I started a couple of weeks ago to research about the best folding bike to me.
I live in Brazil and the prices here are really prohibitive. A bike can cost 3, 4x more.
Well, my mother is going to travel to New York and I thought about asking her to bring me a folding bike.
Firstly I liked the Gotham Citizen one (price + what you get) but then I read some reviews that said about paddles falling on the go and some other kind of problems, what discouraged me a bit.
Back to the research, I crossed with the Downtube Nova and Dahon Speed D7.
Reading reviews, I thought that the Dahon one was the choice due the durability and reliance, but the price is really a matter.
Then, I found this forum, used the search engine and I'm in doubt again, between the three of them.
I would use the bike around 4, 5 times per week. In the morning I would carry it (folded) to my job, in the private company bus. Backing from work, I would leave the bus near my gym, unfold and go.
After the gym, return home cycling around 6 miles.
I could take the bike into a trip, but it wouldn't happen always.
So, what I expect from the bike is that it gets a good speed, durability and the almost important thing, I belive: I must resist a plane trip!
I don't want to give my venter a bad time carring it for me and I really need the bike to arrive here in one piece for obvious reasons, I belive!
Buying one online, I imagine that it comes in a cardboard box kind of thing, that can stand a delivery inside USA. Don't know if it could stand a luggage treadmill and all the care and delicacy of the airport carriers!
So, that's my case.
Gotham Citizen, Dahon Speed D7 and Downtube Nova.
Any other advice about the plane thing will be welcome! (no, i won't buy a 200 bucks airporter case stuff)
Thank you all in advance!