I have been lurking on this forum for the better part of a year, and just registered in order to post so I can garner your opinions. After 30 years or so, I've decided to get back into casual cycling for exercise and to help me shed a few pounds. My riding is confined to bike paths along the boardwalk where I live, mostly 7-10 miles at a clip. I decided I wanted a folder for storage and transportation reasons, and my LBS only sold Giant. As a result, I ended up with two Giant Expressway 2 bikes ($375 each) for my girlfriend and I. As luck would have it, Hurricane Sandy hit shortly after I bought the bikes which severely curtailed my ability to ride, but now the bike paths have largely been restored so I am getting down to business.
I have been very impressed with the Expressway 2, though admittedly it is the only folder I have ever used. I am a very casual cyclist, and apart from a more comfortable seat, don't plan on any upgrades. I really love the idea of folding bikes and have been trolling Craigslist in my area looking for good deals with the notion that I might pick up an additional folder or two for my kids when they come around in the event they want to ride with me, or for guests. I found this:
I never saw a new Halfway in my LBS, but from reading about it on the forums, I am drawn to the mono fork design and thinner fold. It is a very attractive bike and it appears to be in like new condition. I am led to believe that the Halfways feature better components than the later Expressway 2's, but honestly I don't think I am advanced enough to be able to appreciate the difference. This bike allegedly was purchased new by an elderly person who barely used it. His grand daughter inherited it and is selling it. It is a 2002 model. I've already sealed the deal and committed to a purchase price of $200 subject to inspection assuming the bike is in like new condition. I'm going to pick it up tomorrow morning. I've already read every post on the forum about Giant folding bikes, but was interested in whether or not you all have any thoughts about the early model Halfway's specifically, or anything special I need to look for during the inspection.
Thank you in advance for your feedback