One of the problems with leading a car-free life is getting around the suburbs. Taking my regular bike on Metro-North has always been sort of annoying because you have to keep it in the doorwell, flip it upside-down so it doesn’t fall over, and keep an eye on it the whole time to make sure that it isn’t getting in anyone’s way. I thought that I could solve that problem by buying a folding bike, and Futurebird got one too in the spirit of comradarie. With those bikes, we figured we could fold the bikes up and put ’em in the luggage rack. Upon leaving the train, we could unfold them and ride off. No car needed, even in the ‘burbs.
The thing that got me started on this train of thought — no pun intended — was Transportation Alternatives’ $1,000 folding bike giveaway.
We bought two bikes from a guy who runs a business out of a mini-storage facility in a Home Depot parking lot off the Belt Parkway. (And passes on that low overhead to you, the customer.) They cost $139 each. Considering the fact that folding bikes can cost well into the four digits, I figured it was a good first attempt at getting into the market. If they were even half as useful as my already mentioned well-worn 1985 mountain bike, which has proven itself the single most useful thing I ever bought, I figured we’d be in great shape.
Unfortunately it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I’m too tall to ride the bikes comfortably, but this only became apparent after riding them home from the ministorage place.
So, we’re selling the bikes, and I’m chalking this up to a learning experience. Folding bikes can be tricky. As long as you’re say, 5’10” or under, though, this bike should be fun to ride. Want to get a piece of this action? Bid for one of the bikes before May 14 at 12:50 p.m. If you can pick it up, you don’t have to pay shipping, so there’s your financial incentive. As of this writing, this model is out of stock at the distributor, so this is the only way to get one of these bad boys.
– ZPort Folding Bikes — Practically New!! [EBay, item No. 7240157656]
– Metro-North Commuter
– Zport, Inc.
– Folding Bike – ZP2005UST [Zport]
– Win a $1000 Folding Bike [TransAlt]
– What Kind of Mileage You Get on That? [S&F]