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Old 07-28-14, 01:33 PM   #1
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I'm 6.3, 150lb and looking for recommendations for a street bike I could buy off CL for cheap. I mostly plan to ride on the street and occasionally take it to a bike path but nothing that would require a mountain bike. I do want something with gears as I typically need some help going up hills. Also, how far back should I go - do these folding bike mechanisms break down over time and are they expensive to fix up?

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Guys

I'm 6.3, 150lb and looking for recommendations for a street bike I could buy off CL for cheap. I mostly plan to ride on the street and occasionally take it to a bike path but nothing that would require a mountain bike. I do want something with gears as I typically need some help going up hills. Also, how far back should I go - do these folding bike mechanisms break down over time and are they expensive to fix up?

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tell us where you are located. we can search your local craigslist and make a few recommendations.
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That would be fantastic! I'm in NYC in Queens but can travel to pick up in other parts of the city too
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That would be fantastic! I'm in NYC in Queens but can travel to pick up in other parts of the city too
cool. many options then.. what's your budget and how do you anticipate using the bike? do you want to use it for multi-modal commuting, i.e., riding the bike in conjunction with the subway? or, do you just want a folding bike that rides well and stores easily in your apartment?
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You have to look at Craig's list for your self.

Unlike regular bikes, most-all folding bikes that are cheap enough, only come in one size.
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I only plan to use it for leisure. It'll always stay in my accord trunk which only has a few tennis rackets in there right now. I'll be riding in parks and by the waterside. I don't see myself taking it in the subway at all nor using it for work. My budget is very flexible - if the ride quality is much more superior on a $500 bike, I can do that but if it's not much different on regular streets, I'd prefer to be at about $250. I personally like the looks of the folding bikes that look like regular bikes (Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18) but not sure about the quality of the larger tire ones vs smaller tires. Would a larger tire technically ride faster and easier than a smaller tire and be a little more stable too?
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I only plan to use it for leisure. It'll always stay in my accord trunk which only has a few tennis rackets in there right now. I'll be riding in parks and by the waterside. I don't see myself taking it in the subway at all nor using it for work. My budget is very flexible - if the ride quality is much more superior on a $500 bike, I can do that but if it's not much different on regular streets, I'd prefer to be at about $250. I personally like the looks of the folding bikes that look like regular bikes (Columba 26" Folding Bike w. Shimano 18) but not sure about the quality of the larger tire ones vs smaller tires. Would a larger tire technically ride faster and easier than a smaller tire and be a little more stable too?
i just looked through craigslist. nothing particularly exciting at the moment. instead of recommending a specific bike from what is currently available, i would strongly suggest you go to a bike shop and test ride a few different models. bikeman on delancey (174 delancey) in chinatown has several dahon bikes which are medium quality folding bikes. i would go try a few of those out before venturing into the used market. used is definitely the way to go, but if you know how a new folding bike looks and rides and feels, that will give you a better basis on which to judge the used bikes you encounter. that's my modus operandi and it has served me very well over the past seven years of folding bike adventure.

regarding wheel size, if you've ever ridden bmx bikes, that will give some idea how it feel to ride a 20' folding bike but, not completely. unlike bmx, folding bikes are based on standard "big bike" geometry which means, although the wheels are smaller, the seat height and handlebar height in most cases is the same as a standard road bike (see pic). smaller wheels are more nimble and more maneuverable. standard gearing on small wheeled folding bikes is usually calibrated to account for the smaller tire diameter. with good quality tires, you'll have no problem going as fast as you want. "smaller wheels are slower" is nothing but a myth.

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Wow - I appreciate some really good advice and your help on this! I actually called a few bike shops and none would let me actually try riding a bike. Does this location allow that? Any you know of in Queens (if not, I'll go to Ctown tom)

If a 20 inch wheel gives me the same speed and the advantage of taking lesser space in my trunk than a full-size, that's a good thing. With a regular seat height & handlebar, I'm assuming these kind of bikes feel something in between bmx bikes and a regular full-size bike?
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There's a Xootr Swift for sale in Rego Park. It's more then what you'd like to spend, but it's worth the extra $$$. It's an excellent performer, it's built to last, it's geared, and it rides like a full sized bike. I own one, and it's fantastic.
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Thx tds
Btw, is it okay storing the bike in a car trunk permanently? I've heard bad things about storing bikes in patios or balconies - how about a car trunk?
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Thx tds
Btw, is it okay storing the bike in a car trunk permanently? I've heard bad things about storing bikes in patios or balconies - how about a car trunk?
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The Origami Mantis will accomodate a rider up to 6' 5" and fits within your budget.
My opinion is biased because I own Origami, but I think the Mantis is worth a look.
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Well, I'm selling my Xootr Swift, as I'm not using it. I'm using my full size bikes instead, and the Xootr is going to waste.
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Since i have a few NYers here, another question. Do you ever lock your folding bike (especially if your bike is 400+) when not allowed indoors like at a trader joe's or another store? Or do you simply put the bike on the shopping cart and go in?
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I'm a locker. I don't really fold mine, and I take it inside when I commute to work.
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