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Old 10-01-07, 12:17 PM   #1
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Day Of The Dahon Arriving?

For a chosen few (and soon to be more people I hope), the folding bike has proven to be a liberating factor in far more serious use of bicycles since it addresses several problems or barriers that stop most people from choosing to use the bike beyond simple recreation purposes. The single most important feature is the ability to fold up-plus using smaller than usual wheels-into a smaller more compact package. This ability directs it's owner/user to take it into places where other bikes would be thrown out. It can also be placed in a soft cloth bag for extra insurance if needed. Thus hidden from the most critical prying eyes that are programmed to "get rid of that thing"-never mind the good to excellent chance of getting vandalized or stolen on most urban streets even with the best locks. This is the background of why my Piccolo was slipped into the local suburban big box hardware store yesterday.

As some of you are aware of, I am remodeling the outside of my house. I needed a new mailbox to finish up the outside before I concentrate on the house's interior. So instead of firing up the car or be overly depended on poorly scheduled public transit on a off day (Sunday), I chose to take the little Piccolo to pick up a mailbox My bike came with a rear rack for the mailbox and a simple backpack would take care of the attachment bracket. So I used the limited public transit (light rail) to get close to City Of Suburbia and rode the rest of the way on the bike. Another interesting thing that my bike does is to fit into any shopping cart/trolley around and still have some room left for the items purchased there (like the mailbox and bracket). I wheeled the folded bike with ease through the packed crowds lining up the aisles browsing without disturbing them (another important feature of folders-being discreetly low key). Plus following clerks around to find the right parts for the mailbox. After paying for the mailbox and bracket, I went to lunch at a fast food restaurant. Again the bike-even with the mailbox still tied to the rack-was still compact and discreet folded next to my table. And I did not need a lock anytime during that trip. Something to think about when you are in the market for another bike. Complete freedom from fumbling around for a lock all the time-a rare feeling nowadays.
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Old 10-04-07, 12:02 AM   #2
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Well it's certainly a very encouraging vision!! I must say.

Are you able to attach lights to the bike, and keep them there as it folds? How about Dinotte lights, with their batteries and cables? Would you have to remove such accessories for the bike to fold properly?
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Well it's certainly a very encouraging vision!! I must say.

Are you able to attach lights to the bike, and keep them there as it folds? How about Dinotte lights, with their batteries and cables? Would you have to remove such accessories for the bike to fold properly?
I use very simple Cat's Eye battery powered light that snap off when I do not need them. I very rarely ride at night, but I find that these type of lights suit me and my various folders very well. I try to keep things simple as possible when I am out and about.
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