Hi All, this will be my very first bike. Like a legitimate one not a huffy from walmart that I had as a kid. I did a lot of research and my choices are limited to what is on the used market on ebay, Craigslist, wanted ads, etc.
So far I have a choice between the Dahon Speed P8 (red) for about $450. Maybe $400. It is in almost brand new condition.
The other choice is a Montague Paratrooper (regular not pro) for $700, but I will need to pay tax on this for a total of about $800 out the door. So almost double the price of the Dahon.
There are a lot of fine choices out there for bikes and if I didn't have to choose folding, I could probably pick up a really really light carbon road bike or two bikes even. But my car is tiny, doesn't have any rack options other than a hitch mount which requires taking the bumper off, welding, fabricating, UGH too much work.
My needs are: I use this to get around long distance walking due to a disability. So portability is a must. I need to be able to take my bike everywhere because it replaces walking for me, particularly at larger venues. It gives me legs and allows me to do things I can't. So both are folding and fit in my trunk. The Dahon being slightly smaller due to the smaller 20" wheels and slightly lighter about 1.5 lbs. Not much of a difference, let's say they are equal in portability.
I need something that is EASY to pedal. Like stated before, I have a disability so ease of pedaling, ease of use, energy conservation is an almost must. For this reason I am even considering an electric bike but folding electrics are very very pricey. I need it to be easy to go up hills when they present itself and go longer distances, also need to be able to ride on grass and gravel, dirt (all seldom but does come up). I live in the suburb but also use this bike for city (good for folding) and rarely but sometimes go outdoors.
The Dahon has 8 speeds while the Paratrooper has 24 speed. I am guessing this is a no brainer for "Ease" of pedaling? Or is that not necessarily true, will it just give me more OPTIONS?
Any input appreciated.