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Old 08-15-10, 08:33 AM   #1
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Newly registered, Need advice: I want one, but is it a good idea?

I want to start off with: I registered because as I was researching on folding bikes, Google kept referring me to you guys. You people are awesome.

That said, I'm considering buying a folding bike as I'd like to start biking to school and I have two very verbose questions.

1) I have a bike at my parents' house. It's pretty old (I think it's gaining on 10 years old) and has been used maybe 3 or 4 times since I went to college. It won't fit in my car, so we'd have to get a carrier for my roof rack. It's also in need of a massive tune-up since, as far as I can remember, we've never taken it to a bike shop ever since we bought it at Costco (should give an idea of how much it cost to begin with). The shifter is kinda messed up and it also needs new tires and inner tubes; I'm pretty sure whatever shop I take it to will uncover more issues with it. I don't even want to think about how much it'd cost to fix it up. Am I better off buying a new bike instead?

2) In the case that I'm better off buying a new bike, I'd rather buy a folding bike. My school's more longboard/skateboard-friendly, so there isn't a lot of places to lock a bike to; the bike racks at my apartment are located under a ground-level gate in the underground garage and it's been raining more and more lately.

I'm in Taiwan at the moment, so I've got access to relatively inexpensive folding bikes. The two that I've seen that I'm most interested in would be Giant's Halfway and the Stepdragon (I think it was the SS24 model). Now, I've got a lot of information in regards to the Halfway, but I know next to nothing on the Stepdragon (it would appear the same applies to the people on this forum). I like the look of the Halfway more and it's easier to fold, but the Stepdragon, at about 8000NTD/250USD, is more affordable than the 10800NTD/325USD Halfway (both of which are within my budget) and has 24 gears as opposed to 7.

I'm somewhat more inclined to the Halfway, but between my apartment and my school is a hill with the steepness of a highway on-ramp, if not slightly steeper. This is kinda critical and I haven't found any testimonials about biking uphills with the Halfway. The total ride is about 3-4 miles (depending on where on campus) and the uphill climb is about the first mile and the last half mile. Which would serve me better in this case? Should I just get a normal bike, would I be better served with the Stepdragon, or could I get away with a Halfway? Or are there any other alternatives I should consider? My ideal budget would be within 12000NTD/375USD
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Old 08-15-10, 08:42 AM   #2
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I don't know the models you are speaking about, but it sounds like your needs would be met with a folder better than a regular bike as long as your school and apartment are cool with you bringing a folded bike inside. Always knowing your bike is safe and sound is priceless IMO.
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Old 08-15-10, 09:02 AM   #3
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The Halfway 2 (not the Halfway 1) is an interesting bike, and reviews well in the UK.

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Old 08-15-10, 09:23 AM   #4
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I checked out Dahon's Speed D7 while I was in the States. I'd check it out here, but the last place that Google claimed sold Dahons didn't sell any.
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Old 08-15-10, 11:49 AM   #5
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You are in folding bike Nirvana being in Taiwan. One of our regulars Sesamecrunch will be jealous lol!

The Brompton bike made in the UK is one of the best compact folders and can be even brought into buildings and easy to stowaway in the rear of your car. It's very expensive but Grace Gallant enterprises do one with a similar fold and the excellent 7 speed Shimano Nexus hub which is perfect for you. You would need to call them and ask if they have distributors in Taiwan. I assume so because we don't see many exports of this model for various reasons.

http://www.flamingobike.com/products...p?pid=55&cid=3



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Old 08-15-10, 11:58 AM   #6
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The SS24 is a 24 speed and would eat the hills on your commute for breakfast! Looks quite nice!





http://www.stepdragon.com.tw/en/product_ss_ss24a.html


I forgot to say welcome to the forum. You are right I've met some lovely people here in the 2 years I've been here. Good luck whatever bike you purchase. I love all bikes but I find folding ones the coolest and most versatile! :-)

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