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Anyone have any opinions or recommendations for a folding bicycle model that would be a good choice for taking onto a bus then cycling to a trailhead from the bus drop off point?

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Are you planning on riding this bike with a fully loaded backpack? I've been down that road...and it was not pleasant.

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I've never used one so can't comment personally on them.  A lot of people swear by them and you can get panniers and special luggage to fit them.  Personally, they're not for me.  And Tigger is right, don't even consider a bicycle tour carrying your gear on your back.  It'll take about an hour or 20 miles, whichever comes first, to make you absolutely miserable.  JMO.

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I've never used one so can't comment personally on them.  A lot of people swear by them and you can get panniers and special luggage to fit them.  Personally, they're not for me.  And Tigger is right, don't even consider a bicycle tour carrying your gear on your back.  It'll take about an hour or 20 miles, which ever comes first, to make you absolutely miserable.  JMO.

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Opps.  Double post.  Sorry about that.

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Typically, my pack for weekend hikes is light and I have half of my gear in the rear pannier rack during the ride.   That is how I get to local hikes near Phoenix.

What I had in mind was a folding bike to take on the shuttle bus for hikes in other areas of the state and adjacent states.  I would put a rear pannier on it if it didn't come with one.


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An administrative assistant had one for all her work commute. I'd suggest consider getting more of a road bike equivalent with larger wheels rather than one of the small wheel urban folders. The bus cargo bay will accommodate it just fine, though I don't know if bus companies have linear dimension limits like airlines in which case a smaller wheel line like the Bromptons might be necessary, but the larger wheels will give you a better ride over the distances.

Which models were you considering?
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I was debating whether to get a small wheel type like the KHS mocha or a large wheel type like the Montague paratrooper or Swissbike.

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For the on road miles the Montague Navigator looks good as opposed to more of a mountain bike, off road type, but if you'll be heading out unmaintained  roads to reach trailheads I see the logic. MBs work on roads better than road bikes work off.
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I take it this shuttle bus has no bike rack up front nor baggage hold down below? How come? I would lobby the bus company to carry regular bikes.

How will you stash your bike safely at the trailhead?
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The arizona shuttle has a trailer behind it and they allow folding bikes.   At the trailhead I usually lock my bike to the fencing.   Haven't had any problems with theft yet.

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"folding bicycles" - goes around twice and quits
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The arizona shuttle has a trailer behind it and they allow folding bikes.   At the trailhead I usually lock my bike to the fencing.   Haven't had any problems with theft yet.

Is the problem the length of the trailer? Do they all bikes with the front wheel, or even both wheels removed?
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They allow both wheels removed.

I looked at bike bags for non-folding bikes and they were almost as expensive as buying a new bike.

The Evoc bike bag costs $475


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How about this: Shimano folding mountain bike

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That one looks nice

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So if a regular bike with both wheels removed would fit on the shuttle trailer, which wouldn't you do that?
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So if a regular bike with both wheels removed would fit on the shuttle trailer, which wouldn't you do that?

Way too big a PITA, especially when you're talking about getting the chain off the gear cassette, and readjusting brakes and stuff.

Collapsible's the way to go.


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So if a regular bike with both wheels removed would fit on the shuttle trailer, which wouldn't you do that?

Way too big a PITA, especially when you're talking about getting the chain off the gear cassette, and readjusting brakes and stuff.

Collapsible's the way to go.

It would take about 3 minutes or less to loosen the brakes and remove two wheels, or reassemble the bike. I would rather do that than ride a folding bike any significant distance, plus the added cost of a folding bike over the bike you already have, which actually fits you and suits your needs. The brakes don't usually need to be adjusted if the wheel is correctly centered, and there's no other "stuff" that I can think of. Getting the chain off the cassette takes about 3 seconds. Maybe bring some latex gloves for the chain and something to tie the wheels to the frame.
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So if a regular bike with both wheels removed would fit on the shuttle trailer, which wouldn't you do that?

Because in addition to taking it on AZ shuttle I also plan on eventually checking it through on airlines or Amtrak

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So if a regular bike with both wheels removed would fit on the shuttle trailer, which wouldn't you do that?

Because in addition to taking it on AZ shuttle I also plan on eventually checking it through on airlines or Amtrak

I've flown with a bike (Europe and cross-country) and didn't have a problem. I put the bike in the prescribed box and attached some wheels to the bottom of the box to wheel it around the terminal. Worked great.

I've also taken a bike on Amtrak, which was exceptionally easy as neither wheel needs to be removed. Works best at nonpeak hours, of course.
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