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Old 11-17-13, 03:47 PM   #701
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Oh completely - it's a great build, it's just not attractive to MY subjective (and silly) ethos. I think most of my bikes are ugly, but still like riding them


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I sense a little "41" in you!

Is 41 the c/v? If so - guilty!
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Old 11-17-13, 04:23 PM   #702
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Is 41 the c/v? If so - guilty!
The 41 is the roadie forum, our "Hot or Not" thread is quite subjective as well. So much that its comical @ times.
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Old 11-17-13, 05:29 PM   #703
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Doesn't seem like anyone takes it too seriously though. My main commuter is by no means hot, but I enjoy it anyway.
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Old 11-18-13, 10:21 AM   #704
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Non DT side and chain in small ring intentional. Please also note the 60 mm valve stem.

18.5 lb naked. 20.3 lb with full coffee mug, heavy duty mtb cage*, xt pedals, and fenders.

Summer weight weenie mode: no fenders, carbon disc hoops, carbon cage, and A600 spd pedals.

*required to hold mug in place as "i make cyclists look bad" on my way to work.
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Old 11-18-13, 11:24 AM   #705
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Non DT side and chain in small ring intentional. Please also note the 60 mm valve stem.

18.5 lb naked. 20.3 lb with full coffee mug, heavy duty mtb cage*, xt pedals, and fenders.

Summer weight weenie mode: no fenders, carbon disc hoops, carbon cage, and A600 spd pedals.

*required to hold mug in place as "i make cyclists look bad" on my way to work.
It really needs a CF kickstand to go with the CF fenders and the CF spacer above the stem.
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Old 11-18-13, 11:27 AM   #706
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Old 11-18-13, 11:28 AM   #707
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Non DT side and chain in small ring intentional. Please also note the 60 mm valve stem.

18.5 lb naked. 20.3 lb with full coffee mug, heavy duty mtb cage*, xt pedals, and fenders.

Summer weight weenie mode: no fenders, carbon disc hoops, carbon cage, and A600 spd pedals.

*required to hold mug in place as "i make cyclists look bad" on my way to work.
kitsch

now i understand why you comment the why you do.
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Old 11-18-13, 11:48 AM   #708
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HOT! Nice simple comfortable commuter. I like it.
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Old 11-18-13, 01:39 PM   #709
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Heckuva lot of seatpost you got there, pardner.

I still like it, though!

Here's mine.









Mine has the same thing going on, but I could not find any other folder even close to large enough for me-- I still need about another inch of seat post...!
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Old 11-18-13, 01:57 PM   #710
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Heckuva lot of seatpost you got there, pardner.

I still like it, though!

Here's mine.









Mine has the same thing going on, but I could not find any other folder even close to large enough for me-- I still need about another inch of seat post...!
interesting ... really like the wall colour!
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Perhaps the best looking Dahon I have ever seen.
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kitsch
now i understand why you comment the why you do.
one person's kitsch is another person's gold. in fact, i've always believed that the perfect commuter is a personal and idiosyncratic choice rather than some sort of platonic ideal. for some this might be a walmart BSO, a trek 7100 hybrid, a vintage nishiki, a german touring bike, a bridgestone XO, a 40 lb pashley,a 22 lb titanium brompton, a fredly orbea diem, or even a 15 grand s-works road bike. it's all good.

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Non DT side and chain in small ring intentional. Please also note the 60 mm valve stem.

18.5 lb naked. 20.3 lb with full coffee mug, heavy duty mtb cage*, xt pedals, and fenders.

Summer weight weenie mode: no fenders, carbon disc hoops, carbon cage, and A600 spd pedals.

*required to hold mug in place as "i make cyclists look bad" on my way to work.
How could you possibly make cyclists look bad with a full-carbon machine like that?
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It really needs a CF kickstand to go with the CF fenders and the CF spacer above the stem.
H8Rz gonna h8.

the fenders are just fredly carbon print -- even i can't muster the shamelessness to buy $318 berthoud carbon fenders.
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How could you possibly make cyclists look bad with a full-carbon machine like that?
like I said it's def kitsch

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Perhaps the best looking Dahon I have ever seen.
+1 - I never thought I'd say this - but that Dahon has STYLE!
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Non DT side and chain in small ring intentional. Please also note the 60 mm valve stem.

18.5 lb naked. 20.3 lb with full coffee mug, heavy duty mtb cage*, xt pedals, and fenders.

Summer weight weenie mode: no fenders, carbon disc hoops, carbon cage, and A600 spd pedals.

*required to hold mug in place as "i make cyclists look bad" on my way to work.
Looks very effective, and I like the build a lot in terms of function. I don't understand the rear fender, poop or get off the pot, but otherwise I think it's smart...

I can't call it hot, but only because of one thing - that bulbous Shimano crank...I guess my pet peeve are Shimano cranks, they're just hideous with one or two exceptions. I'm not a CF guy and I'm not usually into straight bars, but it's such a clever build that it works for me. This is a case where the sum is greater than the parts.
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How could you possibly make cyclists look bad with a full-carbon machine like that?
i know...right?
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Looks very effective, and I like the build a lot in terms of function. I don't understand the rear fender, poop or get off the pot, but otherwise I think it's smart...

I can't call it hot, but only because of one thing - that bulbous Shimano crank...I guess my pet peeve are Shimano cranks, they're just hideous with one or two exceptions. I'm not a CF guy and I'm not usually into straight bars, but it's such a clever build that it works for me. This is a case where the sum is greater than the parts.

yeah...the shimano cranks are fugly (and a pain to work on). i was considering the 6600 crank but finally went with the 6700 because i like to imagine that i can feel a difference in power transfer. i somewhat regret the choice...

i ran p35s on this bike for years but started using race blades because i like to take the fenders off when it's dryish. (i have a rain bike that wears fenders year round.)

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Hot.
The juxtaposition of fat slicks and drops on a dahon is all sorts of awesome!
I like the tape color choice but the saddle is too busy for me.

Can you post details on the build.
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one person's kitsch is another person's gold. in fact, i've always believed that the perfect commuter is a personal and idiosyncratic choice rather than some sort of platonic ideal. for some this might be a walmart BSO, a trek 7100 hybrid, a vintage nishiki, a german touring bike, a bridgestone XO, a 40 lb pashley,a 22 lb titanium brompton, a fredly orbea diem, or even a 15 grand s-works road bike. it's all good.


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^^^ Agree in full...great post, right on the money. I love weird, creative, Frankensteins that pay no attention at all to convention and just reflect the owner's individual tastes and needs.

I'll always love road bikes first...but there is a sameness to them. Commuters and gravel grinders are just more fun because everyone's approach is just a little bit different. They may not be hot...but they're fun. My goofy commuter is definitely not hot, but it reflects my personality more than the beautiful, classic roadies.

REALLY dig that Dahon.

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Old 11-19-13, 09:58 AM   #723
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hot in a way that she is hot:



i would definitely talk with her at a local café if she was sitting there just as I would make a closer inspection of your bike if I saw it parked on the street
I think I get what you're saying but you picked the most normal and pedestrian picture of Bjork out there. Would you talk to her/think she was hot if you saw her sitting in a local cafe in the swan costume she wore to the Oscars years ago?

I like the bike because there are so many things that don't match and probably most people wouldn't have put together or have thought should even go together. I do that when I put an outfit together or make earrings and it's cool to see it done with a bike.
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Not even sure if my wife is going to commute on this, but we got it on Saturday, and it's a much hotter-riding bike than it looks. It's light and nimble yet very easy to control. We are both very impressed.

Trek 7.3 FX. I think it's approximately a 2008 model, but I really don't know. Clearly the front wheel has been replaced.

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This is what I rode today...

I'm way late on this but I'd say replace seatpost rack with trebuchet. Then it would be HOT.
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