Originally Posted by knobster
Surprised at how light that bike is for it's age. Good pick up.
Yea, I was really shocked by the weight. It just has such a good weight and feel to it.
Fiance has been playing around with it a bit but the seat is not working for him. Now he wants something cushy. I'll probably have to let him play around with a couple of the other seats I've got available (except my brooks). He's ridden around on my mountain bike a fair bit with no issues so that seat may work (and would give me an excuse to get a brooks for the mtb).
Sadly I've had no time to play with the folder yet. May be 2-3 weeks before I get the chance since I have a major midterm coming up next friday.
I did give both bikes a good cleaning and lubed the chains. There's a tiny bit of rust on some of the parts of the folder, as well as the cheap screws used to put the rack and fenders on but the drivetrain looks great.
The rockhopper is nearly spotless other than that the chain needs a bit better cleaning than I gave it since the old lube had completely hardened and caked on. If he starts riding regularly or I can talk him into commuting (his car is dying and his work is only ~5 miles from our house) we'll probably take it down to the LBS for a tune up.
I am thinking the best use for the folder will be when I drive home and don't want to deal with the trunk rack. I've got a little stepsister who absolutely loves being able to come out on a bike ride with me but no adult sized bikes at my dad's house for me to ride with her so I have to bring my own.
CodyBroken: I'd be interested to see the pics of the frakenbike. I can sympathize with not being able to find good deals on bikes in the right size. I'm 5'6" and ride a 17" MTB and a 52cm road bike both of which are on the large size for my leg length (but I've got a long torso so a smaller frame often feels cramped). Finding frames in those sizes on craigslist here seems to be almost impossible except for the people who are looking to get 90% of purchase price for a 4-5 year old bike. I see a lot more deals on bikes that are 60cm/20"+.
oakdale: I can't find any easy way to roll the Dahon while it's folded. I think it must be something specific to some folding bikes. I may pick up a bag for it to make moving it easier.