Well I finally have some extra cash set aside for my first folding bike. I'm just wondering if you folks can help me a little bit more before I pull the trigger. Many thanks are already due for the scads of threads that I've read and learned so much from already.
So anyway, I'm looking for a folding bike to ride around town, occasionally commute on, and leave in the trunk of my wife's car for the occasional time that we're 20/30/xx miles away from home for whatever reason and I'd like to ride home rather than drive back with her. I'm a year-round commuter already but don't plan on using the folding bike as my main transportation. Really, it comes down to the fact that I love cycling and I figure that adding a folding bike to my stable will increase the overall amount of riding that I can accomplish. Well, that and I just have to find out what the big deal is about these folding bikes.
I've been looking at the Downtube 8H. Seems like a great all-around ride. I was pretty sure that was what I was going to go with until I found a Xootr Swift on my local craigslist for a few pennies under $400. It is a 2007 model and has around 300 miles on it. Drivetrain is stock but it doesn't have pedals (seller is keeping the Crank Brothers Candy SIs). It also has mustache bars and the associated levers. He purchased it this way from a shop that set it up to order.
I'll admit, I'd much rather have a brand new bike (who wouldn't), but I'm intrigued by the possibility of owning a Swift for what seems like a pretty nice discount. I'm 6'0" and around 185lbs. I would like to stay under $500 just for the simple fact that I don't really know what I'm going to use a folding bike for...I'm just sure that once I have one I'll wonder what I did without it (or so I get the impression from you guys).
Your assistance would be much appreciated.