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Old 03-26-14, 11:51 PM   #1
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Lightest folding bike for a 5"2 120lb female?

So I'm looking for getting a small, affordable (around US$700) easy-to-carry folder for my wife. It has to be light so she can move it from floor to car-boot without much trouble.

A Dahon Curve? Tern Verge Duo (do they even sell those anymore? Not sure how much it costs)?

She's healthy but doesn't exercise much. The weight matters, though the compact-ness is less important.

A Brompton S2L or similar would be a good comparison, but I don't want to spend double for a bike she may not use much.
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I would consider a Bike Friday Tikit. They might have a preowned in that price point. Roger
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Old 03-27-14, 07:50 AM   #3
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So I'm looking for getting a small, affordable (around US$700) easy-to-carry folder for my wife. It has to be light so she can move it from floor to car-boot without much trouble.
If there's a store that carries it where you live, she could try a Strida. Folds very fast and can roll while folded.
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If there's a store that carries it where you live, she could try a Strida. Folds very fast and can roll while folded.
No thanks. Strida is way too limited - even if it does fit my weight limit.

At least a practical option which can ride on slightly hilly terrain and ideally attach a kid trailer.

A Tikit might be a great bike but they're very rare in my country, so I doubt I can get one 2nd hand easily.

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weight of a S2L with the Titanium fork front and rear parts + some Bromfication Ti Upgrade parts
could get fairly light.

NB: The Bike Friday folks will ship direct to your Door , even in Singapore ..

but not for U$700 you need to drop the minimum weight priority
or be willing to pony up what it costs to minimize the weight
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If you can find an older Dahon Helios SL ....
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So I'm looking for getting a small, affordable (around US$700) easy-to-carry folder for my wife. It has to be light so she can move it from floor to car-boot without much trouble.

A Dahon Curve? Tern Verge Duo (do they even sell those anymore? Not sure how much it costs)?

She's healthy but doesn't exercise much. The weight matters, though the compact-ness is less important.

A Brompton S2L or similar would be a good comparison, but I don't want to spend double for a bike she may not use much.
I know you mentioned around $700, but do you have the funds for another Brompton? If so, why don't you let her ride your bike for awhile before you decide. She might just prove you wrong and actually enjoy riding. There are a lot of choices out there and one of them that you mentioned -- Dahon Curve, might be a good one for her. But whatever you choose, she has to enjoy riding it and not to mention, she has to be comfortable on it. If, after awhile, she doesn't like riding the bike and she's not comfortable on it, then she will not use it much. In fact, she might not use it at all. Let her ride yours for awhile. I know that in my wife's case, she loves the Brommie and didn't like any of the others she tried. Mind you, she didn't try the Dahon Curve simply because there wasn't one available for her to test ride. She tried different Tern models and Dahon models, but it was the Brompton that she felt the most comfortable riding. So give up your steed for awhile so she can get used to it. It folds compact as you know, and I'm sure she can pick it up to put in a car trunk. Oh, sorry -- boot . I haven't heard that term in a long while. Don't get it confused with the Bonnet, or you will have trouble .
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if you are in singapore don't they sell some pretty nice souped up dahon dove's there with quite a few upgrades for less than $600USD?? I've seen posts here that they can get it down to 6-7KG which is a rediculously low weight. Only thing i'm not too sure on is if the dove has multi speed or if it is just one speed. The bike is super small and easy to manage in and out of the car trunk because of it's 14 inch wheels.
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I know you mentioned around $700, but do you have the funds for another Brompton? If so, why don't you let her ride your bike for awhile before you decide. She might just prove you wrong and actually enjoy riding. There are a lot of choices out there and one of them that you mentioned -- Dahon Curve, might be a good one for her. But whatever you choose, she has to enjoy riding it and not to mention, she has to be comfortable on it. If, after awhile, she doesn't like riding the bike and she's not comfortable on it, then she will not use it much. In fact, she might not use it at all. Let her ride yours for awhile. I know that in my wife's case, she loves the Brommie and didn't like any of the others she tried. Mind you, she didn't try the Dahon Curve simply because there wasn't one available for her to test ride. She tried different Tern models and Dahon models, but it was the Brompton that she felt the most comfortable riding. So give up your steed for awhile so she can get used to it.
That's true... she hasn't tried my bike yet as she's in another country with my child.

I would LOVE it if she enjoys the Brompton and wants to ride regularly, but I'm not all that hopeful about it. I'll easily spend the money to get a decent one if she really wants to ride often. I just don't see that happening, which is why a relatively cheap but decent folder is my next option.

You're so lucky that your wife enjoys it.

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It folds compact as you know, and I'm sure she can pick it up to put in a car trunk. Oh, sorry -- boot . I haven't heard that term in a long while. Don't get it confused with the Bonnet, or you will have trouble .
Singapore was a British colony almost 50 years ago, so we've picked up the lingo and spelling
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if you are in singapore don't they sell some pretty nice souped up dahon dove's there with quite a few upgrades for less than $600USD?? I've seen posts here that they can get it down to 6-7KG which is a rediculously low weight. Only thing i'm not too sure on is if the dove has multi speed or if it is just one speed. The bike is super small and easy to manage in and out of the car trunk because of it's 14 inch wheels.
Heard of the doves but I've never actually seen one. Now that I just googled it, I might have to enquire around. 8kg sounds fantastic.

It is a single-speed, so that's a little disappointing because I'm hoping for just a bit more flexibility, or she wouldn't be able to keep up with my Brompton. (or vice versa - I may very well end up riding the Dove while she hogs my bike!)
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If you can find an older Dahon Helios SL ....
omg just looked up the helios and it's pretty close to ideal.

About 20 pounds (or less) and 8 speeds? Impressive.
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If there's a store that carries it where you live, she could try a Strida. Folds very fast and can roll while folded.
The store where I bought my Bromptons carried Stridas as well, but I'll never consider that ever
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how about dahon eezz or jifo??
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how about dahon eezz or jifo??
I did think of the EEZZ but that's still not out yet, I think? The Jifo looks good and was what I was seriously considering before my Brompton. In the end I got a Dahon MU Uno - which somehow feels bulky and unwieldy folded and makes my 13kg Brompton carry like a feather in comparison.

Having installed the SRAM A2 on it, I'm not sure I want it anymore and is looking to sell it off and buy a smaller, lighter bike with more gears.
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The store where I bought my Bromptons carried Stridas as well, but I'll never consider that ever
Take it for a ride and make your own opinion.
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A Dahon Curve D3 isn't light. The old SL models were lighter but not as light as a Mu SL which I think is/was the lightest bike on the market in its price range.
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Thank you. I never realized such a site existed. Guess I can add that to my list when I'm looking for local stuff.
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Can anyone confirm if Dahon Japan still sell the Helios SL? I would love to get my hands on it, though the US$1,500 sticker price is pretty daunting. It says "Products 2010".
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Can anyone confirm if Dahon Japan still sell the Helios SL? I would love to get my hands on it, though the US$1,500 sticker price is pretty daunting. It says "Products 2010".
It's still available in the UK, although the web site should be edited ("2010-2011"):
World Wheels - The No 1 internet source for Dahon Folding Bikes in UK and EU

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Hi Keyven, from the posts above, there was mention of the Dahon Dove. I know a lady who bought one for about SGD300 here in SG. She sent a video of her 7-year-old folding and unfolding it. Cute was the first thing that came to mind. The lady in question who has made really long rides, happens to be in the height and weight of your wife. From the looks of it, it would be no problem getting it into/from the boot/trunk. However, it's a single speed bike, so this is something to consider if the missus wishes for gears to play around with. Its probably the same as the Dahon Curve the exception of being single speed. Moving up the ladder would be the Tern and more expensive Dahons. Again, there is the consideration as to whether the bike would be put to good use.
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Hi Keyven, from the posts above, there was mention of the Dahon Dove. I know a lady who bought one for about SGD300 here in SG. She sent a video of her 7-year-old folding and unfolding it. Cute was the first thing that came to mind. The lady in question who has made really long rides, happens to be in the height and weight of your wife. From the looks of it, it would be no problem getting it into/from the boot/trunk. However, it's a single speed bike, so this is something to consider if the missus wishes for gears to play around with. Its probably the same as the Dahon Curve the exception of being single speed. Moving up the ladder would be the Tern and more expensive Dahons. Again, there is the consideration as to whether the bike would be put to good use.
Yeah the Dove looks REALLY tiny and would be quite perfect - in terms of size, weight and portability - if it wasn't a SS. I definitely have a predilection for 2+ gears since there's a few small hills around the neighborhood in Melbourne.

The Curve is bigger and heavier and with at least 3 gears it will be sufficient to keep up with the 6-spd Brompton.
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If I do get a Tikit, then I'm just using my wife as an excuse to buy myself new stuff

I could have gotten away with that before my daughter was born, but now my conscience simply won't let me.
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