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Old 05-05-12, 02:33 PM   #1
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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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Old 05-05-12, 05:11 PM   #2
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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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Old 05-05-12, 10:56 PM   #3
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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.
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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.

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Old 05-07-12, 02:40 AM   #6
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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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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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