On Training Wheels
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: central new york
Bikes: Reach folding, Merlin Road, Devinci performance hybrid
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Folding Bikes- not for everyone
I happened across the post about a newbie thinking folders are great for commuting, and in truth they can be. The following comments were posted, so I will give my point of view on each:
* They cost more for the same quality- TRUE, but not, technology for anything cost, and to have the ability to quickly fold and store a bike is worth how much? so they may not be for everyone, but those in need of the solution.
* Replacement parts cost more- Not really, wheels and tires are common place, so are the derailleurs, and bars.
* Replacement parts (tires especially) don't last as long- FLASE, Unless you get the cheapies, or it is a cheap folder with low end rubber
* They often weigh more- TRUE, but again it folds!!
* There are more things to break- FALSE for the most part. Some heavy use can strain the hinge
* They are often slower- FALSE, but it depends on quality. Many of the better folders are geared to replicate full size bikes, so it comes down to the engine more than the bike.
* They often don't fit as well- TRUE, it id designed to be versatile in fit, but you can customize to dial it in for your use.
* Normal load/cargo carrying solutions often don't work with them- FALSE- There are better folders with high quality front and rear racks, load that baby up!
Sorry, could not resist the opportunity to set the record straight.