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Cruising with Bicycles
As with most things in sailing these days, it''s always easy to find ways to increase the cost of something by 100% or more so that we can seek a 10% improvement. I''m sure there are bikes that offer little opportunity of rusting, and let''s remember the kevlar-reinforced rubber bike ''chain'' that''s now part of one new folding Euro bike (at only $700+/- USD or so). When folks find $4-$5K for a refrigerator/freezer installation, or end up paying $1K by the time their high-output alternator is hooked up and working (without self-destructing), it''s no wonder when niche distributors & retailers come up with relatively exotic product choices at relatively stratospheric costs.
By contrast, I first started using a Dahon aluminum wheel-rimmed but steel framed folding bike in 1987; it also has many other steel parts. It''s been aboard a boat about half of the last 17 years, it''s comparable in cost, tho'' not in features (fewer) or size (smaller) with the current steel-framed Dahon. It shows a little surface rust, I changed the seat so it''s more comfy, and I''ve been thru several rounds of tire & tube changes. I used it this past winter to ride all around London, a conjested, traffic-competitive environment on a scale with New Dehli and more challenging than New York. I can''t imagine a better endorsement for the confidence I still have in this now-elderly but fully functional bike...and I can''t imagine what ''problem'' one would be trying to solve by buying something more exotic and pricey.
BTW it''s nice to hear folks can sail around Lake Michigan with bikes strapped to the lifelines...but dont'' try it near salt water. Even in a bag, it''s very, very hard on a bike...even an aluminum/plastic one that still has steel gears, bearings, cables and such.