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Old 11-13-07, 02:57 PM   #1
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Here are the gear inches for Dahon D7's

1st: 34.7
2nd: 43.3
3rd: 49.5
4th: 57.8
5th: 69.3
6th: 80.0
7th: 94.5
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Old 11-13-07, 06:05 PM   #2
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I kinda wish they used a smaller chain ring. I could use some lower gears and I don't really need a 94.5" top gear on a folder like this.
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I kinda wish they used a smaller chain ring. I could use some lower gears and I don't really need a 94.5" top gear on a folder like this.
Why not customize a otherwise perfect bike? Perhaps you could save up the $$ and have it done at a good LBS or do it yourself? I did with my single speed Dahon to a 3 speed and still very happy with that customized bike after 4 years of ownership.
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Why not customize a otherwise perfect bike? Perhaps you could save up the $$ and have it done at a good LBS or do it yourself? I did with my single speed Dahon to a 3 speed and still very happy with that customized bike after 4 years of ownership.
I'll see what the options are when the stock chain ring wears out, but I can't see spending a bunch of money to upgrade an inexpensive bike. The stock gearing isn't unusable - it just seems skewed towards the high end for a folding utility bike.
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Old 11-14-07, 01:01 PM   #5
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>The stock gearing isn't unusable - it just seems skewed towards the high end for a folding utility bike. <

The story of every bike I've ever bought... [they think we're boy racers]
I change the gearing till I get a 20 inch low and as high as I can get without lossing that low.
But then I live where these's hills.
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20" low is as slow as walking and takes as much energy as sprinting. I think the D7 gear ratio is pretty good.
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My D7 is perfectly geared for me and my route.

Even that fixed handlebar stem is a perfect fit.

Love it.
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