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Hermespan 05-10-14 01:48 AM

Best third and second world customer support?
 
Imagine you are going to be mixing bus/ferry/train and commuter plus occasional countryside exploring in the developing world. You're a beginner in bike mechanics and a bit of a moron in DIY. You want a folding bike that has lots of spare parts and mechanics familiar with various models. Which bicycle do you choose: Ori, Dahon, Tern, Brompton, whatever?

1. South Asia: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal etc
2. Southeast Asia, peninsular: Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos etc
3. Southeast Asia, archipelago: Indonesia and Philippines
4. Africa, west: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon etc
5. Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Russia etc

The goal is fewer problems on the road - not having to order online some screw or part that without it renders the bike dangerous or impossible to ride.

marxmini 05-10-14 02:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Hermespan (Post 16745652)
Imagine you are going to be mixing bus/ferry/train and commuter plus occasional countryside exploring in the developing world. You're a beginner in bike mechanics and a bit of a moron in DIY. You want a folding bike that has lots of spare parts and mechanics familiar with various models. Which bicycle do you choose: Ori, Dahon, Tern, Brompton, whatever?

1. South Asia: India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal etc
2. Southeast Asia, peninsular: Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos etc
3. Southeast Asia, archipelago: Indonesia and Philippines
4. Africa, west: Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon etc
5. Eastern Europe: Ukraine, Russia etc

The goal is fewer problems on the road - not having to order online some screw or part that without it renders the bike dangerous or impossible to ride.

any bike with non-proprietary parts would fit the bill. in my opinion, dahon, being the number one selling folding bike in world, would be your best bet, and tern.

many bike mechanics are scared of the IGH. they usually prefer rear derailleurs since these are found on the regular bikes they service.

Hermespan 05-10-14 04:03 AM

Thanks for your input. I remind pending readers that I do NOT mean holidaying in the developed wirld - Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Shanghai etc There are many Chinas. I will end up in small towns in Yunnan possibly but *not* in Beijing.

I can only afford poor nations unless third tier cities and provincial towns of second World, maybe. Big cities bore me anyway.


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