timmitchell wrote:Thinking of getting a folding bike for my commute on the days I dont cycle.
The station is 5 mins from home (so i might walk and carry) and work is about two miles from the city centre - definite cycle.
So i need a bike that will fit on a train, has mudguards and a rack( for a panier), can take lights. I would also need to carry a helmet and some work stuff so weight seems important.
I notice the Dahon D7 2008 model can be bought for 220 online- my lbs cant match this.
Is it a good deal or has anyone got any ideas?
Weh he.....y........! Do I detect some hostility here?
Looking at the requirements of the OP it would seem that the Brompton would meet the requirements quite well. I was in exactly the same position as he when I was looking for a folder. Those of you who have other makes and who clearly love them brilliant. The pics are brilliant, they are after all bikes as well. But with the OP's requirements in mind try to justify how YOUR model of folder can assist him. Some folders provide totally different capabilities and great but they would not be much use in a crowded mass transport system in rush hour where you cannot afford to be spending ages dismantling or assembling something or for some one to injure themselves on something sticking out or falling over because it is unstable or other passengers' luggage becoming damaged. As stated above the Brompton folds compactly and neatly. It is not a slight on non-Brompton owners it is just what will work best in the conditions the OP has says he will need to use the folding bike. My only concern would be the cost of a Brompton with respect to the budget he has indicated. That is something he will have to decide is a price worth paying or not. I believed it was so bought one.
FWIW I have never had a problem with the sealed gear rear hub on my Bromtpon. Infact I have never had a problem with the hub gears (never even had to adjust them) at all in 7 years of ownership and two Bromptons - the first stolen. (See previously). It has a range of gears (Hi or Lo ratio) that will enable you to tackle pretty much anything. Maybe you fancy a fixed wheel with out the hub, great, as did Will Self. They are great bikes for what they are. Mine only takes up less than half my boot space (Pug 205) when it is in the car and sits neatly under the stairs. Kids often say "Wow.........can you do that again....put it up again and down. Let's time him..." The quickest I saw was a chap on KIngs X station in rush hour who literally had his up in 2.5 seconds. One and two and hey presto....All the clamps done up as well.