OK, I have to admit it. I've been having a severe case of 'buyers remorse' ever since receiving my new Dahon Speed D7 in late November. It has not been easy riding weather here in the NE (sorry, but I'm not a winter rider...). So other than some time doing adjustments & assembly 'finishing', followed by a short test ride up and down the driveway, it has sat in the corner of the garage. Oh, and I bought a nice bag for it (another tread topic).
The problem is how things work on your mind over time. The more it sat there, the more I regretted the investment. I guess the eye-rolling from my wife didn't help the situation either. Out the window went every reason I had used to justify the purchase. Was I really crazy enough to think I'd ride this thing around the Research Park? Go to meetings in distant buildings? Na.... I even started formulating in my head what the ebay add was going to say!
Well, along came nice weather (Spring-like temps) in January. I went for a nice walk yesterday, and threw the bagged bike in the car last night. My stomach churned like crazy at 11 AM this morning, still thinking that today would be the one and only trip around the parking lot before ebay time.....
Well, as the title suggests, there will be no short sale in the immediate future! Yes, I had a blast! I stopped a few times for minor adjustments. Seat higher, bars lower, etc., as I fine tuned it to 'me'. Pen marks all over it so that I have a starting point next time. Lots of questions from people out for a walk, especially "Hey, is that a folding bike?" Maybe I can start a trend? I wanted to do more, but the dull ache in my legs reminded me how out of shape I am.
The grades around the site were enough to make me think again that a 52T chainring is too high. It is geared for speeds that I doubt I will ever want to do, while forcing me down into second and even first a few times too often. And of course I got clumsy unfolding it and chipped paint when the handlebars slammed into the frame. But otherwise, a beautiful maiden voyage!
Well, I did it again at lunchtime today. Less stress, even more fun! It was very windy so my progress was a bit slower, but I went about 30% further (exploring more interior roads and bldgs. on site).
Funny, but getting the first paint damage out of the way was oddly therapeutic. Every time I get a new car, I go thru it as well.
I posted over on the Dahon site forum my thoughts about changing the chainring, and was told it wasn't easy/cheap to do. Throw away the pedal cranks as they are one piece, and go with a Shimano 105 series set or equivalent. The problem of proprietary components. My initial thoughts are that 44-46T would probably be more sensible to make the climbs a bit easier. I need to spin, not mash. My left knee just will not take it for long, and I cannot afford it to act up again and sideline me. Oh the problems of us over 50 types that are getting psyched up about biking again!