Folding Bikes -- Anyone got recommendations?

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    Jun 11, 2012 12:12 AM GMT
    I'm hoping to take the public rail to work soon. Unfortunately, the train stations are like 1 - 2 miles away from either my office or home. So I think a folding bike would be a good solution.

    I've been looking around and these bikes seem pretty expensive. Dahon models are like $600 - $700, and some of the lesser known companies aren't that much cheaper. Is there something out there that's around $500 or less?
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:36 AM GMT

    GOTHAM1 Citizen Bike 20" 1-speed Folding Bike with Alloy Frame


    Key features
    1-speed simplicity
    Light alloy frame
    Custom styling
    Adjustable fit
    Simply cool – the GOTHAM1 Citizen Bike is a singlespeed folding bike that is the go-to when you just need to get there.

    It’s a light, nimble, frill-free folder. We trimmed out everything but the style on this snappy ride. It's a folding bike for going and being human.

    At 26lbs, the GOTHAM1 Citizen Bike features a light aluminum frame design that is easy to fold, easy to stash, and easy to carry.

    The singlespeed drivetrain that powers the GOTHAM1 is designed for reliability and utility, with a freewheel geared practically for flat terrain at manageable speeds. Both brakes on the GOTHAM1 are alloy V-brakes, operated by levers on the handlebars, for precise and safe braking power.

    Whether you're looking for a reliable city ride or a convenient travel companion, the GOTHAM1 is a striking and simple solution that's a joy to ride.

    If you want to arrive looking fresh or want to strap some gear along for the ride, add the specially designed rack and fender kit to complete the GOTHAM1's look and utility.


    THIS ONE IS $289........AND THE MOST EXPENSIVE MODELS ARE $399

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    Jun 11, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    CITIZEN folding bikes seem well made and the prices are all less than $400.

    I can only see the weight of one model, the Gotham 1, which is 26lbs.

    Others should weigh less as they're made with lighter alloys.

    I owned a Montague Folding Bike and loved it....but it was heavy if you have to walk any stairs with it.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI'm hoping to take the public rail to work soon. Unfortunately, the train stations are like 1 - 2 miles away from either my office or home. So I think a folding bike would be a good solution.

    I've been looking around and these bikes seem pretty expensive. Dahon models are like $600 - $700, and some of the lesser known companies aren't that much cheaper. Is there something out there that's around $500 or less?


    I have a Dahon (some are now marketed as Tern) I also used to sell bikes, and if you plan on using a bicycle regularly you shouldn't spend less than $500 retail on it, not unless you want a cheap bike to throw away.

    I'd also recommend against a single speed bike if you're riding in Seattle. Get at least a 7 speed bike - to have some hill climbing ability that won't kill you after a block.
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    Jun 11, 2012 1:59 AM GMT
    Cool. Thanks for your suggestions guys. I'll continue with the research.
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    Jun 11, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Not familiar with folding bikes myself but many boaters use them, especially live-aboards and cruisers. Note that these guys tend to be frugal and so their bike suggestions might reflect that.

    googling: boating forum folding bikes
    I found:

    http://www.ybw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=260920

    http://www.sailnet.com/forums/gear-maintenance/55209-folding-bike.html

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f61/folding-bikes-54348.html

    http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f117/best-folding-bicycles-17791.html

    among others
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    Jun 11, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    I have heard great things about the tern line... And check out the iF Mode just for fun (its $2k but the most gorgeous machine on the planet).
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    Jun 11, 2012 2:40 AM GMT
    What the hell is a folding bike? I live in FL, no one bikes here...
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    Jun 11, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    West Marine has a bunch in their catalog, though they usually only have the two made with their brand in the store. I've got one on my wish list for the boat, though I haven't yet taken one for a test ride.

    In my more delusional fantasies, I imagine an inflatable kayak for a dinghy that's capable of ferrying the bicycle to shore, then with some snap-in wheels, becomes the bicycle trailer to go get a load of groceries or a can of gas... then they both somehow fold up and fit into the lazarette.
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    Jun 11, 2012 4:41 AM GMT
    FilmGuy18_notporn saidWhat the hell is a folding bike? I live in FL, no one bikes here...


    Yeah, I know. I grew up in South Florida. It's way to hot and humid to bike, and you literally take your own life into your hands with the traffic.

    In cities like San Francisco, having a car is a huge liability. Not only does it cost lots of money to just own a car, but the care and feeding are also quite expensive. Parking tickets alone can eat up a paycheck quick! Also, the streets in The City really belong to pedestrians and bicyclists. It's great to have a bike because you can take it on Muni (bus) and the BART (rail). Also, cycling is fun, healthy, and good for the environment.

    However, on the BART, you can only take regular bikes on during certain hours and only in certain rail cars. Regular bikes can also be a pain in the ass to carry up multiple flights of stairs (such as in BART).

    Folding bikes are lighter, compact, and are permitted on BART at any time. They are also easier to carry and to store (like at the office). By storing the bike in your office, you don't have to worry about some fucktwat stealing your bike or any parts of your bike.

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    Jun 11, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    Ohhh. Good replies so far. Thanks everyone!
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:29 AM GMT
    I'm personally not sold on the fold-up bike concept. However I do understand they can be convenient. I think your decision really comes down to how much you plan on using the bike. If it's a lot, then spend the extra and purchase a good quality one. It will save you money in the future. If your planned route is hilly, then a bike with plenty of gears is a no brainer.

    Good luck mate on your searches.
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    Jun 17, 2012 10:48 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
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    Nice. First folding bike I have seen that actually looks good.
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    Jun 17, 2012 11:18 AM GMT
    These bikes are excellent, but are much more expensive than other brands.

    http://www.bikefriday.com/