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Old 10-28-13, 08:10 PM   #1
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I have no knowledge about bikes and i need your help!

I live in NYC and i would like to buy a folding bike, i have no idea what brand to choose from, have no clue where to begin.

i mainly use my bike to get to school and work.

my requirement is:

- Foldable
- Full size bicycle
- More than one speed
- **Durable****

I looked up some bicycles in the craigslist, they are:

Dahon Matrix Folding Bike - $460
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/4126305546.html

Dahon Espresso folding bike - $550
http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/bik/4143860615.html


but I don't know if the price matches the bike quality, both of them are second handed. I would like to know what you guys think and what you guys would recommend.


Thank you guys so much for the help!!!

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Old 10-28-13, 08:16 PM   #2
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I'm sorry, is this the right place to post a thread like this? please let me know, i can switch it.
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Old 10-28-13, 08:32 PM   #3
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Those are nice bikes at fair prices. I would hesitate to settle on "full size" as the only option, though. Most folding bikes are regular size, just with smaller wheels. If these two bikes will fit in the spots you want to put them, then go for it. But if you'd like a nice bike in a smaller folded package, the Dahons and others with 20-inch wheels are also good options.
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Yes i like the look of the Dahon Matrix, but i'm just worry about the quality, it seems like this is the old 2008 Dahon Matrix, which i think it has been discontinued because i couldn't find it on both amazon and ebay, except the new Dahon Matrix. This leads to my main concern, How long will this bicycle continue to serve it's duty once i purchase it from its previous owner...
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Yes i like the look of the Dahon Matrix, but i'm just worry about the quality, it seems like this is the old 2008 Dahon Matrix, which i think it has been discontinued because i couldn't find it on both amazon and ebay, except the new Dahon Matrix. This leads to my main concern, How long will this bicycle continue to serve it's duty once i purchase it from its previous owner...
Regarding your main concern....

The AGE of the bike isn't going to be the issue, rather the determining factors of longevity will be the combination of the CURRENT CONDITION of the bike, plus YOUR MAINTENANCE of the bike once you purchase it. (This will be the case with ANY bike you purchase, new or used.)

Also, you mentioned you're in NYC... you should head over to NYCEwheels (Upper East Side) to chat with the folks there. That shop specializes in folding bikes and will let you test ride them as well.

Here's their website: http://www.nycewheels.com
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if you fold all the time than the espresso is better although somewhat expensive for a used bike
if you ride and fold occasionally the matrix is a great bike

if you fold like twice a day and use other transport than a 20 inch folder is much nicer
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