Back on the saddle -- Got a new 06 Dahon Speed P8 today
I haven't ridden a bike for months since I'm 7 weeks into recovering from my collarbone surgery. Ironically, it wasn't a bicycle injury. Yesterday the local orthopedist said that I'm healed from a medical perspective and can do things without restriction, though I beg to differ. I can somewhat ride a bike, but I can't lift it. I can't ride my road bike, but I can ride an upright one, like a folding bicycle.
Last week I sold my '05 Dahon Boardwalk D7 so I can make room for an '06 Dahon Speed P8.
So I pulled the trigger today and bought it at Gotham Bikes in NYC.
I wanted fenders, so to fit it they had to remove the thick tires and put in 100psi thin tires without charging me extra. That was nice of them.
I bought the bike during lunchtime and was able to ride it home. The saddle on this bike isn't as comfy as the one on the Boardwalk, but the ride was different. I can't put my finger on it, so I'll see why it's so...
I find it a little perplexing that you sold your Boardwalk to make room for your new Speed. Since these types of bikes take up so little space even in NYC, why bother? When I purchased my new folder (a Brompton) a couple of months ago, I sure as hell kept my trusty Boardwalk as a back-up and another folder for a visitor to use.
I really don't have that much space in my apartment, esp since I also have a road bike.
In retrospect, I should have just kept the Boardwalk. The parts may be better, but for me, I couldn't tell much vs the Boardwalk. The seat on the Boardwalk is more comfy. The difference was incremental, but not enough for me to notice much. Much of the difference is psychological -- hey at least it looks cooler. I wish my LBS were more informed and didn't tell me that I couldn't replace the Boardwalk's skewers with quick-releases.