Folding Bike for Wife

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by stearman65, 28 Aug 2016.

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  1. stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    I sold my trike yesterday & now have funds to purchase a folding bike for my wife. She's 75 5ft, fairly physically fit & has been trawling around on foot while I have gone through 2 trikes & now my "permanent" mount, a Claud Butler Stratos. I have been searching various models, prices & specs & last night decided the Dahon D5 Ciao was the nearest thing to her requirements. However it is out of production now, there are a few places holding old stock but at £460ish is more than we can afford. I think there are a few "clones" around, one being the Indigo Flip & one I looked at last night that looks very similar, the Halford's Apollo Contour, all having the low step over entry.
    Has anyone any knowledge of the Contour, we are off to Halfords later to take a look, the price has been reduced to £250. See
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  2. machew

    machew Veteran

    Folding bike for wife, sounds like a fair swap.
     
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    stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    Maybe Specsavers could help you when replying?
     
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  4. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

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    Halfords stock Bickertons too but they seem a slightly higher step over.

    Dahon do seem to be the frame of choice for other brands to rebadge so hopefully you'll get something of similar quality at a less brand name price.

    Have you explored Decathlon too? Good kit, excellent VFM at a sensible price.

    Just as a question, I assume you want a folder for transporting in a car etc??? If not have you considered a Dutch Bike or Mixtie/traditional style ladies frame type bike with a low step through?
     
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  5. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    To be fair, I did think the same thing when I read the title.

    I have a rebadged Dahon. It's OK. I'd look at the decathlon B twin folders first next time, though. I've liked the one I've seen. It seemed to have an easier fold.
     
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    stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    Just suffered the ignominy of Halford's staff store & website. I provisionally ordered the contour last night to ensure it was in stock. This morning cancelled the first order & raised a second for collection tomorrow. I was then re-directed to their Aintree store, we drove there to take a look at the bike which we hadn't actually seen in the flesh. On arrival found it was padlocked to the stand, minus the front mudguard & the front brake cable disconnected & the whole bike covered in dust. As no one seemed to care we were there, I spoke to one of the 3 staff who were not really interested. Eventually the bike was removed from the stand & we could examine it. I noticed the handlebars were not height adjustable & level with my wife's nose when she had her feet on the floor, when she sat on the seat, they were acceptable. I told the assistant we were having the build option & been advised on the web the bike would be ready after 4pm the following day (Monday), he checked his electronic till, "no it won't " he said, "at least Thursday". A long conversation followed in an effort to track down at another site. Wallasey, came up which would have meant a trip through the Mersey tunnel. The assistant rang the store. their bike was also a display bike & damaged. Same situation at at Portsmouth. By this time we were bothh well p****d off with Halford's their bikes staff & system. I then asked if we took their display bike, provided they supplied a mudguard & sorted the brakes what would they discount it. The assistant was unable to say & went to ask the "manager". He said he couldn't discount further, I explained the trouble us as a customer had been put to, he advised us to read the small print on the website which apparrently states discounted bikes could be display bike etc etc etc. I told him to cancel my order & I would buy a bike elsewhere. He sniped that was my choice. So at home now I'm about to copy this to Halford's, not that it will make a blind bit of difference. The search goes on.:boxing:
     
  7. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

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    @stearman65 I'm quite lucky that Oldham Halfords seems better than many but there are plenty of other horror stories about their service and bike build quality. I would suggest a trip to Decathlon, I think Warrington is your nearest and their website has quite comprehensive info on their products before you need to consider driving out, B'Twin Hoptown range are all within budget
     
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    stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    Checked those, none have the low step over to suit my wife's use.
     
  9. T4tomo

    T4tomo Über Member

    Second decathlon, best value out there
     
  10. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

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    Thats a shame.
     
  11. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    I was a bit alarmed when I read the title. Surely a human would be a more appropriate choice as your Wife?
     
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    stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    Maybe if you ever reach 75 you'll know why?
     
  13. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

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    Would it kill you to give a civil answer?
    People are, yet again, trying to help you.
    If she's fairly fit then mounting a folder should be doable - has she actually tried, or are you assuming you know what she wants? The lowest folder I've ever seen is the Dahon Ciao, which come up on eBay quite often. As does the very similar Tern Swoop. Surprised you haven't mentioned it, as there's more than one model of it out there
     
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  14. shouldbeinbed

    shouldbeinbed Rollin' along

    Location:
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    stearman65

    stearman65 Well-Known Member

    Halford's not having the bike in stock & p*****g around. Managed to find my/our first choice the Dahon D5 Ciao. Colour wasn't first choice but it does have a couple of extras & sound & looks OK + 100% feedback from the seller. More after it arrives.
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