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    First folder borderline weight

    Me: 6' - 230lb(~240 w/ bag)
    Looking for entry level pricing under 200
    Want basic folder for bopping around downtown mid-day(~3mi radius). Folder so I can keep it in the office.


    Issue: I am looking at the citizen Tokyo for its base cheap intro price, see if I even like folders and they will work for me. Problem as you can see is I am right over the weight they post on the site. I flux from 220-230 and with bag just figure myself a bit over all the time.

    Does anyone have experience with knowing someone being, or themselves are just over the recommended weight? I don't want to have to spend the money for a custom from Black Friday or jump up over 300 for a Dohan or another Citizen to get the 230 max weight.

    Looking for opinion and experience if I should just give it up until I can or am willing to pay more or if being just over like that is not going to be a deal breaker and any bike signs I should look out for that I am too hard on it. I will be doing smooth rides and no crazy curb hopping. Also was looking for 16" wheels, would 20" make be a better choice if I am going to be pushing the limits like that. All feedback, points of thought appreciated.

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    Finding a good bike at that price range leaves you with looking at craigslist for used bikes.

    I owned a 16 inch wheeled citizen bike and it developed a crack at the seatpost after some very light use, I think I was weighting in at 190 lbs around that time. Gave it away to my aunt and don't know what became of it.

    I've owned a Downtube 8fs for about 2 years before I bought the citizen and it's served me well without issues, bought originally for $300 from the Downtube page.

    Wheel size doesn't really matter, both will be strong but finding replacement parts for the 20 inch wheels is much easier since it's a popular wheel size thanks to the BMX crowd.

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    Expect problems if you are not going to work within the manufacturers weight limits.

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    I didn't know they even made bikes for under $200

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    smallwheeler please leave this thread.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

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    Even if you were below the weight limit; things can still break.
    Spoke, pedal, etc. Most bikes carry a 1 year warranty. I would
    buy locally instead of online; so I can bring it back to the shop
    if something does break. Having said that; I did buy a 2013
    Citizen Tokyo used on Craigslist. My brother has 3 of them
    and I borrow them when I visit. So I have experience riding
    the Tokyo model before deciding on purchasing it. I weigh
    around 200 lbs. But as you can see in my Cali video; I wasn't
    easy on the bike. I don't think Citizen intended for this model
    to go off road.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUUCa...6zPoymgKaIoDLA


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FR2Te...6zPoymgKaIoDLA

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    Hey guyz? Guyz? Wait up!! Siu Blue Wind's Avatar
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    Love those vids!! Great music choice too! Thanks for sharing!
    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha
    We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
    Quote Originally Posted by making View Post
    Please dont outsmart the censor. That is a very expensive censor and every time one of you guys outsmart it it makes someone at the home office feel bad. We dont wanna do that. So dont cleverly disguise bad words.

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    Looking for entry level pricing under 200
    and then another, and another, and another..

    if you are already in China , the local prices may be cheap,
    but in order to be shipped around the globe and sold in shops, people need a bit of markup

    so as to eat, run the store, and live indoors.

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    If you can up your budget a little I think you will find Origami offers a couple nice bikes for the $. I'm close to your weight (225). I've been riding my Origami Cricket and really enjoy it. It has a weight limit of 240 and can accommodate riders up to 6'1". It is on sale right now for $299. Origami also has the Mantis with the same weight rating and can accommodate riders up to 6'4" and it is $339.
    Greg

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    Origami's specs page image is goofed on Safari for me.

    http://www.origamibicycles.com/Specifications.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by BikeLite View Post
    Origami's specs page image is goofed on Safari for me.

    http://www.origamibicycles.com/Specifications.html
    We are updating our web site and some pages still need work. Can I answer any questions for you?
    Last edited by Pinigis; 02-01-14 at 09:46 PM.

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    Hi Pingis. I was able to see all the specs by copy/pasting the text contents elsewhere. No questions currently. Nice bikes!

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    I would stay away from brand new bikes that retail for under $200. These will probably cause more problems than they are worth. Craigslist should have something to fit your budget.

    Om,
    Yan

    Quote Originally Posted by Argonakuser View Post
    Me: 6' - 230lb(~240 w/ bag)
    Looking for entry level pricing under 200
    Want basic folder for bopping around downtown mid-day(~3mi radius). Folder so I can keep it in the office.


    Issue: I am looking at the citizen Tokyo for its base cheap intro price, see if I even like folders and they will work for me. Problem as you can see is I am right over the weight they post on the site. I flux from 220-230 and with bag just figure myself a bit over all the time.

    Does anyone have experience with knowing someone being, or themselves are just over the recommended weight? I don't want to have to spend the money for a custom from Black Friday or jump up over 300 for a Dohan or another Citizen to get the 230 max weight.

    Looking for opinion and experience if I should just give it up until I can or am willing to pay more or if being just over like that is not going to be a deal breaker and any bike signs I should look out for that I am too hard on it. I will be doing smooth rides and no crazy curb hopping. Also was looking for 16" wheels, would 20" make be a better choice if I am going to be pushing the limits like that. All feedback, points of thought appreciated.

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