Folding Bikes (was: What about the weather?)
>> Assume you can ride up to 10km or 30 minutes, and [add] in=v= They're doing extremely well in Manhattan, as well. Dahons
>> a Brompton folding bike or similar, and very many commutes
>> can be quite painlessly shifted away from cars using a
>> combination of bikes and/or public transport.
> Indeed, and there are much cheaper folders than Bromptons--
> Dahon has vastly expanded its line, and you see them all over
> LA, which is among the least bike-friendly city in the US.
sell like hotcakes because they're so cheap. Some models are
actually fun to ride now, too, which is important for folks who
want to ride further than 2 miles, 10km, etc.
=v= I'm happier with my Bike Friday, though. It's made in the
U.S. with least-toxic materials and practices, and its frame is
more durable and comfortable. Since I can afford this higher
price these days, that's the sort of business I want to support
with my money.
=v= To give them their due, Dahon was founded with the intent
of helping people get around on nonpolluting alternatives to
the car, which I applaud. I prefer to buy locally, and in
particular things not made in China; but I can understand the
value of low-cost alternatives.
- On Feb 3, 2008, at 11:19 AM, Jym Dyer wrote:
> I'm happier with my Bike Friday, though. It's made in theBike Fridays are excellent, and ride like a normal bicycle.
> U.S. with least-toxic materials and practices, and its frame is
> more durable and comfortable. Since I can afford this higher
> price these days, that's the sort of business I want to support
> with my money.
They are three times the cost of a Dahon...but 1/20th the cost of a
cheap new car. And supporting the most local possible business does
make it possible to have enough tax receipts available to build
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