yes this is another one of those I'm new here and need some advise threads, can't have enough of those now can we. But seriously, after lurking the forums and reading up on the threads I really do think it was time that I join up and post the obiglatory help me choose from a thousand models thread. So here it goes... btw, great forum.
Objective: I'm looking to buy 2 folding bikes for occasional non-seasoned weekend riding
Experience: Entry level, haven't ridden a bike since teen hood. I'm now in mid 40's.
Height #1 is 5',4" and height #2 is 5',5'
Weight #1 is 198 and weight #2 is 250
(sounds like a dating service) lol
Purpose: occasional riding, mostly on weekends through city parks and Ocean side (some small hills, bridges).
Place: New York City (outer boros actually), you have to pay me to go into Manhattan to ride along those thirsty "I want to kill a biker" taxis.
I probably will name the bikes "Presentation" and "Two pocket".
A few bikes have caught my eye recently. See attached images.
The 1st one is the Citizen MTA Metrobike $324.99 with shipping (I can already hear the sighs and boos from some of you).
Although I like their Gotham model, it only comes in Silver unlike the Miami model which comes in teal and aqua. So between the Silver Gotham and the Silver MTA Metrobike, I narrowed it down to the MTA one.
The 2nd bike choice is the Pulse I-on by Kettler that is being sold in Costco for $349.00 with shipping.
the 3rd choice was the Dahon Boardwalk 1 (2009 model year) for $290.43 with tax/shipping.
the 4th choice is the Dahon Eco 3 for $397.72 with Tax/shipping.
After reading alot of the threads, I get the feeling that most will choose the Dahon. Personnally I like the Citizen one even though some say its cheaper made or cheaper parts. The Pulse is another one I like but I can't find any info on the forum about it and the Dahon ones I've seen in person am I'm really am on the fence over their styling.
Therefore, I would love to hear your opnions.