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Old 10-05-09, 06:32 PM   #26
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Jerrys88- The reason I want a bike is so I can go from spending 100 a week to 80 a week by avoiding the tube, in the train it doesnt matter if its big (even thou its not so big anyway) I just need the moody train staff see that the bike is indeed folded, If I could carry a full size bike on the train I would! But thanks for letting me know
Another important thing to consider is how well a folded bike wheels when folded. I don't mean to pick on the Swift, but it doesn't look like a bike that could be easily wheeled when folded (correct me if I'm wrong). Carrying a folded bike gets very burdensome very quickly. Will there be a lot of walking in and out of your train stations?
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Old 10-06-09, 04:24 AM   #27
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Theres no walk really, its straight out, some stairs but no biggy.

Im actually thinking if I should get a 26" Bike, a Dahon Jack/Matrix, I can get it second hand for 150..
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Old 10-06-09, 05:29 AM   #28
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You wont be very popular taking a 26" wheeled bike on the underground in rush hour, even one that hinges in the middle, you'll almost certainly need a proper cover to be sure of being allowed through the gate; and i dont think you will get a matrix 2nd hand for 150 (i bet you were looking at the one on ebay that had the hinge welded up !).
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not the matrix but the Jack I can. Im not going in the tube, Just the train
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Is that right, you have a five mile journey to the station, then a train ride, then a six mile journey to your place of work ? There is no closer station to you work than six miles ?
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there is, but then it would mean having to get the tube (which I dont want to)
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ok, understand, but being prudent there are going to be some days when you will probably have to take the tube, london weather being what it is, you should dial that into the bike choice equation, unless you are truely an all weather rider and have facilities at work for showering / changing.

I know they dont fold, but with your journey I think I'd be looking at a 900cc Triumph Thunderbird.
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hehe thanks! they do look nice.. My dad has a TR2, maybe I could use that?
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ur right, it just feels a little depressing spending 500 on a bike, even if its perfect for what I need..
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Old 10-06-09, 06:44 AM   #35
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You may get a used Mezzo for around 300. My new one only cost 389 including P and P
Speed pro would be excellent choice also.
300 may get you a Brompton, at 5 foot 7 it will fit you well. But try before buying due to the upright position
there is a full suspension downtube on ebay currently,
Dont try anything cheap with out a test ride, as you are likely to be disappointed and pay more in the long run. You will proberly want a 16" wheel on the train ,20" at the most.
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I think im going to buy the Downtube VIII , unless you guys say its crap...

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Mezzo for 300? where?
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I think im going to buy the Downtube VIII , unless you guys say its crap...
It's a good solid bike, I tried out one in Hyde Park when we used to have sunday folding bike meets
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Downtube = heavy bike with some cheap components on. Cheap kenda tyres.However solidly built, relatively good backup,easily upgraded.A bit of a handfull on a train, does not clip together when folded. Yes, I recomend it for the money as a good base, but it is a bit clumsy on a train, but rides really well. If you opt for a full suspension bike you could also consider a used Dahon hyperglide at a push for -400.

Beware these 20" bikes are a bit big to carry easily and store in a train luggage compairment. You need to decide what you what out of the bike.

Mezzo for 300,not quite.

Their was a spate of sales on the bike about a year ago and loads where offered at 400 ish. Rultand cycles offered the cheapest at 389. I snapped one up at this price!

Another compact bike worth considering is a Dahon CUrve . I bought mine for 249 (I think),brand new off ebay. Usually available for around 350 with out too much looking. The curve is about the same weight as a Bromton and can stand on it its rack in a simullar footprint to a Brompton. Its prefect for commuting on the train, and is upgradable/ It takes longer to fold than a Mezzo or Brompton. but it can be made lighter than both of them for little outlay? ie ibeam saddle. The curve can also take a quick release front bag or rucksack if you want.
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They finally got back to me;

Dear _Triathlete_,
The frameset (which includes the special fork, stem, and seatpost) is $700, powdercoated in your choice of colors. This is not the Xootr Swift, it is the HPM Swift, made from cromoly steel.Thank you for your interest.

Sincerely,
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What do you guys think of: http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/pr...play_No_Wheels

199 no wheels, they making no money of it apparently and thats as low as they can go, any thoughts?
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What do you guys think of: http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/pr...play_No_Wheels

199 no wheels, they making no money of it apparently and thats as low as they can go, any thoughts?
Get that brand new Downtube on ebay.
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get that brand new downtube on ebay.
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lol fine, should have done a Buy Now.. hes taken it off Buy/Now and now its just bidding, I bet it goes over 215
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Sammyboy sells Downtubes through his bike shop http://www.velochocolate.co.uk/

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lol fine, should have done a Buy Now.. hes taken it off Buy/Now and now its just bidding, I bet it goes over 215
"buy it now" ,at least used to,disappear when a bid is made.I am not sure if this is still the case. If I really want something I put in a maxium bid up to what I am prepared to pay early on. Often people give up heart if they can not become the highest bidder,and drop out. Bidding wars occur when the highest bidder chagers constantly or people get carried away at the last minute in my experience. I would just bid 300 and see what happens. I got my NS8 for about 130 this way. I dont think you will get this for less than 200. I would bid,but its local pick up only, and I have not the time to pick it up. The local pick up may go in your favour.
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What about this one, just needs the back wheel tweaked, may go cheap :-

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/dahon-speed-fo...d=p3286.c0.m14
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Cool missed that 1!


currently highest bidder on http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_500wt_1182

I know what you are thinking, dodgy... but I will collect as I am local anyway, if you looking at this and considering bidding, my max is high enough so be nice and dont bid
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Pacific Reach is a great riding bike, I had a test ride on one. Good luck.
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currently highest bidder on http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...#ht_500wt_1182

I know what you are thinking, dodgy... but I will collect as I am local anyway, if you looking at this and considering bidding, my max is high enough so be nice and dont bid
Nothing "dodgy" about this bike. The Reach will offer you a more "full size" riding feel. However, it doesn't fold that small. Don't know which is more important to you.
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