OK, I really need help from my BF friends on this one.
Parting with any of my folders is traumatizing. Choosing which of two beauties to cull from the collection is like asking which of my children to sacrifice. So, I need my BF 'peeps to show me the way.
I have three outstanding bikes in my collection that are in the same niche - high-end, high performance, transportable, and gorgeous - The Moulton TSR, a Bridgestone Moulton that I just got from Taiwan, and most recently, a Bike Friday Pocket Custom that I got for a good deal on Craigslist. Three bikes in the same niche is too much, even for a folder glutton like me. I must get rid of one of them.
I decided the TSR is staying. Its space frame is so different and superior. Plus, I have a huge emotional investment in it (full story here: SesameCrunch's Excellent Adventure).
So the choice is between the Bike Friday and the Bridgestone Moulton. Each is in excellent shape, not a nick on either frame, rides nicely, etc. The BF is valued around $1,000, the BSM is around $2,000.
Bridgestone Moulton description:
- full suspension,
- size 369 wheels
- Capreo drivetrain
- Shimano 105 brifters
- aluminum frame
- weighs about 27lbs.
- not available in the US
- stylish and gorgeous looks
Bike Friday description:
- 56/42 front with 8 speed 11-28 cassette Shimano 105 components
- Ultegra bar-end shifters
- Chromoly frame
- 24 lbs
- size 406 wheels
- Simple, practical elegance
The bottom line to me is that BSM is an exotic animal, whereas the BF is the practical, reliable house pet. Which one goes, which one stays? Sorry, keeping them both is an obvious cop-out. I don't need help with that choice. You guys get to make the tough choice only.