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    I need a folding bike under $200 :(

    I am a college student and i need an affordable folding bike.

    I have been looking at Dahon boardwalk s1 and I found this one

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dahon-Boardw...21139184824%26

    Do you think I should buy this?

    I also looked at craigslist but I couldn't find any used Dahon bike..

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    Well, that one is $240 with shipping. Compare the price for a brand new one with warranty. See:
    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/current/boardwalk1.htm

    Where are you located?

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    I live in Seattle, WA.

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    Quote Originally Posted by star7989 View Post
    I am a college student and i need an affordable folding bike.

    I have been looking at Dahon boardwalk s1 and I found this one

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Dahon-Boardw...21139184824%26

    Do you think I should buy this?

    I also looked at craigslist but I couldn't find any used Dahon bike..
    Check out Camping World. My wife and I bought two at our local store rather than buy it online for $199 each on sale. They are decent enough to get you around.

    Edit: I forgot to mention, they are 12 speed, using cheaper Shimano parts, so don't expect too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    Check out Camping World. My wife and I bought two at our local store rather than buy it online for $199 each on sale. They are decent enough to get you around.

    Edit: I forgot to mention, they are 12 speed, using cheaper Shimano parts, so don't expect too much.
    Wow thanks! The Adventurer Six-Speed bike on the website looks really nice.

    How is this bike compared to Dahon boardwalk S1?
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    Quote Originally Posted by star7989 View Post
    Wow thanks! The Adventurer Six-Speed bike on the website looks really nice.

    How is this bike compared to Dahon boardwalk S1?
    Sorry, I can't compare them to any other models. I could have checked out the Dahon models sold at a local shop, but having to purchase two bikes, I thought for now it wouldn't have accomplished anything really other than feeling disappointed knowing I couldn't afford a bike I would have perhaps have preferred. So because of limited funds I decided to go with the cheaper bike. As much as I would have liked the more expensive Dahon models, I knew I would not be able to purchase two of them. Maybe one day in the future. I have been riding mine now for a few weeks, and I can honestly say I am not disappointed in the way they ride. Be prepared to tweak them a bit. One thing I do need to have done later on is to have the wheels trued. Not a big deal for now, but I know the bikes will run much smoother once that has been done. Check to see if there is a Camping World outlet near you. I'm the type of person that likes to see something first before buying. Hope this helps.

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    nobody is decisive, when they can ask others to do the decisions for them, for free.

    hire a decision consultant, ... oh they may have a fee.

    condition of used things needs on site inspection.. know any one, locally, to go with you?

    at least Da Hon is a Well known company..
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    Just be aware on the Camping World 12 speed model, it spec's show having 22 inch tires. Not a common tire size so you might want to check out where you will be able to get replacement tires and tubes when the time comes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by star7989 View Post
    Wow thanks! The Adventurer Six-Speed bike on the website looks really nice.

    How is this bike compared to Dahon boardwalk S1?
    They are heavy, 42.5lbs vs. 27.6 lbs. Looks like a good deal though.
    Happier than a camel on wednesday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by badrad View Post
    Just be aware on the Camping World 12 speed model, it spec's show having 22 inch tires. Not a common tire size so you might want to check out where you will be able to get replacement tires and tubes when the time comes.
    Thank you for bringing that issue up. What happened to me when I purchased the bikes at the store is that they gave me the wrong boxes. On the showroom floor were the older two toned 12 speed models (with the 20" wheels). Those where the ones that I wanted, but when I got home and opened the boxes, they were the newer all black models (with the 22" wheels). I returned them for the ones I wanted. One problem might be finding them at this stage. So if the older model (same as the one shown in their little online video) is what you want, you might need to check with a local store, as I don't think they are available online, or at least they are not shown on their website. Perhaps they are still available, but you would need to call them to find out. One very nice feature of buying them at the store is that they have a 90 day return policy. Not too shabby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kamtsa View Post
    They are heavy, 42.5lbs vs. 27.6 lbs. Looks like a good deal though.
    Yes, you are right. They are heavy, but they roll along OK. I'm not overly worried as I don't throw them in and out of the car that often, and uphill riding where I live is extremely negligible. The next bikes I purchase will be a lighter model for sure. That will be when my wallet puts on some more weight.

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    I have never been up close and personal with the bikes from Camping World, but they are obviously very heavy and appear to be of low quality (just my observation based upon review of their wbsite). Have you considered the Citizen Tokyo or Miami instead?

    Yes, I know, I am supposed to be pushing you toward Origami, but we don't have anything in the $200 range and I would rather see you get a decent bike and develop your love of folders. You can get an Origami next time. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by kamtsa View Post
    They are heavy, 42.5lbs vs. 27.6 lbs. Looks like a good deal though.
    I'd be surprised if that is 'bike weight' and not shipping weight ... especially for THIS ONE .. looks decent enough and there are Camping Worlds in WA to check..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinigis View Post
    I have never been up close and personal with the bikes from Camping World, but they are obviously very heavy and appear to be of low quality (just my observation based upon review of their wbsite). Have you considered the Citizen Tokyo or Miami instead?

    Yes, I know, I am supposed to be pushing you toward Origami, but we don't have anything in the $200 range and I would rather see you get a decent bike and develop your love of folders. You can get an Origami next time. :-)
    Forgive me for perhaps misinterpreting what you are saying, but it sounds like you are referring to the bikes from Camping World as not being decent. True, they are of lower quality. I mean, lets face it, you do get what you pay for . . . for the most part, but for slightly less than $200, I have to say that they are decent enough. I have no complaints and I have been riding it for a few weeks now. Granted, if one could come up with a tad more folding money, I'm sure the Origami that you sell is of far greater value. As far as the Citizen Tokyo etc, well perhaps they are a little better than the Adventure brand from Camping World, but I decided to go with them because of seeing them first hand. I wouldn't have too much problem buying a more higher end bike online, but not a cheaper model unless I was able to see it first hand if indeed it was up to snuff, so to speak . . . for the price that is.

    I did view the models you have on your site and I do like what I see. One question. Does any of your models come with chromed seat posts and handlebar posts? As much as I like the looks of the black posts, I would be a little concerned of the possibility that the said posts might become scratched over time. Very nice looking bikes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    I did view the models you have on your site and I do like what I see. One question. Does any of your models come with chromed seat posts and handlebar posts? As much as I like the looks of the black posts, I would be a little concerned of the possibility that the said posts might become scratched over time. Very nice looking bikes though.
    My biggest concern about the Camping World bikes is the weight, but as BruceMetras noted, this may be the shipping weight.

    We have used brushed aluminum seatposts and handlebar posts in the past, and they get scratched too. The beauty of the black posts is that they can be brought back to looking like new with just a quick shot of black spray paint if necessay. It is much more labor intesnsive to get scratches out of the brushed aluminum surface.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pinigis View Post
    My biggest concern about the Camping World bikes is the weight, but as BruceMetras noted, this may be the shipping weight.

    We have used brushed aluminum seatposts and handlebar posts in the past, and they get scratched too. The beauty of the black posts is that they can be brought back to looking like new with just a quick shot of black spray paint if necessay. It is much more labor intesnsive to get scratches out of the brushed aluminum surface.
    I see what you mean. The seat post on mine is the chrome type, but the handlebar post is, I believe, the brushed aluminum. Its a sort of grayish color. Another question. Are there chromed seat and handlebar posts out there that would work with you bikes or perhaps other brands for that matter?

    Wayne

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    Quote Originally Posted by Still Pedaling View Post
    I see what you mean. The seat post on mine is the chrome type, but the handlebar post is, I believe, the brushed aluminum. Its a sort of grayish color. Another question. Are there chromed seat and handlebar posts out there that would work with you bikes or perhaps other brands for that matter?

    Wayne
    Certainly, there are many options for replacing the seatposts (these are an off-the-shelf item), but the handlebar post would take a bit more research. Handlebar posts are not subjected to the same abuse that seatposts endure, so they are much less likely to be scratched.

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    Wow! Both the hinge and BB look way out of alignment with the frame's center-line!

    https://images3.campingworld.com/Cam.../70089new2.jpg
    I plan on living forever... so far so good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by star7989 View Post
    Wow thanks! The Adventurer Six-Speed bike on the website looks really nice.

    How is this bike compared to Dahon boardwalk S1?
    Hi,

    Its a lot cheaper but not as good. Still at $160 you can't
    expect a lot more than what you seem to be getting new.

    Expect it to need to be assembled, adjusted and checked
    by someone who knows what they are doing, like all the
    cheaper bikes available on line.

    rgds, sreten.

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    I've had a Boardwalk for 7 years, it's the only folder I've ever ridden so can't compare. I bought it for the price, Dahon name, simplicity of the single speed especially in a cheap bike and I like the design. It was fine out of the box. The second year I replaced the 14 tooth sprocket with a 16 for $5. Obviously less speed but better for hills and about right in most cases to spin along. This year I put Big Apple tires on it which were expensive, slower, required loosing the fenders but improved the ride. I'd get another given my original criteria which was mainly price.

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    Actual weight of Adventurer 6spd is 32 pounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
    Actual weight of Adventurer 6spd is 32 pounds.
    That's not too bad for an inexpensive bike. I guess a rule of thumb is -- price up, weight down.

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    the KISS solution , single speed, coaster brake. http://www.origin-8.com/product-desc...model_uid=8825
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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    the KISS solution , single speed, coaster brake.
    http://www.origin-8.com/product-desc...model_uid=8825
    Hi,

    Too simple and too stupid, no gears and
    one crap brake does not make a good bike.

    rgds, sreten.

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    Too simple and too stupid, no gears and
    one crap brake does not make a good bike.
    pretty much another da Hon Clone..

    add features , pay more money its straight forward formula.


    I am not the "I only have $200" shopper . Have a Brompton and a Bike Friday, myself

    for those who want more stuff on their bike , they add some bucks to the pot to get that.


    By the way it, like a single speed has one gear, not 'No Gears '

    Sheesh !! you need to work on the Math of counting things .


    Just like on Sesame Street .. One; ha ha ha ... , two; Ha ha ha ...
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