hi everyone, BF newbie here so i'm posting to ask for your opinion... should i get a folder, or should i spend the money on a nice MTB, hybrid or road?
my good ole' mountain bike was stolen just a few weeks ago... real bummer... but, in hindsight I'd had it for at least 8 years or so and it served me well. and it brings me to my next juncture in biking. Oh, and that's what got me to seriously consider folders, as it would be easier to keep my bike inside and secure from theft.
I don't have a car, so biking is my method of choice when I need to get places outside of walking distance. though lately I've been stealing my gf's car... i think it would be healthy to get back on 2 wheels. but, the ability to fold up a bike and take it in the car or on the train/subway or even on an airplane... way cool
-I decided I have about $600 to spend TOPS... I'll spend less, but that's about the most I'm willing to spend.
-I am a college student in Santa Clara, CA - for those of you who don't know, Silicon Valley is very flat and I don't anticipate riding up/down any significant hills for the vast majority of the time. That being said I'll be finishing college in the next year or two, and if I move to a hilly city like San Francisco the extra gears would be nice.
-I've ruled out fixed gear/single speed... it does sound like a good idea in some ways, but I feel in the long run it's not for me.
-Most of my rides are short... a few miles at a time.
-My last bike had front suspension, so while that isn't a requirement it would be a welcome plus.
-I really like the internal hubs, and I'm pretty set on getting one. Unless someone has a very compelling argument for a derailleur system, I want internal.
here are the models I've been looking at:
Dahon Vitesse D7HG
Downtube 8FH / 8H
and I haven't really considered any non-folding alternatives yet.
right now leaning toward the downtube, because the full suspension looks really comfortable and it seems like a lot of people here like the Downtube bikes. I'm well aware that Dahon is pretty much dominating the folding bike market in terms of market share, but sometimes the "little guy" will work a little harder for their customers. I wish I could afford a brompton or a bike friday or a birdy... but for a first timer, I think the Vitesse D7HG or the Downtube 8FH would be pretty excellent.
i read in another thread someone said "the more you know, the more you spend"... and that's definitely true, cuz I was first looking at $200 Citizen Bikes, and now look at the choices but I think the extra money would be well-spent.
what do yall think about these bikes? and if anyone has an opinion on the matter, would I be better suited with a nonfolder?
sorry for the short story