Heyas all, just joined this community after deciding to get back into biking with my wife and daughter.
My daughter (who is 8) won a bmx style bike at her school for perfect attendance, and outstanding grades. My wife wants a boulevard cruiser style bike, however she's petite at 5'3" tall. And I'm 5'8 and 195 (Yeah, I know I can lost 10 pounds, but thats why I wanna get off my @$$ and ride, besides being behind my wife watching her ride has it's advantages. 8D heeeheheeheeee.)
I started looking into folding bikes online as i'm not very fond of putting a rack on our vw turbo (buying in 3 weeks, our only car, it's the wife's). And needed to stow them in the back. However seeing the other 2 are getting standard bikes that won't fold (Well I can fold them once using a very large sledgehammer, or running over them with a dump truck, but getting them unfolded after that would be rather unpleasant.)
Ok, so I guess a rear rack is on order for the 2006 vw new beetle turbo S... mumbles, and the 2 femmes here have their bike ideas, but then there's a decision to be made by me. I surfed Amazon for the 16 and 20 inch white or silver grey painted(first colour preference, but open to any colour foldable bikes and seen quite a few video's by Dahon, and Brompton(wow $$$ pricey), but likes the look of the low-slung middle bar. Seen the bikes by Shimano, named the City I think and liked the full suspension idea.
(Whispers, reason I like the full suspension idea is, I'm on worker's comp for an arm nerve injury, and and very hard jarring from the handle grips would be Very painfull for me, hence my asking for a good suspension.)
But, aren't there a tire called Apples something, that are so cushioned, that I can install them on any wheel for a soft ride, gahhhh so many ideas.... brain cramp, owieeee.
But what caught my eye, was a Usa company called Downtube, and their white fs model. Wow full suspension, white colour, and priced right in my ballpark. Tho my wife balked at the nearly $600.00 prices. Ok sad face here.....
Wife wants me to get a $179 Wal-mart Special, but I don't want my first folder to crumble to a pile of rust or into ruined bike parts after a ride at Valley Forge bike paths, mainly paved, with a few dirt-gravel-stone sections with the occasional lawyer jogging past yelling into his blue-toothed ear piece.
So deciding perhaps between a Shimano with the full suspension, or the Downtube FS9, higher priced, but if i can find someone selling one a few states away, I can drive to go get it.
I do have a few questions tho... Which brand do you all recommend?
I'm mainly looking for a good quality new or used folder with a full suspension that won't fall apart, or sell a kidney for. Altho selling a kidney may free up more cash later..... after seeing how expensive some of the foldables can top out at.
I'm local to Philadelphia, but I can drive a considerable distance-wise for the right bike. And with it being the summer, can anyone say 'Roadtrip for a Folder in a VW?'
Kindly let me know, and I'll reply Asap.
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