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Old 08-27-11, 03:16 PM   #1
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What do you use your folder the most for?

What riding do you use your folder the most for? Commuting? Errands? Training?
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Old 08-27-11, 03:26 PM   #2
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When I rent cars for trips to the mountains to do some climbing, I don't want the hassle of trying to put my full-size road bike in the car so that it doesn't damage the upholstery, which involves laying a tarp over the back seats and removing both wheels.

It's also good for those impromptu trips to the hills/mountains in other people's cars.
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Old 08-27-11, 06:34 PM   #3
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Mostly errands and pleasure riding after getting where I am going by car. My current folder is a bit of a beast, it is 1972 Raleigh Twenty. I do plan on buying a Brompton soon to use for travel. I am traveling a lot more than I did when I first got my Twenty. The Twenty doesn't work well at all for flying.

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Old 08-27-11, 06:51 PM   #4
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I use my Dahon Eco6 for commuting, and sometimes running errands.
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commuting 25-30 miles per day, and for travel.

in fact I love my folder (Xootr Swift) so much that I bought a second frame. one is optimized for commuting (drop bars, 451 tires) and the other for travel (406 tires, flat bar).
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Old 08-27-11, 07:38 PM   #6
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1 - commuting
2 - recreation (pleasure rides, road rides, touring)
3 - errands
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Old 08-27-11, 09:21 PM   #7
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Old 08-27-11, 09:30 PM   #8
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mine is for:
1) curve sl for commuting
2) speed tr for pleasure/recreation/riding with wife (she in turn will use my curve sl)
3) would love to have a speed pro for training though.
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Old 08-27-11, 09:53 PM   #9
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About 90% commuting (multi-mode) and 10% recreation.
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Old 08-27-11, 11:04 PM   #11
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Errands & Recreation. (Commuting is a little hard when you are retired.)
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Old 08-27-11, 11:05 PM   #12
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Mostly to commute to work when weather permits. Sometimes to the grocery store... and I hope to lug it with me when I travel.
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Old 08-28-11, 12:41 AM   #13
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Old 08-28-11, 02:20 AM   #15
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Train trips into the city or to another city. Sometimes to fetch baked goods or a bag of groceries. Sometimes to ride to the biergarten.
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Old 08-28-11, 03:10 AM   #16
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1. Tinkering.
2. Riding.
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Old 08-28-11, 07:40 AM   #17
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While I'm still debating buying one, the main reason for me is to have a convenient bike on my road travels for enjoying bike paths and the like. I want something small enough to always have a bike without dealing with the rack and locks.
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Old 08-28-11, 07:49 AM   #18
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1. Transportation
2. Kid Hauling (trailer)
3. Multi-Modal Transportation
4. The occasional recreational ride
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Old 08-28-11, 07:58 AM   #19
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I have brompton S ss..........I am using it way more often than I had thought I would:
We did a trip to CT, NY, NH, and back to ME (all three of my daughters are leaving the nest!): put the Brommie in the extended cab of my truck (useful for acting as a moving van for my daughters). Each leg of the trip I would do a 10-15 mile ride, each day. NICE to be able to travel easily with my bike. Having it fold up so nicely is a real plus with me and my wife. I am going to get her one too.......

I am finding that I enjoy doing the 15 mile round trip commute to work. Nice to fold it up and carry it up the three flights of stairs and store it in my office........

I need bar ends to give me more hand positions and a bar-end mirror but otherwise am loving it........

I am beginning to understand the response to the question "why a folder" with "why not a folder?"

Is my n + 1 going to be a swift? shhhhhhhh, don't tell my wife..........
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Old 08-28-11, 09:04 AM   #20
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I use mine every day to commute to work and back. A 10.5 mile round commute. In the last 18 months I have about 2300 miles on it.

I fold it up and put it in my office.

It does have a small electric motor on the front though



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Old 08-28-11, 09:30 AM   #21
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I think I want one of those (the electric assist). Are there any threads with more info on it (I don't want to derail this one)?
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Old 08-28-11, 12:56 PM   #22
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Old 08-28-11, 12:57 PM   #23
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..well two out of three
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Old 08-28-11, 02:08 PM   #24
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Commuting and leisure.
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