Join Date: Nov 2004
Bikes: Dahon Presto, Trek MTB, Randonee
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I used to have a Piccolo, and now ride a Presto. I am just a bit over 6 feet tall, so I also barely fit on this model bike. Regarding your questions:
1. Mine came with fenders, so cannot offer any help here. Do find them though. If you plan to use the bike for your daily commute they are an absolute necessity.
2. Regarding the height of the handle bars- at first I was adjusting the bars each time I performed the ride/fold cycle. I finally adjusted the bars to achieve a tight fold, and then left them there. They are a bit lower than I would like, but acceptable. Since I use the bike for short trips it is okay. Once I stopped adjusting the handlebars each time, folding became a 10 – 15 second operation.
One other recommendation I can make are these panniers from Nashbar:
There is no way to use traditional panniers on this bike, but these panniers are connected by a 5 inch wide strip of material. This allows you to sling them over the handle bars. There are even a couple of tie down straps which work perfectly to secure the panniers to the hand grips. This allows me to carry a change of clothes without using a backpack.
Hope you enjoy your bike. I have been commuting on mine for 3 years now and am a very satisfied.