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Awesome a Folding Bike forum. These are usually only manufacturers forums so you end up talking about the same thing over and over. I carry a Dahon for everyday commuting and I'm looking into some of more expensive models. Folding Bike Riders are few so I hope there's a lot on here.
 

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Really? I've heard things about the simplicity of design and how some companies make it horribly difficult to assemble. Just reading reviews mind you. I haven't really heard anything about riding on them.
 

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Dahon makes some expensive, very fast bikes. They're considered more of a premium folder than something like a Downtube. Of course, Yan from Downtube designs his own bikes, and handles all the distribution, which keeps the price down.
 

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Folders can be cheap ( in terms of quality and price) and very expensive. I have a Dahon Speed P8. It's a middle-of-the-road folder. Very decent bike, nothing to write home about. Good for short rides around the city and my multi-modal commute.
I also have a Bike Friday. Expensive and fantastic road/touring bike. There is a major difference between this and the Dahon. The BF feels and rides like a full-size bike. Only it climbs better :)
 

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I could just see ya now Hack. Rolling up to the front of a sweaty peloton and offering to let the leader suck your wheel if he likes. LOL!
 

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I saw this foldy on Craigslist for $90.


It looks like it says Next on the tube but I couldn't find anything on a Next foldy on the internet. I know Next is like a Walmart brand so I would expect it to be crap. But still...it does look like it's got a rear derailleur so it's not a SS.
 

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I could just see ya now Hack. Rolling up to the front of a sweaty peloton and offering to let the leader suck your wheel if he likes. LOL!
I had a very odd dream about that the night before you posted this. Go figure. It was due to large quantities of spicy tuna.
 

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Oh, and you're wearing this helmet...

 

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Montague folding bikes

I have a Montague TX folding bike. The cost wasn't outrageous and it's a full-size folding bike, so that was the deciding factor for me. Their bikes are built really well. I've been riding mine for over a year and I haven't had any problems so far.

Check them out - www.montaguebikes.com
 

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Dean: Really? How tall are you? I'm 5'10", so I was right on the edge between buying their 18" or 20". I went for the 20" and it's been fine. I have gotten it tuned up once and tweaked a few things myself. I'm thinking about eventually getting rid of the derailleurs and converting to a single speed since my commute doesn't include many hills, but we'll see.
 

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I've got a speed P8, works great when I need to meet my wife somewhere.

Dahon Speed P8

If you live anywhere in the Midwest and want/own a Dahon, this is the guy to go to, especially if you need hard to find parts.
 

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When my son's bike got stolen from school over the Christmas break, I replaced it with a Nova from Downtube. Yan apparently licensed the Dahon hinge design, (not that there was anything wrong with his own design) and my son has been quite pleased, as now he can take it with him inside buildings. Well, it's a sweet ride too.
 
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