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    My New (to me) Dahon 3 speed

    I had some chain problems earlier and just got it back from the LBS where my wife bought it for me. I went on a ride in the neighborhood with my daughter this evening which was a lot of fun. This is my first folder and my first bike in 20 years. My plan is to ride to work (2 miles). Anyway, I am excited to get it back from the LBS and may do some upgrades as I get used to it.
    Thanks.
    Rob

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    It is a beauty. It appears to be an old Hon bike. I think you will be enjoying it for many more years than you could know.

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    How much u get it for? Does your commute include hills? I'm looking to get my first folding bike

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    re:dahon new(to me)

    It says DaHon, California on a tag on the handlebars, so I don't know if that helps date it or not. My commute has 2 long gentle sloping hills, but I have not ridden it yet. I will on Monday, or maybe Sunday afternoon if I get time. I have been ok on steeper, shorter hills in my neighborhood. I had some earlier chain problems, so was unable to do any real riding at all on it until yesterday. We got it for $175. I am not sure if that is a good price for this bike or not, but it was in our budget. It has no rear fender, and the front one is cut off. I think I will want a fender to help with splatter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by locostbamboo
    It says DaHon, California on a tag on the handlebars, so I don't know if that helps date it or not. My commute has 2 long gentle sloping hills, but I have not ridden it yet. I will on Monday, or maybe Sunday afternoon if I get time. I have been ok on steeper, shorter hills in my neighborhood. I had some earlier chain problems, so was unable to do any real riding at all on it until yesterday. We got it for $175. I am not sure if that is a good price for this bike or not, but it was in our budget. It has no rear fender, and the front one is cut off. I think I will want a fender to help with splatter.

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    Rob
    i had one like yours..sold it and replaced it with a boardwalk d6..
    when i change the rear cog to 16 tooth..i could take the hills easier..you can go bigger..
    diy..buy the cog for couple bucks .. and swap it..same cog as beach cruisers..
    i have the 16" fenders..left over.. sent you a message..

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    re:dahon new(to me)

    Thanks Wilzz, I appreciate the info on the cog, and I may take you up on the fender as well.

    Dunkee8, I just made the commute this morning in my rain gear, and it was fine. Again, I have long, gradual hills.

    I do have some funny clunking noises that are sparatic. I would like to figure out where they are coming from. Chain held just fine, so that appears to be resolved.

    I have enjoyed this forum greatly and it is all your faults that I am now hooked on these bikes!

    Thanks.

    Rob

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    A first generation Hon bike. It's good to see these old bikes still on the road.

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    I bought the same model bike . It looks like the crank has already been upgraded on yours.The original was a steel design with a folding crank arm on mine .It proved bothersome so I replaced it. It kept coming loose while riding.I have a 52t alloy crank on my classic 3 frame and wider curved handlebars covered with cork bar tape and gel handgrips at the ends.The gearing is 64 gear inches fixed wheel.My bike is red as well and I have added a rear fender( It was a front fender for a 26 inch mtb) and replaced the stock saddle.

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    re:dahon new(to me)

    James, do you have a picture of yours?

    I would love to see it.

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    My classic

    Quote Originally Posted by locostbamboo
    James, do you have a picture of yours?

    I would love to see it.

    Thanks.

    Rob
    Sorry, I am stone age when it comes to putting pictures on the web.I Graduated Bedrock High the year after Fred Flintstone. My classic really does not look much different than yours.I have the same model only it is a fixie with a front brake only.The rear fender is a planet bike product( Black plastic) and is mounted on the rear brake boss. The handlebars are off a Huffy Luna someone traded in on a new bike and are similiar to the ones on a Bianchi milano.The front brake lever is for a mountain bike (I bought a set from bike Nashbar).It gives much better braking than the stock lever.I hardly ever use the front brake though.The handlebar ends are stuffed with wine corks and over them go black gel grips . The rest of the bar is covered with blue and black cork handlebar tape.This allows me to move my hands around.I use 16 inch by 1.75 in Bmx tires which are inflatable to 65 psi.You can pick up the same thing at your local K mart for about 8 dollars a tire.They are much better than the original rubber. The three speed hub was sold off and i replaced it with a bmx wheel running a 13 tooth track cog secured with loctite red . I have had not had any problems with it . If the any of the qr levers breaks( it happened to me) you can secure things with a lock nut from the hardware store .Since your bike is pretty old I do not envision replacement parts being easy to come by . I think if necessary you may be able to use a new dahon seatpost to replace your current one .I replaced the stock saddle with a well padded sprung saddle.I use a handlebar bag to carry my tools and wallet etc .Hydration is supplied by a cannondale velcro water bottle mount it has a holder which is semi circular and mounts on the top tube below the brace. The water bottle has velcro on it too so when you put them together they stay put.I have a L.E .D flasher on the seatpost and an Led headlight up front. I have stretched a bit of inner tube around the seat post and the flasher is secured around that. If you need any tips let me know But I think I have told you all about my classic .Besides you may come up with better solutions to problems with your bike than I have with mine. James
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