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    New to Folding bikes?

    Sorry if I'm asking to basic of questions.

    I was thinking about getting a folding bike.
    I know nothing about them.
    I would like to get one soon.
    My spending limit is only about $100
    (yes i know its not much, but i really only need it for 1time, 2 week trip)
    Im going on tour with a friends band, and want a bike with me. bringing a full size bike and car rack is to much to ask.

    will a be able to find a simple one?
    descent speed.
    geared/single speed/fixed gear


    I really dont know what to look for


    those super cheap ones on ebay are they any good?

    sorry to bother

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    hi,

    welcome to the folding bike world. one of your best bet is craiglist. i myself was able to get a used (but really decent) citizen tokyo. it has a 16" wheel. and for the price i paid for it, it's a nice folder. also it depends on how tall and how big you are as some folders have limitations. good luck.

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    I have looked at craigs list, in my area craigs list is nothing for bikes, closest bet for that is Chicago 150miles away.

    I have looked at ebay, and seen some for 100

    are those crap?

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    1time, 2 week trip

    Rent a bike at the destination.

    Or

    Buy a Downtube and sell it after the trip.

    Any decent used bike, even one you pull out of the trash will require parts and labor, probably more that $100.
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    Senior Member amckimmey's Avatar
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    its a 2 week trip, new place everyday renting is not an option

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    buy a Dahon or Downtube and sell it after, you will have a bike you can actually ride and it will still end up costing you only about 100 bucks (even if you have to invest 3 to 5 hundred at first)
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    How far will you be riding? I have a cheap chinese folder (Kent Ultralite) and any more than 5-6mi on it is pushing it, and anything longer than 10mi is torture (unless, of course, you are at a really slow speed the whole time). If you're gonna be riding longer than the said distances, I'd suggest you get a better bike and then just resell afterwards.
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    the rides probibly wont be more the 5-6 miles.

    I like this Dahon
    something like that would be cool. coaster brake

    I cant find to just find folding bike Frames. i could manage to build one up i think. I have an old Sturmey Archer AW sitting around that i have been wanting to build up. folder would be great for me.

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    The Dahon Mu Uno that you listed is a nice single speed but it costs way more than $100!!!!

    Your budget is unrealistic seeing as how you've ruled out craigslist. Your next best bet is to hit up eBay but watch out for the insane shipping fees! That $100 bike can turn out be $250 after all is said and done.

    Like others have mentioned, you can buy a more expensive folder then immediately turn around and sell it once you're done with your trip. If you price it $75-$100 less then the new price you'll sell it really quickly! So I'd say go that route or hit up eBay. You really don't have any other choices with your $100 budget.

    Good luck.
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    +1

    There are bikes at less than $100 (see for example RHM's yellow bike) but you will need some bike skills plus more money to turn such a BLO (Bike Looking Object) into a bike.

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    I dont have any scratch and dent ones at the moment ..otherwise it would probaly would be worth a visit.;. but than with 100 dlr budget I cannot even order one from Ca as half of it would be eaten up by freight.... where is Morton ?

    Thor

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    Quote Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
    .... where is Morton ?

    Thor
    Illinois. right in the middle

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    I am nearby to you and may consider buying your new bike for $100 less than you paid.. I would probably want a Dahon D7

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