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Bike advice needed. Looking for folding bikes

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[OP]
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Jan 27, 2008
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Bike advice needed. Looking for folding bikes

Hello.

I've recently moved to a lakeshore area and would like to enjoy the trails with my wife. Since our place doesn't offer much of the storage space, we figured we wanted folding bikes. Looking for the best deal possible. We will be riding once or twice every week I'd think. These are folding bikes I've found on common bike departments. Any other recommendations or feedback would be appreciated!

Nakamura Skyline Pro Folding Bike - 2015 $299 (They have $60 promo, 10% signup bonus)
http://www.sportchek.ca/product/index.j ... 1.64534016



Roadmaster™ Loop Folding Bicycle $259.99

http://www.costco.ca/Roadmaster%E2%84%A ... 06111.html




Schwinn Tango 20" Folding Hybrid Bike $279.99
http://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/schwi ... UoECPlVhBc


TEKCOUP 7 Speed Aluminum Folding Bike 20" $269.99
http://www.amazon.ca/TEKCOUP-Speed-Alum ... lding+bike
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I guess the main questions to ask are:

1. What is your budget?
2. What quality are you expecting?
3. What sort of riding are you doing? Or, how much performance do you want out of the ride?
4. Do mind buying used?

Oh, here's a link to folding bike reviews. http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/folding/

I know they are covering a wide range of folding bikes and they are mostly UK reviews, but it gives you an idea of what is available on the folding bike market since there are many kinds of folding bikes.
[OP]
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Xeros wrote: I guess the main questions to ask are:

1. What is your budget?
2. What quality are you expecting?
3. What sort of riding are you doing? Or, how much performance do you want out of the ride?
4. Do mind buying used?

Oh, here's a link to folding bike reviews. http://www.bikeradar.com/gear/category/bikes/folding/

I know they are covering a wide range of folding bikes and they are mostly UK reviews, but it gives you an idea of what is available on the folding bike market since there are many kinds of folding bikes.

Thanks for the review site! I do recall seeing top 5 folding bike and Dahon brand was one of it.

1. My budget is $100-$300
2. nothing to serious. Entry level is fine.
3. I would like to go on a trail date with my wife. Casual 30min-1hour ride once or twice a week near by the lakeshore. Maybe take it for camping.
4. I don't mind buying stuff used. I believe in kijiji.

Thanks for your help!
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The amazon one looks best to me, just because it resembles the dahon and tern bikes which have the same kind of frame design which might be stiffer than the low frame style of the others.
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Mar 28, 2002
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Hi OP,

Just curious, which bike model did you end up going for?

Thanks!
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Oct 19, 2010
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Sorry to bring this post back up but I am in a similar situation as OP.
I am interested in getting a foldable bike as well and saw the ones listed above and the vela bike - http://velabike.com/

Anyone care to give some input between the TEKCOUP and the vela ?

Thanks !
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Eclipse218 wrote: Sorry to bring this post back up but I am in a similar situation as OP.
I am interested in getting a foldable bike as well and saw the ones listed above and the vela bike - http://velabike.com/

Anyone care to give some input between the TEKCOUP and the vela ?

Thanks !
not much difference between the two as far as I can tell.


Just make sure you get the bike adjusted by a mechanic (Vela says you need to have proof that it was inspected by a mechanic before the warranty is valid)

I would suggest you visit a MEC store which sells a Tern brand (they were the originators of this kind of folding bike design) so you can familarize yourself with how these bikes fold and even take a test ride. Folding bikes do feel a bit tipsy than a full size bike due to the smaller wheels http://www.mec.ca/product/5041-357/mec- ... ing%2Bbike
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I'm currently looking for one as well. I don't want to spend too much. Perhaps between $200-$300. There aren't much selections based on the budget. So far setting my sight on the Citizen Bike Miami. Planning to pick it up from the border.
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I have one for sale, in very good condition. Contact me if interested.
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You can easily find an older used bike at a garage sale for $25-50. A tuneup, fresh tubes & tires for another $50 and you on the road. I'd be pretty upset if my new $250 bike was stolen.
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