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    Real newbie looking for advice regarding folding bikes

    Had epiphany. Changing lifestyle. Gave away T.V. but couldn't give away the car (yet...) My point is that I decided to exercise more and need a suggestion regarding folding bikes (never ever had one). I teach at a university in the U.S. (Virginia), and campus is pretty flat. I don't plan to do any fast rides (just in-campus). Of course I've done some research and I'd love to have a Tikit or a Brompton but my budget is a modest $400. With your help, I would like to get a model that would be easy to fix and get parts. Thank you all.
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    Downtube (http://www.downtube.com/ss-index.html).
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    Consider a used Strida which you can take inside a building.
    If you don't intend to take the bike indoors, you might consider a used\restored Raleigh 20 which is a very good all round bike.

    For your use, I recommend a singlespeed as your riding terrain is flat, less maintenance and sheer simplicity of use.

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    welcome to the fold. decent bike to get started with and cheap. http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...922745079.html
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    Thank you for the recommendations. Will keep those in mind.

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    Excellent price for a Dahon, excellent..

    Set up an appointment to test ride it. Make sure you test how it folds...

    The price is great, but if its in really poor shape and you have to put money into it you might want to keep on looking for something a little bit more but in better shape.

    Good luck and let us know what you find..

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    Downtube Nova is a light and capable folding bike for your needs and a good ride quality based on past experience with their bikes for the budget. However, if you aren't handy with bikes it might need a little tuning by a friend or local bike shop. This is because you buy online and direct

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teinha View Post
    Had epiphany. Changing lifestyle. Gave away T.V. but couldn't give away the car (yet...) My point is that I decided to exercise more and need a suggestion regarding folding bikes (never ever had one). I teach at a university in the U.S. (Virginia), and campus is pretty flat. I don't plan to do any fast rides (just in-campus). Of course I've done some research and I'd love to have a Tikit or a Brompton but my budget is a modest $400. With your help, I would like to get a model that would be easy to fix and get parts. Thank you all.
    You will be a good candidate for a Dahon made Boardwalk S1. This is a very popular and inexpensive model plus probably the longest running model still currently offered by Dahon. Even Performance Bicycle noted, "....It is the perfect starter for riders new to the wonderful world of folding bikes...." I owned one for almost seven years before I donated parts of it to the local Bike Co-op (don't worry, it became a donor bike to my Raleigh Twenty). It handles very much like a regular non folding bike with it's 20" wheels, single speed-no gears to go out of adjustment, rather upright riding position, and nice steel frame. It is not the lightest bike made by Dahon, but it folds compactly and will store inside your home, office, or auto safe from the weather & thieves.

    If you check out the online stores like the ones listed below, you will see that your modest $400 budget will easily purchase a new one:

    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/boardwalk1.htm

    http://www.performancebike.com/bikes//Product_10052_10551_1084816_-1___

    And don't pass up my Website series-see below. I documented my experiences over the years with this model, plus another Dahon (Piccolo, now sold), a Brompton, and now a "new" Raleigh Twenty, photos too.
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    Within that price range the Nova sounds like a good way to go.
    I noticed that Downtube is no longer offering the 8H.
    I'm looking too and may go with a Dahon.
    Though I'm waiting for the new Downtubes to arrive.
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    The more I ride the Downtube 8H, the more I like it.
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    Thor has two deals in his garage sale. An Eco7 for $250 shipped and a 2007 Mariner like the D7 for $299 shipped.
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    Dahon Eco7 for $250?? Grab it!!!

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    Test ride, if you can, any model you're thinking of getting. Then buy via a dealer or LBS or online, if you have too. Just remember no price on a bike is great if you don't use it for whatever reason.

    Dahon has some pretty good specs on their bikes. Downtube has a frame diagram in their FAQ. Pay attention to them. Good luck!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teinha View Post
    Of course I've done some research and I'd love to have a Tikit or a Brompton but my budget is a modest $400. With your help, I would like to get a model that would be easy to fix and get parts.
    In your price range, I would suggest a Dahon, preferably one with an aluminum frame. Perhaps the ECO 3 D7, which can be obtained for about $350.
    Last edited by GeorgePaul; 09-15-10 at 04:28 AM.

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