Saxon 'Fold It' Folding Bike £99.99 @ Go Outdoors
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Saxon 'Fold It' Folding Bike £99.99 @ Go Outdoors

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Found 1st May 2012
nice folding/commuting bike very cheap offer good onlineshop have used to buy items before very good shopping experience from GO Outdoors on all occasions fast post .
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Seems like a good price for a folding bike.

Hang on... what's that noise.... I think I can hear the stampede of the BSO brigade....!
yeah its a good deal in my opinion free postage to.
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What's the BSO brigade?

I personally own a Dahon Speed TR folding bike. That one has full mud guards, a 27 gear rear hub system, front and rear luggage holders, a dynamo hub on the front and a pretty tough steel frame (designed for cycle touring). With all those extras, my bike is still almost 3 kg's lighter. I dread to think just how unnecessarily heavy the frame is on this Saxon bike.

On the plus side, it uses basic Shimano gear, and the steel frame is more supple than aluminium - so it will give a more comfortable ride. Not a bad price ... but just don't expect this to either be quick, or easy to carry! & as with all bikes like this, get the wheels tightened and trued after your first 20 or so miles.
Would never recommend using a dynamo light set.

They're deadly dangerous if you're stationary at a junction at night.

I've heard of fatal accidents caused due to cyclists not being visible to oncoming traffic.
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I am fairly sure dynamo systems have moved on since you last used them. The dynamo lights I use have batteries inside that hold charge, and give about 10 minutes of lighting when stationary. The even newer LED ones are even better (and also provide continuous high powered lighting that battery alternatives can't really beat). Also, I use a Dahon Reecharge battery system to charge my various USB devices using the dynamo hub. So for me, the dynamo makes a lot of sense.

My point though was that for a bike with such basic equipment, it is v.heavy. Certainly something for people to consider before they choose this. A good price though - heat added

from the website

The ‘Fold it’ bike from Saxon is great for commuting or using on camping trips away if you don’t have a tow bar or bike rack.

Easily folded in seconds, it goes from a full 13” framed bike to an easily transported package of just 80 x 60 x 40cm, making it small enough to be kept in most car boots.

Weighing just 15.2kg, it’s portable enough for trains or buses as well as for storing under the stairs.



Road tested
Small wheelers are fun to ride and the Saxon doesn’t disappoint. The gears are responsive, the brakes more than up to the job and overall stability is good, whilst the all important padded saddle is comfortable enough to cushion even occasional users.

Have no fears about the integrity of the frame, once unfolded it is absolutely rigid, the main thing that stands out is how quickly you’re able to barrel along, more than enough to keep up with other commuters. The seat and handlebar height are easily adjustable and we found it was equally suitable for men and women alike, ranging from 5"6 to 6"2.
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brianzion

from the websiteThe ‘Fold it’ bike from Saxon is great for commuting or us … from the websiteThe ‘Fold it’ bike from Saxon is great for commuting or using on camping trips away if you don’t have a tow bar or bike rack. Easily folded in seconds, it goes from a full 13” framed bike to an easily transported package of just 80 x 60 x 40cm, making it small enough to be kept in most car boots. Weighing just 15.2kg, it’s portable enough for trains or buses as well as for storing under the stairs.Road testedSmall wheelers are fun to ride and the Saxon doesn’t disappoint. The gears are responsive, the brakes more than up to the job and overall stability is good, whilst the all important padded saddle is comfortable enough to cushion even occasional users.Have no fears about the integrity of the frame, once unfolded it is absolutely rigid, the main thing that stands out is how quickly you’re able to barrel along, more than enough to keep up with other commuters. The seat and handlebar height are easily adjustable and we found it was equally suitable for men and women alike, ranging from 5"6 to 6"2.



I was once told by a Marlboro man that cigarettes were good for my health...
Personally, I take website blurbs with a pinch of salt. From a real world user, 12.1kgs for a folding bike is quite heavy - and certainly makes it a little awkward when getting onto trains/public transport. The 15.2kgs of this overweight Saxon just makes things even more awkward.

I am not saying this is a bad bike --- just saying that it is overly heavy...and to bear that in mind before you expect to be able to jump aboard trains and buses with it. As I say though, heat added for it being a steel frame with (basic) shimano components.
Wheels of Steel !
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Extra 15% off on Thursday store between 5-8pm if you have a discount card.
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Extra 15% off on Thursday store between 5-8pm if you have a discount card.
ive never had much luck with folding stuff
i once invented a folding bottle and called it a fottle, it didnt get recieved to well
so i went on to invent a folding table i called the fable, that went down even worse
i relised it was time to quit after my 3rd ivention the folding bucket.....
Flombard

Which is sillier this or a recumbent?


How is something that works silly?
The folding bikes are great if you have to get a train or bus and a recumbent is great for long distances because the aerodynamic shape makes them fast.
No reviews for this? £99 folding bikes are nothing special, only when it's an rebadged dahon is it a good deal.
philiptcourt

Extra 15% off on Thursday store between 5-8pm if you have a discount card.



Don't think you can use the 15% off with weekly specials. Back of coupon says "Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer (inc. weekly deals & coupons."
Fold up bikes have some nice advantages (I found using mine)

+ In rush hour, you will likely get away with a folding bike, some trains in peak hours wont let you on with a "full" bike
+ At work, you can take your bike inside the building (under desk) so no fear of robbery
+ At home, you can store the bike under your stairs - as opposed to going out to shed or garage (convenient)
+ You can take the bike "in the boot" of your car somewhere else to hook up with friends. No carrier needed.

I got one of the Dahons on a deal on this very website. I am amazed at how I much I like the silly thing


15KG!!!!!!!!!

Seriously!?
Wheels of Steel
Do I need to assemble it by myself? How's the condition when I receive it?
lesilie

Do I need to assemble it by myself? How's the condition when I receive it?



i would give them a ring to be sure i expect there may be a little assembly to do

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Maybe unfair without actually trying it but after researching the market for folders I bought Dahon. There are lots of folders out there but most are pretty horrible for all but the shortest journey and the weight of this one means you really wouldn't want to use it for rail commuting, etc. Also looks like it has the usual problem of insufficient distance from saddle to handlebars once unfolded which makes for a very awkward riding position. Probably OK from your caravan to the toilet block if it's not too far.
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lesilie

Do I need to assemble it by myself? How's the condition when I receive it?



The bike will probably come to you in its folded position - which means you'll just have to attach the pedals. Do be careful on the first 20 or so miles --- and make sure you get it checked over by a professional at that point...these cheap and cheerful bikes need to be properly looked over, otherwise they can become dangerous (poorly tensioned wheel spokes/badly set up brakes).

Also, I'd recommend just using it in the dry until you're confident with it --- badly set up brakes are fairly useless in the wet - particularly the cheap ones that are bound to be on this!
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Besford

Maybe unfair without actually trying it but after researching the market … Maybe unfair without actually trying it but after researching the market for folders I bought Dahon. There are lots of folders out there but most are pretty horrible for all but the shortest journey and the weight of this one means you really wouldn't want to use it for rail commuting, etc. Also looks like it has the usual problem of insufficient distance from saddle to handlebars once unfolded which makes for a very awkward riding position. Probably OK from your caravan to the toilet block if it's not too far.



I agree. If I were in the market for a folding bike, I'd look on Preloved, and search for Dahon, Tern, Brompton, Bike Friday --- people sell premium bikes at v.v.cheap prices on there (my Dahon Speed TR was basically unused, and cost me £140).

If you plan to get a lot of use out of your bike, spend a bit on it. This Saxon bike is the same as 1 and a half tanks of petrol. Cheap bikes are false economies -- you'll just never use it as much as you would a good bike.
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In addition to what I said earlier - my advice would be to search for the specific type/model of folder you need, and then have a search on the internet second-hand pages.

For example, a 7.6kg Dahon Helios was being sold in 2010 for £150.

lfgss.com/thr…tml

http://www.foldingbikes.co.uk/dahon/images/05_helios_sl.jpg
lohsmith

I agree. If I were in the market for a folding bike, I'd look on … I agree. If I were in the market for a folding bike, I'd look on Preloved, and search for Dahon, Tern, Brompton, Bike Friday --- people sell premium bikes at v.v.cheap prices on there (my Dahon Speed TR was basically unused, and cost me £140).If you plan to get a lot of use out of your bike, spend a bit on it. This Saxon bike is the same as 1 and a half tanks of petrol. Cheap bikes are false economies -- you'll just never use it as much as you would a good bike.



You must have a very small petrol tank! (_;)
30 quid more for this one from Decathlon, which is likely to be much better (though single speed only at this price):

decathlon.co.uk/b-f…tml
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Besford

30 quid more for this one from Decathlon, which is likely to be much … 30 quid more for this one from Decathlon, which is likely to be much better (though single speed only at this price):http://www.decathlon.co.uk/b-fold-20-id_8186827.html



For a single speeder, that's pretty damn heavy!! 13.8kg!!
lohsmith

For a single speeder, that's pretty damn heavy!! 13.8kg!!



Agreed but at £130 for a well designed and made folder it's not a bad choice. Frankly I wouldn't want to cart my 12kg Dahon on and off a train too often!
lohsmith

What's the BSO brigade?I personally own a Dahon Speed TR folding bike. … What's the BSO brigade?I personally own a Dahon Speed TR folding bike. That one has full mud guards, a 27 gear rear hub system, front and rear luggage holders, a dynamo hub on the front and a pretty tough steel frame (designed for cycle touring). With all those extras, my bike is still almost 3 kg's lighter. I dread to think just how unnecessarily heavy the frame is on this Saxon bike.



Says the Dahon Speet TR is 15.1KG on Dahons website
dahon.com/bik…-tr
I know they are expensive but after reviewing all the folding bike options, I've plumped for a Brompton. Not exactly money saving, but it does the job better than the rest. Personally I'm sick of standing for my entire journey on the train with my 24inch Dawes hybrid.
If the train is packed and there is a folded bike next to the door I move it onto the platform so I can get on! X)
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Says the Dahon Speet TR is 15.1KG on Dahons … Says the Dahon Speet TR is 15.1KG on Dahons websitehttp://www.dahon.com/bikes/2011/speed-tr



Mine is a 2005 model. The models seem to have bloated a bit over the years. The earliest model listed on the Dahon site is the 2008 - which is 13.5kg.
http://www.dahon.com/bikes/2008/speed-tr
(All of these Speed TR's have 27 gears, front and rear panniers & front dynamo hubs - all of which add a fair bit of weight)

So getting back to it - this Saxon is pretty damn heavy...and the geometry isn't too good either. However, for the money it isn't bad - assuming though that it has been designed by professionals rather than by a factory aiming to hit a particularly low cost price.
bigbadbren

I know they are expensive but after reviewing all the folding bike … I know they are expensive but after reviewing all the folding bike options, I've plumped for a Brompton. Not exactly money saving, but it does the job better than the rest. Personally I'm sick of standing for my entire journey on the train with my 24inch Dawes hybrid.



Brompton design is good for small size/portability due to 16" wheels so maybe best for taking on train but those small wheels make it a much worse ride, especially over poor surfaces. Everything is a compromise but a £600+ compromise was a bit rich for me!
The closest i can find is this
http://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/34558/Land_Rover_City_Folding_Bike_2011
and that is 17KGs without mudguards but shimao front and back

Dunno "My common sense is tingling" sez 99squid is a path to repeated self maintainence

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The closest i can find is … The closest i can find is thishttp://www.winstanleysbikes.co.uk/product/34558/Land_Rover_City_Folding_Bike_2011and that is 17KGs without mudguards but shimao front and backDunno "My common sense is tingling" sez 99squid is a path to repeated self maintainenceCOCO



I don't know why someone that enjoys cycling would go for either the Saxon or the Land Rover. What you are signing up to with either of those is a garage ornament - which may venture out once in a blue moon (only for you to then realise how bad the design is, and then mothball it once more).

Here's what I'd be looking at;

http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/105445245/dahon-helios-p8-folding-bike.html

http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/105530202/dahon-folding-bike.html
(This one has the SRAM 27 speed gear system; combines a 3 speed hub with a 9 speed Shimano cassette --- works amazingly well...gives the gear range of my mountain bike!)

Either of those are FAR better quality ... and you'll actually enjoy using them because the geometry is good! Plus, I dare say you'd be able to get either of those sellers to knock the price down to nearer 200.

Budget cycle = false economy.
robo989

15KG!!!!!!!!!Seriously!?


Here is a 15kg dumbell.
If you're a man, and complaining about lifting that, then you should have your bloke credentials revoked:
amazon.co.uk/Bod…-11
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hwangeruk

Here is a 15kg dumbell.If you're a man, and complaining about lifting … Here is a 15kg dumbell.If you're a man, and complaining about lifting that, then you should have your bloke credentials revoked:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bodymax-Hammertone-Hex-Dumbbells-15kg/dp/B000LAVY22/ref=sr_1_11?s=sports&ie=UTF8&qid=1335986183&sr=1-11



Nice contribution steroids.

Back to the discussion.
lohsmith

I don't know why someone that enjoys cycling would go for either the … I don't know why someone that enjoys cycling would go for either the Saxon or the Land Rover. What you are signing up to with either of those is a garage ornament - which may venture out once in a blue moon (only for you to then realise how bad the design is, and then mothball it once more).Here's what I'd be looking at;http://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/105445245/dahon-helios-p8-folding-bike.htmlhttp://www.preloved.co.uk/adverts/show/105530202/dahon-folding-bike.html(This one has the SRAM 27 speed gear system; combines a 3 speed hub with a 9 speed Shimano cassette --- works amazingly well...gives the gear range of my mountain bike!)Either of those are FAR better quality ... and you'll actually enjoy using them because the geometry is good! Plus, I dare say you'd be able to get either of those sellers to knock the price down to nearer 200.Budget cycle = false economy.



The Land Rover ones are rebadged Dahons!

And the two USED ones are still £300: simply not comparable.
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Besford

The Land Rover ones are rebadged Dahons!And the two USED ones are still … The Land Rover ones are rebadged Dahons!And the two USED ones are still £300: simply not comparable.




Didn't realise it was a rebadged Dahon. Doesn't look like one (but then again, I've never paid much attention to the Dahon budget range).

Those two that I listed are barely used (just take a look at the pictures). The one with the 27 gears is incredibly well spec'd...
Those are just what is listed at the mo' - more reasonable ones pop up all the time (for instance, my one). & in my experience, asking price and actual selling price on Preloved are two very different things.

I'm gonna tap out of this discussion - hope you all find what you are looking for though.
Good deal - hot.

Further 15% discount available using code 15MORE between 5-8pm tomorrow (Thursday 3rd May).
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