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Old 12-17-2018, 02:22 PM   #21
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Trek District - weighs 20lbs, full size, aluminum and carbon fiber, belt drive and plastic sprockets, single speed. ..... no chain or gears to rust.

These have lived uncovered at our bow rails for 12yrs and show no rust other than the brake springs which we just replaced.
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Old 12-17-2018, 03:55 PM   #22
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Trek District - weighs 20lbs, full size, aluminum and carbon fiber, belt drive and plastic sprockets, single speed. ..... no chain or gears to rust.

These have lived uncovered at our bow rails for 12yrs and show no rust other than the brake springs which we just replaced.
Do you like the belt drive?
Not so sure about the plastic spokes.
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Old 12-17-2018, 04:12 PM   #23
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Do you like the belt drive?
Not so sure about the plastic spokes.
Plastic "sprockets " (also plastic crank and pedals). Spokes are aluminum.

Love the belt drive, total silence and incredibly smooth. We use these bikes a lot. No problem with a 12 - 15 mile round trip for groceries.
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Old 12-17-2018, 07:02 PM   #24
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Yeah, there is a governor, actually user-settable. Just because it WILL go that fast, doesn't mean we will be running them that fast. We have found 10-12 mph is plenty to get us where we want to go.

Notice the six and a half foot alligator in the background?


Hmmmmm....How fast can an alligator run?
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I had three Dahons and eventually sold them all. They were OK for a few blocks, any more got quite tiresome with the 16" wheels. I replaced them with Montague folders. For all intents, these ride just like a full size non-folding mountain bike, 26" wheels, real gears, etc. They have no disadvantage compared to a non-folding bike other than weighing about 2 lbs more.
If Dahon would supply the large clown feet to use when you ride them, rather than having to buy them from the clown supply store, they might be more popular.
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Trek District - weighs 20lbs, full size, aluminum and carbon fiber, belt drive and plastic sprockets, single speed. ..... no chain or gears to rust.

These have lived uncovered at our bow rails for 12yrs and show no rust other than the brake springs which we just replaced.
I can't find a Trek "District" online. Do they not make them anymore, or is there another model that replaced that one?
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Old 12-17-2018, 08:03 PM   #27
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Just bought one of these, based on a recommendation from TF a few months ago. Weight and folded size were main concerns. It weighs 24 lbs.

Haven't unpacked it yet.

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folding bikes.



Or Dahon

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Old 12-17-2018, 10:25 PM   #29
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Well, I guess I'm on a different page.....

I have a tandem electric bike that has been absolutely GREAT for my loop trip. We started out with an older higher end tandem that I picked up pretty cheap and that was a good bike.

In a one in a million chance, I picked up a Daymak Classic electric tandem from a nice fellow on the Trent in Canada that was selling it. A crazy story the way I found it. I just gave him the old bike.

My Co Captian does not ride bikes solo, after a few crashed. She used to, and I tried to get he back into it, but didn't work, so a tandem was the only way. Turned out the best thing and absolutely a HOOT. Use it numerous times, and have tons of fun. Used it for shopping and whatever. (It hold two cases of beer... perhaps a bit more).

Now, it's not fast... perhaps 10mph on the battery only. But the battery and motor is geared for low speed torque and will go up a reasonably steep hill without much assistance.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:03 AM   #30
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Just bought one of these, based on a recommendation from TF a few months ago. Weight and folded size were main concerns. It weighs 24 lbs.

Haven't unpacked it yet.

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We looked at, and test rode, those. Cute. Fun. Light. Compact. You'll probably have a blast with it! We opted for a little heavier and bulkier but a softer ride.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:06 AM   #31
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Hmmmmm....How fast can an alligator run?
We live across the street from the lake and see these guys out on the bank all the time. If you're quiet and respect their space, they'll leave you alone. They do get a bit testy during mating season so best to keep your distance.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:25 AM   #32
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19.7 mph... Getting REALLY close to the legal limit there! I wonder if these are built with some sort of governor to keep the speed under 20 mph? Many states seem to have laws similar to Florida's where, if it is capable of going more than 20 mph, then it is no longer just an electric-assisted bicycle, but becomes a full-fledged "motor vehicle."
Under the classifications used in California and adopted by many other states this would be Class 1 if there was no throttle and Class 2 if there was. Both Class1&2 are limited to 20mph maximum, but are allowed wherever old style bicycles are permitted.

Class 3 can have a throttle and is allowed a top speed of 28mph, these are not allowed on bike paths and trails, but are permitted on bike lanes on public roads. No insurance or license is needed for any of these classes of bicycle.

These rules have been in place for several years and seem to be working well, so look for more states to adopt them as well.
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Old 12-18-2018, 08:46 AM   #33
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Florida does not differentiate classes. The law simply says that if it is CAPABLE of speeds greater than 20 mph then it is a motor vehicle. I think an over-zealous prosecutor might make the argument that it doesn't matter what the governor is set at, unless it is locked down and cannot be adjusted higher -- if it CAN be adjusted higher, then the bike is CAPABLE of going more than 20 mph, and therefore is a motor vehicle.


Of course, the odds of such a case ever getting to court are extraordinarily remote. Still, it doesn't hurt to at least be aware of these little technicalities since, as they say, ignorance of the law is no excuse.
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:49 PM   #34
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We are down in the Caribbean and except for a very few exceptions, I would be afraid to ride a bike on the roadsides down here. There are no bike paths or any 'separation' zones for bikes.
Just a thought if you are leaving an area where those things are common.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:03 PM   #35
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I've had two. One a folding motor bike. Too heavy to get on and off the boat easily. Gave it away.
Had a expensive, light-weight, super duper folding pedal, non-rusting bike, wheels too small, 16 inch. I had it for about 5 years. Gave it away. They do not make a 20 inch wheels.
Ah, but they do! We have a couple of Dahon Mariners - folding bikes meant for boaters. Most of the parts are very corrosion resistant, and it's not too hard to keep some Bo-shield or some other anti-corrosion spray on the parts that can rust. We had the Dahon Curves before, and I agree, the 16" wheels are a tad small to make for a comfortable ride. The 20" wheels on the Mariner, along with 7 gears (and a decent shifter), make it A-OK for my wife and me to ride 3 miles each way to the gym, 3 times a week. And I'm 60.

They weigh 32 lbs each (I think - maybe 34?), and we had Sunbrella bags made for them with a nice big strap handle, to make it easy to get them on and off the flybridge from the dock. We've had them for about a year, and they're doing great so far.
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I think you will be much happier (provided your boat has a lifting boom) with a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:59 PM   #37
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We like our Dahon folders as well. 32 pounds 26 wheels 18 speeds and just switched over to some off road tires for the Bahamas.
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we have a Bike Friday with an electric assist. They make a model called the PakIt which fits into a backpack, which can be had with or without electric assist. They weigh about 25 to 30 pounds with the electric assist They also can come with a carbon belt rather that a chain (less rust). These bikes can be put in a standard suitcase for air travel. They are spendy but excellent quality and compact. Ours traveled in a Mainship 400.
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I had been looking for a folding ebike that would provide throttle plus assistance. I visited the RAD company in Seattle and test rode them. Great ebikes, but weight was the area that made the RAD mini not a consideration. I have been living aboard and cruising for over thirteen years. It is important that a lot of homework including test riding various folding ebikes (specifically weight) before considering which ebike is best for you. That include storage aboard and lifting your ebike out of your boats Lazarret or into your tender. I did find the right folding ebike for me, but it happened after a lot of research. If you are going to do long term cruising you will need a folding ebike that is light weight enough for you to safely pickup and handle that has all of the other bells and whistles .

Congrats on your new ebikes. Enjoy them. Ebikes are the best transportation one can have boating. Just saying.....😊
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