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I know I have some major bicycle afficionados on my friends list. This is one is for you - can you help me out?

I live right by a beautiful park that I long to bike up and down. The trouble is, I live in a studio, and thus really can't fit a full-size bike in my apartment. No storage downstairs available to me, either. I've been thinking about a fold-up bike, but I never liked the look of the first models that were out.

Now, I did a little digging, and it would appear there has been lots of progress made on these wonderful little items. So, if you were going to buy a fold-up bike, what would you buy? Anything on the Dahon line really call out to you?

Thank ye kindly.

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boxofchaos
May. 23rd, 2006 01:49 pm (UTC)
Have you thought about those ceiling hooks? A friend suggested it to me once, but I couldn't really live with a bike hanging from the sky.
boymeat
May. 23rd, 2006 01:58 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can't live with that either.
tcb
May. 23rd, 2006 02:06 pm (UTC)
and there's no reasonably safe place to lock up a bike outside? some sort of off-street private walkway maybe?

I know nothing about fold-up bikes, but I've seen a bunch of them around..
boymeat
May. 23rd, 2006 02:07 pm (UTC)
Nope. Not an option.
danbearnyc
May. 23rd, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
Somehow I imagine you'd use ceiling hooks for something else...
dawnmarie727
May. 23rd, 2006 02:09 pm (UTC)
ok, this is a little creepy cause just last night I was longing for a fold up bike that I can take on the train with me and was going to post this very same thing to my LJ today...
nex0s
May. 23rd, 2006 03:27 pm (UTC)
try posting to LJ Genie. i'm curious too.

though i have a bike rack downstairs available to me, meh.

n.
boymeat
May. 23rd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Apparantly the bike shop on 96th is an authorized dealer of Dahon. I'm gonna go check them out this week.
luna_littleone
May. 23rd, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
email Tone.
He's been in the market for a foldup for awhile now.
He'll be a good resource for ya in NYC.
haptotrope
May. 23rd, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
Every bike is a folding bike... some just unfold a little more easily.

Folding bikes aren't designed for syle... they are designed to look dorky and get you on the train, and not take up your entire apartment. They are also not an much with the "feeling of freedom" as the poor bike has tiny tires so you don't go that fast.

You could just get a Unicycle... rent a bike... buy a beater and keep it locked up down the street, and don't cry if it gets stolen. Otherwise, just pike a bike in your price range that you like, and fits you, and is strong and easy to dis/reassemble in care you want to do it every day... that's the most important thing... being an "ultra lightweight tricked out anything" is "overdoing it...

njlexi
May. 23rd, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
That's an easy one! I did research on these around the time of your last birthday. :)

For general knowledge, this site is good: http://nordicgroup.us/fold/

This site was recommended to me and seemed to have some great stuff:

http://www.dahon.com/us/folding-bicycles-us-alpha.htm

I hope you find this useful.
nex0s
May. 23rd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC)
there's also the option of not biking at all, but rollerblading/skating instead.

freedom + very little storage space!

n.
lonewolf_w_cub
May. 23rd, 2006 10:22 pm (UTC)
Yanno, if you get one of them folding bikes, ya might as well toss out your neckties and substitute bow ties in their place. And get some knickers. Or lederhosen.
njlexi
May. 23rd, 2006 10:32 pm (UTC)
Imagining boymeat in a bowtie, knickers, and big glasses ... (ok, so i embellished a touch) ... *giggles*
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