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Dull new bike advice
#1
I'm being moved bases at work and will be cycling 3 miles to my local train station and then from Victoria train station to Kensington most days. A folding bike is needed to take on board at the peak times. Having never used one is it worth forking (see what i did there) out for a Brompton /Dahon bike whether it be new or second hand or should i just go for the cheaper options such as Chainreactions have ie, the well known Oyama!!! which is half price at the moment at only £200 odd quid.

I usually follow the 'you get what you pay for' line of thinking and don't want to be saddled (just genius) with crap but the bike will only have to last me 1-2 years before i'm (hopefully) back working in my normal base. Are the Bromptons really worth that much more? Thoughts please.
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#2
Ive never used them but I can tell you that a couple of mates at work had bromptons - they both bought them 2nd hand - used them for a few years & then got just as much when they sold them again.

So you'd probably be safe getting a 2nd hand one for £350 ish & youll probably find you get pretty close to that when flogging it when your done.
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#3
Buzz will be your man for this one, from what I can tell a heavy user (at least he was) of folders
2010 Canyon Aeroad 9.0 SL
2014 Specialized Epic Marathon
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#4
Ok i know a thing or two about this, ive ridden a Brompton, Mezzo, Birdy and my own Dahon Speed, Commuted for 4ish years on it.

The Best ride and fastest is my own Dahon, followed by the Brompton imo. The easiest to carry on the train and generally lug around is the Brompton. If i was to buy a new foldup now i would buy a Brompton, the fold size of the brompton really is important when using peak time trains, you will get on alot more trains and generally piss people off less and the ride isnt that far behind the Dahon. Its true what Derek says, the bromptons hold their value really well.

My foldup is currently sitting doing nothing, you are more than welcome to borrow it and try it out on your commute if you want. Ive changed Jobs and have yet to find a way of using it on my commute.

resim
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#5
Cheers Russ, I'll pm you.
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