Roger, Your wife doesn't happen to be 5'1" does she? Would like to know how that Giant Halfway adjusts for a short person. It weighs 3 pounds more, has a couple more gears than the one I am looking at but maybe it would be better. Also $100 less. Not sure if some of the folding bikes have handle bars that go down. I have this vision of me having my arms up above my shoulders! The Halfway appears to be adjustable.
Did you buy that in the midwest? Know of a place to see them?
Nancy, I'm 6'5" tall and I used the Halfway before Laurie got it. She's 5'6" and there's still PLENTY of down-ward adjustment. She has also had a hip replacement, and it's easy for her to get over the top bar. Every local Giant bike dealer carries them, or can get you one.
Now regarding your hubby's desire to have a "real" bike, and a folder just won't do, let me turn you on to THIS folder from Bike Friday. I have an "original" triangle-style Bike Friday as well as a couple of "full size" bikes. I seldom ride anything BUT my Bike Friday any more. It's going to get a complete rebuild and component re-fit this winter. I recently bought mine from a professor in Minneapolis, and now understand Bike Friday owners' fierce brand loyalty. It's just a top-flite product. Sorta like fiberglass trailers! They range new from $698 and pretty much the sky's the limit, but there are lots of used ones out there too.
This "used" one's on my Christmas list, and it's EXACTLY my size, but at $2,290, I'm sure it'll end up under someone else's tree:
Pocket Llama WhoGnu full suspension Bike Friday mountain bike with Shimano Ulegra components
From the Bike Friday used bike site:
[quote]Pre-owned Bike Friday detail
2006 Pocket Llama #15455 (Who Gnu Ultegra/LX 27)
Frame model 2006 Pocket Llama
Notes Virtually new with front fork and seatpost suspension. Bike Friday pre-owned bicycles are available to customers in the lower 48 United States only. Each of our bikes is carefully checked over before shipment. If a problem is found with the existing components they will be replaced with comparable or better components.
Pre-owned price $2,290.00 (Closest new bike price: $2,710.00)
Color Cream soda blue
Overall condition Excellent
condition Like new
Maximum rider's weight
220 lbs. (99kg) maximum
Frame size (crank center
to seat tube top) 62.0cm (24.41 inches)
Top tube length (effective) 60.0cm (23.62 inches)
Stem information fitted for buyer
Virtually new with front fork and seatpost suspension. Bike Friday pre-owned bicycles are available to customers in the lower 48 United States only. Each of our bikes is carefully checked over before shipment. If a problem is found with the existing components they will be replaced with comparable or better components.
Components Click here to view.
Warranty Bike Friday pre-owned bicycle limited lifetime warranty.