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I need a cheap alternative to a Brompton to keep in the van. Any ideas?

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Ideally,a cheap Brompton.I can get you a shopper type folder tomorrow.How small d,you need fold?Don,t bother with aluminium folders,absolute crap inc Dahons,Tern etc.Had ,em in Japan.D,you need offroad capability?
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This one,ll do you.Stithians.Want me to grab it?

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Retro-Folding-Bike-/181966904905?nav=SEARCH
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Hmmmmm... Good price.

I was looking at a 6 speed near Looe:

http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/Bargain-shimano-unisex-folding-bike-in-bag-with-free-helmet-collection-only-/161934952694?nav=SEARCH

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Hmm,wouldn,t go any higher than that price..If it,s in car,don,t worry about weight.You,re almost too heavy for Brompton as it is,no offence,I got one of my Bromptons free off a mate,cos he kept breaking rear wheel.That,s why old steelshoppers rule.Meanwhile,cos I was looking for foldie for you,bought Bickerton for Lily which I can,t afford,damn you!
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Ha! Rad!

I'm planning to exercise/eat proper from tomorrow so a I'll be 5 stone within a month.

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Got it for £55. [smile]

I'm gonna look so cool on that.

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Well done.

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Also thinking about buying a pair of folding bikes for the car, how much weight before you start having problems ?
Steel better than Ali ?
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If you,re only using them occasionally,alu folders are fine,if new or in excellent condition.Hinges on lot of them don,t last long.Had a few scares with catastrophic failures on handlebars and stems.
For keeping in car,I,d say older steel shopper bikes are best,eg Raleigh Stowaway,Dawes Kingpin,Halfords Elleswick etc.Plus,less likely to be nicked if you lock em at beach!
Saying that,there,s the world authority on Bickerton bikes nr you,Jerry!They,re fascinating failures of bikebuilding.Fun,thoughhttp://www.bickertonbicyclespareparts.co.uk
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I'm sure my waif line frame will be fine. This one is tested up to 17 some allegedly.

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