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please help a newbie - dahon boardwalk d7 vs vitesse d8

Old 05-27-23, 06:12 PM
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please help a newbie - dahon boardwalk d7 vs vitesse d8

I'm in the UK, looking for a fold bike for a multimodal commute.
Maximum distance cycled in one journey would be approx 6mi / 10km (so 12mi / 20km in one day if I cycle to and from work).
I need to carry a medium - large sized backpack on the bike rack, but don't plan to haul any seriously heavy cargo.
I'm very short and weigh about 59kg / 130lbs on a bad day.

Like everyone else I dream of one day owning a Brompton but alas, they are too expensive. I have a very tight budget.
I really like the look of Dahon but theres not much choice of models in Europe. Halfords is the only official distributor in UK.

--After trawling the internet I found a used Dahon boardwalk D7 for sale, apparently 2012 model, Shimano tourney derailleur, lovely brown saddle / handles, and in decent condition (only a few scuffs here and there). Costs £335 including postage. However it doesn't have a pannier rack or any mudguards.

--I've also found a used vitesse d8 for £350, also in decent condition. Its already installed with mud guards and pannier rack. However, the tyres are completely flat.

My questions are:
1. Comparing them both, including the effort and costs required to make the bike ready for use - also considering the availability of compatible dahon parts in the UK - which one would you advise is the better choice, and why?

2. I have the opportunity to haggle the price down of either bike. What is the lowest price I could ask for either bike that is also realistic?

I'd really appreciate anyone's input. Thanks in advance
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im not familiar with the bike Vitesse but have several Dahons,, the D7 being one of them. Itís a good bike and once you sort things out like adding a rack to the Dahon you will be pleased.

I found a great deal on a 2017 Broomie here in the states and now use it regularly. Still pull the D7 out as well.

Hope this helps at least a little.
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The Vitesse. One of the best frame designs. Strong and light, rolls well folded if you set it up right, rides like a big bike, fits into an airline approved regular suitcase for travel. Learn how to patch a tube, it's easy. Or invest in some Schwalbe Marathon / Big Apple tires and tubes.

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The Boardwalk in an advanced age sounds awfully expensive to me. I bought my 6-speed version of Boardwalk for Chinese market for $120 or so, to give you a reference. Yes, the components were of lower quality and a few needed a faster replacement, but the bike rides perfectly fine.
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