I want to take to cycling on a regular basis. I am looking for a fold able cycle which can fit in my car boot. I drive an i10. It will be my first gear cycle. I can spend upto 15k for it. My usage will be for riding it fr at least an hour every morning and join a group and ride long distances in the weekends. Pl suggest.
You can have the Kompac from Firefox.. Rs. 9,490
strech ur budget lit bit high and go for a btwin hoptown 5 which is for 22500 and is really value for money as its a complete alloyed bike with shimano equipped gears.if u have any query u r free to call on my number 9820478505
Firefox Kompac is the only folding bike available in your budget (apart from the BSA Foldman, perhaps) but bear in mind that this is a full-suspension bike that's built with cheap components, so it may not be ideal. If you can double your budget to ~20K go for the Dahon Eco-3. Else stick with a non-folding bike that has quick-release wheels -- these are very easy to transport in a hatchback. I've seen two people + two bikes fit comfortably into a Santro.
Yes. there isn't much fun in riding a folding bike. (My personal opinion based on my experience).
As Hari rightly mentions that a bike with quick release wheels can easily fit in hatch. Go for a proper bike than folding bike.
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I do agree with Hari & Nachiket
I own a Dahon Vitesse, the one in the photo. And it is just great. Have gone over 2000km on it without a problem. And does it attract attention!!!. Very smooth on roads but requires effort on steep gradients and is a light bike. Though the cost is close to 30k.
sorry for the delayed response, Archana... i'm not as frequent a visitor here as i used to be... :-)
if you haven't bought a folder yet... you might want to check out the Btwin Hoptown from Decathlon... MRP: Rs 19,999... weight: 13.8 kg... i've been using one for over a year now (i live in mumbai and commute everywhere by cycle)... and i've found it perfect for commuting in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi-Gurgaon and Bangalore (and various cities in Goa and Punjab)...
it withstood a 200-km endurance ride last year...
it also took on the travails of a 14-day tour across Punjab last month... all kinds of roads and terrains... with not even a single puncture throughout the ride... :-)
all this is just to give you a fair idea of what you can expect from the bike... for images on how the bike looks, how it folds, its features etc, you can check out this album... :-) http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150119558661099.284604.5...
hope you find your dream bike soon... ride safe... have fun... :-)
For over one year I have been quite happy with a British made Brompton folding bike.
In case you want to use a folding bike for more than just commuting, the German made Birdy
should be taken into consideration. Als the brand "Bernds" is worth mentioning,
Here is the address to my blog with all the details of my personal experiences with a brompton:
Less expensive but also good are the Dahon folding bikes.
Best wishes from Germany, Günther