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Old 10-11-17, 06:55 AM   #26
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Thanks for the lead and safe advice. The seller notes, " It's sized to fit anyone over 6' tall." Unfortunately I did not achieve that altitude and it even appears I may be shrinking at this stage of my life.
Top / only tube, length is where you need more information.. that determines how far the seat and bars are , apart.

they manufacture the main frame in 8 lengths, 56~7 is 'medium'..





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I think the Craigslist ad was mis-worded. I do not believe there is a production folding bicycle available where the minimum rider size is 6'. At least check. But I have to smile at all the Bike Friday love exhibited in this thread. In the real world... the world in which most of us live when we are not on message boards... in my real world, the folding bike market is much more down to earth: Dahon's (Boardwalks!), Origin 8's (heavy but quite attractive), even the odd Brompton. No Bike Friday's. and although I have not seen any in the steel either, my own Giant Expressway I (MSRP $5??+) is a 'complete' folder with rack, fenders, 8sp cassette, and compares very favorably with a Dahon Speed 8. FWIW.
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Old 10-11-17, 06:28 PM   #28
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- I have a lot of bikes but NO folders.
- Right now those bikes are spending a lot of time on the hooks as they are too bulky to take along but I'm missing out on riding opportunities because of it, that has me looking at folders.
- I'm not expecting the same level of performance or fit but I would like to be able to ride comfortably for 1-4 hours and cover a respectable percentage of the distance I get with my other bikes for the time spent in the saddle.
-It appears to me that there are some good values in the $400 and up range that would suit my needs (paved rural and city roads with some hauling capability). .
As others mentioned folding bikes tend to come in one size. Finding a way to test ride some folders would help to narrow down what might work for you. Looking at the Seattle Craigslist, I see 10 folding bikes in the $300 to $600 range. Dahon is the biggest company so you are likely to see these on the used market.

I purchased both of my bikes (a Dahon Curve a Crius Smart) without riding them and am happy with them. Though this was done after commuting on another folding bike for 4 years, so I knew what I wanted/needed. I've had to shorten the handlepost height on the Curve to fit my riding style and size (5' 7"). I will likely do this with the Crius as well.

Let me know if you have other questions and let us know what you finally buy.
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I will say it again----I would only buy a folding bike with a 8, 9, 10, or 11 speed Cassette. If you buy a freewheel bike you will not like the limited gear ratios.

As a very experienced cyclist (by your bike choices) I doubt you will get much joy out of the low end folders.---just my opinion.

The Dahon Speed 8, Mu d8, Mu d10 are all fairly common.

Warning---folding bikes can be addicting.
I have added bar ends to all my folders which help me fit the bike. I am fonder of flat bars than Road bars.
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Thanks again for the great insights and recommendations.

I am going to be patient and see what turns up. Hopefully that will include some test rides.

A custom BF has a lot of appeal to me. I'll need to get a closer look at them before deciding what I like. They seem to hold their value well so it isn't as big of a jump to buy new and get exactly the bike I want right off the bat.
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What about Montague? Folds, big wheels, not as small as some but good for long rides on many different surfaces.

A couple of recommendations in other venues. What do you folks think?
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What about Montague? Folds, big wheels, not as small as some but good for long rides on many different surfaces.

A couple of recommendations in other venues. What do you folks think?
I have two problems with Montague folders, the price, and the folded size.

My Honda Fit will carry me in the front, my dog in the back seat, and either 16" or 20" wheeled folder in the back storage area. Transporting a Montague would only be possible if I folded down the back seat. My other vehicle choice is a Ford F-250 truck, where I can put a regular 29" wheeled mountain bike, a tandem, or even 2 bikes without needing to remove wheels or do anything else to transport them.

The base price for most new Montague's is about double JustSayMo's $400 price comfort level.

The Montagues look like nice bikes, but every time I think about buying one I realize I could remove both wheels from one of my existing mountaian bikes and transport it in about the same space as a Montague folder.
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What about Montague? Folds, big wheels, not as small as some but good for long rides on many different surfaces.

A couple of recommendations in other venues. What do you folks think?
It depends WHY the OP want a folder. If it is for smaller folded size a Montague is not a good idea. It is not smaller folded than unfolded, it just has a different shape.

20" and 16" are much smaller than regular bikes when folded and I think most peopel who ride them is after that advantage. Some also like the fact that it is much easyer to carry luggage on them too.

Around here you get to bring a folder free on train and busses but only a small folder innside a bag or cower.

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I think the Craigslist ad was mis-worded. I do not believe there is a production folding bicycle available where the minimum rider size is 6'. At least check. But I have to smile at all the Bike Friday love exhibited in this thread. In the real world... the world in which most of us live when we are not on message boards... in my real world, the folding bike market is much more down to earth: Dahon's (Boardwalks!), Origin 8's (heavy but quite attractive), even the odd Brompton. No Bike Friday's. and although I have not seen any in the steel either, my own Giant Expressway I (MSRP $5??+) is a 'complete' folder with rack, fenders, 8sp cassette, and compares very favorably with a Dahon Speed 8. FWIW.
My Bike Friday is definitely limited at about 5'10. Not quite 6', but the BF seat mast design does create an absolute limit on height.

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I will say it again----I would only buy a folding bike with a 8, 9, 10, or 11 speed Cassette. If you buy a freewheel bike you will not like the limited gear ratios.

As a very experienced cyclist (by your bike choices) I doubt you will get much joy out of the low end folders.---just my opinion.
The DNP Epoch does give one a 11T freewheel which will help quite a bit depending on the chainring. But, one does lose a lot of the high-end with the reduced wheel size.
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