Dahon Curve D3 - First Impressions
The UPS guy was kind enough to deliver the bike today. I took some pix, hopefully anyone who wants to see more detail than is shown on the Dahon website will be able to see it in these photos. They're all 1024 pixels wide, so they're not too big. The last one is a full size, 6 MP shot, a bit over 2 MB.
The file names will give you a clue as to what the photos contain.
I'm just inserting links, so this page doesn't load too slowly.
As you can see, it did come with fenders and the rack. I left the rack on for now. If I feel the bike's too heavy, I'll take it off.
The seat is horrible. it's one of those that looks like it is anatomically-shaped, but actually isn't. It pries one's butt apart right behind the sack. Just horrible. But at least it is small. It doesn't seem like it would cost much to make a seat like Jur has on his Swift? But apparently it does.
The lowest gear ratio is higher than I thought it would be. Hill climbing will be a stand-up deal unless it's a shallow hill or you're hardcore. It is useful for mild uphills. Second gear is good for all-around cruising on flat land. Third gear is for going fast(er) downhill or on flat ground with a bit of effort.
I like the tires, esp. the reflective tape embedded in them.
The front wheel, at the rim, is not as smooth as it should be. I'll probably gently work on this a bit with the Dremel, so it doesn't take a small chunk out of the brake pad each time it goes around under braking. The wheel is slightly crooked, even though the seemed to be well-packed. It does that annoying thing whne you squeeze the brake where it grabs hard, then nothing then hard every time the wheel turns around.
The turning radius is pretty mind-bending. In first gear, I can ride around in about a 6' circle, leaned back in the seat, with one hand on the handlebar until I get too dizzy to go on. Not that this is the most useful thing, but at times, it is nice to be able to swerve super-quickly.
My wife and I were going for a ride in the forest preserve. (lots of hills, pea gravel surface) When we got there, I took the D3 out of the trunk, then went to take her MTB out of the trunk, only to discover the front tire was dead flat. Two days ago, it had 45 psi in it. So I think she picked up a thorn. I tried the pump that's hidden in the seat-post, and it is quite brilliant. But it must be a big hole somewhere, because it was flat again very quickly.
My neighbor got home, called me PeeWee Herman. I said: "Let's go for a ride." So we went, and I raced him down a mild grade, and won. (only just) He's got a Trek 900 MTB from 8 years ago or so. He couldn't keep up with me, but admittedly, my legs are about 10% stronger than his, and he doesn't quite embrace the idea of frequent shifting. So I asked him how it felt to get smoked by PeeWee. :D
The intructions are good. More later.
Here's the modem-burner full size image of dahonopen1, above: