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Old 02-21-12, 08:50 AM   #1
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Hi all, brand new hear, I started riding bikes again as an adult about 10 years ago, I have owned 5 bikes in that time, right now I just have a recumbent, but I also owned a folding recumbent trike for a while, the trike just wasn't my cup of tea, but I loved the folding feature great for fitting it safely and securely in the back of my Honda for transport to the local trail.

So now I am looking for a two wheeled upright bike to ride on some further home rides and trails, I don't want to break the bank with a new bike, but I don't want a dirt cheap bottom of the barrel model either. 6,7 or 8 speeds would be good. something with flat bars, with a fair amount of room for adjustments, I think I will put a nice spring suspension saddle from brooks on it. Something that can have a rack fixed to the back of it, for a trunks bag and maybe a small set of panniers.

I don't plan on any world tours on a folder, but maybe some day trips or even an over night trip.

I'd love to find a nice used Bike Friday or Brompton, but that might not be very likely, so any suggestions on something that might fit my intended use?
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Old 02-21-12, 10:08 AM   #2
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Old 02-21-12, 12:58 PM   #4
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What size person are you? What's your budget?
I'm 5'6" 165 lbs, but trying to get back to 150 or so, so on the short side and a little overweight but not a heavyweight either. Well probably not more than $1000 u.s.d. my Greenspeed was $3200 but I don't think I want to spend that much again.
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i would check the used boards for a bike friday or brompton and also increase your budget to $1200 if you could. but if you can't do that, a tern or dahon would also probably work out. those seem pretty nice in the $600-$800 range but the bike probably won't roll very well when it's folded so if that's important to you...
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A Swift will do all you put in your original post. It's right on budget, easy to customise and should fit you with no bother. It's fold is tall and thin, so good for cars and trains, not so good for buses. Lovely ride.

Other's I'm sure will chime in with other recommendations with other equally capable bikes, but I'd suggest you at least see if you can take a Swift for a test ride.
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a tern or dahon would also probably work out. those seem pretty nice in the $600-$800 range but the bike probably won't roll very well when it's folded so if that's important to you...
Thanks, the Tern bikes look pretty good and Dahon is a name that I know to be pretty good, I know some camper and live aboard boat people that use Dahons when they get to their destinations.
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Tern Link D 8 are a good value
and if you really want to roll them very very stable and easy than go for a trolley carrier .... ( I will credit you the carrier which comes with the bike of course , silly to have 2 ..lol )

Of course a nice Dahon Mu P 8 in black ( only listed in white on the website, but we have some good lookin black ones ) wouldnt be a bad choice either ....
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Tern Link D 8 are a good value
and if you really want to roll them very very stable and easy than go for a trolley carrier .... ( I will credit you the carrier which comes with the bike of course , silly to have 2 ..lol )

Of course a nice Dahon Mu P 8 in black ( only listed in white on the website, but we have some good lookin black ones ) wouldnt be a bad choice either ....
+1 For the Mu P8. I have one and love it. Great bike and light weight too.
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