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Old 06-03-10, 05:13 PM   #1
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my head is about to explode

I need some insight on folding bikes, I have searched all over the net been to bike shops. And I am now more confused then ever. I used to ride a bike all the time but due to knee issues had to give it up, but now have a new knee and ready to get back out there. What I am looking for is a folding bike we can throw in the back of the car and take to the beach or throw in the rv to ride around the park or a little off road not major off roading. I will be needing to buy two bikes. I think I have narrowed it down to the Downtube fh8 (8 full suspension). I just don't know if it is strong enough. Also I like the citizen gothom2 but heard really bad things about them on another forum. Any insite would really be appreciated.
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Old 06-03-10, 08:29 PM   #2
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For the usage you describe, the Downtube should be just about perfect.
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go with the downtube, i have a nova...i'm very happy with it. the 8FS sounds like it would be a good match for you
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Old 06-04-10, 10:16 AM   #4
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thanks everyone can't wait to get it
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I rode my Ex's IX FS yesterday , had a trail of teenagers goggling at it saying 'Wow - cool bike' . Took it down to the beach and trundled around the bike paths and grassy dunes for 16 miles. Very smooth riding, those Downtubes.

Ex takes Downtube to shops today. Passing cyclist screeches to stop to admire it and begs a ride. Said he was going 'straight online to get one.'

Buy a lock :-)
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Old 06-06-10, 12:37 PM   #6
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well my husband and i went to all the bike shops study more on line and picked the downtube front suspension 8sp. ordered two a red one (mine) and silver can't wait till they get here. now have to go helmet shopping, they have change a lot since the last time I bought one.
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... now have to go helmet shopping, they have change a lot since the last time I bought one. ...
Nashbar has some "closeout" Bell Metro helmets at $34.99 (size Small only). See:
http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product..._10000__200385
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...__200385<br />
Check for a current "coupon code" for a possible additional discount.
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Old 06-07-10, 12:25 PM   #8
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found bell citi helmets for $30.80 at greenfishsports.com after shopping around thought it was a pretty good deal.
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found bell citi helmets for $30.80 at greenfishsports.com after shopping around thought it was a pretty good deal.
That's a great price! My yellow Citi is the helmet I wear most of the time. I also have a white Metro with a "winter" kit for cold days.
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