Folding bikes - Brompton, Dahon, Mezzo etc - recommendations and chat

Discussion in 'transport' started by editor, May 18, 2005.

  1. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Folding bikes (Take 2)

    I know that the last time folding bikes were mentioned here, the poster was sent [packing with a chorus of cruel, jeering laughs ringing in his ear, but I must admit to being tempted.

    I like to travel around the UK a lot, and reckon that jumping off a train at a country station and then being able to scoot off on a bike would be the dog's bollocks.

    They're not cheap, but some don't look quite so ridiculous either:
    More bikes here:

    Opinions, advice, ridicule....etc?
  2. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic

    Folding bikes are cool.
  3. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  4. tobyjug

    tobyjug Banned Banned

    We have three folding bikes, and very useful they are too. (They were cheap second hand ones)
  5. fucthest8

    fucthest8 What the zarking fardwark was that?

    :D The last thread was one of my favourite ever. I believe the conclusion was that they were "utter pony".

    I stand by that decision.

    And frankly, the sight of you on one would amuse the hell out of me. Thanks for the mental image :D
  6. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    I got overtaken by one yesterday :mad::oops:

    I think you can even get folding mountain bikes now :cool:
  7. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

  8. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

    he's so fast he doesn't know whether he's coming or going :eek:
  9. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

  10. aurora green

    aurora green Tectonic

    Wow. There's nothing compromising about that.
  11. Dubversion

    Dubversion Gorn Enforced Holiday

    will self is often seen on his Brompton.

    good enough for me.
  12. gaijingirl

    gaijingirl Well-Known Member

    Bromptons are excellent. I have an extremely serious cyclist friend (recently cycled from Beijing to London/currently training for some mad 800 kilometre bike ride) who gave me a go on his and once I got used to it, I loved it. We met at a coffee shop. He got off his, folded it up, went in and sat down, whilst I spent the next 10 minutes in the rain looking for suitable bike parking that was visible from the shop (and didn't find any) :rolleyes:

    They're very fast and I'm regularly overtaken by gentlemen in suits on them... :mad: ... they are the only bikes that can be taken as hand luggage on the Eurostar, you never have to worry about restrictions on trains (I wanted to take my bike down to Kent tonight for a sporting event but cannot as bikes are not allowed between 16:00 and 18:30 on the line I wished to use - so I can't do it!!)

    They aren't cheap, but they do (so I've heard) keep their value quite well so you will make good money back if you decide to resell. Similarly you can knock a couple of hundred pounds off the price by buying second hand.

    If it wouldn't annoy the hell out of my boyfriend who has only just been bullied into allowing yet another bike to be stored in our flat (that's 5 now) and who is, quite rightly, getting concerned about the amount of credit I'm running up on such things - I'd get one myself.

    Additionally you can take them on a plane really easily and bingo... immediate transport at the other end!!

    But if you do get one, don't do what another friend did, which is to realise whilst speeding down a very steep hill that she hadn't properly tightened the screw which holds the frame together... the frame started to fold underneath her and she had to throw herself off before hitting the traffic... :eek: :D
  13. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    *nudges fucthest8 and giggles*
  14. smashthestate

    smashthestate wage slave

    i've had a go on one of those birdies and it was :cool:
    the cheapest one is the red one - maybe i should say "least expensive" - its about £800.
    anyway, IMHO it felt like a proper bike compared to the most expensive brompton (approx £600 iirc) which felt like riding some sort of toy.
    birdies have more gears too which is useufl if you ever end up in sheffield / bradford etc.
  15. djbombscare

    djbombscare Plays with knives

    stands next to Fuct a xes and also giggles :D

    Sorry it just reminds me of the old ladies back in the 70's with there boggy browny green coloured lil shoppers
  16. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    Naah,they always remind me of one of these old things
    Topped of with some suited bloke in his 40's with a top hat.

    And an umberella.
  17. FreddyB

    FreddyB Floating my boat

    I had a 50cc folding moped complete with bag to put it in (you'd have to be one strong sod to carry it about) on my boat. Theidea being I could scoot down the towpath to the pub when I was out and about and then scoot home again.

    It folded, it didn't float.
  18. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    Thing is, when I'm jumping off a train at a remote location and pedalling away while you're left hanging about like an overripe plum, I suspect the guffaws might be coming from my direction.

    From the far distance, natch.
  19. Velouria

    Velouria Not as good looking as the avatar

    ... until the frame folds underneath you cause you forgot to tighten the bolt :oops:

    Me, I'd love one :) but too much money...
  20. alfajobrob

    alfajobrob Well-Known Member

    Airnimal...the answer

    nice, again not cheap though.
  21. xes

    xes F.O.A.D

    Not when we pass you a couple of minutes later in a taxi :D
  22. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    Don't man, just get a lightweight bike with quick release.

    I've ridden one as my bro's mate runs a cycle shop... I was petrified! Every manhole cover and kurb I went over felt like the bike was going to snap. Sorry but I like my frames to be solid :)
  23. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned


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  24. xes

    xes F.O.A.D


    slighlty :confused: but :D anyway.
  25. Cloo

    Cloo Surfeit of lampreys

    I’m borrowing a foldy at the moment to learn to practise riding on now I’ve learned how to (not ideal, I know, as not very stable, but it was available to borrow from my bro-in-law!). It does the trick for short, rides, though. It’s from Bike in a Bag - he usually uses it for the short ride to the tube station if he doesn't feel like walking.
  26. Firky

    Firky The first of the gang Banned

    It was on my HDD, been waiting for an excuse to use it :D !
  27. editor

    editor Taffus Maximus

    But then my laughing resumes when you realise that there are no taxis available for three hours, and by the time you finally get to the pub, it'll be closed and we'll be pissed
  28. Tricky Mickey

    Tricky Mickey regular as clockwork

    i considered one of this lot's bikes a while ago, they look nice and not too spoddy. The Brompton has something of the sandals-and-socks geek about it for my taste.

    I went for a full size in the end. Get a light bike and you can run round with it on your shoulder - and most trains have guard vans to stash your bike in anyway.
  29. Sigmund Fraud

    Sigmund Fraud 893 all the way.

    this would interest me


    we're going to be seeing loads more of these things in the next few years - esp electric assisted foldies which are currently taking Japan by storm.
  30. citydreams

    citydreams on the road again

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