Originally Posted by Javier
I am in the market for a bicycle. I am trying to decide between a recumbent bike and a folding bike. I already have tried several recumbents. Before taking the plunge, I will like to ride several folding bikes to make sure I am making the best decision.
The intended purposes are leisure riding (around the city or on the trails), commuting, and perhaps some touring. Any of these will require fast pace riding/pedaling whenever needed. The local bicycle shops don't seem to carry folding bikes, or don't have them available at the moment.
Is there any local (Washington, D.C.-Northern Virginia) folding bike rider out there? I will love to hear your experiences on your folding bike. I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bikes@Vienna is a recumbent & folder specialty shop-and the closest recumbent shop to where you live.
John started carrying folders after his wife got stranded in town on 9/11, she keeps a folder in her office now.
My folder, a 16" wheeled folder is small and compact in it's bag I can carry it just about anywhere. However, in high gear has a 44 gear inch ratio so it is not suitable for touring- its small distance transportation coupled to car/mass transit options. I have been gathering parts to convert it to a folding recumbent.
Larger wheeled folders are less compact but better tourers, and generally a better compromise between portability and touring.
Metrobus and Montgomery County Ride on Busses all have bike racks on front, so a folder isn't necessary- not sure about Fairfax County Connector. There are some nice 26" folders.
Recumbents are great on most of the local metro DC trails, particularly the Mt. Vernon Trail, W&OD, Capital Crescent trail or out on the national parks accross the Potomac.
If you want both in one package:
check the Bentrideronline archives on the foldable BikeE thread from last spring & summer-economical CT conversion. Gaerlan also has a case and how to fit a Bike CT in their travel case.
Human Pwoered Machines has the lowest priced folding SWB bent.
Backsafer is the lowest priced CLWB bent. M5 has a very nice foldable CLWB-not sure if they import that model. LWB bents will be much more expensive (i.e. see the Fold Rush).
Many new foldable recumbent trikes coming out.