It's been a while since I last posted on bikeforums, but after moving into an apartment, and buying a smaller car, I'm thinking it's time for a folder My problem is, I just can't decide between these two, totally different bikes...
Downtube 2009 FS -vs- 2009 Dahon Boardwalk
I'll mainly be using this for recreational rides and the occasional trip to the store. My normal "fun" ride takes me down a gravel / dirt trail for about a mile. I'm 6 foot even and 170 pounds.
For about the past week I was sold on the Dahon Boardwalk, especially since it's on sale from performance for $199 with free shipping. I've wanted one ever since I saw these pictures. My only concern (other than the fact that I can't ride it before buying it), was the welded handlebar. But after seeing someone use a hacksaw on the thing, my worries were over.
Then today I started to wonder just how smooth those occasional dirt trails would be on the Dahon... not to mention the fact that I live in the Ozarks and the hills are insane. So then the Downtube started to sound good... but it's almost twice the price.
Anyway, any suggestions/opinions would be great. I've been reading about these for 4 hours straight and I'm about to pass out (it's 4:30am here). I just feel like I need to make a decision asap, because the 20% off at performance ends tomorrow.