First thing’s first. Let’s look at the benefits of having a bike, regardless of style:
- You never have to worry about avoiding one side of the street when the street cleaners come
- You never have to worry about overstaying your welcome at a particular parking meter
- You keep those glutes taut
- You’re more likely to build a sense of community with other cyclists on the street, even if it is for the 15 seconds you’re stopped at a traffic light
Now let’s consider a handful of the cons of having a bike:
- It takes up so much space in your apartment/house/studio and/or car
- It can be heavy to lug around town, up and down stairs, in and out of work, etc.
- It could be stolen by some jackass, even if you lock it up
- It can be dangerous to travel in areas overwhelmed with traffic
With the exception of that last concern (which you can resolve with one of our many bike light sets), our Retrospec Speck SS Folding Bike eradicates the rest. This bicycle easily and quickly breaks down to be transported and stored without a second thought. In a matter of moments, this 24-pounder folds up to stand at 10x30x22”. You can carry it with you inside, outside, upside, downside, no problem, and rest easy knowing no one will snatch your precious mode of transportation. When folded and secured with the strap, the Speck takes up so little space, you can squeeze it into practically any space in your apartment, car, boat, or RV. This bicycle is the folding standard for commuting on city streets, exercising on flat or slightly hilly paths, and certainly leisurely winding around country roads.
Similarities between the Speck and the Uno
Retrospec Bicycles and Dahon offer similar folding bikes. The two bikes stand at nearly the same stature and are of comparable sizes when folded (the Speck is 10x30x22” while the Uno is 11.8x30x25”). As aforementioned, the Speck is about 24 pounds while the Uno is 24.2 pounds. Both bikes are single-speeds and have similar parts and folding instructions.
The Bottom Line
The Retrospec Speck and the Dahon Uno are, as you may have noted, fairly comparable as far as size, functionality, and comfort go. The Speck is slightly smaller and slightly lighter but made to last. Retrospec’s folding bike is designed and constructed with the rider in mind, complete with a lightweight but durable hand-built aluminum frame, which by the way is 30% lighter than steel or chromoly (the material the Uno is made of). The wheels are 20” with Kenda Kwest commuter tires, clad with smooth rounded tread and large water dispersion grooves. This particular folding bike also comes in a variety of colors, including (but not limited to) cream, navy, gray, and coral, unlike the Dahon Uno which only comes in black. But what’s more is that the Speck is about $100 less than the Uno. We’d say our biggest selling point is the fact you could buy one and a third Specks for the price of one Uno. But, let’s be honest, you can’t do too much with a third of a bike.