Flatland folder with decent speed.
My wife and I both ride Trek 7.2 FX's (my wife on the WSD variant). We are currently living in separate cities while I finish out college. We're looking to get a folding bike that she can take on the plane when visiting me (or that I can ride when I'm back home). We both have our Treks with us at our individual locations. After I get back home, I'll be able to use the folding bike when I'm on the DART rail.
This is what I am considering when looking for a good folding bike:
-Can be folded to take on a plane. So it shouldn't be oversized (by Southwest Airlines standards: Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height) per checked piece of luggage.)
-Can travel up to 15 miles in one stretch, 30 miles round trip.
-Can keep up with the Trek 7.2 FX easily. That is, a comfortable pace of about 12 mph, cruising pace of 15 mph. and hefty pace (top speed with slight downhill) of 20 mph. (This is about what we maintain with our Treks at our current fitness levels).
-Terrain will be COMPLETELY FLAT! I live in Lubbock, TX. The outlying towns are called Plainview and Leveland for a reason. It is very windy here, but there are no hills to speak of.
-Decent price. Max spending will be around $450 dollars, but would like it below $300 dollars.
I am 5'9" and weigh 175 lbs. My wife is 5'6" and weighs about the same (but man does she look good
) Any advice would be helpful.
I was looking into the Dahon Speed D7. My wife and I have both tried out the 2008 KHS Latte Folding-1, and the Dahon Mariner D7. We liked the Mariner a lot better than the Latte. Seemed more solidly built and able to obtain higher speeds with less effort.
Thanks again for the help.