First off, thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my various questions over the last few months.
I called into a bike dealer on Saturday in order to check out some Bromptons (M and S –Type) and get some prices for my Sister who lives in Germany and wants a folding bike….
While there I spotted a bike that I’d only ever seen in brochures or online…. namely a Dahon MU SL (2008) so I took that for a test… granted I could feel the road more through those skinny racing slicks but what a nice bike! Very light @ 19.4 lbs (10lbs less than my current folder) and it will give me the extra 30 + gear inches that I really need. The bike was up @ £799.99 but I have been able to find the bike from another dealer for £674.99, just need to wait a week or so. He has the 2007 version in stock @ £639.99, but I prefer the 2008 colour and I hear the hinge clamp is better.
I know I have said previously how much I like the R+M Birdy Speed but with recent price increases it is now £1,559… the Birdy IS a very nice bike but I don’t think it is worth the extra £884! …. and at that sort of money I could get another folder as well.
Having now test ridden 3 Bromptons I would like a 2 speed S-Type (in raw lacquer)… although this being the UK I can easily pick up a Brompton from e-bay and have some fun modifying it.
Oh and my Sister is on her way to buy a (pink) Dahon Curve D3 this afternoon so that’s someone I’ve converted to the fold.