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    New folding bike?

    I started looking at the normal full size 26" bikes, then I came across the Stowabike 26" Folding Dual Suspension Mountain Bike. I'm 190 lbs 5'3". I don't bike to much but when I do it's to go to the store and get grocerys (1-4 miles). So I'll need something that the handlebars can take some weight. My budget Is 300 prefer cheaper but I really need a quality bike so if I can't get a folder no bigy. I don't do hardcore off roading. Only dirt and some gravel.

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    also i would like a light weight bike.

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    Check out Craigslist. Do you live in a hilly area? Does it need to be carried?
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    not to many hills in the area. Only need to pick it up to put in the the Bike rack on the front of the bus.

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    What city do you live in? Montague built a folding mtb bike that also had the BMW and Marlboro brand names on it and I have seen them for reasonable prices in the past.
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    I live in Phoenix Arizona. Do u know the website for that so I can look at it. Im a girl so looks are kind of important

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    There is one for sale in your area but no pic http://phoenix.craigslist.org/evl/bik/2735285750.html
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    ya I saw that one yesterday they should have taken it down already, since they sold it.

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    ok ill look it the one with the fuji didnt see that one lol

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    Whatever bike you get, do yourself a favor and install a rear rack and panniers for those groceries! Hanging them off the handlebars is actually quite dangerous.

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    Probably sacrilege on this forum, but why do you want a folder? All things being equal, you pay extra for the fold, If you don't need it, you'll get a higher quality bike and more choices for the same money...

    Disclaimer: All my bikes are folders at the moment, so clearly I think there's value in paying a little extra and getting the folding capability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bendembroski View Post
    Probably sacrilege on this forum, but why do you want a folder? All things being equal, you pay extra for the fold, If you don't need it, you'll get a higher quality bike and more choices for the same money...
    It is true, with such a small budget you're likely to get a better bike if you go with a non-folding one. However, if you need the folding, or if you just love folders, then of course, look at folders! I do suggest not getting a mountain bike unless you are going to ride actual mountain bike trails, though. Almost any bike will do fine on hard-packed gravel or dirt roads and paths. A cheap mountain bike is going to be heavier and harder to ride than a hybrid that costs the same, and the suspension on low-end mountain bikes is generally awful.

    If you do want a folding bike there are decent options in your price range, but they will not have 26" wheels, and they won't be mountain bikes. But I find that 20" wheels are much better for multi-modal transportation -- it's far easier to lift the bike onto the bus rack or the train, especially for a short person. I don't fold my bike for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ro-monster View Post
    It is true, with such a small budget you're likely to get a better bike if you go with a non-folding one. However, if you need the folding, or if you just love folders, then of course, look at folders! I do suggest not getting a mountain bike unless you are going to ride actual mountain bike trails, though. Almost any bike will do fine on hard-packed gravel or dirt roads and paths. A cheap mountain bike is going to be heavier and harder to ride than a hybrid that costs the same, and the suspension on low-end mountain bikes is generally awful.

    If you do want a folding bike there are decent options in your price range, but they will not have 26" wheels, and they won't be mountain bikes. But I find that 20" wheels are much better for multi-modal transportation -- it's far easier to lift the bike onto the bus rack or the train, especially for a short person. I don't fold my bike for that.
    She could also buy a bike with 20" wheels that is not folding. I bought a cute minivelo locally for approx £120. Cheap pedals and steel chainrings but that can be changed.
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