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Old 02-28-2013, 05:16 PM   #1
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Folding Bicycles

I am considering purchasing a folding bike for around the campground and around town. I would appreciate any words of wisdom and experiences that you might have with the bikes.

Thanks for your help.

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Old 02-28-2013, 05:27 PM   #2
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I don't have any experience with them, but Camping World has them @ 50% off this W/E.
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Old 02-28-2013, 05:42 PM   #3
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I am considering purchasing a folding bike for around the campground and around town. I would appreciate any words of wisdom and experiences that you might have with the bikes.

Thanks for your help.

Adrienne
We got one for my wife, it's called Columbia and it rides nice and stores nicely behind a recliner when we travel. Amazon.com: Columba 26" Alloy Folding Bike w. Shimano, Red Color (RJ26A_RED): Sports & Outdoors Her's is blue and well made and great for tooling around the park, or any where else for that matter. I ride a Wizwheels Terra Trike TerraTrike
We have a lot of fun with them both.
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We went to CW and tryed those real small one's. Hard to ride, would not recommend too small and handlebar did not adjust. Try before you buy.
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We ordered a couple of Citizen Barcelona bikes a few months ago. Folding Bikes by Citizen Bike

They were more expensive than the CW bikes, but not as much as Dahon or Bike Friday and many others. I think they look awesome and seem to be very sturdy. We can put two of them folded in one side of the outside storage on our Sunseeker 3010DS.

They were great fun riding around Jekyll Island last month. Can't wait for better weather so we can get out and ride more. We like the low step in style...nice for older folks who can't throw their leg over a large bike. :-)

I am also thinking of buying one of the CW 12-speed bikes that is on sale to bring along occasionally as an extra for when we have daughter or granddaughter with us. Seems to be a great buy, but I don't know much about the quality of the bike.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #6
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We got one for my wife, it's called Columbia and it rides nice and stores nicely behind a recliner when we travel. Amazon.com: Columba 26" Alloy Folding Bike w. Shimano, Red Color (RJ26A_RED): Sports & Outdoors Her's is blue and well made and great for tooling around the park, or any where else for that matter. I ride a Wizwheels Terra Trike TerraTrike
We have a lot of fun with them both.
I see you chose a 26" instead of 20"; did you happen to try the 20" prior to purchasing the 26" bike?

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Old 02-28-2013, 07:12 PM   #7
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they are pretty cool

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I see you chose a 26" instead of 20"; did you happen to try the 20" prior to purchasing the 26" bike?

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these folding bikes have been around for a very long time
it seems that they are very cool for what they do
in most cases
one get's what they pay for
a 26" wheel rides better than a 20"
for longer type of rides the 26" would be preferred
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for a smaller fold up size the 20" is best for space
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Ours are 20", but we are old, short people. :-)

At Jekyll Island, we rented a 26inch cruiser for my daughter who was camping with us. I tried to ride it and found it was too big. She didn't like my little bike, so it's probably a matter of personal preference. We don't plan to do cross country biking, just tooling around campgrounds and parks. Not into speed either, comfort and space were more important for us.
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Old 02-28-2013, 08:07 PM   #9
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The gold standard for folding bikes is DAHON.
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The gold standard for folding bikes is DAHON.
I would give that honor to Bike Friday, which are used all over the world by long distance tourers and actually fit in a suitcase for air travel.

They are made in the USA and are really nice to ride.

If you have the money, I highly recommend them. The factory sells some refurbished units are reduced price.

You always get what you pay for.
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