Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 08-06-2017, 10:04 PM   #1
Newbie
 
City: Myrtle Beach
Country: USA
Vessel Name: No Vacancy
Vessel Model: Navigator 5400
Join Date: Apr 2017
Posts: 1
Folding bicycles

Does anyone have any recommendations on folding bicycles?
__________________
Advertisement

goodnews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2017, 10:23 PM   #2
Guru
 
City: Sydney
Country: Australia
Join Date: Jul 2015
Posts: 1,646
I love my Titanium Brompton traveled all over on this great little bike .I believe the Brompton is the only folding bike where one can travel long distances or on and off all day and not feel buggered and sore like the nasty Chinese rubbish
Titanium Brompton
__________________

gaston is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2017, 10:57 PM   #3
Veteran Member
 
City: Ft. Myers, FL
Vessel Name: Hannah Jane
Vessel Model: 2000 Grand Banks 42 Classic
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 76
I owned a bicycle shop for nearly 45 years until I sold it to my long time manager and retired end of December 2015. We sold a lot of Bromptons. Excellent folding bikes and a very loyal following. Pretty much custom order from the factory in England placed through your nearest USA Brompton dealer. They are not inexpensive. But they fold smaller than any other folder and still offer a good ride. Every customer that bought one loved them. We sold them to long haul truckers, apartment dwellers, small plane pilots, boat owners, etc.

Biggest issue is rust from the salt air (true w/any bike). It kills me to see a bike stored on deck under a tarp. You have to show them some love and attention if you want them to last.

Take a look at folders from Giant Bicycle. We sold a lot of them too - aluminum frames and fairly common parts. (Bromptons use a lot of special parts - but then they don't break down very often). Giant aluminum frame - that helps ward off some of the rust issues.

DaHon also makes folders. Years ago they made a Mariner model - aluminum frame with a lot of stainless steel parts. Good deal if you can find a used one.
FBoykin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2017, 06:24 AM   #4
Guru
 
Tom.B's Avatar
 
City: Cary, NC
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Skinny Dippin'
Vessel Model: Navigator 4200 Classic
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 5,660
Quote:
Originally Posted by FBoykin View Post
DaHon also makes folders. Years ago they made a Mariner model - aluminum frame with a lot of stainless steel parts. Good deal if you can find a used one.

DaHon is still making the Mariner model. I bought a pair for Bess as a Xmas present. Nice ride! The wheels are large enough to give you a smooth ride and provide a good long distance ride. 7-speeds and a luggage rack. All stainless and aluminum construction means it is good for a boating environment. They are awkward to carry and stow onboard, so make sure you have room. Like Boykin said, don't keep any bike out in the weather unless you want to replace it every couple of years. Our main problem is with all the projects on the list, we don't ride as often as we should
__________________
2000 Navigator 4200 Classic
(NOT a trawler)
Tom.B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2017, 08:04 AM   #5
Guru
 
Sealife's Avatar
 
City: In transit
Country: From USA
Vessel Name: Sea life
Vessel Model: Krogen 42 #61
Join Date: Nov 2013
Posts: 527
If you are looking for cheap, can't beat the Schwinn loop. Nothing high tech, have to fight rust, but ours held up for a few years. I especially liked the load handling characteristics of the rear frame design.
__________________
Scott

www.caribbeansealife.com
Sealife is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-2017, 11:32 AM   #6
Veteran Member
 
City: Ft. Myers, FL
Vessel Name: Hannah Jane
Vessel Model: 2000 Grand Banks 42 Classic
Join Date: Feb 2014
Posts: 76
Nice to see DaHon has resurrected the Mariner. I went online and checked the specs - old version has stainless steel spokes, but new one doesn't mention that on the Dahon site. Not that big of a deal, but anything that fights rust is a plus. Nice that it comes with a rear rack & fenders. I'd still check out the Giant folders and Brompton is definitely worth a look if you want to go all out and also want one that folds the smallest.
__________________

FBoykin is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off





All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:25 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
Copyright 2006 - 2012