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Old 10-22-12, 11:30 AM   #1
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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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Old 10-22-12, 11:53 AM   #2
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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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Old 10-22-12, 01:11 PM   #3
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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.

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Old 10-22-12, 01:13 PM   #4
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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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Old 10-22-12, 03:32 PM   #5
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It would help to know your weight and how tall you are..
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Old 10-22-12, 03:40 PM   #6
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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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Old 10-22-12, 06:15 PM   #8
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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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Old 10-22-12, 06:44 PM   #9
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You may also want to take a look at an Origami.
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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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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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well, i was also a citizen bike owner. so, i come by my opinion honestly.
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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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perhaps you can make an arrangement with someone in houston?

dahon boardwalk:
http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3356696297.html
montague:
http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3333792241.html
http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/3341611394.html
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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
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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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.

Cheers,
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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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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.
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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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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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