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Old 12-16-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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Folding bicycles

We are just beginning our cruising adventures and thinking about bicycles. Any comments about folding bikes would be appreciated. Any ones to keep away from?
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:54 PM   #2
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... Folding bicycles and inflatable kayaks. That's the best way to exercise I cannot tell you about the bicycles because I am in Brazil, but if you ever consider a kayak, I strongly recommend the one below. I have one for 18 months now and it goes out in the sea every weekend. I use it with my wife, and my son uses it to help his surfing friends. It is still in very good shape
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We have a pair of Port Runners (West Marine). They're great for running up to the store or taking in some sights. We really enjoy ours.

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Old 12-16-2013, 04:02 PM   #4
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We have two Dahon Folding Bikes.
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We have not used them that much, may have 100 miles or so on them. We like them, but keep them stored off the boat when not in use.

We are thinking of motorizing one of them.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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We cruised with our west marine bikes a year and they rusted in spite of everything being used to prevent the rust. I would not buy them again. My friends have Dahons and love them. Stay away from the 16 inch wheels if you have any hills. We now have full size Sun bikes and just load them up. They are no more storage trouble than anything else on the boat. We are in a prime area for biking now and love the full size bikes.
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Old 12-16-2013, 04:36 PM   #6
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My advice would be to spend the extra for the lightest you can get. I didn't and wish I had. If you're in salt water you need to keep that in mind when you choose. You may also want to consider standard size bikes if you have room (same advice as above). I don't think they weigh that much more. We found he mini bikes aren't that efficient with the smaller wheels and limited gearing. They also are a little wierd to ride until you get used to them. I love to ride but the small fold ups weren't that much fun for me.
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Old 12-16-2013, 05:27 PM   #7
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Would love to have them and a place to store them.

I have heard many people that are dissatisfied with the smaller wheels many have.

Till I'm sure and try one out for a long spin and figure out where to keep them from rusting...a couple of used beach cruisers that rust out every year is my answer.

The poor mans folding bike is a kids banana bike sawed down the middle with some tubing to slip into the frame and hose clamps to hold it all together...have seen some nicely done ones and they have bigger wheels than the expensive folders.
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Take a look at the ones from Bike Friday. Ask at your local bike shop. They are a quality product and will last you many years and miles.
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Check out the Montague bikes. Much better than the "circus" bikes with little wheels.
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Check out the Montague bikes. Much better than the "circus" bikes with little wheels.
Funny you should say that. We have a couple. My grandsons call them clown bikes, but they love 'em.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:49 PM   #11
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I sort of like the idea of a bike on a boat but like it a lot better if it has a motor on it.
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Old 12-16-2013, 07:54 PM   #12
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Take a look at Worksman Bikes. They're made in New York and they have some interesting designs. Year ago I had one of their folding bikes with a little gas engine on it. It was a lot of fun. Once I threw it in the back of my Cessna, flew to Key West and rode all over the place.
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:05 PM   #13
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I bought one two years ago from these guys
ZoomBicycles Motorized Bicycles,80cc and 50cc Bicycle Engine Conversion Kits,Bicycle Motors,Bicycle Engine Kit Parts
It was cheap about $100.00 at the time and it worked well
The problem is that you get enhancements that are are made to go but no enhancements made to stop. A big guy on one of these can be scary. The simple brakes and steering on a basic bike were not made for 30 MPH .
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Old 12-16-2013, 08:22 PM   #14
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It has been years since we used bikes. When we did our youngest was small enough that we a trailer for her that was enclosed. The utility use we got from that was amazing. Groceries, laundry, shopping. If we take bikes, I think a trailer will come too.
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I've been using the Montague Paratrooper for about 2 years. Full size mountain bike, performs great on and off road. We folded 2 of 'em up and put them in our Mini Cooper for a 2 week road trip. Will be moving them on the boat this summer.
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We have a couple of 6-speed, 20"-wheel folders. My wife has a Dahon licenced knock-off (DAHON LICENSE TECHNOLOGY) and I have a Kettler Verso with wide knobby tires (VERSO TRANSPORT FLDG BIKE, 20" | bikes | unisex). They are on the boat in summer and go south with us to Arizona and Mexico in the winter. We store them folded in their nylon carry bags and have had no rust issues. My wife prefers her folder to her big bike and seems to go faster on it. I have no issues with mine but some times when we anchored out, it is a hassle to get them ashore for a limited ride. But if we at a dock, we ride for hours.
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One of the biggest advantages to a folding bike is a heavy chain and lock are not required at all times.

Many look like >girls< bikes and are shunned.

With little effort a folding cart can be towed , 2 propane bottles , a couple of cases of beer or bags of groceries , you choose.

With some time these can be found at tag sales , repaint with a rattle can PINK , or ours is aviation safety YELLOW , and no lock & chain need be carried at all!
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Several threads on the topic in cruisersforum (sister site).

The best feature on our two folders (20" wheels) is the solid rear frame/axle... so a real load-bearing luggage rack can be fitted.

The worst feature is rust on some of the parts.

Some like lots of gears. Wifey has 3, uses 1. I have 8, probably use 4 mostly. OTOH, we're usually riding over fairly flat land.

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With little effort a folding cart can be towed , 2 propane bottles , a couple of cases of beer or bags of groceries , you choose.
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If I get to choose, I choose the "beer"
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When my wife and I had our first boat we bought two Dahon Mariners. Dahon is one of the largest folding bike manufactures so the price was reasonable. As well the Mariners are aluminum framed. What I noticed under our 200 lb body weight was that they flexed a good bit under strain. Not enough to make me not want to ride them but enough that I would only ride them on fairly flat conditions. ie A boardwalk, in town to run to get groceries, etc.
If I was to buy another folder, which I am considering, would be the Bike Friday Tikit. It is one of the best folders out there as far as I am concerned. I have talked to owners, nothing but raves. Best warranty out there and made here in the US. Second pick would be a Brompton.
Cheap bikes are just that, cheap. Not fun to ride, always need adjusting and plainly don't serve the purpose as most don't use them. Think of it as an extension to the boat, the great thing about folders you can take them with you in the car to work. I took mine to work, stored it in my office and road it during lunch.
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