Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 21 of 21
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    213
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Best bike under $200?

    I've been looking around at a few online but I'd like to spend under $200 if possible. Single speed is ok. Just want something that will get me around quickly without going over my budget. Can you guys point me in the right direction?

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    Too many....................
    Posts
    3,069
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Boardwalk from Dahon.

  3. #3
    Hooligan Abneycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Base of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. Wonderous things!
    My Bikes
    2010 Cannondale Hooligan 3
    Posts
    1,431
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    The Boardwalk seems pretty good. You can get a used Raleigh Twenty for <$200 in good shape too, it seems, and they're also nice bikes.

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    Too many....................
    Posts
    3,069
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Look for used Dahons on Craigslist.

  5. #5
    Member gdh81's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    My Bikes
    Raleigh Folder
    Posts
    49
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Yeah, if you can find a good Twenty, get on it like white on rice. Boardwalk would be a good choice for a new bike. But don't discount used bikes, either.

  6. #6
    Part-time epistemologist invisiblehand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Jamis Nova, Bike Friday NWT, STRIDA, Austro Daimler Vent Noir, Haluzak Horizon, Salsa La Raza, Hollands Tourer, Bike Friday tikit
    Posts
    5,171
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by PIZZ View Post
    I've been looking around at a few online but I'd like to spend under $200 if possible. Single speed is ok. Just want something that will get me around quickly without going over my budget. Can you guys point me in the right direction?
    Find a used bike.

  7. #7
    Banned. folder fanatic's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Anti Social Media-Land
    Posts
    3,076
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I also recommend a Boardwalk S1. I have had mine for almost 5 years now. They are very flexible little
    bikes.

    Quote Originally Posted by invisiblehand View Post
    Find a used bike.
    Quote Originally Posted by gdh81 View Post
    Yeah, if you can find a good Twenty, get on it like white on rice. Boardwalk would be a good choice for a new bike. But don't discount used bikes, either.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    Look for used Dahons on Craigslist.
    I do not recommend to buy a used one. A new one has a warranty, some parts/labor/legal protection for it's new owner, and will last for years like mine did with just a little care on your part. You do not know what the previous owner did with the bike for sure.

    I really don't understand the draw of a used bike with better options available with a new one. The prices are not too far off comparing used with new.

  8. #8
    Part-time epistemologist invisiblehand's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Washington, DC
    My Bikes
    Jamis Nova, Bike Friday NWT, STRIDA, Austro Daimler Vent Noir, Haluzak Horizon, Salsa La Raza, Hollands Tourer, Bike Friday tikit
    Posts
    5,171
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
    I do not recommend to buy a used one. A new one has a warranty, some parts/labor/legal protection for it's new owner, and will last for years like mine did with just a little care on your part. You do not know what the previous owner did with the bike for sure.

    I really don't understand the draw of a used bike with better options available with a new one. The prices are not too far off comparing used with new.
    One certainly pays a price for buying used. But one does use less cash in the process. And a little patience usually results in pretty big discounts, IMO.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Caaah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo, 2007 Dahon Curve D3, 1979 Raleigh Grand Prix
    Posts
    151
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    +1 Boardwalk or Raleigh Twenty

    The good thing about the boardwalk is you can slowly swap out the components for better ones as time goes on. I know that if the frame on my Hon Solo ever kicks the bucket, I'll just buy a boardwalk and slap all the Hon Solo components on it.

    NOTE: Don't get the Citizen Tokyo. Absolute crap. The girl I work with just has hers sitting at the office here, collecting dust. She's always trying to sell it to everyone, but no one wants it.
    Some general paths to get to somewhere: http://www.mapmyride.com/user/481084179312/caaah

    2007 Dahon Curve D3--modded with 8 speed Sturmey Archer hub.
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo
    1979 Raleigh Grand Prix

  10. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Posts
    213
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Caaah View Post
    +1 Boardwalk or Raleigh Twenty

    The good thing about the boardwalk is you can slowly swap out the components for better ones as time goes on. I know that if the frame on my Hon Solo ever kicks the bucket, I'll just buy a boardwalk and slap all the Hon Solo components on it.

    NOTE: Don't get the Citizen Tokyo. Absolute crap. The girl I work with just has hers sitting at the office here, collecting dust. She's always trying to sell it to everyone, but no one wants it.


    Thanks for the warning, I was actually looking at a Tokyo Citizen.
    Does Dahon still make the Boardwalk? I don't see it in their 2009 lineup?

    I think im looking exclusively for a single speed folder, not a geared bike.
    Are there any besides the Boardwalk and Raleigh twenty?
    I like the Raleigh but it seems a little hard to find.
    Last edited by PIZZ; 08-21-08 at 10:56 AM.

  11. #11
    Senior Member Caaah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo, 2007 Dahon Curve D3, 1979 Raleigh Grand Prix
    Posts
    151
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I think Thorusa has the best price on the Boardwalk with shipping--$219

    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/2008/boardwalk1.htm
    Some general paths to get to somewhere: http://www.mapmyride.com/user/481084179312/caaah

    2007 Dahon Curve D3--modded with 8 speed Sturmey Archer hub.
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo
    1979 Raleigh Grand Prix

  12. #12
    Senior Member Caaah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo, 2007 Dahon Curve D3, 1979 Raleigh Grand Prix
    Posts
    151
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    There are some other vintage single speed folders out there like one by Peugeot. You'll see them pop up on Craigslist. However, they are freakin' heavy (usually 30 lbs) and don't fold as compactly.
    Some general paths to get to somewhere: http://www.mapmyride.com/user/481084179312/caaah

    2007 Dahon Curve D3--modded with 8 speed Sturmey Archer hub.
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo
    1979 Raleigh Grand Prix

  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    53
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If you can find a Dahon Boardwalk from a dealer for under about $190, I'd jump all over it. My wife got hers from Bikecology in Marina Del Ray for $180 this year. They had 2 others in there at the time. Single speed, pedal brake and a front hand brake. Rides like buttah; better than my Dahon Curve D3 in some respects.

  14. #14
    hubgears BB49's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    My Bikes
    Dahon Curve SL, 2008 with Nexus Premium 8 hub, and many modifications.
    Posts
    155
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Downtube or Dahon, probably used. All other new stuff like Citizen under $200 is so bad it manages to be overpriced.

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    150
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I rode a Boardwalk S1 today, and it was my first time riding any folder after riding a Gary Fisher mountain bike for years. It is definitely different. The movement in the handlebar post was noticeable as it probably is with any folder to some extent.

  16. #16
    Senior Member Caaah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo, 2007 Dahon Curve D3, 1979 Raleigh Grand Prix
    Posts
    151
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
    I rode a Boardwalk S1 today, and it was my first time riding any folder after riding a Gary Fisher mountain bike for years. It is definitely different. The movement in the handlebar post was noticeable as it probably is with any folder to some extent.
    Actually, as I eventually learned from people on here, the movement is NOT something that you have to live with. It will go away if you just tighten the little bolt next to the white plastic cube inside the post. You'll see it when you fold the handlepost down. It takes all of two seconds, but most people don't know about it.
    Some general paths to get to somewhere: http://www.mapmyride.com/user/481084179312/caaah

    2007 Dahon Curve D3--modded with 8 speed Sturmey Archer hub.
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo
    1979 Raleigh Grand Prix

  17. #17
    Hooligan Abneycat's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Base of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. Wonderous things!
    My Bikes
    2010 Cannondale Hooligan 3
    Posts
    1,431
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I forgot to ask, but you didn't specify whether or not a very compact fold was important to you. If it was, the Boardwalk would probably be a better choice than the R20, as the 20 doesn't fold down as nicely. It is a very solid, enjoyable ride though, so I wouldn't discount it if all you need is the occasional fold that doesn't need to be ultra-compact.

  18. #18
    A biking donkey.
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Spain
    My Bikes
    Yubo Mundo, SE Draft, Iron Horse Warrior MTB
    Posts
    85
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    How about the kent superlite? Any good?

  19. #19
    Goldmember 2wheeldeal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Portland, OR
    My Bikes
    Trek Multitrack 700 custom build, Dahon Classic
    Posts
    77
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Dahon's website doesn't list the Boardwalk, either 1 or 6-sp, in their current lineup. They might be reacting to the current bike boom by paring down the low-profit models, who knows? But that should change the debate over buying new vs used for a low-price folder. One of the best alternatives is disappearing, and what's left looks mostly like boat anchors of dubious quality. A new/barely used Boardwalk 1 speed looks like a bike that will hold its value.

  20. #20
    Senior Member Caaah's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Brooklyn
    My Bikes
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo, 2007 Dahon Curve D3, 1979 Raleigh Grand Prix
    Posts
    151
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheeldeal View Post
    Dahon's website doesn't list the Boardwalk, either 1 or 6-sp, in their current lineup. They might be reacting to the current bike boom by paring down the low-profit models, who knows? But that should change the debate over buying new vs used for a low-price folder. One of the best alternatives is disappearing, and what's left looks mostly like boat anchors of dubious quality. A new/barely used Boardwalk 1 speed looks like a bike that will hold its value.
    They do have the Boardwalk D3 and D7 under their global bike models. Though, you're right, I don't see the single speed on their site.
    Some general paths to get to somewhere: http://www.mapmyride.com/user/481084179312/caaah

    2007 Dahon Curve D3--modded with 8 speed Sturmey Archer hub.
    2006 Dahon Hon Solo
    1979 Raleigh Grand Prix

  21. #21
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    2,013
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You might try eBay too. eBay is the burial ground of bad commercial ideas so you might find something, My caribike was originally an electric bike that did not work out so they stripped the electric stuff fitted it out with cheapo parts and sold it for $160 with shipping.
    2000 Montague CX, I do not recommend it, but still ride it.
    Strida 3, I recommend it for rides < 10mi wo steep hills.
    2006 Rowbike 720 Sport, I recommend it as an exercise bike.
    1996 Birdy, Recommend.
    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •