18844Re: [CF] folding bike recommendations?
- Jul 3, 2008
> The other BF models are more-or-less "portable" bikes=v= Bike Fridays are designed for carfree everyday use:
> meant for transporting in airplanes in suitcases and long
> disassembly and assembly sessions at airports.
Most models feature a "quick fold" to aid with intermodal
journeys (bikes+transit). Unlike other folding bikes, it is
integrated with a trailer system, which enhances carfreedom.
Even the suitcase you mention converts into a trailer! They
are built by a company that was named Green Gear Cycling a
decade before it was trendy to hop onto the "green" bandwagon;
and unlike most of that bandwagon, they actually mean it:
=v= I have an Air Glide, their model which actually has the
least-convenient quick fold, but it works just fine for my
everyday use, including intermodal journeys. I don't know
what you mean by "long disassembly and assembly sessions;"
I can ride right up to an Amtrak station and have the bike
inside the suitcase in 5 minutes. Reassembly is even faster.
=v= It's true that a lot of Green Gear's customers are into bike
touring, but a touring bike is also a good commuter and everyday
bike. Green Gear has made a few bikes aimed at the lower-cost
commuter market (the Metro in paricular), but the market wasn't
there for them. It may be there for them now, though.
=v= I do want to give Dahon their due. Mr. Hon gave up his job
in high tech and created this bike in response to the oil crisis
of the 1970s. It's made offshore but I'm told they keep to some
ecological standards, but even so those standards are lower (and
they're shipped overseas). I continue to wish the best for them
and they're doing well.
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