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    Looking for lower price point folders

    I am in the market for a folder and was wondering if I could get some guidance as to which bike(s) might be good for me. I will be using the bike to commute roughly 20 miles a week on flat roads in manhattan. I will be carrying it on and off the boat so weight is a concern. I am 5'10" and weight 180 lbs and have set a budget under $500.

    After moderate research here, I found a couple bikes that could work for me. I am leaning strongly towards the Dahon or Citizen. Am I the only one that thinks the Citizen looks feminine?

    Citizen Gothem1: $289
    Dahon Speed Uno: $400

    Downtube Nova: $300
    Tern THe basic One $450

    I am having a hard time deciding on getting a folder with or without hand brakes.
    Any other lower price point manufacturers I should look into?

    Thanks,
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    Whatever you get I would budget a set of good tires that have kevlar protection. Ihave a Speed Uno and added a front brake for just in case. I dont really care for the coaster brake as I find it has a bit of drag. I had the oppurtunity to ride a Tern D8 and it came with Schwable tires and I thought for the price of $600 it was a pretty good bike. There is always Craigslist and there seems to always be some good deals in NYC. http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/2996499664.html Not bad for the money and to try.
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    Thanks for the tip about adding another brake, I personally am not comfortable with only a coaster brake, it's been 25 years since I solely depended on a coaster brake. Why do you recommend Kevlar tires? Are they better for city rides?

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    Puncture protection. Plenty off glass and "stuff" in citys.
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    Quote Originally Posted by impossible View Post
    I am in the market for a folder and was wondering if I could get some guidance as to which bike(s) might be good for me. I will be using the bike to commute roughly 20 miles a week on flat roads in manhattan. I will be carrying it on and off the boat so weight is a concern. I am 5'10" and weight 180 lbs and have set a budget under $500.

    After moderate research here, I found a couple bikes that could work for me. I am leaning strongly towards the Dahon or Citizen. Am I the only one that thinks the Citizen looks feminine?

    Citizen Gothem1: $289
    Dahon Speed Uno: $400

    Downtube Nova: $300
    Tern THe basic One $450

    I am having a hard time deciding on getting a folder with or without hand brakes.
    Any other lower price point manufacturers I should look into?

    Thanks,
    Check out Kent Giordano $229; 25lbs:
    http://www.bikes4families.com/giorda...ike-p-400.html

    Origamibicycles.com are good deal as well (when the are in stock )

    If you ask me all folders do not look masculine. I do agree with you that Citizen frame colors, large bell option or colored tires do reinforce that opinion. I think the major problem with Citizen is that their advertised weight is not accurate (they don't shy away from using steel).

    Regarding the brakes, I think any bike with just a coaster brake is not safe for few reasons: longer reaction time, no brake when chain snaps, rear brake is much less efficient than front.
    Last edited by bbmike; 05-06-12 at 07:32 PM.

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    Very happy with my Tern Link C7. One point you may want to also consider: Warranty. I believe Downtube is very limited with such, Dahon had (Don't know if still) quite the trouble with honoring warranty and part replacement, Only communication via email. I'm sure with a quick Google search you can find a number of these stories.

    I feel that Dahon is a little overpriced for what you actually get, more so buying the name.

    I would also go with handbrakes. I agree with Dynocoaster, the coaster brake does seem to prohibit the revolution of the wheel to an extent, as to where handbrakes allow the rear wheel to be "freewheel". I feel that with commuting in fair distance with a possiblity of a long days work, The less pedaling the better.

    Since you live in Manhattan, my first recommendation would be to get an idea of what feels right by taking advantage of a local folding bicycle retailer that carries the mother-load:

    http://www.nycewheels.com/

    To compare Dahon and Tern.

    I purchased my Link C7 through thorusa.com and was very pleased, his warranty sold me: http://www.thorusa.com/warranty.htm

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    I have the Gotham 1 myself and its excellent while being reliable and simplistic. I personally make a trip every week 3 times a week carrying a 30 lb load with zero problems. Im only 5'7 at 160 lbs though.

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    I think in that price range I'd at least look at the Schwinn World Folding with an MSRP of $420.

    It has cantilever brakes and a single chainring/seven cog Shimano Tourney drivetrain. The seatpost is 550mm, which might be marginal for a taller rider (the seatpost is clearly not fully extended in the photo).



    http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/ur...g-14668#/specs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
    I think in that price range I'd at least look at the Schwinn World Folding with an MSRP of $420.

    It has cantilever brakes and a single chainring/seven cog Shimano Tourney drivetrain. The seatpost is 550mm, which might be marginal for a taller rider (the seatpost is clearly not fully extended in the photo).



    http://www.schwinnbikes.com/bikes/ur...g-14668#/specs
    Interestingly no web site, including manufacturer's, lists weight spec for the Shwinn World Folding... With a steel fork I bet it's over 30lbs not to mention it will rust especially since OP wan't to keep it on a boat. On another note, it's great that Schwinn putting their name behind folders.
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