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I'm looking to buy a folding bike for my commute to work and want to spend $350-400. The bikes at Vela.ca look very good but I want to make sure I get the best deal. Shipping costs are also a concern. Vela has a flat rate of $35 which is very low.

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Thanks for posting, but localized questions aren't what we do. If you're concerned with buying a bike on the net, please reword and we'll reopen this. –  Neil Fein Sep 16 '10 at 14:50
    
to clarify, if you could remove the reference to Toronto from the title, we'll re-open. It's been suggested I may have closed this too quickly, please don't let that discourage you. :) –  Neil Fein Sep 16 '10 at 17:40
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ok edited to "canada" - i hope that's not 'too localized' (meta.bicycles.stackexchange.com/questions/60/…; –  MorganTiley Sep 17 '10 at 21:01
    
Note: The thinking on how we handle localized questions on this site has changed since the above exchange was posted. These questions are welcome, within reason. –  Neil Fein Aug 26 '11 at 21:41

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Downtube is well-thought-of, and they ship internationally. They also accept returns, although you'd be out the money for shipping.

Dahon has several bikes under $400US/$412CAD - the Boardwalk and Eco (and the 7-speed Speed is you can stretch your budget a little). Dahon is likely the best choice for a budget folder, and they have dealers in Canada.

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thanks those are some very good suggestions. Ever hear anything about Vela.ca ? –  MorganTiley Sep 20 '10 at 18:00
    
@Moofoo - no, sorry. –  Neil Fein Sep 20 '10 at 20:40

I'd suggest starting with your local bike shop. They're the ones that will do some of the servicing (I'm guessing) and having a good relationship with them is always important. If they can't even come close to pricing or won't get a folding bike for you then your local Craigslist might yield some results.

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