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Old 07-26-05, 11:11 AM   #1
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Comments I get on my folder

Ever since I got my folder about 14 months ago, Dahon Speed P8, I get lots of comments from people while I bike pass them or at a stop.

"That's a cool bike, man! That's so gangsta!"

"Mommy! Mommy! What's that?"

"You have a cool bike, dude!"

"What kind of bike is that?"

"That's a neat bike you have there!"

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Do you get comments when you go biking on your folder?

Having a folder is definitely an ice breaker. Random folks would talk to me at length about it and many would have questions to learn more about folders. I feel like I'm a liason for promoting folders.
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Old 07-26-05, 11:50 AM   #2
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I use my Bike Friday for 100K and 100 mile charity rides and I always get many comments

"Are you riding the whole ride on that little thing?"

"how far are you going on THAT thing?

My favorite comment was from a snobby guy riding a Colnago C50 at the end of a 100K ride. He asked "why are you riding that little thing?" I reminded him that "that little thing" finished before he did
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My favorite comment was from a snobby guy riding a Colnago C50 at the end of a 100K ride. He asked "why are you riding that little thing?" I reminded him that "that little thing" finished before he did
That's funny!

Having owned a Dahon for a while now, I'm feeling the urge to upgrade to a Bike Friday.
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Both good bikes. I have a Dahon Speed 8 and a Bike Friday. In my opinion, Dahons are better commuter bikes because they fold so easily. Bike Friday's are better for air travel because they pack much easier in the Samsonite suitcase... also, Bike Friday's are all made to measurement so fit is better.
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The first comment I got was from some stoners in a car: "Pop a wheelie!"

Then some kid walking down the sidewalk said "Cool bike!". I think it was genuine rather than sarcastic, but it's tough to tell with kids these days.

And the other week, stopped at a red light, a girl in the car next to me said, "Is that a trick bike?"

"No, it's a folding bike," I said.

(Quizzical look on the face of the girl in the car.)

"It folds up," I explained, making a pantomime box shape with my hands, "to about yay big..."

"Oh. Cool."
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Old 07-26-05, 03:22 PM   #6
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The number one, single most common comment / question I get because of my Dahon SpeedPro is...

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"How much does that cost?"

WTF?!? I kid you not, that's really what everybody asks.

Twice I've had guys in the street say "Dude I gotta see that again" upon watching me fold or unfold my SpeedPro.
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Old 07-26-05, 05:03 PM   #7
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The number one, single most common comment / question I get because of my Dahon SpeedPro is...

"How much does that cost?"

WTF?!? I kid you not, that's really what everybody asks.

Twice I've had guys in the street say "Dude I gotta see that again" upon watching me fold or unfold my SpeedPro.

Heh. Yeah, seems everyone these days is nutty over "cost" - now if people would start to learn the meaning of "value"...

BTW: I've seen your bike on the forum before oboeguy. VERY nice. Black and gold/yellow is one of favourite colour combos (right after black and red http://ca.geocities.com/af895/Westwood_side.jpg
http://www.ncf.ca/~af895/bike/KHS.html

I don't get "asked" much while riding but I do hear kids say stuff like "whoa, pimpin' ride"...
I ride pretty much kitted out for touring so there's a lot of gear hanging off her.
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Old 07-26-05, 05:24 PM   #8
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Not a day goes by when the front wheel (single side fork) on my Gobike doesn't draw questions/comments while I'm waiting at a light. As for my old Dahon Impulse, my three year old calls it my "scooter bike".
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Old 07-26-05, 06:14 PM   #9
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Not a day goes by when the front wheel (single side fork) on my Gobike doesn't draw questions/comments while I'm waiting at a light. As for my old Dahon Impulse, my three year old calls it my "scooter bike".
ram: where are you located?

I tried to get my hands on Go-Bike (they seem to be back in production but only sold in Quebec) but couldn't. If you're in Ottawa/Hull I'd love to see yours.
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Old 07-26-05, 06:19 PM   #10
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Both good bikes. I have a Dahon Speed 8 and a Bike Friday. In my opinion, Dahons are better commuter bikes because they fold so easily. Bike Friday's are better for air travel because they pack much easier in the Samsonite suitcase... also, Bike Friday's are all made to measurement so fit is better.
Hrmm, I'll have to think it over then. To get one or not. The extra steps required for disassembly may be inconvenient for me in some situations.
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Old 07-26-05, 06:44 PM   #11
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I've heard from a number of people the Bike-Friday isn't all that convenient a folder.
If you've got that kind of money to spend, there are a lot of options. Airnimal perhaps?
Take a look here for reviews: http://www.foldsoc.co.uk/
Click "test reports" from the left menu. (my "choosing a first folder in Canada" review is near the bottom) ;p
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Old 07-26-05, 07:01 PM   #12
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On the Metro last winter a gentleman looked my folded bike over, looked me over, and finally said, "Howdja break yer bike?"

What do you say to that?
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Someone usually will ask if it's really a bike. Like, if it wasn't, how would I be riding it?

Strange....

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I generally get favorable comments on my folders.When i ride my 14 inch Roll N Fold i am asked if it is a trick bike.
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I received two comments today:

"Hey, how many clowns can fit on that thing at one time?"

"When you go to the bike shop, do they make you come in through a tiny door in the back?"

I wasn't upset by it. I know envy when I see it.

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In london, even though they are now quite popular, Strida still gets a lot of attention, generally positive. Different story with the Brompton - as now very popular, it rarely gets a 2nd look.

Comments seem to depend on age - younger folk seem to like the Strida - "Cool" "wow" etc. and want to know what it is and where it comes from ... good job its a short reply .... "strida.com". And then there is the usual "how much ?"
Brompton doesn't seem to be as popular with young people - I have been called a "prat" on it, but the fold seems to get +ve nods, and knowing glances of aproval from other brommie users.
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Old 08-04-05, 02:02 AM   #17
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Someone usually will ask if it's really a bike. Like, if it wasn't, how would I be riding it?

Strange....

Koffee
The do look kinda like electic scooter thingies to the unobservant.
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Old 08-04-05, 11:50 AM   #18
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Last Friday I bought a Giant Halfway in Tribeca, NYC. Saturday I took it to Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY) for a shakedown cruise. Just before going in I stopped at the ice-cream cart to top up on fluids. The vendor made favorable comments about my really cool bike. I was pleased since this guy must see a gajjilion bikes a day from $49 to $4999 and everything in-between including recumbents, probably he gives recumbent riders kudo's as well.

Monday morning riding in to the city I was honked at several times and was getting kind of p.o.'d till I realized the honkers were all on the side of me without forks and were trying to warn me about my impending crash :-). The security personnel at my building made a major fuss and one of them asked me how much. As the elevator doors were closing I heard one of them say that "he paid at least $1000.00 for that kind of bike" he was of course corrected by the officer I had informed. Halfway owners you can at least double the price you claim for your bike and be believed. Last nignt however I was riding through Clinton Hill when someone yelled to me "Hey, get a car". He wasn't even driving one. This morning someone who *was* driving a car yelled the same thing only he said, "Hey why don't you 'buy' a car. Do they think we ride bikes cuz we can't afford cars???

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I got a "wierd bike" comment a couple of days ago from a group of folks sitting on the bleachers drinking beer (no game going on). It was before noon FWIW - guess they were getting started early.
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