yep I’ve gone and bought this
Its a brand new Landrover City Folding bike.
yes yes I know what you’re thinking. “you’ve only just bought the Mongoose, why another bike?”
Well I’ll tell you.
2 reasons really. 1, I’ve always fancied one and 2, I ride alot with my 2 sons (8 and 3) and the Mongoose isn’t really suited for the places we go.
My thought process goes a little like this. I hate and I mean HATE using a bike rack on the back of my car. Apart from the fact it takes an age to set up it causes the car to do less mpg and quite frankly, I don’t feel all that safe with it!
So we use Clumber Park
quite a lot, especially over the summer period and I noticed that they hire out a lot of folding bikes there. If it works for them it’ll work for me. I also thought, seeing as the boys bikes fit on my car boot a folding bike would be idea. And I wasnt wrong, it does!
So far I’ve had it three days and I’ve ridden it several times. It’s very comfortable and easy to ride. In fact I’d go as far to say that I’m really enjoying it.
Havent tested it in Clumber yet but it’s on the cards.
My boys seem to like it!
heres the bikes website http://dahon.com/mainnav/foldingbikes/urban.html
There are however so issues with it. It seems to “crab” a little! I’m not sure if its set up wrong or a fault but I can tell. Also the build quality is a little rubbish! The finish is somewhat cheap looking and easy scratches as I’ve already found out. I have several already !
Brakes are fairly strong and stop quickly. Gears are noisy when changing but work positively. At first I felt a little tense with it because I feared it would fold as I’m riding it but I soon got over that issue. 6 gears are enough and they seemed to be geared correctly for the purpose and the riding position is good. It fits neatly into a bag and is easy to store in the boot of my car.
So to sum up, I’m glad I took the plunge. I bought it on the cycle to work scheme and its costing me a little over £160. It replaced my aging mtb which had seen better days and I hope will give a few years of happy cycling with my growing boys.
Fingers crossed and I would, so far, recommend buying one.
I’ll update the progress in a few months if i remember as to how its going and how it performs after a few “heavy “rides in Clumber.