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Old 09-14-08, 02:00 PM   #1
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New guy needs help!!

My first post...

Ive been lurking on your forum...
I think you guys could help me.

I need a folder!

I drive my car into Manhattan daily and park it in a relatively inexpensive garage.
Then I end up all over the city , I hate subways and taxis and busses.

I need a folder thats light,fast,durable and compact.
I also need to be able to take it into office buildings.

I really like the 08 Dahon Curve SL.
I gave it a test ride and I almost bought it.
Then I saw a Brompton , and started researching "Folding Bikes".

and now Im getting confused.lol..

Help..
Thanks..
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Old 09-14-08, 02:23 PM   #2
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Hi, very welcome
For compact, light, city travel, into buildings you are with Curve and Brompton on the right track already. Perhaps look also at Downtube mini and Carryme. To start a discussion tell a little bit more:
your budget, your height/weight, how much baggage, multimodal or only cartrunk, how fast must it fold...
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Old 09-14-08, 02:43 PM   #3
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Hi max9

I've just got a Curve D3 in the last 2 weeks and I'm finding it's a great bike to bring onto the train as well as commuting for longer journeys (20 miles a day). It's comfy and rolls really well. The only improvement I would really like is more gears which the SL your looking into has

somnatash has already mentioned the 'usual suspects' which you should look into. The fold on the Curve isn't the best but to be honest I'm fine with my little bungee cord to keep it together. From what I hear, the Brompton is an expensive option over the pond but it is a classic for a reason. The Downtube Mini is meant to ride as well as the Curve and is low cost over there. The Carry Me could be a good choice for you as it packs the smallest, however, the ride will be different from the others and if your doing a fair bit of riding you may be better choosing 1 of the others as it's really more designed to go on and off buses, trains etc with the minimum of fuss.

Search through these forums for reviews of all the bikes and where ever possible, try them out. But all off the bikes mentioned are good quality and have many fans so your not going to be buying a dud which ever you choose
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Old 09-14-08, 03:18 PM   #4
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Thanx Guys!

I actually tried the Carry Me ,
It was okay but I didnt feel right on it.(Im 6' 1 195 lbs...and I have long legs)

Im also concerned about parts availability..and repair issues.
I dont want to buy something that is so different that parts and repairs become a problem.

I saw the Strida at the Moma..It looks great , but the availability of parts might be an issue..

Like I said before..
I need something light, fast , durable , compact..

and then add the availability of parts..to the list...

If I get a flat tire or I need a hinge or a chain ..whatever...
I dont want something I cant get parts for easily!
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Old 09-14-08, 03:22 PM   #5
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I really like the 08 Dahon Curve SL.
I gave it a test ride and I almost bought it.
One test ride is worth a thousand opinions. Sounds like you found your bike.
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Old 09-14-08, 03:24 PM   #6
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Head over to Bfold on 13th St, between 2nd and 3rd. The owner, David Lam will have several options for you and will surely hook you up with something. I have the same situation as you, though mostly I drive into Manhattan to bring my young son to school, my wife to work, then I park my car and bike 12 miles back to Queens. I have a Brompton that works quite well for me.
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Old 09-14-08, 03:52 PM   #7
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One test ride is worth a thousand opinions. Sounds like you found your bike.
I agree. Plus the Curve is lighter than the Mini and Brompton (standard).
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Old 09-14-08, 06:58 PM   #8
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Head over to Bfold on 13th St, between 2nd and 3rd. The owner, David Lam will have several options for you and will surely hook you up with something.
+1. That's where I bought my Swift. (Which is a terrific bike, but not a compact fold.)
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Old 09-15-08, 01:51 AM   #9
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You need a Brompton from Bfold.
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Old 09-15-08, 06:24 PM   #10
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Could also try NYCeWheels on 1st ave. around 94th. They have Dahon, Brompton, Xootr, maybe others. Very nice folks.

By the way, where's that "relatively inexpensive garage?" I need to park my car too! :-)
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I have not had any problems ordering parts from Strida. Unfortunately I do not see their parts area on their website anymore. So I think you are right to worry about the availability of Strida parts. The new management has really screwed up IMO.
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