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Old 06-11-08, 04:25 AM   #1
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looking for some advice on my first folder

Hello everyone. I'm new to these forums and was looking into getting a folding bike to ride around town doing erands and getting groceries. I have a full sized bike at my parents but would like a small folder that I could keep in my apt. Any advice on what I should get. I'm hoping not to spend Moe than 250. I also saw a 2007 downtube 8h on craigslist for 300. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 06-11-08, 08:17 AM   #2
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I'm only speaking from research here, as I have yet to purchase my first folding bike.

You're best bet would be to find a Dahon or Downtube with a rear rack on craigslist. For anything new, 250 is gonna be a bit cheap. You can get stuff for around that price, but no garuntee as to their quality. Most decent bikes will be around 400 to 500 dollars.

This being said, You can buy a Citizen Bike for $194 and $164 HERE , but I have no idea as to the value of that. From what I can gather Citizen Bike is pretty crappy, but I have never ridden one so I couldn't tell you.

Downtube has their 2008 9FS for $300 HERE. I hear this is a decent bike and you may look into getting this one.

Dahon makes their Boardwalk single speed that is being sold for $219.95 HERE. You might look into this one as well. From what I have read it is of good quality (for that price) but it is only a single speed bike. If you dont have large hills and aren't worried about speed, this might be the best bet for you.

Other single speed folders might be good too. The KHS Latte with an MSRP of $239 comes to mind. I have test ridden this one and it rode decently well. Looks to get around 8 mph top speed at a comfortable pace and flat lands.

As it is, the only quality folding bikes that you'll get for under 250 seem to be single speeds. Pay out 50 more and you'll get that 9 speed Downtube, which will allow for hills and give you more speed. Until we find out more info on the Citizen Bikes, I'd stay away from them if I were you.

Hope that helps.

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Old 06-11-08, 09:19 AM   #3
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Pay the extra and get a 9 speed, I have a singlespeed that I have been making lighter and have enough money in it to buy a Downtube. But I have been learning a bit by taking the bikes apart and putting them back together again.
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I would say go with the Downtube. I have a 2007 Downtube front suspension w/ 9 speeds and can say it is a great deal for $300. To save a $100, I bought my wife a Citizen...BIG mistake...it weighs a ton and is of low quality (in my opinion anyway).
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Thanks for your input. I was leaning towards the 2007 downtube 8H w/the internal hub. I just wanted some opinions on the bike before i bought it and wether or not it was a good deal.
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Hi Mark, I have a 2008 Downtube 8H (with internal hub) that I've been riding for a couple of months. I am very satisified with the quality of the ride and have gone on several short and medium-distance rides (the longest I've done is 60 miles) with no issues. It's a solid bike. It's also small enough to fit when folded in my apartment's front hall closet.

I frequently ride it to work and stow it in my office. I would say the primary disadvantage is that when folded it is bulky and heavy and not something I like to carry beyond a few feet. It's actually much easier to carry when unfolded, as you can walk it most of the time and when you lift it, the weight is more distributed so you can find a point to balance it.

I actually just bought a Downtube Mini because I wanted a more compact folded bicycle since I bring it on the subway and into the office a lot. If you live in the NYC area, I'd be happy to arrange a time when you could come try out the DT 8H. If the Mini ends up meeting my needs (I'm giving it a couple of weeks trial), I'd also be willing to sell it to you for an advantageous price.
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Hi Mark, I have a 2008 Downtube 8H (with internal hub) that I've been riding for a couple of months. I am very satisified with the quality of the ride and have gone on several short and medium-distance rides (the longest I've done is 60 miles) with no issues. It's a solid bike. It's also small enough to fit when folded in my apartment's front hall closet.

I frequently ride it to work and stow it in my office. I would say the primary disadvantage is that when folded it is bulky and heavy and not something I like to carry beyond a few feet. It's actually much easier to carry when unfolded, as you can walk it most of the time and when you lift it, the weight is more distributed so you can find a point to balance it.

I actually just bought a Downtube Mini because I wanted a more compact folded bicycle since I bring it on the subway and into the office a lot. If you live in the NYC area, I'd be happy to arrange a time when you could come try out the DT 8H. If the Mini ends up meeting my needs (I'm giving it a couple of weeks trial), I'd also be willing to sell it to you for an advantageous price.

Thanks, I think I'll consider going w/the downtube as it sounds like it's a pretty good deal for $300. I'm actually from NJ but work in the Financial District downtown.
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