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Old 07-19-07, 09:11 PM   #1
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Chance to buy an old Dahon 'Getaway' 20" single speed coaster brake with original bag for $ 95.00. Has been a boat bike so has had very few miles. Mechanicals perfect w/ tight bearings. I am a Bottecchia road biker but I buy into the commuting and city exploring possibilities as expressed in this forum (I also plan to use it to inflatable raft and fish and bird down rivers and ride it back to the car). My main question is about it being a single speed. What do you think? I like the simplicity and light weight. Should I go ahead and buy it as a starter folder? Thanks for help.
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Single speed with coaster brake! Nice and clean and simple. Single speed probably won't be a problem as long as you accept that you won't be climbing any steep hills (unless you're quadzilla) or beaking speed records. I would go ahead and get it. You'll soon be hooked.
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Sounds like a nice simple bike for what you want - and as you put it - probably a perfect 'starter'. If you like it but find the gears aren't tall enough it's likely you can swap out the sprocket or get a bigger chainwheel to counter any shortfalls (I'd imagine a singlespeed folder is geared for more casual riders than a roadie such as yourself).

Inflatable raft touring sounds awesome - I love that bike-in-a-boat/boat-in-a-bike thing
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Chance to buy an old Dahon 'Getaway' 20" single speed coaster brake with original bag for $ 95.00. Has been a boat bike so has had very few miles. Mechanicals perfect w/ tight bearings. I am a Bottecchia road biker but I buy into the commuting and city exploring possibilities as expressed in this forum (I also plan to use it to inflatable raft and fish and bird down rivers and ride it back to the car). My main question is about it being a single speed. What do you think? I like the simplicity and light weight. Should I go ahead and buy it as a starter folder? Thanks for help.
I would get the bike. I started out with a similar single speed Boardwak S1. I upgraded some (but not all since it was not necessary for me) components and added accessories like a bag(s), a slipcover, and lights to get a perfect bike for me. See the links below for photos and descriptions. And that is the most important thing about folding bikes. They are so flexible.

When and if you are ready to buy another high performance new bike, this bike will help point you in the right direction. Let us know what you want to do.
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Thanks for the information and opinions. I bought the bike this afternoon (nautical consignment shop in Annapolis, MD) and pumped the tires, adjusted the seat and pushed off for first ride. Fantastic! What a responsive easy ride that turns on a dime. I can see why one would feel better control in tight city quarters. I suspect that it has not been ridden (the insides of the fenders are spotless). I now have to figure out how to fold it. I'll post a picture ASAP.
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Forwarding photo of the Dahon Getaway with the inflatable. I intend to bag and mount the Dahon flat on the bow of the inflatable for downstream trips and then use the bike to retrieve the car. The bike is in great shape and bags up in seconds. I am looking for a bike trailer that I can modify for more ambitious travels. I am learning tons from this forum. Thanks.
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