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A Newbie to Foldie

on December 27, 2014

In our over-populated little red dot with pigeon housing, I would reckon that a foldie (foldable bike) would be the best bet and hence should be easily available anywhere and everywhere. Or so I thought… Not until when I started looking around for one….

I googled, I researched, I called, I visited bike shops, I asked, I made comparisons, I test-rode (some) of them… Most of the shops I visited only had one or two models of foldies, mainly 14″, 16″ and 20″ wheels.

As I was looking for a foldie that had the flexibility of packing into a train station during off-peak hours, the 20″ wheels was most ideal. As much as I would prefer a 22″ or 24″ wheels, I would most likely encounter higher resistance from the MRT securities. There were also 14″ / 16″ wheels, but I felt that they were a tad too small and would require more oscillations  Hence, below are some of my findings for a 20″ foldie.

BAN HIN CHAN TRADING COMPANY
Add : 804 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198772
Tel : 6337-3602
Operating Hours : Mon to Sat: 11am to 7pm
Sun / Holiday: 1pm to 5pm
Website : Ban Hin Chan
Number of Foldies : 2
Raleigh Broadway 20 : SG$390
Garcia SLI : SG$750
Remarks : Unable to test-ride on the bike. Raleigh Broadway 20 was in my shortlisted bike list as it fitted my SG$400 budget and the specs were ideal as I wanted wheels that could go on tough terrains. After speaking to quite a number of salespeople, friends and looking up reviews, Raleigh is pretty much an old-school brand popularised in the 90’s. It wasn’t a reknowned brand in the foldie arena. With a weight of 13kg. it was one of the deterrence too.

BIKE AVENUE
Add : Blk 465 Crawford Lane, #01-08, Singapore 190465
Tel : 6341-5068
Operating Hours : Mon to Sat: 11am to 8pm
Website : Bike Avenue
Number of Foldies : 4
Dahon Route 6 : SG$550
Dahon Curve D7 : SG$750
Dahon Speed Falco SG$899
Dahon Horize SG$788
Remarks : Bike test allowed outside the shop. Dahon was one of the most popular brands for a foldie, but it was a little above my budget, considering that the cheapest Dahon was a SG$550, excluding accessories, which could come up to quite a bit. (Mine costs SG$175 in total.)

BIKEACTUALLY.SG
Add : 11 Orchard Road, #B1-37, Dhoby Ghaut Mrt Station, Dhoby Exchange, Singapore 238826
Tel : 9824-9823
Operating Hours : Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri: 1pm to 7.30pm
Sat & Sun: 3pm to 6.30pm
Close on Thurs.
Website : Bike Actually
Number of Foldies : 2
Java TT 7 : SG$448
Java Fit : SG$788
Remarks : Bike test allowed at Dhoby Ghaut Green (the garden above Dhoby Ghaut MRT). The Java TT7 which I test-rode on was quite smooth and the wheels had some traction which was ideal for terrains. The boss, Mr Yeoh was quite a friendly and chatty guy who was most willing to go out his way to help his customers.

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Test rode on this Java TT7 bike at Dhoby Ghaut Green. It was smooth and fast. Costs SG$448.

BIKE ZONE CONNECTION
Add : No. 10 Sengkang Square, #01-115 Singapore 544829
Tel : 9710-9017
Operating Hours : Mon to Sun: 10am to 9pm
Website : Bike Zone
Number of Foldies : 2
Java TT 7 : SG$399
WGM Bike : SG$350
Remarks : Both were in my short-listed list as they were within my budget and near to my home. The WGM even came free with pushable wheels and water bottle holder. Had test-rode on the Java TT7 at Bikeactually.sg (Dhoby Ghaut) too. But it was selling at a lower price here at the suburbs.

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Test rode on this Java TT7 and I love the titanium metallic coat. Gives such a ‘pro feel’ although I’m nowhere near one… Hahaa…. Costing SG$399, this was certainly on my shortlisted list.

 

<<Below paragraph dated 4 July 2016:

I had recently gotten a new Red Hot CONTE (20″ foldie) from Bike Zone Connection, Sengkang Square.  Tagged at the same price of SG$399, the specs and the performance of the Conte far surpasses that of Java TT7. Do have a look at the below blog posts if you are keen;  Red with Envy over the RED HOT CONTE & CONTE’s Adventures.>>

 

BICYCLESG.COM
Add : Blk 994 Bendemeer Road, #02-01 B Central Building, Singapore 339943
Tel : 9270-4508 / 9105-0700
Operating Hours : Mon to Fri: 12pm to 8pm
Sat: 12pm to 5pm
Sun & PH: Closed
Website : Bicyclesg.com
Number of Foldies : 1
Vert V8 : SG$398
Remarks : At SG$398, 11 kg, with free bottle cage, bell and saddle pouch, it was definitely a steal. My only concern was that the wheels were not built for traction and may not be suitable for the terrains that I needed to go on.

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Test rode on this Vert. Costs SG$398 with a free bottle cage, bell and a saddle pouch, it was definitely worth the price. My only concern was that the wheels were not built for the traction and tough terrains that I’ll be going on.

FAZZBIKE360
Add : Blk 465 Crawford Lane #02-12 Singapore 190465
Tel : 9384-0036
Operating Hours : Tues to Fri: 12pm to 8pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm to 6pm
Website : FazzBike360
Number of Foldies : 1
Remarks : I chanced upon this shop during one of my lunch breaks. Ran by a malay couple, the shop has a glass shelf full of trophies, from the hubby’s winning in a number of cycling competitions. Being a pro cyclist himself, the hubby designed and came up with his own bags, waterproof pouches, T-shirts etc. The designs, material were well thought-out. I think it takes a cyclist to know what a cyclist needs and want. That only goes to show how passionate he was in his hobby and now-career. This is also the only shop that I found a bike bag – SG$45 for a 1m x 1.5m bag (estimated dimensions) to place the bike in or SG$90 for a padded air-freightable bag to place the bike in should one wants to fly the bike over to another country for cycling or competitions.

LIFE CYCLE
Add : 986 Upper Serangoon Road, Singapore 534732
Tel : 6289-0176
Operating Hours : Tues to Fri: 12pm to 8pm
Sat & Sun: 12pm to 6pm
Website : Life Cycle
Number of Foldies : 2 / (0) because both were not within my ideal 20″ wheels as both bikes were only 14″ wheels.
Java x1 (14″) : SG$450
Java x1 Auto (14″) : SG$500
Remarks : Since there were only 2 foldies and both bikes were not within my expectations, the salesman seemed disinterested in serving me.

MY BIKE SHOP TOO
Add : 26 Sin Ming Lane, #01-120 Midview City, Singapore 573971
Tel : 6694-1750
Operating Hours : Mon to Sat: 12pm to 7.30pm
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays (WEF 18 Oct 2014)
Website : My Bike Shop
Number of Foldies : A good range of foldies! I think this is the only shop that has one of the biggest range of foldies, starting from SG$499 to SG$2000+.
Bickerton Junction 1607 : SG$499
Remarks : If you are looking for a foldie, I would highly recommend that you make a visit to this shop (be it the Jln Mas Puteh outlet or the Sin Ming outlet.) After visiting so many bike shops, I would say they have one of the biggest range of foldies as compared to any other shops.

Their website even has a “Folding Bike Buying Guide‘ which gives us, newbies to foldies a good heads up on how to choose a foldie and what to look for in one. Having said that, I think it also goes to show the commitment level the shop places on foldable bikes.

I test-rode on the cheapest foldie, Bickerton Junction 1607. The leather saddle was very comfortable and the ride was very smooth. I was almost tempted to get it immediately but as it was slightly above my $400 budget, I had to tie up my fingers so that I would not reach for my card and sign it.

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Test rode on this Bickerton Junction and I fell in love with the bike – especially the seat. It was so comfy as compared to so many of the bike seats that I’ve ever been on….!! But it was a tad over my budget at SG$590 and it seemed a little too ‘pretty’ to be able to go on the rough terrains with me.

MIGHTY VELO
Add : 239 Lavender Street, Singapore 338783
Tel : 6396-6280
Operating Hours : Mon, Wed to Fri: 11am to 7pm
Sat: 11am to 6pm
Close on Tues, Sundays and Public Holidays
Website : Mighty Velo
Number of Foldies : There were a few foldies but they were either on 14″ wheels or they were way too expensive into the thousand range
Java X1-7S-D (14″) : SG$400
Remarks : Although they pride themselves as the folding bike specialist, it was a very small shop along Lavender road without a very comprehensive range of foldies (In My Opinion). Bikes were either on 14″ wheels or they were way too expensive into the thousand range. Since they didn’t have any bikes that I wanted, I didn’t ask for a test-ride. But I do not reckon they have a space for test-riding either.

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Didn’t really feel that it was a “Folding Bike Specialist” with the limited range of brands, models and pricings they have (IMO).

PEDAL PRO LLP
Add : 22 Sin Ming Lane, #01-84 Midview City, Singapore 573971
Tel : 6659-0481
Operating Hours : Mon, Wed to Sat: 12pm to 8pm
Tues: 4pm to 8pm
Sun: 12pm to 5pm
Website : Pedal Pro LLP
Number of Foldies : 2
Polygon Urbano 3.0 : SG$490.99
KHS F20-A(China-made Taiwan brand) : SG$553.99
Remarks : If you are going by My Bike Shop at Mid View city, you may want to pop by this shop for an additional comparison, although I did not have a pleasant experience at this shop. As I went around many different bike shops, I wanted to take a picture of the bikes and their prices to facilitate my research. The lady at this shop immediately stretched out her hand and prevented me from getting a picture. I found it very rude and was very unhappy with her obnoxious attitude. I did not see good valid reasons for preventing customers taking a picture as these information were easily available. I was quite keen on a Polygon, as it was quite a highly recommended brand by one of my friends. However, since it was slightly across my SG$400 budget and the sales lady had such an obnoxious attitude, I left in less than 5 minutes.

WHEELERS
Add : 600 Ponggol Seventeenth Avenue, Marina Country Club, Singapore 829734
Tel : 6343-5102
Operating Hours : 11am to 8pm
Website : https://www.facebook.com/wheeelers.sg or http://www.wheeelers.com.sg
Number of Foldies : 4
Remarks: It was a shame that I only found out about this shop after I did my bike purchase.

I was cycling to Punggol beach on a bright and beautiful Saturday morning when I chanced upon this shop.From the front, it looked like a bicycle rental. Housed within this facade was a playground for the young and old, the leisure cruisers and the garangs. They have kids bike, mountain bikes, cruise bikes, fixie bikes, families bikes, one-wheel bicycles, two-wheel electric scooters and kids monster go cart. It was a huge 8,000 sq feet premise. My favorite spot here was the air-conditioned glass store-front where they sell bicycle accessories, parts, helmets etc. It wasn’t a very big store, but I ended up making trips after trips to this place, buying waterproof bicycle pouches, sun shades, lubrication oil etc.

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A range of parts, accessories, helmets to choose from…

On 31st Dec 2014, I made a trip to Pengerang (once again) and during the bum boat ride back to Singapore, my bicycle suffered splashes of sea water. Upon arriving back at Changi Point ferry terminal, I had my baby cleaned up and didn’t think much about it. Two weeks down the road, when I wanted to pedal off to the beach, I had the biggest shock of my life when I saw how much rust had accumulated on my bicycle chain. Enroute to the beach, I sought out Freddie’s advice (the young, suave boss at Wheeelers) and he provided me with tips on how and where to clean and where to purchase those cleaning equipments. I took his advice, bought the cleaning equipments and cleaned up my bike. However, there were some tiny parts hidden within that I was unable to reach and hence, I decided to cycle back to Wheeelers and checked if he could help me clean and fix it up. Although I didn’t get my bike from him and I wasn’t sure if his shop offers cleaning services, he very kindly helped me take the bike apart and assessed my poor baby’s ‘injuries’.

Woww… it was much worse than he had expected as some of the parts had been corroded due to the long neglect after the sea water sprays. He cleaned up my bike and when I went to pick up my baby, I almost couldn’t believe that it was my bike. It looked almost as good as new and I secretly thought he had swapped it with a new bike cos’ he couldn’t savage it. Wheeelers have since become my baby’s second home, ‘prettying’ it with new accessories every time I swing by. And Freddie, have since become my bike consultant whenever I met with any bike queries.

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Wheeelers at Punggol Marina Country Club

BIKE SHOPS THAT DO NOT SELL FOLDIES :
– TOKYO BIKES
– HUP LEONG

LESSONS LEARNT :
Call before going down to the shop so that
(1) you can ensure that the shop is still in existence cos’ I went to a couple and they were no longer there
(2) confirm that they have foldies / a specific brand / bike that you want before making the trip down. If they do not have what you want, you can save yourself the time and costs of getting there.

ULTIMATE PURCHASE

Item                                            Price      Location Bought
Java TT 7 Bike                            SG$399      Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Headlight                                     SG$50         Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Headlight                                     SG$5            Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Bell                                              SG$5            Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Speedometer                               SG$65          Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Rear Rack                                    SG$38         Bike Zone, Seng Kang
Water Bottle Holder (Clamp)      SG$20        Anchorvale CC
Waterproof pouch                        SG$25        Wheelers, Punggol

TOTAL COSTS = SG$607

I hope the above gives you a little insight into getting a foldie and has helped in your foldie research. Have fun looking for one and I’m sure you’ll be as excited as I am when getting yours.

Disclaimer : Bike Models, Promotions and Prices dated in October 2014.

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86 responses to “A Newbie to Foldie

  1. JO says:

    Are you able to buy a foldie @ SG Rengit since there is a bicycle shop?

    • xia says:

      Yup… You certainly can…!! But I would advise you to plunge into some online research, some ‘chit-chatting’ with the bike sales staffs, reviews from friends and do some test rides before you determine what you want. If the bike shop at Pengerang has what you have in mind and at a competitive price, you may want to consider so, However, do bear in mind that, if you should need servicing and support, you may need to make a trip over to Pengerang unless you have an alternative servicing support. Hope that helps… 🙂

  2. MC says:

    Thanks for sharing your foldie research! I enjoyed reading your posts.
    I ride a foldie too but i was afraid the bike shops would overcharge me. Hence, i bought one from Giant Hypermarket.

    • xia says:

      Hi MC;

      Thank you for popping in.

      I’m sure you are enjoying your foldie as much as I am, ya! There are tons of places in SG to start exploring on our two-wheelers… 🙂

  3. Arthur says:

    Hi Xia, can i have a quick check that u visited bike zone at sengkang, did u see any Java Fit model? thank u.

    • xia says:

      Hi Arthur;

      I did not see one the last time round, but no worries, since its pretty near my place, let me try to swing by tonight and help ya have a look. Will update you again soon.

      • Arthur says:

        Wow.. thanks alot Xia ^^ thats very kind of u… u still riding your decaf regularly?

      • xia says:

        No worries at all, Arthur. I went by this evening and woolahh…!! They do have a Titanium (colour) Java Fit selling at S$725. You can contact Alan at 9727-7787 or swing by their shop from 10am to 9pm.

        Add:
        Bike Zone Connection
        No. 10 Sengkang Square, #01-115
        Singapore 544829
        Hp : 9727-7787 (Alan) / 9710-9017

        Yup. I’m still riding my Java Decaf, but not as often as I had hoped though. Went a couple of times to Punggol Beach, Changi Village and Seletar Reservoir.

  4. Arthur says:

    Thank u Xia for popping by to ask.. appreciate it… Punggol got beach??? o.0 u ride all the way to Changi Village ? Thats a far journey… via expressway? o.0?

    • xia says:

      Hi Arthur ;

      Yup, there’s a Punggol beach near the Punggol jetty. There’s a Park Connector that goes directly from Sengkang all the way to the beach. http://www.streetdirectory.com/sg/punggol-beach/29764_1.html

      I think bicycles are not allowed on expressways and its kinda dangerous with the speeds that most of the vehicles are going. Getting to Changi Village can be quite a good workout (for me!) Wahahaha…. It’s about 20km one way via Park Connector from Sengkang to Punggol (Lor Halus) and then on pedestrian paths at Pasir Ris Farmway, Pasir Ris Drive 3 before hitting Loyang and then Changi Village. http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path/punggol-promenade-to-changi-village

      There’s an abundance of places to explore with a two-wheelers (if one does not drive in SG)… 🙂

      • xia says:

        Hi Arthur ;

        Have you gotten your Java Fit from Bike Zone? If so, you can start exploring the PCN’s at Sengkang, Punggol area, cycling to Punggol Beach, Punggol Waterway, Punggol Promenade, Lor Halus Wetland etc. The opportunities are limitless.

        I have updated this post with Wheeelers. You can read about it if you are keen. If you have gotten your bike, you can go by Wheeelers to have a look if you should need to grab any accessories as I find most of his products are of good quality and reasonable prices.

      • Arthur says:

        Hi xia, thanks for the update.. ya.. been to a few trips at PCN.. kinda lost.. only know the way from Puggol park to the Puggol Harbin area.. then go back again.. been once to ride further down but seems lesser n lesser ppl… and u turn back.. lol…

      • xia says:

        Hahaa… Hope to catch you on the PCN someday soon. Remember to wave and say hi, okiee… 🙂

  5. Hi Xia,

    Wonderful and detailed post. Great work!!. I have similar requirement like you. If you are buying now, you still prefer Java TT7 or you will go for some other model?

    • xia says:

      Hi Ven;

      Thanks for reading. My Java TT7 has served me well all these months. We went around Singapore and even all the way from Singapore to Kota Tinggi, clocking 174km in 5 days! https://xiajourney.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/foldie-goes-tinggi/

      I guess the bike you intend to get, really depends on your needs and usage.

      My 20″ foldie was good for travelling locally, especially folding and packing the bike into the train, bus and cabs ~ which I actually did numerous times. But cos’ I use it for long distance cycling in Malaysia, if I were to re-buy a bike now, I may opt for a 26″ inch wheel instead for the distance it could cover in a shorter period of time as compared to a 20″ wheel. Having said so, I’m actually contemplating on getting a second bike ~ a 26″ wheel bike for overseas cycling trips and to use my foldie for local commutes and adventures. I hope that answers your query.

      • Arthur says:

        Hi Ven,

        Add on abit on Xia’s comment, I think it really depends on what you are looking for in a folding bike.
        Is there a price constraint?
        Are you looking for speed?
        or are you looking at design?
        or are you looking for minimum space?

        I got a Hachiko HA01, changed to Java Fit 16Spd and now using Oribike AR9.
        Each bike serves me 1 month… opps.
        I’m looking at Birdy bike and road bike for now.

      • xia says:

        Thanks Arthur for the add-on. Yup… Totally agree with you. It really depends on what the user needs and wants.

        And Arthur, cos’ our needs and skills evolve over time, Hence, I think we constantly change / upgrade to what we need and want. And of course, the frequency of change depends on how fast we wear out that usage and need too 🙂

      • Arthur says:

        So Xia, u getting a 26″ road bike or mountain bike? =P

      • xia says:

        Arthur; I’ve yet to decide on one. I’m using it mainly to cycle in Malaysia (Pengerang) and maybe Batam. The roads could be gravel, sandy or tarmac. Hence, I’m really unsure which to get. Any suggestions?

      • Arthur says:

        If u are only intending to ride 26″ overseas, then probably getting a mountain bike will be better based on overseas terrain.
        I’m only intending to ride a 26″ on sg road and pcn to zip around, so was thinking for a road bike.
        Remember to get a correct size for your bike, weight counts as well.

      • xia says:

        Sure. Thanks lots for the infor, Arthur. I would need to hunt around for one that is light and suitable for my 1.5m height as most 26″ wheels are catered to the taller masses. If you do come across any good ones, drop me a line, k… Thanks lots 🙂

  6. Thanks Xia and Arthur for the suggestions. My requirements are pretty simple, just riding in the park connector for exercise and want it to be foldable. As this is my first bike, dont want to spend too much , so limiting my budget around SGD 400.
    After your suggestions and my some limited research (not a detailed one like Xia ;-)), Mostly will choose between Vert V8 and Java TT7.

    • Arthur says:

      Hi Ven, you must definitely try on both bikes before making purchase like what Xia did. Both have different frame length and posture.
      Specs wise almost the same.
      But Vert only parallel import by local seller. Not a bike shop if not wrong.
      Vert V8 has more narrow tyre width like Java Fit. careful of those steel drain, the tyre will drop into it and damage the brake disc.

      • xia says:

        Yup, Arthur is right. Its best that you try on both to get a feel of the bike before you make the purchase.

        And as like what Arthur mentioned, Vert V8 has narrower wheels with less traction as compared to Java Fit. It depends on where and how you will be using the bike.

        If you are only running it on PCN’s and not on Singapore roads with steel drains, then I think the Vert V8 could do the job. However, if you are using it on pedestrian pathways or Singapore roads with drainages, then, you would have to be more careful so that the wheels do not fall in.

      • Thanks Guys for the suggestions.

  7. radz says:

    hello, thanks for sharing your purchase experience. I am from KL and is looking for budget foldie, one of recommendation from bike shop is JAVA TT and JAVA pro which is in my budget range. However, I’d like to have mine with rear rack as I plan to carry stuff later on. I read that JAVA do not have the holes for installing rack, but I see that you purchase a rear rack here with your TT. So, I want to ask if the rack is possible and if you can, can please upload the photo for me with the rack? Or can email the photo to me at kakicookie@gmail.com. Thank you very much for your time.

    • radz says:

      also please feed me some of your exp riding with it, what do u like about it, and what you don’t. thanks so much!

      • xia says:

        Hi Radz ;

        Thanks for reading. I fitted my Java TT with a rear rack. More pictures of my bike can be found here https://xiajourney.wordpress.com/2015/04/30/foldie-goes-tinggi/ I have emailed to you, a couple of these pictures in high res so that you could zoom in to have a closer look at the rack.

        There is a big gap (of wasted space) between the wheel and the rear rack though cos’ I reckon the rack’s height was most probably meant for a 26″ wheel instead of a 20″ wheel. I’ve had my bag strapped onto it and it can get quite unstable at times, with the weight leaning over to one side when I fly over bumps. I’ve ordered a pannier bag and it should be coming in soon. I reckon a pannier bag could help in stabilizing the bike and it should work better with this (high) rear rack.

        For the Java TT, please also take note that there is No rail for a bottle cage. You would need to get a “clamp bottle holder” and clamp it on to hold your water bottle.

        Performance wise, I do not have much problems with it and have used it to cross from Singapore to Kota Tinggi, covering 174km. My only grouse was that (it) / I was too slow. I reckon the bike could go faster but I didn’t cos’ I was afraid of falling, which often resulted in very serious injuries in my case (first pic in https://xiajourney.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/a-cycle-mania-expedition/ )

        I hope that answers your queries. Do feel free to let me know if you have any other doubts.

      • radz says:

        Hi xia,

        Thank you so much for taking time to answer me. I received the pictures in email, and yes, indeed big gap, but that’s no issue for me.
        I’ll show your bike rack picture at the shop that tells me that this bike can’t have rake, so maybe they have some options for me. Because this bike is in my budget and have all the features that I need especially the weight. Most bike in this price range is a bit heavier.

        I see from your blog that you are an avid cyclist, having been touring many places with bike, nice trips you have! As for me, I don’t cycle much, just recently started to think of folding bike for commuting to and fro the train here in KL. It’s good to know that you have covered 174km with the bike and is satisfied with it, I am looking forward for a long term purchase, thus I think this is a good review that I need.

        Thank you very much for the replies, I’m still researching, hopefully will make a wise decision soon. Thank you!

      • xia says:

        No worries at all, Radz. I hope you have received another 2 close-up pics which I had sent as well. Those pics would be able to give your bike shop a clearer pic of how the hinges are being attached.

        I hope the infor and pics are useful and that you would be able to get a good bike to start your commuting and exploring around soon. Take care and have loads of fun shopping around for one… 🙂

      • radz says:

        hey there xia,

        I have received the photos, good one with the close up, will be showing them to the shop people because 2 already said this bike cant put rack!

        yes, still shopping for the best one for me, itching but need to choose wisely as I want it to be long term.

        Thanks so much and take care!

      • xia says:

        Sure. That’s great. Do feel free to let me know again if you need any other assistance, ya. Take care and have a fabulous week ahead 🙂

  8. Mark says:

    Hi Xia
    I had been following your website
    Is interesting
    I am new in folding bike.

    • xia says:

      Hi Mark ;

      Thanks for reading. Which bike have you gotten for yourself? I hope you are having a good time and exploring new terrains with the bike 🙂

      • Hi Xia I normally bring my foldie to work, My mode of commuting is bus/mrt/riding. From Punggol to Sin Ming area. I am riding Dahon Curve d3, 3 speed internal hub 16″ wheel about 11.5 kg. Is a good foldie but I find it a little heavy for me. I am looking to buy a little 16″ wheel foldie, any suggestion, prefer 9 kg Happy holiday Cheers

      • xia says:

        Hi Mark ; Dahon is one of the good bikes around. But I reckon 11.5kg can get a little heavy especially with the bus/mrt/riding that you’re using it for.

        Unfortunately, I didn’t cover too much into 16″ foldies, as I was researching on 20″ foldies at that point in time. As a matter of fact, I’m contemplating getting a new 26″ bike for the long distance cycling that I’m often going on. Heh hehh… Guess I couldn’t be of much help here. Thousand of apologies.

      • Hi Xia Thanks for your reply. Just share with you Yesterday I was passing by Kopitian Square Sengkang, I saw a 20″ wheel folding bike the brand is Cruis master at Bike Zone Shop Most of the components are Litepro and the light is only 9.8kg. The cost of the bike $600+ and it really attracted me a lot. As Dahon is a household name but stock part at almost the same price and weight is 11kg+, so I really confess. … Whether to get a Dahon or this Litepro components part bike call Cruis.

      • Arthur says:

        Hi Mark, Cruis parts are indeed good and value for money using Litepro parts. Kindly note that Litepro is not patented. There are alot of china factory producing Litepro product. Once in a while, you may see a same Litepro part with different label, weight or material depending on source.
        For more model of Cruis, you may check out at Bikeactually store.

  9. Hi Xia,

    Finally I bought Dahon Route S$499 at MyBikeShopToo at Mid View City. Thanks for your suggestions.

  10. mei says:

    Hi Xia!

    Appreciate yr detailed post. I’m looking for a budget 20″ foldies well. Particularly looking at the ease of fold. I find aleoca affordable but it was quite cumbersome to fold even though the shop assistant folded quite easily haha. How’s the folding for java tt7? (:

    • xia says:

      Hi Mei ;

      Thanks for reading. Yup… when I was doing my research for a foldable bike, Aleoca was at the top of my list as well as it was really really very affordable at about $100+ range. As a matter of fact, I bought one. Bought it on a Saturday and on the next day, Sunday, when I tried to clean the bike, I saw that the bike stand had come off. And through Saturday, I was wondering why the bike couldn’t stand properly and it didn’t occur to me to bend down and check the bike stand. I took the bike back on Sunday and requested for a full refund. They relented. Some months down the road, after I did my through research once again, only then did I settle for a Java.

      I guess it was a little blessing in disguise cos’ my needs had changed since then. I took up Java for its durability since I was going long distances for it. In terms of folding, actually I found Aleoca easier as compared to Java. I could fold Aleoca in less than 20 seconds, and it was really ‘idiot-proof’. But I took slightly longer (maybe 30 to 40 seconds) to fold a Java as there seems to have an additional cache to release than on an Aleoca.

      Maybe you could hands-on to try both, before you decide.

  11. Eddie says:

    Hi, you got a nice blog and good info sharing post. I was looking at JAVA but settled on Dahon instead.

    http://www.lifetechreview.com/lifestyle/dahon-horize-2015/

    • xia says:

      Thanks Eddie. You’ve got yourself an awesome Dahon there. And its so SG50 too… Haahaa… 🙂 I’ll keep a lookout to catch you on the PCN someday soon.

  12. Looking-for-a-Foldie says:

    Hello. Just wondering if the java tt7 you bought is exactly the same as those carried elsewhere. Very puzzled why the bike zone shop is selling it about $50 less than most others, including online ads.

    • xia says:

      Hi there, I’ve tried the Java TT7 at other locations as well. It looks and feels pretty much the same though. Perhaps, with Bike Zone located in the suburbs area (Sengkang), they are hence able to pass on the savings of its lower cost rental to its customers.

  13. Shirley says:

    Hi Xia, thanks for reviewing on our shop! Really appreciate it:)
    Our fb link has changed to the following:
    https://m.facebook.com/Bikezonesk

    Thank you so much. Hope you had fun riding on our Java TT.

    • xia says:

      Thanks for the infor, Shirley. i have updated it accordingly.
      Yup… still riding my Java TT7 and having a good time. Thanks.

  14. roy says:

    hello xia…thanks for the writeup.. am researching for a folding bike…your guide helps ALOT! really appreciate your effort. may i ask if the shop wheelers actually sell bikes? i went to their fb and website…couldnt find any…only rentals and bike accessories.

    • xia says:

      Hi Roy ;

      Thank you for reading. Yup, Wheelers do sell bikes as well. Do give Freddie a tinkle at 8186-7293 and check with him what bikes he has for sale at the moment. He’s a nice, friendly and amiable chap and I’m sure he’ll be able to offer you any advice that he can.

  15. Ben says:

    Hi Xia, just want to say thank you for sharing your purchase experience – it saved me a lot of time and effort especially when I had no idea as to what brand and model of foldable bike I should get for my daughter. I bought the Java Decaf TT 7 from Bike Zone and am looking forward to visit Weeelers for the accessories.

  16. Nicholas says:

    Hello Xia, let says both Bickerton Junction 1607 and Java TT 7 are $400, which one will you buy?

    Thanks

    • xia says:

      Haahaa… That’s a very tricky question, Nicholas!

      I remembered I love the bicycle seat on Bickerton Junction 1607, and the memory of that still lingers on till date. It was really really very comfy. A bicycle seat is one of the most important elements on a bicycle, with our butt being on it almost all the time. It was rather smooth to cycle as well and the body was really beautiful. However, I found it a little pretty and was a little skeptical that it could take the ‘ruggedness’ of the distances and treks that I was going to cover. And with such a pretty body, I would also need to be on the lookout for burglars or thefts etc.

      Java TT 7 was more ‘rugged’ in the sense, but I have to say that the seat was not as comfy as Bickerton Junction 1607.

      If both were to be of the same price, and my butt could talk, it would definitely cajole me into choosing Bickerton over Java because, with the amount of distances that I cover (a few hours each time! about 20 to 30km), it’ll definitely appreciate the extra padding in the seat.

      I hope that helps… 🙂

      However, having said that, this is just my own opinion. You may want to try out on both (or more options) to see which you prefer before you make your decision.

  17. Nicholas says:

    Today, i found Polygon Urbano I3 at $440 with free home delivery that is very tempting.
    I found brand new Java TT 7 is selling $380 with freebies at carousell,sg

    • xia says:

      They do seem like good deals and indeed very tempting. However, have you test rode on these models before, cos every body is built differently and what suits a person well may not be for another.

      If you’re intending to get a bike for a regular, long term use, personally, I would suggest that you try riding on a few different types of bikes first to get a feel of what you like or don’t before you decide which gets your vote.

      • Nicholas says:

        HI Xia

        I will be going down to MY BIKE SHOP TOO later to test out the bikes

        thanks

      • Nicholas says:

        I just bought UBIKE Blue Streak from Bikecycle sg, this brand is still new here but it has very decent specs, 18 speeds and 7 seconds folding time. The wheel size is 22 and the ride is very smooth

        Bought it at $780 and it is really value for money.

      • xia says:

        That’s awesome, Nicholas! Glad you love your purchase. Hope to catch ya on the roads someday soon. Remember to wave and say Hi ok. Heh hehh… 😄

  18. Nicholas says:

    i will definitely wave at you, lol

  19. James says:

    Hi Xia.

    How’s the Java TT Foldable Bicycle till now?

    Between SWIFT and JAVA foldable bicycle, which one would you choose?
    http://www.thefoldingbikeshop.net/swift-skyline.html (SWIFT)

    Thank you

    Best Regards
    James

    • xia says:

      Dear James ;

      The Java TT is still good till date.

      The SWIFT looks fierce and super awesome!!! I haven’t tried on a SWIFT and hence can’t really say which would I choose. But the SWIFT specs sure looks impressive. Go, give it a try and ride on it to get a good feel of the bike before you decide which one to go for. Try on as many bikes if possible to determine what you like and don’t and what suits you and what doesn’t cos’ every body is built differently. What suits one may not be the ideal for another. You need to try on it personally to determine what works best for you.

      I hope that helps.

      Best Regards,
      Xia

  20. Victor says:

    Wah great stuff just as I was also looking for a foldie. Was quite keen on cruis, vert but on 2nd thought, the Tyres with little traction may not quite adapt to rough terrain indeed. Thanks for this point!

  21. Lucie says:

    Any difference between a Java TT decaf and TT 7D?

  22. Lucie says:

    Any difference between a Java TT decaf and TT 7D? A newbie who is looking for something to start off. Thanks.

    • xia says:

      Hi Lucie; I’m no expert and am trying to learn the many different models as well. According to some of the sites that I’ve researched, Java TT 7D seems to be lighter in comparison to Java TT Decaf (TT 7S-D).

      Specs for Java TT 7D :
      http://www.bike-monster.com/15093887/java-tt-7d

      Specs for Java TT Decaf (TT 7S-D) :
      http://bikeactually.com/products/java-tt-7-speeds-disc-brake-folding-bike

      If you are able to get your hands on both, give them a ride to feel the difference between them. It would be best for you to try on them personally to determine which works best for you.

      I hope that helps.

      Best Regards,
      Xia

      • Lucie says:

        Thanks Xia for your advices and URL link.

      • Cof says:

        Things to note for beginners while buying their 1st budget bicycle. Through my experienced, I find getting a mid range bike with a price of somewhere $1k is much more worth than those below $600, as the parts use in those near to $1k are much more better quality,precision and power efficiency.
        Eg: Cheaper bike usually supply with olden days design cup & cone wheel hub bearings, which is less power efficiency (rotating not as smooth) compare to most of the newer bike uses cartridge bearing on the wheel hub. If you happen to see both design in a bicycle shop, you rotate both bike wheels with your hand, the cup & cone wheel will stop very fast while the cartridge bearing hub still rotating.
        7 speed freewheel are outdated gear set, power transfer from the gear to the wheel are less efficient & usually come with 14 teeth for smallest gear & 28 teeth for biggest gear which made you have difficulty in climbing slope & limited speed. A freehub wheel with min. of 8 speed cassette gear are more efficient in transfer of power to the wheel. An 8 speed cassette can be upgraded to 10 speed without issues. Just need to buy the extra gear cog 1 piece or 2 or 3 & add on. A 7 speed freehub max. can hold only 7 gear. Therefore cannot add more speed unless you replace a bew rear wheelset. A freewheel can only stay on at 7. An 8 speed cassette commonly for foldies have gear teeth fm smallest 11 to biggest 32.
        Better front crankset are more rigid built, with outboard crank bearings as compare to internal mount bearings. Outboard bearings are more stability & solidness, can immediately feel the difference when compare with the lower end.
        Adjustable head post not as rigid as a non adjustable headpost.
        This are my experience.

      • xia says:

        Dear Cof ;

        Thank you for the great advice. I think that’s really useful information to a lot of newbies out there. Thank you for sharing and the tips…. 🙂

        Best Regards,
        Xia

  23. Cof says:

    Hi Xia,

    Just a question, have you ever parked your bike out of your sight while you are taking a break during your riding?

    • xia says:

      Hi Cof ; I’ll usually park my bike within sight if I’m having a breakfast or lunch appointment. Unless I’m running to the restroom (which is not within sight), I’ll usually lock up the bike 🙂

  24. SL says:

    Hi Xia,

    Excellent post you got there.
    Am getting a foldies too. After reading your post, it rather give me a good overview of what bike to buy :):) thanks a million.

    I live at Punggol park area. Ran from here to Lorong halus. 🙂 would love to cycle to other places too.

    • xia says:

      Hi SL ;

      Glad that the post has been of some help to you. There’s lots of places near and around Punggol area to explore. Hope to catch you around someday soon. Take care and ride safe ya… 🙂

  25. cbk5569 says:

    Hi Xia, noticed that you had also managed look at Ubike, wonder what is your comments on this brand. Thanks in advance.
    Cheers,
    Henry

    • xia says:

      Hi Henry ;

      Thank you for reading. I’ve not really tried a U-bike before and will not be able to comment on it. Thanks and apologies. Have a lovely week ahead 🙂

  26. Thariq says:

    Hi,
    I am planning to buys a foldie with similar budget as yours your post is been really helpful to my research. Finally, i have narrowed it to three options:

    Java TT-7S-D
    Vert V-8
    Raleigh broadway 30
    Swift sky line

    Which one do you think is the best among them ?

    Thanks

    Regards

    Thariq

    • xia says:

      Dear Thariq ;

      Thank you for reading. I haven’t really tried the Raleigh Broadway 30 and hence I’m not able to comment which one of it is the ‘best’.

      I would strongly suggest that you give it a try and ride on it to get a good feel of the bike before you decide which one to go for. Try on as many bikes if possible to determine what one you like and don’t and what suits you and what doesn’t because every body is built differently, i.e. height, length of body, bone structure etc. What suits one may not be ideal for another. You need to try on it personally to determine what works best for you.

      I hope that helps.

      Best Regards,
      Xia

  27. Isaac says:

    I think you did not do your homework well for Mighty Velo. They are the main distributor for Brompton.

  28. Caleb says:

    Hello came across your site. I just picked up cycling and bought a foldie recently.

    May I know what is the model of the cyclometer (device to measure speed, distance travelled) you use on your foldie? How much does it cost?

    What model of helmet you use and the cost?

    Thank you in advance!

    Caleb

  29. GEN says:

    Hi Xia, enjoying your sharing on foldie. Can you share list of accessories or add-on items you have for your foldie?

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