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Old 12-08-13, 12:50 PM   #1
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Folder for daughter.?

We need a 20" wheel folding bike for my 49in tall daughter so we can put it in a small car and take her to ride with her friends. Already have 'regular' girls bike. They don't fit on our 'strap-on' bike racks anyway.

Don't know how to 'size' bikes from pictures so can't tell about seat to handlebar length, reach or will they fit her.

http://houston.craigslist.org/bid/4218928368.html

http://houston.craigslist.org/bik/4218719121.html

Neither is close enough to go 'look at' and I can't take her to try because it's an Xmas present. Noting the Dahon is twice as far, has rack and fenders already, but a welded on handlebar and maybe needs work. Both are about 13kg.

Thanks for your comments.

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Old 12-08-13, 01:28 PM   #2
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there is only one size .. maybe a Dahon Owner has a tape measure ..

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Already have 'regular' girls bike. They don't fit on our 'strap-on' bike racks anyway.
Our LBS has a removable bar that they sell making a top tube

to hold the ladies type bike in a bike rack, in situations just like yours. ..

but wont be as impressive a 'Prezzie' under the tree as a whole Bike.
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Old 12-08-13, 02:29 PM   #3
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If you can find a Dahon sweet pea.... Not anymore sold in the USA and when they were only real small numbers ....has 12 inch wheels

Or a Dahon curve with 16 inch wheels
Those are current in a three speed internal hub version new price is pretty up there but used can be found for around 300

Those would be best

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hmm. seems a container load of crapzone bikes has arrived in the houston area.

apparently, the photographer's hands were trembling with joy when these pics were taken:



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Old 12-08-13, 06:02 PM   #5
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I have sold a Strida to a young person not much taller than your daughter, there is the advantage that once a young person is tall enough to ride a Strida they may never out grow it. The Frame is the same size with all Stridas and the seat adjustment provides adjustment for a persons height and leg length.
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Dahon states that their 16 and 20 inch bikes fit riders between 4 foot 4 and six foot 4... at 4 foot 1 your daughter is pretty close to fitting and she is at that age where she is probably growing at quite a rate. Variable like reach will have an effect...

Tern states that the minimum rider size is 56 inches.

My long legged 13 year old daughter has been riding a 451 equipped Raleigh 20 since she was 11... she will never need another bike and will outgrow her 24 inch wheeled mtb in a few years and will probably get to keep her 45cm road bike that rolls on 650C wheels as she just fit that now.
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Dahon curve was the only folder I found my children got on with. Tried quite a few. Downtube,brompton, diBalsi, giatex,

Onzo mini was liked but only for messing about on.
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I have one Origami Fox if you are interested.

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As others said, I would think that 20" Dahons with adjustable bar heights would work (Speed D7 and above usually have this, but not the cheaper Boardwalk model). I would also think a Citizen Tokyo 16" wheel bike would work (bar height is adjustable). If the purchase is mainly motivated because her girl bike won't fit on a rack, you could get something like the Saris Bike Beam (others make these also) which I used on our kids little bikes.
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P.S.: The Schwinn Loop and Schwinn Hinge also don't have adjustable handlebar height, so would probably not be a good choice for her size (fyi, just in case you are tempted by their price and wide availability).
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I wholeheartedly support the idea of getting the kid a folding bike. But are you sure that will be acceptable to her? They are kind of funny looking. Will she be alright with that?

We we have always found a way to get different bikes onto the bike rack. I am sure if you work at it, you can get her bike on your rack. Then get her the folder anyway,just for fun.
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I have one Origami Fox if you are interested.

interesting to say the least ..........
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