dear fellow folders, i'm about to join your ranks. I've thrown in the towel and have decided to buy my first folder.
So tonite I have the opportunity to buy a dahon curve SL for $600.
a) is that a decent price? Its a 2008 model I believe, with the internal 8 speed hub. 22 lbs, which is (relatively) great. 16" and folds up quite small for the bus or subway. And I'd take the fenders and rack off to save another pound of weight. Should be fairly portable as a commuter bike at that point.
I *could* buy a new one instead for about $750 with tax and fine-tuning at my local store. Is $150 enough savings on this?
b) And a serious question: With 16" wheels, is the Curve SL a girly bike?
I'm a guy, about 5'8" and 175 lbs. I wont look dorky on it right? Its important!
I know 16" wheels are popular with the ladies. I like 16" wheels for their smaller size when folded. They will let me get the folded bike into more stores and restaurants as I do my chores. But I definitely dont want to look dorky.
For the record, I *have* seen large jock-ish men riding the Curve SL. 16" sometimes looks too small for them, sometimes it does not. Depends on the size of the guy/person riding it, mostly.
20" wheels would be safe in terms of looks (and functionality too), and if 16" is considerd girly then I'd save a few bucks with either a mariner d7 (for the price point and features/weight/foldability) or I'd go low end and grab a greenzone for $250. But neither of those would be as small when folded as the curve SL.
Any advice much appreciated, thanks!