Montague Urban or Bickerton Docklands

Discussion in 'Folding Bikes' started by ianrauk, 29 Nov 2017.

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  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Anybody have one of the above?

    I'm just not getting on with the Brompton so am looking for a larger wheel size folder.

    Montague Urban

    Bickerton Docklands

    Any other larger wheel folders I should look at?
     
  2. Kell

    Kell Senior Member

    I looked at the Bickerton to replace my Dahon Matrix when it snapped, but it looked to be a rebadged Tern. And while I know Tern isn't Dahon, the association and family connection put me off a bit.

    I still preferred the look of the Bickerton to the Tern, but in the end decided it was time to stop messing about with full size folders and actually get a Brompton.

    But to that end, Tern do full size folders.Including the Tern Joe (what I think the Bickerton actually is under the blue paint): https://www.tredz.co.uk/.Tern-Joe-C21-26-2017-Folding-Bike_105862.htm

    What will you be using it for? I only ask as I looked at the Montague Swiss Mountain Bike which uses the same fold as the one you're looking at and to make it fold, you have to take the front wheel out.

    I see a guy on my train with a Montague and I'm pleased I discounted it, as I wouldn't much fancy taking the front wheel off twice a day when it's wet.

    Others include the Airnimal - which might be an option for you as IIRC you have a longer journey where you want to go quickly. But that suffers from the same problem as the Montague in that to fold it, you have to take the front wheel off.

    It is strange though how different people react to different bikes. I think I'm faster now on my Brompton than I ever was on my Dahon - or at least I'm certainly no slower. Horses for courses I guess, but i wish I'd made the move to Brompton years before I did. It's just so much better for me.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Cheers Kell.
    Luckily my train commute is not that busy with people in both directions as I'm not going into or out of central London.
    The taking out the front wheel is a faff but plan is to only fold the bike if asked by a rail employee on the train.

    I am still looking at other options, Dahon, Airnimal andTern included.

    I just don't like my Brompton. I don't like the ride. So at the moment it's a means to an end until I get something else.
     
  4. flake99please

    flake99please Make mine a '99'

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    Edinburgh
    Would a folder with 20" wheels be too small?
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
  6. flake99please

    flake99please Make mine a '99'

    Location:
    Edinburgh
    Something different.


    Only available in Red....

    EDIT. Looks like the link isnt working.... Google Ferrari folding bike.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    I did. And it looks dreadful, and that's without being red for a starters.
     
  8. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

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    Hampshire
    A friend of mine did the whole of Eurovelo's 1 and 6 on a Montague without any problems.
     
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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    That's all well and good Dave but it's not train commuting everyday in and out of SE London is it? :okay:
     
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  10. Dave Davenport

    Dave Davenport Guru

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    Come to think of it, he's Australian so my observation was totally pointless in any case.
     
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  11. bonzobanana

    bonzobanana Senior Member

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    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

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    Wrong ^^^

    I have been looking at 20" folders too and Dahon are top of my list.
     
  13. Elybazza61

    Elybazza61 Veteran

    We sell Bickertons and they are well put together and fold nicely too.

    Had a Montague as well but we don't sell them any more,not really one thing or another tbh.

    Would definitely look at an Airnimal too.
     
  14. A friend of mine has been commuting into London for quite a few years on an Airnimal Joey, and having recently upgraded the spec on it for him, it does ride very nicely.
     
  15. bonzobanana

    bonzobanana Senior Member

    I suggested Dahon because its more of a respectable brand in the cycling community but personally if I was after a 20" folding bike.

    These are the models I'd be considering which offer good quality components and great value. However they are unknown brand, cheap brand and shop brand but offer good component quality and a decent spec for a great price.

    http://greenwaycycles.co.uk/folding/27-greenway.html

    https://www.muddyfox.com/muddyfox-evolve200-folding-bike-938023

    http://www.halfords.com/cycling/bikes/folding-bikes/carrera-intercity-folding-bike-red
     
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