Dahon Boardwalk S-1 Folding Bike Critique

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    Whats The Best Fold Up Bike?

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      BEST? for what, every folding bike is a compromise in one way or the other for the most part. You have to first decide which are the attributes of the folding bike that are most important to you and will effect how easy it is for you to use and by extension how often. The Variables to consider besides the obvious COST are more unique to the designs and uses of folding bicycles.
      Which of these ‘special factors” is more important to you will naturally determine that factors influence in your choice of cycle.
      The first factor for many people is ease of folding, My mom has a bike friday and she has to watch the video each time to review how to fold it up, it is not a simple process, then again Friday market their bikes as TRAVEL bikes not folding bikes don’t they? The Giant Halfway folds down in less than 30 seconds, and the Bridgestone picnica folds up in less than 10 seconds !!
      THE NEXT FACTOR related to folding is the size of space the bike takes up when folded and the weight.. either of these factors can make the bike a burden on public transit or even a pain to fit in the trunk of a car.
      The final factor is the ride-ability of the bike, some folding bikes can never achieve the position that lead to comfort and efficiency, I rate folding bike ride ability on how long I am willing to ride it..at the bottom of the scale are bikes which are barely better than walking frustrating even in the discomfort they cause-the Abike comes to mind here, at the other end of the scale are folding bikes which I would be happy to tour on day after day.. most of the commercial folding bikes fit in the 2 hour ride at one go for my 6 foot tall size they may produce more comfortable results if your size is closer to the mean.
      IN Short there is no answer to your question.. but another question… however I think if you keep these ideas in mind and ride/fold/as many bikes as possible you should be able to find the best bike for you and your needs..

      Start by looking at Giant, KHS and Dahon

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    What Do You Think About Folding Bikes? Are they dependable? What’s a good brand and what should I pay? How many gears do I need for moderate terrain?

    I’m an adult novice who will cycle for a few hours on weekends out in the country.

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      Folding bikes are for people with space constraints, such as flying to Europe, living in a small apartment, or sailing on a small boat, or going to work via a train where you cant put a regular bike on the train.

      folding bikes can be tough to make a good fit for bigger guys.

      there are always some compromises on folding bikes but –

      Check Giatex Portable for one a little different and really quite rigid.

      check http://www.bikefriday.com/ for the Be$t folding bike

      Unless you NEED the features of a folding bike, you will enjoy a non folder much more.

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    Are Folding Bikes Worth It? Hey help me decide please
    should i buy a folding bike or a mountain bike?
    what are the pros and cons?
    thanks for that! wait…how crappy can a folding bike get?

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      Folding bikes are more expensive than the non folding variety, and are not quite as good a ride as the non folding type, due to the compromises made so the bike can fold.

      Folding bikes have a few advantages, and mainly are designed for urban use.

      First, folding bikes can go on buses and trains when bike racks are full, and they can be transported on airplanes fairly cheaply and easily. this helps a lot for the next leg of a trip if you don’t want to get a car.

      Folding bikes don’t hang off the back of a car on a bike rack, they can get put in the trunk of a car, greatly decreasing the chance of theft.

      For apartment dwellers, folding bikes give a larger choice of where to store them when not being used.

      These are some of the main advantages of folding bikes. If non of these issues are important to you, one would have to wonder what a folding bike’s advantage would be for you.

      So, If you cannot relate to any of these advantages, then a folding bike is probably not for you.

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    • Leo
    • February 11, 2014

    Folding Or Normal Bike? I want to purchase a bike to ride at the weekend in town. I find the folding bikes pretty cool but I don’t know if they have disadvantages next to the normal ones… What are the differences?

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      A properly designed folding bike is just as good as a normal bike … but to get equivalent quality will cost more. So I guess the big disadvantage is higher cost. I wouldn’t even consider an inexpensive folding bike (say less than $6-700).

      Specific systems vary so it’s difficult to say how they compare. Some are easy to assemble and disassemble … while others are clunky. There are some that fold and others where two halves of the frame disconnect and so do cables.

      The main question though is whether you need a folding bike. Since it’s pretty easy to sling a bike (with front wheel off) into most cars, or carry it on a rack, the need for folding is reduced. To me a folding bike is useful if you want to carry a bike on a train or airplane … since they pack down to suitcase size. They also can take up less space in a small apartment or hotel room … but generally I don’t think most people really need one.

      Personally, I prefer to put $$ into a better quality bike and components than into folding mechanisms.

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    Folding Bikes? I was thinking of buying a folding bike from Halfords – ??139. Does anyone have any experience of them? Are they any good? I’ve bought 2 bikes in the past (non-folding), but neither have been comfortable. I can’t afford to make a mistake. I only want a bike for leisurely rides through country lanes now and again. Thanks.

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      Folding bikes are mainly for commuters and travelers (I keep one in the trunk of my car)
      if you want a bike for regular leisurely rides, get a standard bike (whatever style you are looking for)
      you may need to go to a bike shop and get fitted so you can make sure that you are picking out the right size bike for you (and you will be more comfortable)

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    Is This ‘normal’ With Folding Bikes…? After years of riding a full size bike, I’ve been tryin’ a nice and good looking folding… the handling and the weight are the strong points, but the physical effort to make some advance, no to mention the low speed, are really important shortcomings…
    I’ve been said that this is the result of its small and fat 16″ tires… that its because of the up-right position when riding…. that its because its not a recognized brand like Brompton…and the list of reasons goes on, so I’d like to know if all 16″ foldings have these bad aspects as part of their ‘charm’?
    Thank you all Bike people!

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      If your looking for a folding bike to be as fast as your full size bike that’s probably not going to happen. Folding bikes like the Brompton were not made for that reason. They were designed to be a bike to take along on a trip that requires transportation.
      Folding bikes can be taken with you right into your apartment, onto elevators to your place of work.
      There are now many good quality makes and models to choose from that alternately optimize ease of folding and folding size, performance, ride, and price.
      Gears on small-wheeled folding bikes are or should be higher to compensate for speed but limited gearing on some models may slow you down. If that is a major concern for you, you might want to look more toward higher end “performance” folding bikes. If you plan to take a lot of trips that utilize transit, a bike that folds quickly and compactly may be best for you. If you are a tall rider, you may want to check out how each type of folding bike can adjust to fit you.

      Bike Friday brand offers many types of folding bikes for those most concerned with performance. All Bike Fridays use 20″ wheels and are built to fit into a suitcase for travel. Many also quick-fold and fit into a travel bag for use in commuting. A typical “stock” model quick-folds in 30 seconds to 27″ X 27″ X10″ and weighs in at about 24 pounds. Bike Fridays range in price from about $730 for a stock model to about $3400 for their best custom-made bikes.

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    I Am Finding A Small Folding Bike…?

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      Actually, the kind of bike you’re looking for is just called a folder!

      These days there are 2 basic types of folders, commuter and military. Ironically, I would say the military is better for commuting, and the commuter is better for leisure. Both are often more expensive than your average bike because of design. Both would also take up very little room in your car.

      The military bike folds out to almost the size of a standard mountain bike, but was designed to be carried by paratroopers so you can imagine how small they fold. Since they’re almost the size of a mountain bike, it’s pretty comfortable and you have room to stretch out your legs and can pick up good speed. Montague is the largest manufacturer of those bikes.

      The commuter bikes are much smaller, so they pack even better than the military folders, but their wheels are tiny. They ride more like upright BMXes and are terrible for your knees. They’re great if you’re not tackling more than 2 miles a day on them. Dahon specializes in them, but I’d actually recommend the KHS F20. It’s a really sturdy folder and a lot of the cheaper ones tend to have joints that fail (IE won’t fold in the future).

      Dahon also makes hybrid bikes that can fold, but they get pricey.

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    • Duzie
    • February 20, 2014

    Questions About Folding Bikes..can Anyone Help? For those of you who have them:
    do you think they are comfortable to ride on?
    are they stable?
    do you think they are good quality bikes (at least decent)?

    it might sound stupid but my biggest fear is that my bike will split up in the middle of the ride…or that i’ll have to fix them a lot. i wanted to buy a bike but i now live in a small apartment so i need something practical.

    i have a few bikes that i found:
    1) DAHON ECO C6 –
    2) DAHON ECO C7


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      I gotta tell you this. I have been designing folding bikes for the better part of 20 years, maybe more, and I wouldn’t choose a Dahon. It is true that they took the time to modernize and improve the species but they are WAY overpriced and have had many models recalled due to problems with the hinge mechanisms.

      Being in the business I get to ride and test just about every bike imaginable and folding models have the widest range of ride quality and build quality of any other type of bike. Here are some things to consider:

      1) Many models are poorly proportioned and can sit you too upright or get you too close to the handlebars to maintain good control. To determine the best for you, compare the “top tube” length of your regular bike with the folding model. They should be pretty close;

      2) The VAST majority of folders have touchy folding mechanisms which require frequent attention to maintain safety. This is particularly apparent on many Dahon models;

      3) The main feature of folding bikes isn’t comfort or performance… it is the ability to fold. There are 2 different basic folding parameters- standard fold and compact fold. Standard fold means they generally fold in half, saving vary little room… they usually command an extra fare when taking them on a bus or train. Compact fold means they fold up very small which allows fare-free riding BUT they often have complex hinge mechanisms- plus they tend to be more expensive and require extra maintenance.

      By far, the best folding bike on the market is the Strida. This bike folds and unfolds in about 10 seconds to the size of a jumbo umbrella, has a grease-free belt drive, and rides extremely well. It is alsi quite light and easy to manage up stairs. It has a price of between $600 and $900 depending on features.

      The other model I strongly recommend (I keep one in my car) is the Torrent Foldaway BD. It is a cousin to the Strida but has some updated pivoting mechanisms and is otherwise equally well built. The Torrent is about $300 and includes a small tool kit and a carrying bag. Thes ebikes are a bit hard to get right now and you have to reserve them as they are sold before the dealer ever gets them. Go to http://thecheapbikeshop.com and email them to get more information or reserve one.

      Another high end brand is Bike Friday. If you want a bit of pepper with performance, these are GREAT bikes but in my opinion stretch the performance bit too far when it comes to a folding bike.

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    I Need A Dahon Folding Bike? Does anyone have a Dahon folding bike for sale in the Midlands for a fair price .. My son desperately needs one for getting to work.

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      I came across a website that features the top 3 folding bike brands. Brompron folding bikes, Dahon folding bikes and Birdy Folding bikes. These are new bikes and I don’t know your budget. They also have links on the site that point to suppliers that have the best price deal available.
      I personally like the Dahon Mu EX as it is definitely one of the coolest Top Folding Bikes around. It is light and folds within 15 seconds once you know how. If you have the cash I would recommend this Dahon Folding bike.
      The top folding bikes usually retain their value depending on their condition so if you find one where the price looks too good to be true make sure you get a bike mechanic to check it out first.

      Hope you find the Dahon for you they are great bikes.

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