How comfortable is it?
2 to 10 miles
10 to 20 miles
As comfotable as any full sized bike I have ridden.
Not comfortable at all but I need a bike that can fold.
How comfortable is it?
Irrelevant - I mod my folders until they are comfortable. I don't expect them to be comfortable out of the box.
If it's a Brompton or Birdy, probably over 20.
My Dahon 16' inch Presto is uncomfortable after 10 miles. With my suspension seat post, closer to 40 miles. With a Brooks Champion Flyer, who knows?
There's no question that a smaller wheel is going to be harder than a full size hybrid. This can be rectified easily and for not too much money.
I just rode my Dahon Speed D7 a bit over 20miles with no discomfort and it is stock.
I often ride my folders on centuries and beyond and they're very comfy. I ride them beyond 20mi every day.
Yeah you have a point jur. Personally, i think it's stupid to modify a folder into a road bike. It defeats the purpose and spirit of the bike. But that's just me and yes, I am a short distance rider. The longest I've ever ridden on my folder is maybe 15 miles and it was OK but not great.
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My Downtube Mini is somewhat modified, with fenders, dynamo hub with accompanying lights, brooks saddle, etc; but these do not really change the fit, so don't count. More importantly, they do not change the fold. I've also changed the tires, which I suppose is more relevant, but hardly counts as a modification (or does it?). The result is a bike that matches my personal needs and preferences better than it did out-of-the-box, but I consider the bike, for the purposes of this poll, unmodified. Oh, and I changed the grips almost immediately, because the stock grips were definitely uncomfortable. Does that count?
That said... there is no discomfort involved in riding this bike; it's less efficient, due to aerodynamics, than a bike that would offer a longer reach. So after 15-mile rides, which I've done many times, I find I'm more tired than after my usual 5-10 mile rides (go figure!). I don't think I'd go much beyond 25 miles just because being in the same riding position for two hours would probably lead to discomfort.
I think jur is right
well for me he is...
I've never bought a bike that was right out of the box...
always need to change something and offten a lot.
On topic - I've never had a bike that was completely comfortable out of the box.
I've done multiple 25 and 50 milers on my Dahon D7.
For me, it was comfortable right out of the box.
Come to think of it, the stock tire failed during one of the 50 milers! Had to repair it with a boot so I could continue! I replaced both tires with 1.75" Schwalbes.
I put another saddle on it that I thought would be more comfortable, but went back to the stock seat after a couple of rides.
Oh, I added Crane Creek bullhorns and clipless pedals.
Hmm. My position isn't getting any better here...
Fewer Cars, more handlebars!
Oh, I forgot to mention this one: I also disabled the suspension on mine by tying it into compressed position with nylon twine. Another modification made for the sake of comfort!
For my purposes, the most important thing about the folding bike is that it folds, and any modification that has no impact on the fold is irrelevant. Which brings us to your other point:
If you couldn't ride your bike there'd be no point in taking it on the train. If you couldn't ride your bike it would be useless as a commuting machine.
Ephemeral - I had to look that one up. There's nothing ephemeral about a comfortable saddle.
1. lasting a very short time; "the ephemeral joys of childhood"; "a passing fancy"; "youth's transient beauty"; "love is transitory but it is eternal"; "fugacious blossoms"
1. anything short-lived, as an insect that lives only for a day in its winged form [syn: ephemeron]
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