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I need a light, collapsible bicycle

  1. May 28, 2006 #1

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    I remember years ago seeing a bicycle that was very light and collapsible. You could even carry it. It was tremendously expensive, though. Do they still make such a thing?

    It would be very helpful in getting around campus. I need to be able to fit it into my car so I could transport it from home to school - it's too far to bike there.
     
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  4. May 29, 2006 #3

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    OOH! I want it!:!!) :!!) :!!) I wish I didn't have to go so far to look at it one, but they do have them in Oceanside:
    http://electricvehiclesnw.com/fbw/brompton.htm
    $720 is much less than when they came out but still a lot of moolah for me. I'd really have to check it out, and make sure it would fit my needs.
     
  5. May 29, 2006 #4

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  6. May 29, 2006 #5

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    Wow! These are great! I would love to get one of the Dahon bikes. I will have to find out if they ship to the U.S. Thanks, Brewnog!
     
  7. May 29, 2006 #6

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    MIH, I just noticed your sig. LOL! That's too funny!!! What is it from?
     
  8. May 29, 2006 #7

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    Have you considered a BMX bike?

    They are small and will fit in the backseat of a car. It fits in the back of my Neon.

    I just put the seat higher for a more comfortable ride and that's it.

    And they are less than half price of the folding bike.
     
  9. May 29, 2006 #8

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    Thanks, Ivan. It's from a song called "Mexican Radio" by Wall of Voodoo. I'm sure you would recognize it if you heard it. It was pretty popular in the '80s.

    I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
    and the touch of a world that is older
    I turn the switch and check the number
    I leave it on when in bed I slumber
    I hear the rhythms of the music
    I buy the product and never use it
    I hear the talking of the dj
    Can't understand, just what does he say?

    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio
    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio

    I dial it in and tune the station
    They talk about the U.S. inflation
    I understand just a little
    No comprende, it's a riddle

    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio
    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio

    I wish I was in Tiajuana
    Eating barbecued iguana
    I'd take requests on the telephone
    I'm on a wavelength far from home
    I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
    I dial it in from south of the border I hear the talking of the dj
    Can't understand, just what does he say?

    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio
    I'm on a Mexican radio
    I'm on a Mexican - whoah - radio

    Radio, radio,
    Radio, radio...
    (what does he say?)

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000001I0C/102-7276662-7781724?v=glance&n=5174
     
  10. May 29, 2006 #9

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    Wow - it fits in a Neon? :eek: But how heavy is it? I have an upstairs apartment, and lugging a bike up the stairs has been a real problem in the past. Actually, I guess it wasn't so much the weight, but keeping everything steady while I took it up. If there were some way to lock the front tire in position it wouldn't be so bad.
     
  11. May 29, 2006 #10

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    Oh, sweet! I just found a Dahon dealer right down the street from me!!!
    I want one of these tiny little bikes!
    Piccalo
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    Sweet Pea
    [​IMG]
     
  12. May 29, 2006 #11

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    How many floors must you go upstairs?
     
  13. May 29, 2006 #12

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    I'd go with the sweet pea.

    It's the cheapest and probably the lightest too.
     
  14. May 29, 2006 #13

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    Only one floor, but with my other bikes it was a real pain. If I had one I could put in the trunk of my car or fold up and take into class with me it would be ideal.

    Here's my situation. This fall I'll have to drive to work in the morning, put in a few hours, dash up to my classes, dash back to work, work some more, and then maybe go back to class again during the day if my classes are too far apart in schedule. I work right at the edge of campus, so a bike would be perfect.

    I really like the Sweet Pea, but they say it is not available yet, and I am wondering how happy I would be with a one-speed. The Piccalo is a three-speed, so it might be better.
     
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    It's nice, but the assembly/disassembly looks a little time-consuming. I saw a video of a folding bike being packed up in seconds and I found that very appealing.
     
  17. May 29, 2006 #16

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    Yow ! Having your clothes stolen has turned you all jellyfish-like. I was just pulling your leg...err... tentacle !
     
  18. May 29, 2006 #17

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    I actually liked the idea that it had a carrying case, though. Too bad they didn't have it in fuschia.:cool:

    That little Sweet Pea bike is supposed to be small enough to carry in a tote bag. That would be so neat-o.

    Hey, what's that? Your laptop?
    No, it's my bicycle!!!


    I could win some cool points with the young folk on campus. :biggrin:

    Well, er unless it's so tiny that I look like I am riding a clown bike - then it might not be so cool!:rofl:
     
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  19. May 29, 2006 #18

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    I'm getting very interested in this one. Not bad for $330. It's a 7 speed with 20" tires. A few pounds heavier than the other two, though.
    http://www.dahon.com/us/speedd7.htm
    [​IMG]
     
  20. May 29, 2006 #19

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    You want to carry 27-30 pounds up and down stairs everyday?

    That's quite a workout in my opinion.

    How far do you live from the school itself? Can you just ride a bike to school/work?
     
  21. May 29, 2006 #20

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    The bike will probably stay in the trunk of my car or in my office when I am not using it.

    I am a little too far from work/school to do the entire trip on bike, and the streets I would take there are busy, heavily congested streets. It's L.A., so you pretty much can't get away from lots of traffic, even on side streets. My coworker's girlfriend was killed just over a year ago riding her bike on one of these streets. :frown:

    I would move closer, but the closer you get to campus, the more expensive the rent is. I am in a rent-controlled apartment right now, and that's pretty hard to give up. I've been here for about 8 years.
     
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