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    Buying my first folding bike

    Hi guys! i'm thinking of buying a folding bike and i was wondering if you could help me decide which one is the best for less than 400usd
    i want something simple.. just for riding in the city..
    my options are:
    any citizen bike.. (i like the gotham 2)
    downtube nova
    dahon: speed uno or eco c7

    it would be nice if the bike could roll when folded...
    so.. what do you think?

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    I like the Speed Uno it is simple and easily upgradable. There are a number of internally geared hubs that will work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by claudiaxcu View Post
    Hi guys! i'm thinking of buying a folding bike and i was wondering if you could help me decide which one is the best for less than 400usd
    i want something simple.. just for riding in the city..
    my options are:
    any citizen bike.. (i like the gotham 2)
    downtube nova
    dahon: speed uno or eco c7

    it would be nice if the bike could roll when folded...
    so.. what do you think?
    did you consider the Origami Fox? 3 speed internal gear hub and nice fold. 16" (305) wheels. the whole package looks great for multimodal commuting.

    fox2.jpgfox.jpg

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    If you are cash strapped -- looking at craigslist might be a pretty good option. At any given time in the NYC craiglist listings there are dozens of Dahons (some old and some recent models) listed.

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    It would help to know your weight and how tall you are..
    °Empty drums make a lot of noice... (Old Hungarian proverb).

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    Another vote for the Speed Uno. I'm a fan .

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    forgot to add - in my opinion, citizen bikes are complete ****e..

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    forgot to add - in my opinion, citizen bikes are complete ****e..
    Please be polite. We have a number of Citizenbike owners on this forum...many who have expressed they feel their bikes are well worth the money spent.

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    You may also want to take a look at an Origami.
    2007 Montague MX - road conversion
    "I made a lotta special modifications myself." -Han Solo

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    Thnx everyone for your help... i'm not in USA and i don't know craiglist so i don't consider it an option..
    those origami look nice... i'll consider those too
    i'm 5.2 and 135lb

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    Hi, Where are you located? Some of these bikes may not be available in your country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edwong3 View Post
    Please be polite. We have a number of Citizenbike owners on this forum...many who have expressed they feel their bikes are well worth the money spent.

    Thanks
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    well, i was also a citizen bike owner. so, i come by my opinion honestly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    well, i was also a citizen bike owner. so, i come by my opinion honestly.
    OK, fair enough. Which model did you own, and from what year was it?
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    i live in colombia but i plan to buy it over the internet..
    and pick it up next month since i'm traveling to houston

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudiaxcu View Post
    i live in colombia but i plan to buy it over the internet..
    and pick it up next month since i'm traveling to houston
    You might consider a Greenzone Bike: http://www.greenzonebikes.com/contactus.html

    They are located in Houston and might allow you to come test ride the bike before purchasing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JosephLMonti View Post
    You might consider a Greenzone Bike: http://www.greenzonebikes.com/contactus.html

    They are located in Houston and might allow you to come test ride the bike before purchasing.
    For what it's worth, I have a Greenzone alloy folder that I bought a couple years ago for $200. The frame itself has held up well, but the folding stem, wheels, brakes, and shifting haven't (I probably have about 400 miles or so on it).

    Based on my experiences, I would not recommend these.

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    p.s. If somebody wants a really cheap used Greenzone, let me know.
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    The Giant Expressway is a solid buy in this price range. The one pictured here is my wifes bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallwheeler View Post
    If I could find either of these Montague bikes here in NYC in this great a condition at these prices I'd JUMP ON IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Holy crap, what great deals. Even the Dahon is priced to move.

    Wow,...I actually fel so,...cheated.
    Fitness is only a side effect,...I feel alive when I ride!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    If I could find either of these Montague bikes here in NYC in this great a condition at these prices I'd JUMP ON IT IMMEDIATELY!!! Holy crap, what great deals. Even the Dahon is priced to move.

    Wow,...I actually fel so,...cheated.

    yes!

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    i wonder if claudia is still checking this thread...

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    The models sold by Greenzone two years ago were equipped with cheap, low cost components. The current models are a completely different story so it is a legitimate possibility for anyone seeking to purchase their first folder.

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    Yes, i'm still checking.. thanx everyone for your answers..
    i think i'm gonna buy a origami fox

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    Quote Originally Posted by claudiaxcu View Post
    Yes, i'm still checking.. thanx everyone for your answers..
    i think i'm gonna buy a origami fox
    hehe cool

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    The Fox is a great deal for the money.
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