Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    What do you think about this folder for touring? (X Post Touring)

    I'm looking for a folder because it's going to fit in with the kind of lightweight touring I want to do. I keep coming back to the newer Tern Link P24h because it's in my budget and looks to have the right amount of gears. What do you think about this bike for touring a week or two? I've also been considering the Bike Friday Pocket Companion and dahons. Unfortunately, I'm not in position to test ride any of these. So any insights would be greatly appreciated.

    It's been a long time since I've been on a bike longer than a day. So I want this bike to work with me as I get back on the road.

  2. #2
    Senior Member Foldable Two's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Vancouver, Washington and Ocean Shores, Washington, USA
    My Bikes
    2 - 2007 Custom Bike Fridays, 2 - 2009 Bike Friday Pocket 8's, Gravity 29'er SS, 2 - 8-spd Windsor City Bikes, 1973 Raleigh 20
    Posts
    1,306
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Most of us have never seen a Tern in person - let alone ridden one. Given that, If you are tall or short, Bike Friday is the better bike, since even the stock one like your considering, comes in three frame sizes. (I'm 6'3" with long arms and legs and I have owned two Dahons - looks very similar to new Terns and are also related - and two Fridays.)

    The 24 gear set-up is plenty for touring.

    The other questions are: If you are out there for 1-2 weeks and something breaks, which bike is easier to get replacements for? Maybe Thor would FedEx parts Tern parts like Bike Friday does, or is Tern mostly standard parts?

    Lou

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Pacific Northwest
    My Bikes
    Too many....................
    Posts
    3,070
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    What will you do with the bike when you are done touring?
    Speed Uno
    Dawes Kingpin 2speed

  4. #4
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Posts
    17
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I plan on touring more. When I'm not touring it will be used occasionally, maybe 15 times a year, for a 25 mile commute to the big city. I use my Trek mountain bike for that ride now but a folder would be better than dragging the Trek onto the commuter train. Then there will be some rides like dropping the car off at the shop then biking home, 20 minute ride. You get the idea.

  5. #5
    Senior Member Folding-Bikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    London
    My Bikes
    Pacific-Reach SL
    Posts
    302
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    In order to help you better;

    • What does "light touring" mean to you? 100km per day for 2 weeks?
    • What is more important to you comfort or speed?
    • Why do you think you need 24 speed? what gears do you have on your Trek?Do you use them all?
    • What kind of terrain? hills or flat? rough ground or smooth road?
    • How important is folding size to you?
    • How important is folding speed?
    • How often are you going to carry your bike when folded? and how far?


    Juan




    25km commute is quite a commute!
    www.folding-bikes.com
    Pacific Folding bikes on Facebook

  6. #6
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    39,999
    Mentioned
    27 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    If your hands and butt are happy with spending days in the saddle ,
    and it carries your stuff, any bike is a touring bike..

    touring is the trip not the bike.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Location
    Cape Cod,MA
    My Bikes
    Fuji Team SL , Dahon Flo, Dahon Mu P8, Ritchie Skyline tandem.
    Posts
    82
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Any one will do

    I have done mulit day tours on a Dahon MU p8. If the price, the weight, gearing and fit
    are Ok ant folder will do.

  8. #8
    Senior Member NigelHealy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    San Mateo
    My Bikes
    3 Bromptons, M2L-X, S6L-X/BWR. S6R/SRAM/Schlimpf, Novara Roadbike
    Posts
    115
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    the bike won't get used much, it doesn't do a compact fast fold.

    Challenge why you need a folder and not just better plan your train choices?

    A Brompton can do touring, it will fold small enough to fit in the trunk of any vehicle and the luggage is held on the frame not the wheel so its more stable.

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Washington, DC
    Posts
    832
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Folding-Bikes View Post
    25km commute is quite a commute!
    25km is 15 miles. He said a 25 *mile* commute.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •