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*Folding Bike* Cross FOLD20M5 20 inch Wheel Size Unisex Folding Bike (+ £10 Argos Voucher ) - £167.99 + Free C&C @ Argos
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*Folding Bike* Cross FOLD20M5 20 inch Wheel Size Unisex Folding Bike (+ £10 Argos Voucher ) - £167.99 + Free C&C @ Argos

£167.99£249.9933%Argos Deals
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Posted 24th MayEdited by:"apur32"
Perfect for urban travel and commuting, this Cross Commuter bike can help you get to where you need to be. It has a lightweight alloy frame - just 12.9kg - meaning you can carry it up stairs easily when it's folded. With six Shimano gears you can choose the power you put in and alloy brakes help you stop safely and quickly. Its beautiful design is set off with its deep gloss black finish making it the perfect travelling companion.

Ideal for commuting this bike can be folded down to take on trains or buses and then stored easily under your desk when you get to work.

  • Alloy frame.
  • 6 gears.
  • Shimano shifters.
  • Shimano SL-RS35 gears.
  • Shimano 2300 rear derailleur.
  • Front alloy V brake and rear alloy V brake brakes.
  • Rigid suspension.
  • Steel forks.
  • Weight fully assembled 12.9kg.
  • 20 inch frame size.
  • 20 inch wheel size.
  • 14 to 34 inch inside leg measurements.
  • City style tyres.
  • Alloy rims.
  • Rear pannier holder.
  • Self-assembly.

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gu2gan25/05/2019 05:14

I am 6ft2 is it any good? :)For a 9 mile ride to work?


It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On a bike like this thats going to take you something like 45 mins to an hour.

Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with a solid frame and something with larger wheels - 26inch mountain bike size at least. Way more comfortable, durable and less flexible than a folder.

argos.co.uk/pro…74Y would be a much better bet for similar money. Of course the more you fork out the better the bike will be!
Edited by: "dodgybadass" 25th May
Ok. Picked up the bike from local Argos/Sainsbury's. Easy to assemble, if you are used to these things. Not a bad little bike. Yes the folding mechs for the handlebar post and the central frame are very basic, but they do the job.
Having said that my bike needed quite a bit of adjustment of the central frame folding mech with provided Allen key. This was very unsafe out of the box, but easy to fix.
Small things like brake lever loose on handlebar, same for reflectors, but other than that, nothing major.
In first gear the chain rubs a little in the plastic ring protecting the crankset gear. Not sure what I can do about that at this early stage.
One thing that is a bit rubbish. There is a strip of velcro, to, I assume, tie the folded bike in place, to stop it flapping about. Without some frame protection where the folded sections touch it's easily going to get dings in those area. Easy to fix for now with a bit of black tape.
Other than these few small niggles, for the cash, it's really good value.
Yes, it's not Brompton, Tern or Dahon, but it's easily worth the price paid, and £10 voucher an added bonus.
Easy to setup and not bad to ride. The gears even came properly indexed out of the box, which is pretty much a first for a bike in a box, from my perspective.
Pleased with my purchase
Edited by: "meggie_dude" 25th May
charliemike25/05/2019 20:48

Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of …Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.


Yup, I'm sure that's the ideal solution. Who doesn't want a full sized bike with the ability to fold in half and still be huge but with the added adrenaline buzz of it potentially falling in half mid ride?
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Nice savings
Gooooooooooooooooooooodieessssssssssss Gooody Gooody Yum Yum

HOT as a pair of hot knives in a furnace of hot stuff!!
I am 6ft2 is it any good?
For a 9 mile ride to work?
Edited by: "gu2gan" 25th May
gu2gan25/05/2019 05:14

I am 6ft2 is it any good? :)For a 9 mile ride to work?


It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On a bike like this thats going to take you something like 45 mins to an hour.

Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with a solid frame and something with larger wheels - 26inch mountain bike size at least. Way more comfortable, durable and less flexible than a folder.

argos.co.uk/pro…74Y would be a much better bet for similar money. Of course the more you fork out the better the bike will be!
Edited by: "dodgybadass" 25th May
dodgybadass25/05/2019 06:33

It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On …It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On a bike like this thats going to take you something like 45 mins to an hour.Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with a solid frame and something with larger wheels - 26inch mountain bike size at least. Way more comfortable, durable and less flexible than a folder.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8042235?rec=PDP[7496181]:bottomSlider:P3:OHAT:alternative:8042235:hf8Kr676Yo3j6vTYu74Y would be a much better bet for similar money. Of course the more you fork out the better the bike will be!


Helpful post
I'll just add that if you don't need suspension then get a bike without it as it just adds needless weight to the bike. Besides the suspension on a bike this cheap won't hold up to routes that need it.
gu2gan25/05/2019 05:14

I am 6ft2 is it any good? :)For a 9 mile ride to work?


Bike seems to have a weight limit of 80kg for both rider and luggage and you are quite tall so unless you are a light build and don't carry much that could be restrictive. Average weight of a man in the UK is 82kg so clearly to allow for clothes and luggage you'd have to be well below that.

I don't see this bike as particularly good value, the drivetrain is very basic and it's pretty much an entry level bike except they have replaced the heavier steel frame with a aluminium frame but that appears to be the only upgrade and looks like the stem to the handlebars is fixed height which means it is harder for people who are shorter or taller than average to get a good fit on the bike. Don't look at the discount look at what you are getting and it appears fairly poor value to me although saying that prices are rising generally so maybe I am out of touch with current pricing. I would definitely search Amazon and ebay before commiting to this bike as you may find a better deal. I do think if you are going for a basic bike the 6 speed freewheel drivetrain is better than 7 much of the time depending on components used. Freewheels are very cheaply made and its easier for the 6 speed system to shift more accurately because of wider tolerances.
dodgybadass25/05/2019 06:33

Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with …Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with a solid frame and something with larger wheels - 26inch mountain bike size at least. Way more comfortable, durable and less flexible than a folder.


I haven't found that to be my experience. Admittedly I'm spending more on bikes, but my Tern folder is more comfortable than my Cannondale commuter, and they have similar RRPs. The biggest issue with durability on a quality folder is that if you have rim brakes you'll wear out the rims much faster than on a larger wheel - not an issue if you have disc brakes though.

I still wouldn't advise people to get a folder unless there's some advantage to doing so, because you do pay for the feature, but there's likewise no reason to be put off a quality folding bike if there would be some benefit to it - most peoples misconceptions about folding bikes don't hold up in practice.

All that said, I don't think any bike under 200 quid is likely to be ideal for 20 miles per day of commuting. I only put 10 miles a day on mine, and when you use it like that every day it needs serviced a couple of times per year, and the difference between quality parts and cheap junk shows up real quick.
Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar the 1kg weight and pannier. I know nothing about components.
argos.co.uk/pro…328
Voted hot
gordy125/05/2019 08:30

Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar …Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar the 1kg weight and pannier. I know nothing about components.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8887328


Looks much better value, yes its heavier but has a fully height adjustable stem so you get a better bike fit. Also it just looks much nicer and stronger. I actually prefer 6 over 7 gears for a slight improvement in shifting but I guess many will see 7 gears as an advantage too.
Seems a good deal, so voted hot.
Been looking for something similar for a while.
Already have a Dahon folder as my main bike when I go away on holiday, or need to pack a bike.
I wanted a second folder for the wife or son.
This is not going to be the same quality as the Dahon, but its a similar weight, which is a big consideration when you have to lug a folder around
If only lasts half as long as the Dahon, well, it cost less than half the price.
Plus you also get the £10 voucher emailed to you.
If you want something use every day, then maybe look elsewhere, and spend a bit more, but for occasional use this is great.
A word of caution before buying --- Maximum weight of person on bike including any bags etc is 12 and a 1/2 stone as mentioned above , that counts me out .
see Argos PDF file ^
Edited by: "portobello_by_the_sea" 25th May
dodgybadass25/05/2019 06:33

It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On …It should fit you, but I doubt you'd be comfortable on it for 9 miles. On a bike like this thats going to take you something like 45 mins to an hour.Unless you absolutely need folding (for public transport) I would go with a solid frame and something with larger wheels - 26inch mountain bike size at least. Way more comfortable, durable and less flexible than a folder.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8042235?rec=PDP[7496181]:bottomSlider:P3:OHAT:alternative:8042235:hf8Kr676Yo3j6vTYu74Y would be a much better bet for similar money. Of course the more you fork out the better the bike will be!


I cover 4.5 miles in 15 mins on a folder. Frequently overtake mamils stretched over their road bikes dressed like over the hill super heros.
Actually a pretty good deal . Personally prefer hub gears with small wheels but that adds £100 to price. Ok weight which is important for folding bikes .
gordy125/05/2019 08:30

Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar …Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar the 1kg weight and pannier. I know nothing about components.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8887328


Looks better to me - as well as cheaper.
gu2gan25/05/2019 05:14

I am 6ft2 is it any good? :)For a 9 mile ride to work?


States up to 34" leg (does that work for you?) but it also looks very short, which many folders are and you'll probably find that the saddle to handlebars distance is very uncomfortable for you. The folder which gordy1 posted above quotes a longer leg length, looks to be a bit longer and may suit you better (and it's cheaper too).

As others have said, any folder will be a compromise so if you don't need the folding facility you'll be far better off with a 'normal' bike.
Edited by: "Besford" 25th May
gordy125/05/2019 08:30

Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar …Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar the 1kg weight and pannier. I know nothing about components.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8887328


This bike has quick release wheels which is a advantage, although not as important as on a normal bike as you are probably gonna jump into a taxi when you get a roadside picture rather than fixing it there and then.
gordy125/05/2019 08:30

Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar …Does anyone know if this is much the same. Little obvious difference bar the 1kg weight and pannier. I know nothing about components.https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8887328


It seems to have the same weight limit of 80kg unfortunately- but then, Argos is using the same manual for both bikes. It's difficult to know the truth.
Thanks for the reviews.
I'll report back how I find it when I pick it up later today. And how it appears vs my dahon. I'm setting expectations appropriately low, and hoping for a nice surprise.
For those concerned about leg length fit, and being cramped on the bike I would say this.max 34" inside leg should fit most people and even if you are slightly longer in the leg than this all it will mean is you have a slightly more bend in the knee when pedalling than ideal. As you are unlikely to be using this for competitions, I doubt this would be a major issue.
The crampness which maybe a concern to some degree appears to be alleviated as the handlebar on this bike is canted away from the seat. Cheaper folders don't have this and you get really cramped. Don't forget this is not a race bike and you will have a more upright position on the bike anyway.
Re the 80kg limit, yes that is low, bit that may not apply to this bike as the instructions are generic.
I'll see what I find later. I am 75kg btw
Edited by: "meggie_dude" 25th May
Ok. Picked up the bike from local Argos/Sainsbury's. Easy to assemble, if you are used to these things. Not a bad little bike. Yes the folding mechs for the handlebar post and the central frame are very basic, but they do the job.
Having said that my bike needed quite a bit of adjustment of the central frame folding mech with provided Allen key. This was very unsafe out of the box, but easy to fix.
Small things like brake lever loose on handlebar, same for reflectors, but other than that, nothing major.
In first gear the chain rubs a little in the plastic ring protecting the crankset gear. Not sure what I can do about that at this early stage.
One thing that is a bit rubbish. There is a strip of velcro, to, I assume, tie the folded bike in place, to stop it flapping about. Without some frame protection where the folded sections touch it's easily going to get dings in those area. Easy to fix for now with a bit of black tape.
Other than these few small niggles, for the cash, it's really good value.
Yes, it's not Brompton, Tern or Dahon, but it's easily worth the price paid, and £10 voucher an added bonus.
Easy to setup and not bad to ride. The gears even came properly indexed out of the box, which is pretty much a first for a bike in a box, from my perspective.
Pleased with my purchase
Edited by: "meggie_dude" 25th May
I'll be your clown and your puppet from....
Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.
charliemike25/05/2019 20:48

Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of …Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.


Yup, I'm sure that's the ideal solution. Who doesn't want a full sized bike with the ability to fold in half and still be huge but with the added adrenaline buzz of it potentially falling in half mid ride?
charliemike25/05/2019 20:48

Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of …Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.


Alright del boy
charliemike25/05/2019 20:48

Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of …Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.


Or just angle grind it in half and leave it at that, and then you have a unicycle.
kramer208825/05/2019 11:15

I cover 4.5 miles in 15 mins on a folder. Frequently overtake mamils …I cover 4.5 miles in 15 mins on a folder. Frequently overtake mamils stretched over their road bikes dressed like over the hill super heros.


I'm sure you do. In over a decade of commuting on a touring bike, at a leisurely speed, I have never been overtaken by a folding bike. I like them, but they really, really aren't going to be overtaking anyone on a road or touring bike. Most hybrids too.
gu2gan25/05/2019 05:14

I am 6ft2 is it any good? :)For a 9 mile ride to work?


9 miles is about long. Just ride it to the nearest bus stop and fold it and catch the bus
I would suggest against buying cheap argos bike, it starts rusting all over and falling apart pretty quick. Argos customer service is pretty good in the store I bought, no hassle in returning.
yoyo5925/05/2019 20:38

I'll be your clown and your puppet from....



I don't get this.
Excellent deal
Muig197226/05/2019 08:56

I don't get this.


Suspect he's been on the sherry.
All a bit #random
charliemike25/05/2019 20:48

Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of …Cheaper to angle grind a normal bike in half and braze or weld a couple of hinges on. Quite easy if you are good workingwith metal like me.


Yeah, really useful post.
I guess with the money you've saved you could use it to invest in personal accident cover you'd likely need.
...........
Not that any company would cover you.
TipsyNurse26/05/2019 00:34

I'm sure you do. In over a decade of commuting on a touring bike, at a …I'm sure you do. In over a decade of commuting on a touring bike, at a leisurely speed, I have never been overtaken by a folding bike. I like them, but they really, really aren't going to be overtaking anyone on a road or touring bike. Most hybrids too.


Generally folding bikes are very low geared because of their small wheels and often only have a single chainring at the front but you do get high geared folding bikes and there are videos of a Spanish rider on a Brompton in London who overtakes standard bikes. There are performance folders as well some of which use the 24" wheel standard that was originally used on the Raleigh Twenty many years ago. I see no reason to doubt those claims. I'm a heavy rider but still overtook a car once on a dual carriageway travelling at close to 20mph and the car contained 2 elderly women who were more interested in chatting it seemed than driving at a normal speed. Even when I was riding at 22 stone on a heavy steel mountain bike many years ago I overtook many much lighter cyclists on road bikes, of course it was on the flats or downhill never up hills. Occasionally I would dent their pride and they would overtake me again other times they were just leisurely riding.
Muig197226/05/2019 08:56

I don't get this.


its the way in which small wheeled bikes are pejoratively called 'clown bikes'
TipsyNurse26/05/2019 00:34

I'm sure you do. In over a decade of commuting on a touring bike, at a …I'm sure you do. In over a decade of commuting on a touring bike, at a leisurely speed, I have never been overtaken by a folding bike. I like them, but they really, really aren't going to be overtaking anyone on a road or touring bike. Most hybrids too.


I do every day. It's not about the bike. A lot of cyclists do the pedal/freewheel/ repeat
kramer208826/05/2019 13:47

I do every day. It's not about the bike. A lot of cyclists do the …I do every day. It's not about the bike. A lot of cyclists do the pedal/freewheel/ repeat


Ah so by pedalling constantly you overtake cyclists who aren't pedalling constantly.

Well done.
Now if only it had a battery for my lazy regular car driver a*se

TipsyNurse26/05/2019 14:06

Ah so by pedalling constantly you overtake cyclists who aren't pedalling …Ah so by pedalling constantly you overtake cyclists who aren't pedalling constantly. Well done.


FireOnAWire26/05/2019 14:10

Now if only it had a battery for my lazy regular car driver a*se Now if only it had a battery for my lazy regular car driver a*se


Lob a Duracell in your back pocket and pedal your lazy ass.
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