Tell me about folding bikes
winston – Member
Dahon is the best budget choice
I have a Dahon Vitesse and it’s rather Ace. Come in various guises, mines the 7speed hub version so it’s just unfold and off you go.Posted 3 years ago
£900 IIRC when I bought it (top of the range then) but you can get something similar for £450, try Evans Cycles website for info..singletrackstinkerMember
I was recently asking about this and people on here suggested looking at some of the folding bikes decathlon. The cheapest, a single speed is about £150 but there’s a geared one for £250 too.
Also suggested was a season ticket bike hire scheme that is operated by South West Trains. Not sure whether this will apply to your wife’s commute but it wasn’t something which came up when I was googling.Posted 3 years agonwmlargeSubscriber
i would defo recommend using a single speed if you don’t have any big hills, keep it nice and simple.
Worth noting that if she can’t hack holding 14kg then get one which can be wheeled.
I keep my chain pretty dry as it will inevitably touch clothing at some point or another and it will wreck your clothes.
Get slick high pressure tyres to keep the speed up and a bell!
I use a Philips promenade which cost me about £30 initially off ebay there are some bargains about and it is faster to unfold than a brompton.Posted 3 years agoTiRedMember
Have ridden and recommended many of the above. But for slight left-field, my most recent recommendation was a Giant Halfway. Rides well, not too heavy, folds (not that small).
If looking second hand, I’d look for a Mezzo. Even used, Bromptons are so expensive that I would buy new or something else.Posted 3 years ago
Wife needs a folding bike for her new commute when she goes back after maternity leave. Will only be cycling 3 or 4 mile each way and as first time folder owners, reluctant to spend a ton on a Brompton.
Needs to have mudguards, rack and hopefully quite light as she will have to lug it in and out of the car boot.
Any recommendations?Posted 3 years agonukeSubscriber
Currently have a dahon but have used a brompton…used for couple of mile commute plus stored under desk and taken on trains/boot of car.I’ve found dahon no slower to fold/unfold as dahon has all QR when folding/unfolding whilst brompton has wingnut style. Dahon no heavier either. Only advantage of brompton for me was the towing wheels when foldedPosted 3 years agoCharlieMungusMember
Go for an old Dahon with a 3 speed hub.
I’ve tried a few folding bikes actually the trick is to get a decent one with a 16inch wheel. Not sure why, but this makes a huge difference for portability and storage
Something like this would be great. Single speed versions also available
Similar thing here, just not as pretty, but just as good and feels a tad more stablePosted 3 years agosboardmanSubscriber
Got a Tern Uno on cycle to work a couple of months ago. No problems with it so far. Yes its not “light” and it doesn’t fold as small as a brompton; but it’s much better than the MTB on the train and cost all of £330 (gross, before salary sacrifice) so fairly bargainous. It does fit under my desk at work though, and makes a good conversation starter when colleagues walk past…Posted 3 years agoMoreCashThanDashSubscriber
Couple of people at work use Decathlon folders – park 2-3 miles along the canal and pootle in on the towpath.
Though the head honcho, smart suited change implementation manager has a Brompton which he uses when he tries to beat his Strava time for the 600 yards from the office to the station, sending pedestrians flying in his wake, with his dreadlocks flowing behind him.Posted 3 years agocozzMember
same here, my mrs does about 5 mile a day
bought a cheapo folding bike, she found it heavy to lift
just bought a second hand 2 speed brompton, she loves it, it is so much better, and lighter, paid £440 for it off ebay, genuine bike from 1st owner, saw receipt et
thats what I would doPosted 3 years ago
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