Hi! I'm new to the folding bike world and I want to buy a folding bike for the "everyday use" , either commuting locally and/or going shopping at the store, going to the post office etc. I want a low budget bike and have been doing research on may folding bikes over the past couple of days and I narrowed it down to two.
I also want to mention that I am female and 5'3 so rather tall bikes are an issue for me.. I have a huffy which I never really liked to begin with because it was too big and too cumbersome for me to get on it (I dont remember the exact wheel size but i'm pretty sure it's 24) ... and the seat was just to hard.. I also want something small that I can store easily and lug up and down the stairs to the outside world. A folder just seems like the best choice for me. Im not really too concerned about folding it but when i'm outside though. Chaining it up outside is just as good
The Citizen Bike Tokyo
(I would prob be getting the replacement comfort seat and bag) - with shipping $245
Arun (otomo) Japanese folding bike
I would prob be buying it from Rakuten which would either end up costing me $273 or 283 depending one which shop i use... (after adding up shipping domestic +to nyc)
as for color i'm not sure lol
Now you might be wondering why a Japanese bike? well, I've been to Japan on two seperate occasions and I am totally in love with their bikes. I hate sporty mountain bikes and I wanted something smaller and that looked like a Japanese bike if I could not get one.
Has anyone ever heard or used the Arun bike, are they any good? and between these two, which should I get? The max I would prob go is the price for the Japanese bike. No more than that.
any help would be much appreciated!! Thanks!!