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Old 10-04-2019, 10:01 AM   #1
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Folding Montague Bikes anyone?

Found a bike shop in town (Portland, Oregon) that carries this brand; looks quite interesting. A 7-speed model runs about $700.

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Old 10-04-2019, 12:47 PM   #2
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Found a bike shop in town (Portland, Oregon) that carries this brand; looks quite interesting. A 7-speed model runs about $700.
Hi Charlie, I have a brother who is a folding bike enthusiast. I asked his advice once about folding bikes awhile back and he sent me the following info below. Perhaps his info will help you decide if that one in Portland is a good fit for you. We've yet to buy folding bikes due to their cost, but they certainly are intriguing, indeed. I like how little space they take up and we could carry them inside the TV - so convenient! From my brother:

For your bicycle question, I recommend Dahon. I think it is the largest maker of folding bicycles. I had one before but now I have a Tern bike, and the model name is Verge:

It's the best bike I've ever had! I love it!

When I was shopping for a bicycle, I also considered a Montague bike:

These are supposed to be really good bikes, too. They are not that compact, though.

The thing about buying a folding bike is this: There is always a tradeoff between portability and performance. If you want a lot of portability (compact size), you suffer in terms of performance (in other words, speed). Bicycles with small wheels just can't go as fast as bicycles with big wheels. On the other hand, if you want performance (speed) there is no way a bike with big wheels can have great portability (compact size). So, you have to compromise. Try to find the right size so that it is portable, yet somewhat fast. After much research, I chose the Tern (Verge) model. Actually the best combination of portability and performance bike is the Brompton bike, but it is quite expensive.

Good luck on your hunt for a folding bike! If you end up with that Montague bike, let us know how you like it! Thanks, Bea

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Old 10-04-2019, 01:21 PM   #3
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We have Downtube Nova's and are so happy with them. We used to have REI Navarro's but the gears were set up so they were difficult to ride. These are geared well, fold well, and are relatively lightweight. We've had them for a few years now and are really happy with them. It's another option if you're not a huge bike enthusiast (read - not willing to spend a crazy amount) and want something for casual exploring.
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Old 10-04-2019, 03:08 PM   #4
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I have a Brompton folding bike and yes, it wasn't cheap but clearly high quality and is the most compact folder. I am thinking of selling it to get an Ebike. If anyone is interested, please PM me.
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Old 10-04-2019, 06:10 PM   #5
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We have a cheapie folding bike from camping world never really used it or liked it I bought myself the Rad rover($1295) for my Birthday I will get it next week canít wait It doesnít fold up but it will fit on a bike rack about 60 lb . My friend bought the Rad big tir folding bike it was fun to drive. Good Luck in your quest Jim
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