I have a desire to have a folding bike and today decided to go looking , just looking. My DS1 was convinced I would come back with one. I didn’t. Why?
I didn’t find anything I liked at a price I could afford.
I started at the bike shop near the station and looked at Dahon and Brompton mainly. The Brompton folded well but I didn’t like the small wheels and no Bromie has more than 6 gears. The salesman said its not a good bike for distances in excess of 20 miles.
The Dahons they had folded well but I hated the finish on the handle bars of the Mu models. It’s a silver coloured textured anodised and to me looked vet cheap. The Vitesse model looked better as it was all black and to my mind looked better. Unfortunately , this model only had 8 gears and I really would prefer more.
I decided to head to another chain cycle shop on the ring road. I know they have Tern on their website but not a one is stocked. They can order one I
For a £100 deposit but was to none of the branches stock them.
I needed to go to Cyclesense at Tadcaster where I got my Koga to return a stem. I talked with Dave and looked at the Bike Friday Tikit which folds well.
Aesthetically, this is very pleasing but very pricey and needing extras and again not a large number of gears. I know if the range is wide it doesn’t matter but I would like more.
There’s a firm , I found on the web in
the south of the country. I had a chat with them on the phone. They customise Dahons so I could have an Mu with different handle bars or I could have a steel framed Speed TR. Old stock I believe but that doesn’t matter to me. It needs more thinking about. Any thoughts fellow bloggers ?