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Folding Bicycle Shopping - Choices choices
Does anyone out there have any experience with folding bicycles? I'd like a bicycle I can use to get around a little easier, possibly over longer distances (up to 5 or 10 miles distances), that can be checked in on a plane, carried onto a train and at subways, and wouldn't be too difficult to carry around.

There are a number of options for folding bikes on Amazon, but a lot of them have questionable reviews, many of them are well over 400$, and most are around 30 pounds (I'm not the strongest guy out there, and won't be gaining that much muscle between now and March 30th). The max I'm willing to spend on a bicycle to take with me on my trip is about 400$, preferably a little less.

For example, this Kent Compact 16 Aluminum Folding Bike (16-Inch Wheels) is 25 pounds at 160$. It has 12 reviews and an average rating of 3.3. Here is a video on YouTube of someone folding up an earlier model Kent bike.

Maybe I should splurge and try for a considerly pricier brand yet (hopefully) lighter and more compact, such as Dahon?

Choices, choices...

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legolastn From: legolastn Date: March 3rd, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't know anything about folding bicycles, but from bicyclist reviews online it looks like for an entry-level model you would want to go with Schwinn, Citizen, or Dahon. For example, see this review page:
http://www.optimalride.com/folding-bicycles/best-folding-bikes.html
zimzat From: zimzat Date: March 3rd, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I started looking at a "Dahon Jetstream P8 Folding Bike" for 700$, but then I noticed the size and weight specifications don't exactly line up with those on the website for the latest model, or even one for 2009 or 2008. The product claims to be even lighter than either of those models, but for 700$ for a bike that is at least 3 years old, yet claims to be new? This has me wondering what's going on.

At this rate I may end up just sucking it up and going with the Schwinn Loop 7-Speed Folding Bike for 200$ that weighs 30 pounds and already has numerous good reviews.

Edited at 2010-03-03 05:24 pm (UTC)
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