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Old 12-22-13, 12:32 PM   #1
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I am a female, a bit over 5' who misses bike riding terribly. I'm considering a folding bike that I can just throw in my trunk.
Any recommendations of bikes that would fit me? I like the Origami Crane, but the specs say it is for riders 5'3" and up. So, it won't be a good fit for me? Any short riders out there with recommendations?
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Old 12-22-13, 01:24 PM   #2
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Bike Friday has Multiple sizes, its a main tube length choice,+ the Mast length for bars and seat.
they start making the bike, in Oregon when you order it.

others , make one, then you adapt.

Brompton offers an adapter pin to move the seat closer to the handlebars ..
S bar closer to the ground than the other options..

Dahon/Tern fans are familiar with their bikes , I'm Not. I have one of the others mentioned.

Origami is, I expect, a cheaper buy.

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Old 12-22-13, 01:34 PM   #3
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If possible, find a store in or near your area that sell FB and try them out. Going by specs is not enough. You need to climb on board and give it a try. If its a reputable store they should have staff that can properly fit the bike to you.

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Old 12-22-13, 03:43 PM   #4
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I am 5'5" and have a Dahon Formula S18. Fits fine. I still have to have the seat up about 4 inches from the min position. Folds easily and fits in my trunk..no problem
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Old 12-22-13, 04:38 PM   #5
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My wife is about 5'1" and rides a Dahon MU-P8. She sets it up in an upright position. I'll second the advice of trying to find a shop that carries FBs. I have a Dahon Speed D7 and it fits differently from the MU. What type of bike did you ride before?

I keep my bike in the trunk of my car and manage to get some extra riding in because it's convenient.
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Old 12-23-13, 03:01 AM   #6
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Brompton or Dahon curve would work OK from my daughters experience. Brompton levers/brakes did not work with her hand size well. But Brompton have a new lever on later bikes. Would have thought fox OK. Pm ping is for information.
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Old 12-28-13, 05:33 PM   #7
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I am a female, a bit over 5' who misses bike riding terribly. I'm considering a folding bike that I can just throw in my trunk.
Any recommendations of bikes that would fit me? I like the Origami Crane, but the specs say it is for riders 5'3" and up. So, it won't be a good fit for me? Any short riders out there with recommendations?
My Gf is 5'3", she rides both our Citizen Gotham, and Origami Crane 7, no problems. I do not think being too short is really an issue. She raises the Handle bars up 2-3 inches from the lowest position, and the seat up 4-5 inches from the lowest position also. So even if you are 2-3 inches smaller, you have plenty of room to go down with the seat and handle bars.

Folding bikes in general are slow and compromised compared to regular bikes. I would say get a less expensive bike, and get it checked at a LBS and you will be good to go. I can hit 25MPH on my Origami Crane, how much faster do you need to go? Weight is really low also, other than being a little fancier in regards to Dahon and such, I do not think you gain much going for an expensive folder. Unless it is your only means of transportation, then I can see buying a very expensive folder.

So basically, I am promoting the Origami Crane, good bike for the price, more solid and faster than the Citizen.
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