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Old 08-19-08, 05:06 PM   #1
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Bike for racing vice a racing bike

Hi all:
I'm a newbie just trying to find the right folding bike for my application.
My son and I have a car racing team (i.e. space is at a premium) and I think a folding bike is just the right solution to our problem of getting from the racing paddock area to various other locations at a given race track.
I'm looking for recommended folding bikes assuming: i) no more than $450, ii) at least 3 gears for possible hills, iii) as light and as small as possible, iv) can handle at least 205lbs (me, not driver ), F/R suspension would be nice but not required.
I have done a little research but need some suggestions other than Duhon Curve D3.
Thanks,
Tom

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Old 08-19-08, 05:59 PM   #2
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no more than $450, ii) at least 3 gears for possible hills, iii) as light and as small as possible, iv) can handle at least 205lbs (me, not driver ), F/R suspension would be nice but not required.
www.downtube.com

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Since you're not looking for something to ride far, don't have hills to climb, and need a small fold, I think you're a great candidate for the Strida3 or CarryMe. They're both single speed, folds like umbrellas, long and thin.

Strida3 looks like this:

It might be hard to find a Strida3, since the $799 Strida5 was released, but you see it on Craigslist or eBay occasionally.

CarryMe looks like this:
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Thanks! Looks like some good possibilities there!
How do the DownTube bikes compare to Dahon ad others relative to overall quality, ride etc.?
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Since you're not looking for something to ride far, don't have hills to climb, and need a small fold, I think you're a great candidate for the Strida3 or CarryMe. They're both single speed, folds like umbrellas, long and thin.

Strida3 looks like this:

It might be hard to find a Strida3, since the $799 Strida5 was released, but you see it on Craigslist or eBay occasionally.

CarryMe looks like this:
Thanks! I'll check them out!
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Thanks to all!
After doing a little research, I ended up with a very lightly used 2007 Dahon Boardwalk 7 speed off Craigslist.
I decided for the lowest common denominator of price since it will be at a race track and I wouldn't want to be to p****d if it "disappeared" some weekend.
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That's a good choice. For your needs, it works very well. I would also suggest one of the Downtube models with full suspension like the IX FS.

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