Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Fremont, CA
Bikes: Ti Sports roadie, Cannondale CAAD 3, Tern Cargo Node, Helix (soon)
The article is pretty dated, and I'm not sure he specifically mentions a particular model (other than one "involved in the Westcott accident," which I'm not going to bother to look up). In addition, he, of all people, ought to know - being an "expert witness" and all - that contradicting bike manual statements are usually a mix of fact, hyperbole, and legally suggested restraints all mixed together so that, yes, the reader can often be confused about the bike's true capabilities. To use the manual as a foundation for a legal case or opening statement is pretty lame to me.
Anyway, for my Dahon Boardwalk S1, I found the front hub was too loose. Blue Loctite on one side of the cones didn't work well, so I used red loctite on both sides, and so far, no rattle or squirrel-iness(sp?) while in motion (primarily the rattling).
As far as Forrester's Dahon model having bad trail and thus bad stability, I noticed that the Boardwalk S1 is very stable when the forks are turn 180 degrees, giving negative trail like shopping cart wheels or a Xootr scooter, though it's positive trail, and thus stability, never bothered me before anyway (riding no-handed for 5+ plus miles with different fork directions felt the same). The only reason I can turn the forks 180 degrees is because I don't have any cables attached - one of the benefits of coaster brakes.
Last edited by spambait11; 03-15-06 at 07:31 PM.