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Old 09-18-13, 10:14 AM
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Hi Bob,

Based on the criteria in your post, I think your best bet would be a Tern or Dahon. These brands will keep you closer to your budget, and still provide you with a "quality" (i.e. not "cheap" as you mentioned) bike.

While the Brompton and Bike Friday offerings are simply awesome, they're very pricey (in the ballpark of $1,000 and up) and these bikes won't give you a lot of the flexibility you're looking for (with limited off-roading options). Also, the Brompton unfortunately has plenty of non-standard components that could pose a challenge for obtaining a quick repair while travelling (hub sizing, unique shifter mech, tubes, tires).

My (totally non-professional, humble) opinion is that you should investigate 20inch wheel bikes like Tern or Dahon.
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