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    Suggestions for lightweight bikes? [Complete newbie here]

    Hello,
    I am interested in buying a folding bike, I think the biggest issue for me would be weight and price.
    The most I'm willing to spend is $200, maybe $250.

    I was wondering what you guys would suggest.
    So far, I'm considering the Kent Ultralite or the Kent Superlite.

    But I worry about the reviews of unsatisfied customers.
    That, and people on this forum don't seem very happy with Kents either.

    I'm not looking for anything too special, just something inexpensive to get me from Point A to Point B without anything horrible happening to me. o.0
    If it matters, I'm about 4'11" and maybe 90 pounds?
    (Wow, that looks pretty bad now that I look at it typed out. But I assure you, I'm stronger than I sound.)
    I plan on riding around town to my friends' houses, the movies, the park; things like that. Maybe even to school once it starts up again.

    I guess I should also add that I'm new to bicycling in general.
    Honestly, as of this moment I don't even know how to ride a bike, but my friends are going to teach me (Oh yeah, definitely some fun teenage summer memories coming up for me.)

    Thanks in advance, and I look forward to being an active member in this forum!

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    Check out the used Dahons with gears, I have found them used and in good shape for the money you are talking. If you get bit by the folder bug you will have owned many before you get to the one that we will call the Grail Folder.

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    Somebody posted a tip for learning to ride a bike on here: don't put your feet on the pedals until you get your balance sorted. Just drag 'em around so they keep you upright. Chums can push for a while - if they're real chums :-)
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    don't put your feet on the pedals until you get your balance sorted. Just drag 'em around so they keep you upright.
    Oh yeah.
    I've read somewhere else too.

    They actually sell small wooden bikes without pedals on them to help kids learn to balance. (Saw them at Target.)

    Seems like a pretty good way to learn for me.

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    In addition to what snafu21 said, here's another tip: Wiggle your handlebars back and forth--it's about trying to correct yourself as you're moving forward instead of keeping the wheel straight and trying to lean yourself back into balance. My wife was riding on her own after just 3 sessions and I feel this was a big factor. Good luck!

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    "
    I am interested in buying a folding bike, I think the biggest issue for me would be weight and price.
    The most I'm willing to spend is $200, maybe $250."

    Keep a look on the Best of Craigslist thread here, folderisti get upgrade-itus every three months, and there are often quite a few bargains. Maybe a folder with 16" wheels will be light enough for you, there's plenty of choice. They weigh around 11-12 Kg, whatever that is in foot-candles. New, the Downtube Mini is making a lot of people happy on here, if you can stretch to one. Have a look in the bike shops if you can, at different models. Folders can be rare in bike shops though.

    Gears are good, rear racks carry books and sandwiches, saddles can be changed to suit. Bikes do wear, so you'll need a small budget for repairs and punctures.

    Light weight is better, but costs real money, for very little weight reduction. Just get fit in the first month or so and take it easy. 11-12Kg is no problem.

    If you stick around here, the members often point people towards good used bikes , especially if you stay communicating and update your sig to show your approximate location.

    Bon Chance!
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    I think the Downtube Mini costs twice what I was willing to spend.

    But after reading all of the good reviews, I'm determined to get one. :O

    I saw one on eBay and bid on it. I'm hoping I get it! One day left and it's still in my price range. (Which I've adjusted slightly. )

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