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Old 08-13-09, 08:51 AM   #1
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Looking for folder

Hi all, I'm looking for a folding bike that is light, fast, and looks like a real bike. Having a hard time getting jazzed about the 20" wheels, and would prefer full-size. I am, however, open to your input on this matter. Do the 20" bikes perform as well as the 26"? I am not a competitive rider, but I'm in very good shape and I like to go FAST. I got rid of my LeMond steel raod bike because it was taking up too much space in my condo, and I felt it was too delicate for crappy Los Angeles roads and the demands of urban riding. I want something with a puncture resistant tire and something I am less reluctant to ride than I was my road bike. I'm willing to pay a premium - an expensive bike is a lot cheaper than buying a larger home.

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Might I suggest the Airnimal Chameleon. Tyres are a bit smaller, at 24" but it's designed totally for road use and is high specced right up to 105 level.

A lot of people will say 'there's nothing wrong with 20" wheels' in a moment, and they're right, but if you've already made your mind up this is about the best on the market.



http://www.airnimal.eu/Chameleon/
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Thank you for your reply. Can you espouse the merits of 20" tires for me? What are the disadvantages of them, if any?

Also, can you recommend a dealer for the Airnimal?

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Calhoun Cyle sells the Airnimal Joey.
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www.bikefriday.com

In the FAQ section on their website they discuss 20" wheels. You can go extremely fast on some of their models...but they're not cheap.
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Thank you for your reply. Can you espouse the merits of 20" tires for me? What are the disadvantages of them, if any?

Also, can you recommend a dealer for the Airnimal?

Max
One disadvantage is that potholes and road dips are more jarring on a smaller wheel.
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Thanks all for your feedback. Tonight I walked to Safety Cycle in Hollywood, picked up a Dahon JetStream 8 speed, and rode it home. I think it is excellent so far, but time will tell. If there are minor compromises in performance with this bike (relative to a full-size), I think they are more than offset by the thril and convenience of folding the thing up in seconds, carrying it upstairs, and stowing it in the guest bedroom closet. I was also very confident on this bike tonight, riding through Hollywood at rush hour. I would have felt uncomfortable and anxious on my LeMond, but on this one I could jump curbs when necessary, and ride on rough terrain without worrying about a flat. It is also plenty fast for my needs. This weekend I'm going to take it up some canyon roads in west LA and see it how it performs!
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Thanks all for your feedback. Tonight I walked to Safety Cycle in Hollywood, picked up a Dahon JetStream 8 speed, and rode it home. I think it is excellent so far, but time will tell. If there are minor compromises in performance with this bike (relative to a full-size), I think they are more than offset by the thril and convenience of folding the thing up in seconds, carrying it upstairs, and stowing it in the guest bedroom closet. I was also very confident on this bike tonight, riding through Hollywood at rush hour. I would have felt uncomfortable and anxious on my LeMond, but on this one I could jump curbs when necessary, and ride on rough terrain without worrying about a flat. It is also plenty fast for my needs. This weekend I'm going to take it up some canyon roads in west LA and see it how it performs!
Great choice! I have a 2005 Jetstream P8 and love it. You should join the forum over at the Dahon site.
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