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Old 10-05-07, 04:52 PM   #1
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My Dahon Boardwalk!

Just got it back and here are the pics! I replaced the stock single speed hub and coaster brake with a Shimano Nexus 3-spd internal hub with roller(drum) brake. Also put on some foam grips. The bike rides great though later I might want to change the 14t rear cog to a 16t since where I live there are lots of hills. Next mod will be a dynamo and lights.
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Old 10-05-07, 04:58 PM   #2
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Good work.

I happen to like the coaster brake on my Dahon Presto. It's too bad they don't make more bikes with the coaster brake because really preserves the front brake. I use the coaster brake about 95% of the time. You have the added benefit of having both front/rear and coaster brakes.

What's the size of the chainring and how many teeth on the rear cog? How much did it cost?
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Old 10-05-07, 05:25 PM   #3
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Good work.

I happen to like the coaster brake on my Dahon Presto. It's too bad they don't make more bikes with the coaster brake because really preserves the front brake. I use the coaster brake about 95% of the time. You have the added benefit of having both front/rear and coaster brakes.

What's the size of the chainring and how many teeth on the rear cog? How much did it cost?
The front bake is a v-brake. The rear cog is the original 14t. I didn't change anything except the rear hub and grips. Foam grips are the best. It cost $175.

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Old 10-05-07, 05:51 PM   #4
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The front bake is a v-brake. The rear cog is the original 14t. I didn't change anything except the rear hub and grips. Foam grips are the best.
Do you know how many teeth on your chainring. I want to put the figures in Sheldon's calculator.

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Old 10-05-07, 05:55 PM   #5
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No I don't. Perhaps you could look it up online and I am sure Folder Fanatic would knows since she has done a similar conversion but wait...arent you supposed to be the Dahon Specialist here?
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Old 10-06-07, 01:51 PM   #6
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The chainring diameter might have changed a bit since I bought mine a few years ago (Dahon is always changing the bikes around). My chainring is 44t.

Beautiful bike! It seems far more ambitous than mine ever was.
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Old 10-06-07, 06:03 PM   #7
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Coming from you that is a big compliment! So have you thought about puting a dynohub on?
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Old 10-07-07, 02:10 PM   #8
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Coming from you that is a big compliment! So have you thought about puting a dynohub on?
No. Actually I use a rather simple, yet effective method for me. I use this Cat's Eye headlight:

http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/265

I very rarely go out at night with any of my bikes. But if I do, I have found these battery powered lights very effective and interchangable between each bike. I actually use 2 of them, one pointed down at the ground ahead of me to spot potholes and other debris, and the other straight ahead. Or one could be counted on as a spare in case one light goes out right in the middle of the trip.

I use the blinking red lights in the rear:

http://www.cateye.com/en/product_detail/320

I have used these lights in an emergency situation with full confidence. So unless another type of light comes my way, well I guess I will stick with these ones.

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Old 10-07-07, 02:32 PM   #9
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I will second battery lights for occasional/emergency use. For regular use I don't mind spending my money on a decent generator setup. FWIW out of my current 7 bikes 4 have generator hubs or generators on them. My "folder" (Raleigh Compact RSW) doesn't have a generator hub...yet But I have one on the way from England. I like the always ready part of a generator. I am quite absent minded, so having the light ready to go whenever I need them is a good thing. A couple of weeks ago I was on a weekend ramble with my Raleigh Superbe, I got a bit further out than I had planned, got side tracked and ended up riding the last 5 miles home after dark. Fortunately it is one of the bikes that has the Dynohub set up on it. Normally if I plan on riding it after dark I will carry a set of small LED battery lights with me to use in flash mode as extra markers. They can also double as an emergency head/taillight combo too.

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I'm just sick of batteries. Expensive to replace all the time and even with rechargeable systems. I've learned that dynamo powered lights have come a long way in the last few decades. They last long, are very bright and stay on for a few minutes when you come to a stop.
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