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I just wanted to let would be Brompton buyers know that Rapid Transit staff was wonderful to deal with. I had a few thousand questions to ask about all things Brompton before I decided to buy. All questions were answered with no attitude and hints and helpful tips were given freely.  

So if you are thinking of a Brompton buy local if you can, I am more than happy that I did.

Jonathan Zalkin

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Sweet bike!!

Awesome.

We were glad we could help and that you had a positive buying experience!

Everybody at the shop loves bikes and love talking about bike; it makes answering questions a joy.

i bought my dahon folder (a steel Speed P-8) at rapid transit back in 2007. in 2009 it developed small frame cracks around the seat tube. Rapid transit sorted out the whole issue and got dahon to ship a new frame and they swapped everything over to the new frame for me. tip-top service.

just last night i was giving my dahon some TLC and noticed a similar small frame crack starting to develop around the seat tube in the exact same place that occurred on my old frame. WTF?

i don't blame rapid transit, they're a completely solid operation, but form my experiences it seems that dahon makes a sub-par product, which is perhaps why rapid transit is no longer a dahon dealer and has instead switched to tern. probably a good move on their part, but now i've got another cracked dahon frame. aggravating.

you were probably smart to spend the money and get a brompton. i'll never cheap-out on a folder again. hell i may just not deal with folders anymore. they seem inherently fragile.

I hate Dahon.

The level of support Dahon provides for their product is laughable at best in my opinion.  I consider Tern to be a superior product with superior support.

Dan Allison 14.5 mi said:

i bought my dahon folder (a steel Speed P-8) at rapid transit back in 2007. in 2009 it developed small frame cracks around the seat tube. Rapid transit sorted out the whole issue and got dahon to ship a new frame and they swapped everything over to the new frame for me. tip-top service.

just last night i was giving my dahon some TLC and noticed a similar small frame crack starting to develop around the seat tube in the exact same place that occurred on my old frame. WTF?

i don't blame rapid transit, they're a completely solid operation, but form my experiences it seems that dahon makes a sub-par product, which is perhaps why rapid transit is no longer a dahon dealer and has instead switched to tern. probably a good move on their part, but now i've got another cracked dahon frame. aggravating.

you were probably smart to spend the money and get a brompton. i'll never cheap-out on a folder again. hell i may just not deal with folders anymore. they seem inherently fragile.

I'm very glad and grateful that my life is such (commute, housing situation etc) that I have no need for a folder.

Dan Allison 14.5 mi said:

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you were probably smart to spend the money and get a brompton. i'll never cheap-out on a folder again. hell i may just not deal with folders anymore. they seem inherently fragile.

^ my life situation is such that i don't "need" a folder either, but they can be remarkably versatile and convenient little devices to have at times.

take today for instance, my fiance and i are going up to milwaukee after work. i work in downtown evanston, she works on the southside and drives to work. the plan is to have her drive up the edens after work and i'll rendezvous with her at a spot out at demepster and the edens because getting from the edens into downtown evanston and back again can take 40+ minutes at rush hour.

so i rode my folder to work this morning, and after work i'll ride out to the rendezvous point and then fold-up my bike and throw it her trunk and then we'll cruise up 94 to milwaukee. this could of course all be accomplished with a regular bike and a car rack, but that would then mean futzing around with a car rack. a folding bike just makes the whole operation simpler and easier. 

it's not a necessity, but that doesn't mean it's not nice to have one at times.

but never again would i buy a dahon. never. i'll just have to ride my current one into the ground until the small frame crack becomes serious.

i've heard and read lots of good things about bike fridays............... but they're spendy......... probably because they're worth it..........



I have no need but I really want one; a folding bike can offer all sorts of options when it comes to getting places.  The idea of being able to take Metra out to my parents house with no regard to rush hours or black out dates is a pretty nice thing.  It would also be super easy to travel with a bike compared to boxing and shipping a bike.

I think that two things keep most people from truly realizing how great a folder is.  

1. They look ridiculous; it is impossible, especially for taller people, to ride one without looking just a little bit stupid.  Get over it, you look silly on a bike in the first place.

2. Many of them ride terribly, suck to fold or are cumbersome to carry when folded.  Buy a good one and it should ride, fold and carry well. 

Tony Adams 6.6 mi said:

I'm very glad and grateful that my life is such (commute, housing situation etc) that I have no need for a folder.

Dan Allison 14.5 mi said:

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you were probably smart to spend the money and get a brompton. i'll never cheap-out on a folder again. hell i may just not deal with folders anymore. they seem inherently fragile.

You will never hear a good thing about Bike Friday from me.

Dan Allison 14.5 mi said:

^ my life situation is such that i don't "need" a folder either, but they can be remarkably versatile and convenient little devices to have at times.

take today for instance, my fiance and i are going up to milwaukee after work. i work in downtown evanston, she works on the southside and drives to work. the plan is to have her drive up the edens after work and i'll rendezvous with her at a spot out at demepster and the edens because getting from the edens into downtown evanston and back again can take 40+ minutes at rush hour.

so i rode my folder to work this morning, and after work i'll ride out to the rendezvous point and then fold-up my bike and throw it her trunk and then we'll cruise up 94 to milwaukee. this could of course all be accomplished with a regular bike and a car rack, but that would then mean futzing around with a car rack. a folding bike just makes the whole operation simpler and easier. 

it's not a necessity, but that doesn't mean it's not nice to have one at times.

but never again would i buy a dahon. never. i'll just have to ride my current one into the ground until the small frame crack becomes serious.

i've heard and read lots of good things about bike fridays............... but they're spendy......... probably because they're worth it..........



interesting, you're the first i've heard  to say negative things about bike friday. in your opinion, what are the best folder brands (even if you don't deal 'em at rapid transit)?


notoriousDUG said:

You will never hear a good thing about Bike Friday from me.

 

notoriousDUG said:

You will never hear a good thing about Bike Friday from me.

Can you elaborate on a public forum? Just curious.

I believe that Brompton is hands down the best out there; it folds smaller easier than any other and it rides quite nicely.  Outside of that I think Tern is the next best choice.  There isn't really much else out there that isn't sort of junky or not very good at being a folder.

The issue with Bike Friday for me is that they don't really fold all that well and there always seems to be some kind of recall or issue with them.  From a design standpoint I cannot stand them because they are the definition of a solution without a problem.  They seem to often do things in a new and 'innovative' way when what is already there works perfectly.



Dan Allison 14.5 mi said:

interesting, you're the first i've heard  to say negative things about bike friday. in your opinion, what are the best folder brands (even if you don't deal 'em at rapid transit)?


notoriousDUG said:

You will never hear a good thing about Bike Friday from me.

 

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