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Old 05-23-05, 03:03 PM   #1
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my very first dahon.

I'm so glad I found this forum.

I'm just getting the hang of biking, and am shopping for a new bike. My sista described the folding bike to me (she was amazed when she came across one in London last summer), and I was hooked. I bonded with the Dahon Espresso immediately I saw it online. But being me, I'd like to try out something like a bike before taking it home.

Does anyone know a store in New Orleans, LA or Houston, TX that carries Dahons? Also, I'd really like to save as much as I can, and I would not mind a used one. Perhaps someone is replacing their 2004 Espresso with a 2005, and would like about half price for it. Or a website that carries used Dahons. Ebay has nothing I'm interested in.

Thanks and hope to hear from you.
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Old 05-23-05, 03:41 PM   #2
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You can search on Dahon's site for nearby dealers. Unfortunately, they're not listing any "stocking" dealers anywhere near either of those cities. Meaning, while they can order one for you, it's likely you won't be able to waltz into one of those shops and test-ride an Espresso. Still, you might want to call around and see.

It's actually pretty tough for people like me and you, who live in places without a LBS that sells folders, to make the jump and get one. I would up trying a Speed P8 out while I was on vacation in Chicago. Then I had the bike shop (Rapid Transit) ship it to me when I got back home.

Hopefully, as Dahon adds more stocking dealers and folders become more popular, this sad state of affairs will change.


P.S. If you do find a place to test drive an Espresso, be sure to try out some of the 16" and 20" models too. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, and may find that you don't need those big ol' 26" tires after all!

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Old 05-24-05, 10:11 PM   #3
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There are many more stocking Dahon dealers than show on Dahon's website. This year Dahon changed their sales structure making it advantageous for dealers to stock rather than just order one bike at a time. The website additions are added overseas and they are running months behind. Chances are there is a stocking dealer near you. I recommend that you email contact@dahon.com to locate a dealer in your area. I'd be surprised if you can't find a stocking dealer in Houston or New Orleans. If you want to find an internet dealer just run a Google or Yahoo search for Dahon.
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