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    Ready to get a Dahon D7

    I will use the bike as follows:

    90% road/bike path commuting 12 miles
    5% gravel trail biking
    5% travelling by train to Chicago to bike there

    SInce I will only be using the folding aspect 5% of the time ( when I go to Chicago ), should I get the cheaper boardwalk $180 plus a cheap full-size touring bike for $150? Or is this $320 Dahon D7 good enough for what I need . I would rather have one bike rather than mantain and house two bikes. Anything else I should be looking at for under $350 ?

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    I think you will find that having more than one bike is always best (unless space is a consideration). The chief reason is for breakdown/maintenance reasons i.e. one bike breaks down and you use one when the other gets repaired. A lot of us started out with one or two bikes then expanded as needs warranted.

    I, for example, have a folder for portability, a commuter, a rainy day commuter (w/fenders) and a comfort/hybrid that has a child carrier in the back to take my daughter places.

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    duke-
    i was where you were last year....it was a toss-up between the Dahon 26' Espresso and the D7, but when I realized how well the 20" wheel base rode, I ended up getting the Dahon Speed D7 (the cobalt blue '06 model, not the pea soup green '07) . Although the '07 model has the adjustable handlebar height and a few other little enhancements, I just couldn't get past the pea soup green color. I ended up getting the best price at www.brandcycle.com ($290 which included tax and next day shipping). Good luck.
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    lol
    I actually have one cobalt blue 06 left over ..... besides pea green ones ..lol

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    The cheaper Boardwalk only has one speed, IIRC. So if 90% of what you do is flat, that will work out OK. It will be a little easier to maintain, by the way.

    If you think you will encounter any hills or wind, though, I'd go for a D7 or another model with multiple gears.

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    brakemeister- I may have asked you this before (so I apologize), but how much would it cost for me to convert the fixed handlebar shaft on my '06 D7 to the adjustable version on the '07? Basically, I'd be looking for someone to ship everything to me so I could just pop it on myself with no major tool work, if that's possible. Thanks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithnyc View Post
    brakemeister- I may have asked you this before (so I apologize), but how much would it cost for me to convert the fixed handlebar shaft on my '06 D7 to the adjustable version on the '07? Basically, I'd be looking for someone to ship everything to me so I could just pop it on myself with no major tool work, if that's possible. Thanks...
    Just in case Thor is busy, I think that you'd be looking at:
    1x Dahon Revolve Stem with quick release top (19.25)
    1x Dahon fusion extender Handlepost (49.95)
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    $69.20 (US) + shipping etc.

    You can find both at:
    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/handlebar.htm

    I can't guarantee that it is a straight-swap, but I would bet it is with an '06.
    From what I've seen, I think '05 and earlier required a little "adjustment" to make it work.

    Dahon has a PDF on their website (under Support iirc) on installing/fitting the handlepost.
    Unfortunately I can't get to their site just now or I'd provide you the link.
    cheers

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    Perfect...thanks so much 4cmd3

    Quote Originally Posted by 4cmd3 View Post
    Just in case Thor is busy, I think that you'd be looking at:
    1x Dahon Revolve Stem with quick release top (19.25)
    1x Dahon fusion extender Handlepost (49.95)
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    $69.20 (US) + shipping etc.

    You can find both at:
    http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/accessories/handlebar.htm

    I can't guarantee that it is a straight-swap, but I would bet it is with an '06.
    From what I've seen, I think '05 and earlier required a little "adjustment" to make it work.

    Dahon has a PDF on their website (under Support iirc) on installing/fitting the handlepost.
    Unfortunately I can't get to their site just now or I'd provide you the link.
    cheers

    Exactly what I needed.....have a great weekend and thanks again.
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    the way i use my Dahon Mu SL is for a daily 2 hours commute to work, which is a mix of all terrains, including dirt ( nice shortcuts cars can't use )
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    Quote Originally Posted by keithnyc View Post
    I ended up getting the Dahon Speed D7 (the cobalt blue '06 model, not the pea soup green '07) . Although the '07 model has the adjustable handlebar height and a few other little enhancements, I ended up getting the best price at www.brandcycle.com ($290 which included tax and next day shipping). Good luck.
    I have the same bike. Found mine on craigslist, the owner had been given it as a gift from her husband and had never ridden it. It was brand new! I paid $250 for it.
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    If your budget is $350 get the best bike you can for that amount that suits your needs. Trying to get a touring bike for $150 will be quite a challenge - especially anything you actually will enjoy riding and don't have to do repairs to.

    Assuming the D7 fits you well it can be your only bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShinyBiker View Post
    I think you will find that having more than one bike is always best (unless space is a consideration). The chief reason is for breakdown/maintenance reasons i.e. one bike breaks down and you use one when the other gets repaired. A lot of us started out with one or two bikes then expanded as needs warranted.

    I, for example, have a folder for portability, a commuter, a rainy day commuter (w/fenders) and a comfort/hybrid that has a child carrier in the back to take my daughter places.
    i am with you on this one. at first i thought i only need a cheap, foldable, low maintenance bike for my bart commute. now after about 4 months i ended up with a citizen tokyo, dahon boardwalk D6, A-Bike (clone one) and a Dahon Boardwalk D7 (that i intend on upgrading). so i can pretty much say that this is the start of what you call folderitis......

    thanks,
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