My Greek cousin recently emailed me asking what folding bike he should get. The email was hastily followed by a worried call from my aunt reminding me not to suggest anything too expensive.
What my cousin wants to be able to do is to hop on and off public transport and then use his folding bike to go the rest of the way. This is probably the main reason most people choose this type of bike. The other huge advantage is that they are very easy to store as they take up so little space. All in all a pretty good solution to many city dwellers problems.
So I set about finding out which folding bike to suggest to my cousin. After all I have a reputation to keep as the cycling blogger of the family!
For my cousin I knew I wanted something that was not too expensive. I also knew it should be a bike that is quick and easy to fold and looks good (as he is a bit image conscious!). As a folding bike it should also be fairly lightweight to be possible to carry around easily. Finally I wanted a bike that has been well reviewed so I knew I was recommended something good.
Folding bike shortlist
After some research I shortlisted the following bikes:
- Dahon Speed D7 – the Dahon is amazingly good value for money and offers a comfortable ride. It doesn’t fold down quite as compact as a Brompton but at this price you can’t argue. The folding process is very easy and the build quality feels good.
- Mezzo D9 – Great handling and a very enjoyable bike to ride but unfortunately comes at a high price
- Brompton M3L – folds down incredibly small, is loved by many but again slightly out of the price bracket
The majority of the bikes I looked at where outside the price range and at the price point of around £270 to £350 there really was not much competition. None the less the Dahon Speed D7 was a clear winner and I have recommended it to my cousin. I have seen it listed for £349 at Evans Cycles but there are some better deals out there. I’ll let you know if he decides to buy it and what he thinks of it (Knowing my cousin he jumps from one obsession to the next every day so you never know!)
I would really love to hear off you if you would consider switching to a folding bike or if you already have one what you think of it.
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