Folding Bikes - Da hon folder question
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01-07-07, 06:32 PM
Hello folder folks.
I came across a used Dahon folder in a thrift shop and since I know absolutely nothing about folders.
I call upon your assistance.
The model of the bike is called.......... Da bike.
Condition wise I call it an 8.5 and 10 for me is something still in the box.
I have a nice geared bike and a fixed gear bike so I'm not calling on high performance.
I would of bought the bike on the spot except for the price they were asking.
It was 150.00 and that's by far the most I ever seen a bike priced for at a thrift shop.
When I got home I did some research but I can't find that exact model on the Dahon site and wow folders are a lot more expensive then I thought.
It looks to me it's perhaps a middle of the road model compared to the features listed on their newer bikes?
Is 150.00 a good price for this paticular model or should I keep looking.
Thanks for the help.
01-07-07, 09:00 PM
I just saw a brand new Dahon Boardwalk S-1, 7 speed bike, brand new for $199, on the Interweb, here:
So a used Dahon for $150, and brand new one for $199, fifty bucks more. Oh, and the new Dahon will come with a lifetime frame warranty, and the thrift shop bike will come as-is. Really, for only $50 more, a lifetime frame warranty is a pretty nice deal.
I wonder if the thrift store will bargain on the price? If they came down to $100, and the bike is in really great condition, that wouldn't be so bad. I doubt that they would. They probably saw the same bike that I saw on eBay sell for $146, and figured that was a good price for their bike.
This is what a Da bike looks like:
01-07-07, 10:01 PM
Michael, thanks for the great info !
I figured someone in the store did some research to come up with that price but your right 50 bucks more for a new bike plus a warranty is a much better deal.
It's a bummer someone did the research their usual price for nicer bikes has always been 49.99.
Mean while I did some browsing around on this forum ( first time over here BTW) and started reading that monster thread on the Swift folder and damn that looks like a great bike.
I may have to rethink this folding bike fun towards a high performance model after all.
01-08-07, 02:32 PM
This situation illustrates how important it is to consider where you buy the buy, rather than how much the bike costs. If the bike is only a few dollars (or whatever) off compared to a warranty protected newer model version of the same bike company, it is usually a no-brainer to buy or not to buy. It is a consumer beware world out there for the unawared or unknowledgable. Even in thrift stores.
01-08-07, 04:40 PM
50 bucks max..... Thats what its worth compared to a new 200 dlr Boardwalk.
Dahon have gone through a lot of improvements over the last years.
Which make the older ones feel somewhat strange flexy and totally different
and I aint saying that cause I sell the new ones ...
01-08-07, 07:51 PM
>>Michael, thanks for the great info !
You're welcome. My wife volunteers at a community thrift store (their proceeds go to people living with AIDS), and they got a bike donated the other day, that was a rusty 1990's steel MTB, with two flat tires. They asked me what price to put on it. I said $10, and I meant it. After someone oils it, cleans the rust off and puts on two new tubes (maybe tires, as well), hey, they have earned it.
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