Choosing a good budget bike
I visited the bike123 people, and discovered that I need a 16" bike because the 20" are just so bulky, and I'm just 5'2". They were very accommodating in letting me try a range of bikes, but I was surprised they had so much attitude against people on budgets, so talking with them was not super helpful. With no budget constraint, I would likely get a Mobiky. I also liked the Carryme, but did not feel fully secure on it. I really liked riding a 16" used Dahon 3 speed ($200), the kind all over ebay, except I was afraid for my fingers in all the little parts, so would probably never actually fold it.
Originally Posted by bike617
My new requirement to have a 16" or under bike really cuts down my possibilities. The only one from the original list to survive is the Kent, and I suspect I might not like riding it as much as the used Dahon. I also prefer to have no derailleur. But with the used Dahon, I am afraid for my fingers getting caught because folding is so awkward, so I have a new list:
- Curve D3, $400 performance bike with 15% off coupon + tax = 420
- Dt mini 440
- Carryme 2007 version, $400 alternative vehicles
- Ride this bike's 12" 1 speed, $180
- Used Dahon 3 speed at bike123, $200 + tax = 210
If I did want a 20", I would have gotten a Dahon Vitesse which is $350 from some airplane store. The 20" Downtubes are a nice ride, but the top tube was too long for me, while Dahon mariner (the only one they had) was a good fit.