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rgrugg 10-27-2013 09:13 PM

Folding bicycles
 
Any of you who have them, hopefully, can tell me the pluses and minuses of them. How do they sit, ride, steer, etc, compared to a traditional bike? Thanks

floyd 10-27-2013 10:55 PM

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Originally Posted by rgrugg (Post 427970)
Any of you who have them, hopefully, can tell me the pluses and minuses of them. How do they sit, ride, steer, etc, compared to a traditional bike? Thanks

We have an entry level DaHon similar to the red one pictured below.
I own 7 bicycles of my own including a Giant "Revive" two Trek 820s, a Trek 850, a Trek 700, a Trek 1400 (my first real road bike) and of course the DaHon Boardwalk.
The Boardwalk is a fine for what it is designed for....
Great "pit bike" for short distances at moderate speeds, like around the campground or for a couple of sidewalk miles along the beach or through the park.
Once learned, it folds and deploys easily... and so fits in places where a normal bike would not.It's a little heavy but it can be lifted and carried for loading and unloading by a person of average strength.
The Boardwalk is fun and easy to ride and not bad to bring along for utilitarian use.
I must confess that mine has languished in the loft of my shop for quite a while now since I have a bike rack on my Scamp on which we normally carry my 820 and my wife's 820. When I travel I seek out places to ride beyond the campground.
My Dahon Boardwalk is a single speed with a coaster brake,but it can also be bought with a multispeed derailleur and hand brakes.
There are better folding bikes both bigger and smaller but the Boardwalk is a good value at an entry level price.
To sum it up, the Dahon rides and handles a better than the tipical fullsized, fat tired, single speed "cruiser" bike and always draws more attention.


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