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Challenge Folding City 6 Gear Bike - less than half price - £64.99 delivered @ Argos
Challenge Folding City 6 Gear Bike - less than half price - £64.99 delivered @ Argos

Challenge Folding City 6 Gear Bike - less than half price - £64.99 delivered @ Argos

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* Colour of frame blue.

* 6 speed Shimano gears.

* Gears type twist grip.

* Front brake V-brake.

* Rear brake V-brake.

* Frame type Y-type.

* Frame material steel.

* Tyres style mountain bike.

* Frame size 13in (33cm).

* Wheel size 20in (50.8cm).

* Suitable for leg measurement from 68 to 89cm.

* For ages 14 years and over.

* Unisex.

* Accessories, multi-spanner and hexagonal key.

* Some assembly required - fit front wheel, saddle, pedals, handlebars, and align brakes (tools and instructions included).

* Home delivery only.

28 Comments

Bargain...ordered for delivery tomorrow.thx

Seems like a bargain price to me.... £65 for a folding bike is good.

It is worth reading the reviews first. Some are very good and the bike may be just what you require. However, this comment was the one that I expected to see "I wish I spent more and got something lighter, more foldable and better quality."

You'd have to spend a damn sight more than £65 to get a lighter or better quality bike!
Hot.

I've had a Dahon for about 3 years now and it hasn't failed me once, my husband got a cheaper Raleigh one for about £100 and got rid of it after a week.

If you're gonna use it on a regular basis (i use mine daily for work) then it might be worth investing in something more substantial, however I must say that this is a good price although if it's not a good experience don't let it put you off, my husband eventually bought a Dahon and is very happy now!

Hot at this price, especially for the tinkerer.

However one of the more interesting reviews shows it limitations;

"This bike is not suitable for city commuting. It's heavy, has no locking … "This bike is not suitable for city commuting. It's heavy, has no locking mechanism when folded, the brakes are not robust or strong enough to stop at speed and the gears for me do not shift below 4. 4 was so low, it may as well be a 3 speed bike anyway. Who puts offroad tyres on a 'city' bike? I have returned this item."

Steel frame, very heavy.

Tempted, very very tempted!

dashforth;6779248

It is worth reading the reviews first. Some are very good and the bike … It is worth reading the reviews first. Some are very good and the bike may be just what you require. However, this comment was the one that I expected to see "I wish I spent more and got something lighter, more foldable and better quality."


Agreed. Large number of reviews so it's easy to read between the lines: If you're expecting something of top notch design you'll be disappointed and if you don't know a spanner from an allen key you'll have trouble with assembly, but if all you want is a bike for a bit of local or leisure riding which you can fold to take in the car it's probably a great little tool. It even has Shimano gears whereas most cheap folders are single speed only. Shame you can't try it for size before buying though.

Absolutely fantastic value at this price. If you bought the rack, stand and mudguards alone as accessories they'd cost this much or more at Halfords or a proper bike shop.

I'm tempted but I've run out of shed space. Bikes and bargains are an addictive combination!

Hot provided your expectations are realistic.

Here are a couple of links to Halfords folders for comparison:

Single speed, 'reduced to' £120:
halfords.com/web…577

6 speed (aluminium), 'reduced to' £200:
halfords.com/web…_-1

I'd say the reviews are worse than the Argos one too.

Halfords' claimed original prices are a real laugh!

One of the problems my husband had with the cheaper ones was the position of the peddles in relation to the seat, they were a little too far back which made it uncomfortable to ride.

Just to say not trying to put you off, I LURVE my folder, just thought you might want to know what to look out for!

poppycock75;6779578

One of the problems my husband had with the cheaper ones was the position … One of the problems my husband had with the cheaper ones was the position of the peddles in relation to the seat, they were a little too far back which made it uncomfortable to ride.Just to say not trying to put you off, I LURVE my folder, just thought you might want to know what to look out for!


That's useful comment, not the usual 'cheap bikes are rubbish' rant. Thank you.

Yes, this one does look rather short in the frame doesn't it.

Still an awful lot of kit for 65 quid though..........no, I REALLY don't need it, but.............

Besford;6779621

That's useful comment, not the usual 'cheap bikes are rubbish' rant. … That's useful comment, not the usual 'cheap bikes are rubbish' rant. Thank you.Yes, this one does look rather short in the frame doesn't it. Still an awful lot of kit for 65 quid though..........no, I REALLY don't need it, but.............



I'm definately a proponent of the 'cheap bikes are rubbish' rhetoric but if you are going to buy a £65 bike this kind of thing is probably far more usable than those dual suspension pogo sticks that often get posted on here.

this is junk, absolute junk. Plastic brake levers, gears that don't work, chains that come off, if you actually *need* a folding bike, than this is an absolute nightmare.

Garbage.

I got one of these from Amazon for about the same price, I agree it is heavy, not easy to lift in and out the car, but i have used it alot and for £65 I think its a bargin

Thanks Amibees !

Voted Hot - I've been looking for a shoper type bike for my daughter for a couple of months as she wants one - ones dated from the 1970's are going for £45+ on Ebay.

Ordered one - that's another present sorted out

Banned

I cant believe the negative comments on this ?
£150 in argos reduced to £64.99 with a years warranty
been looking for 2 of these for ages
just ordered 2 absolutely well happy
thanks op :thumbsup:

Ordered one for the missus for Xmas, she will be pleased! thanks!

dudedude;6781385

this is junk, absolute junk. Plastic brake levers, gears that don't work, … this is junk, absolute junk. Plastic brake levers, gears that don't work, chains that come off, if you actually *need* a folding bike, than this is an absolute nightmare.Garbage.


Now that's a PROPER cheap bike rant! Didn't add a single piece of useful information to the thread! You have one of course, otherwise how could you comment?

ra2000;6782284

Thanks Amibees !Voted Hot - I've been looking for a shoper type bike for … Thanks Amibees !Voted Hot - I've been looking for a shoper type bike for my daughter for a couple of months as she wants one - ones dated from the 1970's are going for £45+ on Ebay.Ordered one - that's another present sorted out


The bike 'enthusiasts' always recommend a used bike if looking for a cheap one. Nice idea but in my experience £45 is very optimistic as older bikes get into collector/restorer territory. I just paid £80 for a 1965 Moulton in pretty poor condition which will need as much again to make it decent and safe, but good ones go for £300 or more! Even then old type brakes will never work as well as modern ones properly adjusted. A new pair of tyres and tubes alone for an old bike will easily cost you £40.

I'm sure this isn't a great bike but at the price it's real value and should work well for a few years if you put it together properly and check it over from time to time.

Besford;6785279

Now that's a PROPER cheap bike rant! Didn't add a single piece of useful … Now that's a PROPER cheap bike rant! Didn't add a single piece of useful information to the thread! You have one of course, otherwise how could you comment?



I think he did. We've learnt that it has plastic brake levers, gears that don't work etc.

How thats not useful information I'll never know.

Besford;6785383

The bike 'enthusiasts' always recommend a used bike if looking for a … The bike 'enthusiasts' always recommend a used bike if looking for a cheap one. Nice idea but in my experience £45 is very optimistic as older bikes get into collector/restorer territory. I just paid £80 for a 1965 Moulton in pretty poor condition which will need as much again to make it decent and safe, but good ones go for £300 or more! Even then old type brakes will never work as well as modern ones properly adjusted. A new pair of tyres and tubes alone for an old bike will easily cost you £40. I'm sure this isn't a great bike but at the price it's real value and should work well for a few years if you put it together properly and check it over from time to time.



Where do you get your tyres and tubes? Harrods?
£40 will get near top of the line racing tyres.
You can get budget tyres from a decent manufacturer for less than £10 each at chainreactioncycles.com

The best rim brake in the world will struggle if you have stainless steel wheels (likely on a 60's bike.)

Golaboots888;6786863

Where do you get your tyres and tubes? Harrods? £40 will get near top … Where do you get your tyres and tubes? Harrods? £40 will get near top of the line racing tyres.You can get budget tyres from a decent manufacturer for less than £10 each at chainreactioncycles.comThe best rim brake in the world will struggle if you have stainless steel wheels (likely on a 60's bike.)


Thanks for the tip, I'll look there in future (in fact I just did). My mistake was to use one of those proper bike shops all the enthusiasts recommend!
Only one suitable tyre on there under £10 though (not a well known brand), I was buying 26" road/trail tyres, and with tubes that's still over £25 a pair. Wilkinsons do tyres for £4.99 (!) but only chunky MTB in this size. Chainreaction only do one tyre in Moulton size (16 x 1 3/8) and they're £18 each, so over £40 a pair with tubes! £10 a tyre at local shop.

Moulton wheels are chromed steel and brakes are calipers with 'John Bull' blocks. They're adequate for the purpose (just) but will never equal V-brakes on alloy wheels like even cheap bikes now have.

My point is that the idea of a cheap (or even free) older bike may be a seductive idea but by the time a few basics have been replaced/fixed it may not be as cheap or work as well as a modern budget bike. Very satisfying to tinker with but as so many buyers seem to have trouble with basic assembly of a new bike I don't think that's a real option for them.

Golaboots888;6786843

I think he did. We've learnt that it has plastic brake levers, gears … I think he did. We've learnt that it has plastic brake levers, gears that don't work etc.How thats not useful information I'll never know.


It's assumption (bet he hasn't even seen one) surrounded by emotional words like 'junk' (twice) and 'nightmare'. It's a reflex reaction by some enthusiasts to any bike under about £300 and naively ignores the market for cheaper stuff. I posted links to Halfords ones which are £120 - £200 and probably no better. Customers for this bike are very unlikely to pay £350+ for a Dahon or £600+ for a Brompton (see, dropped a couple of trendy brands in there), their alternative is the bus or walking. If chains always come off and gears never work it would hardly have got the generally good reviews it has. Expensive bikes are not immune from these issues either.

As an engineer I'd say there's nothing wrong in principle with 'plastic' levers (light, damage resistant, etc), they are even used on motorbikes. Poor metal ones could be worse as they could break. All theoretical of course as none of us has actually examined this bike.

As a bit of a born again soft biker I'm just keen to encourage people back on to them - who knows they may get hooked and buy a better one next time. Of course they'd enjoy a more expensive bike more than this one but that just isn't going to happen. Pragmatism vs idealism.

Based on your earlier post I think we're probably in agreement here.

Just received my bike this morning.

Assembled in a leisurely hour and very pleased it is in silver (someone on the Argos site, I think, said they got theirs in purple) and I am very happy indeed with it.

Beautiful bike - most pleased !
Thanks Amibees for the posting of this great offer.

Save yourself from disappointment and frustration, take your £65 and flush it down the toilet rather than waste it on this. You will save yourself so much time not having to constantly fiddle and fix this. Money well flushed.

i think the idea of throwing 2 of these in your car boot and using them occassionally outweighs the fact they are heavy etc etc.At least people will get some exercise rather than none

Thanks Amibees - great deal :)!

There's been mixed reviews on here and the Argos site- from what i gather this can be assembled in an hour - but is it easy enough to fold and unfold, say for taking on a daily commute: tube or train journey ?

Fantastic value, easy to assemble, easy to fold, often overlooked acessories included (bell, stand, mudguards, luggage carrier). It's a fantastic bike for putting in the car and using on camping trips etc.
The bike is sturdy and very good quality. How can they make it for this price? Well, the answer is in the material used to build it, whilst it is strong and durable and robust, it's made of relatively inexpensive steel (compared to lighter alloys) At 14.8kg, you perhaps wouldn't want to carry it far in your place of work, it's still light enough for me to get on and off a train, and that little extra weight helps keep the fitness up

All in all an absolutely stunnignbuy at this price. I highly recommend it.
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