He has bought a lot of bikes for girlfriends in the past.
LOLOL
caotropheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-07, 08:52 AM   #11
caotropheus
Senior Member
 
caotropheus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Portugal-Israel
Bikes:
Posts: 863
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 14R View Post
I heard 14R is currently in Brazil, dating girls that speak the romantic language of Portuguese

14R's mom.
Rafael, não te preocupes com a língua porque a linguagem corporal é universal...e a das bicicletas também !
caotropheus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-07, 01:45 PM   #12
Jessica
cut my gas use in half
Thread Starter
 
Jessica's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Sacramento, CA
Bikes: walmart beater, Dahon boardwalk, A bike, schwinn tandem
Posts: 324
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
no, I am not single OR straight...
and I have decided to put off the Carry-Me, but am saving carefully for the A bike. I know it will not be what I have in my Dahon... but it will be portable enough to play with any time I want. And since I have so many miles on the Dahon, you can imagine I am used to people commenting on my bike. And I will, as planned, get the new dahon after the holiday next summer, and after much thinking about just which model I want.
Jessica is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-07, 02:01 PM   #13
Simple Simon
Life in Mono
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: London
Bikes: 5 bikes, all the usual types
Posts: 493
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you fancy an A-Bike you may also fancy its older 'sibling' Strida

There have been a couple of recent reviews in UK of Strida, 8/10 in roadie mag cycling plus and velovision.
Simple Simon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-07, 06:32 PM   #14
pm124
Car free since 1995
 
pm124's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: NYC
Bikes: Birdy Yellow, Birdy Monocoque
Posts: 1,018
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Jessica, your Dahon is a baby still. My Birdy has 5000 miles on it, and is still but a baby bird. I know how difficult it is to get rid of the I Wants. One way of dealing with it is to simply begin to modify your Dahon so that it suits you better.

So long as your hinge and stem seem to be in good shape, you'll only require minimal maintenance. You probably want to replace the chain. Also, the next time you take the wheel off to fix a flat, spin it in your hands. If it's smooth, your cones are probably fine. If not, you might want to rebuild them. You should be good to go for the next 2000 miles before replacing your chain and deciding whether to upgrade the tires. Hope this helps!
pm124 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-07, 07:00 PM   #15
LittlePixel
Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc
 
LittlePixel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: London UK
Bikes: 1982 Raleigh Twenty Hotrod Fixie; 1984 Peugeot Premier Fixie, 2007 Merc Lightweight folder
Posts: 1,990
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jessica View Post
And I am spending way too much time at work looking at pictures and data about bikes.

I guess you all know how this feels, huh?
I do - I do...

Welcome to the world of bike-lust, having eyes bigger than your pockets and being able to rationalise having '3 working bikes and 4 in the garage awaiting renovation' as perfectly ok and not in slightest bit weird.
Soon you'll be waiting rabidly for the latest pix from BikeExpo each August and riding a fixed Raleigh Twenty. Mark my words! ;

Last edited by LittlePixel; 09-25-07 at 07:11 PM.
LittlePixel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 02:33 AM   #16
OldiesONfoldies
Small wheels ARE better!
 
OldiesONfoldies's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 362
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think some of us here have got to see a Shrink for our folding bike lust... but what if Dr Shrink likes bikes that shrinks too?
OldiesONfoldies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 06:08 AM   #17
EvilV
Bicycling Gnome
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: 55.0N 1.59W
Bikes:
Posts: 1,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldiesONfoldies View Post
I think some of us here have got to see a Shrink for our folding bike lust... but what if Dr Shrink likes bikes that shrinks too?
You could have your consultation while both riding folders side by side along a scenic cycle path, then at the end, fold them, and get a bus back to his office.
EvilV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 07:30 AM   #18
SesameCrunch
Eschew Obfuscation
 
SesameCrunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
Posts: 3,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have 5 folders in house and am going to take a look at a Bike Friday Tikit this week.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Yes, I have a problem with self-restraint
SesameCrunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 09:08 AM   #19
EvilV
Bicycling Gnome
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: 55.0N 1.59W
Bikes:
Posts: 1,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
I have 5 folders in house and am going to take a look at a Bike Friday Tikit this week.
.
.
.
.
.
.
Yes, I have a problem with self-restraint
Elton John is like that with flowers. He spends £150,000 a year on florist bills.

You don't have a hair job and big glasses do you?
EvilV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 12:28 PM   #20
veloeli
Newbie
 
Join Date: May 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have the same problem
my Dahon Impulse 21 is only the starter...
I'm interested in almoust every folding bike,
reading hours in this and other forums
and trying them in the special shop for folding bikes in Switzerland
http://www.faltbar.ch/
its some sort of a paradise for me, if I only had more money
still dreaming
veloeli
veloeli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 02:02 PM   #21
stevegor
Senior Member
 
stevegor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Oz
Bikes: lots... even a Raleigh twenty !!!
Posts: 2,117
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ladies and gentlemen of the folder community, I set you a challenge......
Don't think, talk, post replies or ride your bikes for 1 week, then see how long you last.
Betcha can't do it.
If you wake up in the middle of the night in a feverish sweat, thinking about bikes,
or the pangs are so strong that you feel quite ill....man, are you sick!!
You'd better consult Dr Jur or Professor Sheldon, immediately.
Welcome to cycling.
stevegor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 02:35 PM   #22
SesameCrunch
Eschew Obfuscation
 
SesameCrunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
Posts: 3,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by EvilV View Post
Elton John is like that with flowers. He spends £150,000 a year on florist bills.

You don't have a hair job and big glasses do you?
Well, I do have hair and I do wear glasses. Does that make us related?
SesameCrunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 02:38 PM   #23
SesameCrunch
Eschew Obfuscation
 
SesameCrunch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
Bikes: 2005 Fuji Professional, 2002 Lemond Zurich, Folders - Strida, Merc, Dahon, Downtube, Recumbent folder
Posts: 3,850
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
Ladies and gentlemen of the folder community, I set you a challenge......
Don't think, talk, post replies or ride your bikes for 1 week, then see how long you last.
Betcha can't do it.
If you wake up in the middle of the night in a feverish sweat, thinking about bikes,
or the pangs are so strong that you feel quite ill....man, are you sick!!
You'd better consult Dr Jur or Professor Sheldon, immediately.
Welcome to cycling.
I'd be one of the first to go into withdrawal convulsions if I had to quit cold turkey!
SesameCrunch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 02:49 PM   #24
jur
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 6,833
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 25 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by stevegor View Post
If you wake up in the middle of the night in a feverish sweat, thinking about bikes,
or the pangs are so strong that you feel quite ill....man, are you sick!!
You'd better consult Dr Jur or Professor Sheldon, immediately.
The following quote from the Bible would apply to me:
"Physician, heal thyself!"
jur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-07, 03:04 PM   #25
EvilV
Bicycling Gnome
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: 55.0N 1.59W
Bikes:
Posts: 1,877
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SesameCrunch View Post
Well, I do have hair and I do wear glasses. Does that make us related?
Probably not unless you sing ballads, play the piano and got married to a man last year.



EvilV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:23 AM.