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Fallguy51
01-19-2012, 01:49 PM
Hi, all - Lately I've been comtemplating getting a folding bike to augment my commute, and would like any thoughts/suggestions on any makes or models. I take the MARC train from Laurel to Union Station, and I'm looking for a way to get in a little more riding time in the morning and evening, since MARC doesn't allow full-size bikes on the trains. I currently ride about 2-3 miles from my house to the Laurel Station, then lock up the road bike, and jump on the train for the 30 minute ride to DC, but it would be nice to be able to fold up the bike and take it with me. My office is only about 3 blocks from Union Station, but I'd still like to get in a little extra pedaling in the morning and afternoon. Not interested in spending a mortgage payment on a second bike more like under $250 if possible. Thanks ahead of time.

Don Street
Laurel, MD
lawguy51@comcast.net

Dirt
01-19-2012, 02:24 PM
Not an easy thing to find a quality folding bike in that price range. Dahon makes a model called the Boardwalk which I see on Amazon sells in that price range. Dahon makes some very nice bikes. I can't attest to this particular model though.

Sorry that I can't be of more help.

Pete

KLizotte
01-19-2012, 02:49 PM
I've never tried a folding bike but everyone in London, UK (where I once lived) seemed to use a Brompton (a UK brand). My impression is that they are very well built but on the heavy (and expensive) side.

Greenbelt
01-19-2012, 04:25 PM
My LBS had some on sale a while back. I'll ask tonight if they have any left and report back. But considerably more than $250 I think, even on sale, even for the single speed version.

Bike Maryland is lobbying for MARC to allow full sized bikes. That might be worth looking in to. I know they could use all the help they could get this legislative session.

americancyclo
01-20-2012, 06:48 AM
I've seen a lot of ads on the internet lately for citizen folding bicycles (http://www.citizenbike.com/). They look cheap. Personally, I'd look for a Dahon. I was really tempted to get one of the Dahon Mu Uno Shadow (http://www.dahon.com/bikes/2010/mu-uno) 2010 for $289 that Greenbelt posted about (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1497-Thanksgiving-%28bike-sale%29-leftovers&highlight=dahon) at Proteus (http://www.proteusbicycles.com/).

vvill
01-20-2012, 08:56 AM
This is probably not a helpful post because of the prices, but if I were to buy a folder today it would be the Swift. http://www.swiftfolders.com/swift/Home.html Lifetime warranty on the frame.

It doesn't fold *that* small though. If I wanted a folder for smallest folding size I'd get a Brompton.

I actually got on a folding bike kick when I was on vacation recently as I got to ride around on a Strida and a Dahon-copy and had a look at some Birdy and Pacific Reach bikes in-store too. I can't justify one yet though. :(

I think even more than regular bicycles, you get what you pay for with a folding bike.

Greenbelt
01-20-2012, 10:51 AM
I've seen a lot of ads on the internet lately for citizen folding bicycles (http://www.citizenbike.com/). They look cheap. Personally, I'd look for a Dahon. I was really tempted to get one of the Dahon Mu Uno Shadow (http://www.dahon.com/bikes/2010/mu-uno) 2010 for $289 that Greenbelt posted about (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1497-Thanksgiving-%28bike-sale%29-leftovers&highlight=dahon) at Proteus (http://www.proteusbicycles.com/).

I checked last night and those bikes did sell out when they went on sale.

KLizotte
01-20-2012, 01:04 PM
Given the bike shed next to Union Station, perhaps it would be worth buying a regular size bike and leaving it parked there overnight. I believe they sell monthly and annual contracts.

Fallguy51
01-20-2012, 02:02 PM
Thanks for the heads-up. I'll check with Bike Maryland to see what the latest news is.

Pinigis
04-23-2012, 11:38 AM
I don't know if you are still in the market for a quality folding bike at a reasonable price, but if so, check out OrigamiBicycles.com.

vvill
05-03-2012, 08:15 AM
I rode briefly with a guy on a Tern on the last day of TJROW (he flew from SF to DC for the bike summit). He was very happy with it and quite tall too - one of the reasons he opted for a Tern he said.

I have to admit I pulled the trigger on a folder and am now commuting on 406 wheels. Wheeeeeee!

Veik
05-21-2012, 02:40 PM
Get a used Dahon.
I recently got a full commuter equiped Dahon for $300
Someone rode it few times, it didnt work out for them and they put it on CL.
This makes my second used Dahon.

KLizotte
05-21-2012, 03:35 PM
Momentum Magazine recently did a comparison of folding bikes.

http://momentummag.com/articles/folding-bike-reviews/index.html

americancyclo
08-20-2014, 01:33 PM
I've seen a lot of ads on the internet lately for citizen folding bicycles (http://www.citizenbike.com/). They look cheap. Personally, I'd look for a Dahon. I was really tempted to get one of the Dahon Mu Uno Shadow (http://www.dahon.com/bikes/2010/mu-uno) 2010 for $289 that Greenbelt posted about (http://bikearlingtonforum.com/showthread.php?1497-Thanksgiving-%28bike-sale%29-leftovers&highlight=dahon) at Proteus (http://www.proteusbicycles.com/).


Certainly not one that's worth the money spent. Cheapo folders are the worst, even worse than department-store regular bikes.

I was wandering around oakland recently and saw a Citizen Gotham 7 parked outside a bookstore. I had remembered wondering about build quality and weight, so I asked the owner if I could take it for a quick ride. It was lighter than I thought it would be (for the 28 lbs listed on the website) and handled alright. The headset seemed a bit loose, and I didn't find out how long she had owned the bike, but it didn't seem horrible for around $300.

I still think I'd go for a single speed Dahon over a Citizen, though.

jcflack54
08-20-2014, 06:09 PM
I had a Citizen Tokyo which I loved - until the poor quality got me. When my second rear wheel self destructed, that was the end for me. I bought myself a Giant Escape. While I miss the small storage profile and ability to take the folder on Metro in rush hour, I have been happier overall.