I'm looking at buying a couple of folders for my wife and me. After renting some bikes while on vacation which were un comfortable or not riding because it was hard to find a place to rent a bike I've decided to get folding bikes to take with us.
Me 5'5" 150 lbs
Wife 5'0" 105 lbs
The budget is around $1600 for both but I'll need to get suitcases also.
Most riding will be on Rail trails or Greenways some will be on City streets with traffic.
So far I've only been able to shop online but should be going to NYC to look in a couple of shops in April. I did but a 2nd hand poor quality folder just to check out folders but the ride was pretty poor and it didn't fit well so I sold it off.
I have some questions to help me be better informed while shopping.
Derailleur vs IGH? what are the pros & cons I would think the IGH would be cleaner and less likely to get damaged during transport. But I read an article on BF that said when they do break it's tough to find someone to fix it.
Dahon I hear they use parts that aren't available every where.
Is a rear rack really needed and does it affect handling when loaded?
Here's what I've seen online that looked good
Any comments insights are appreciated. I know a 15 min test ride at a shop isn't going to give a true feel for the bike but I doubt I'll get more.
FWIW I have a Giant TCRC2 road bike, GT Avalance MTB and an old Giant Sedona MTB.