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Old 01-17-08, 02:28 PM   #1
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Handlebar adjustments on Dahon speed D7

My Dahon D7 has adjustments for both the height of the handlebars and the rotation of the handlebars. How do I determine the optimal settings for these?
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Old 01-17-08, 02:34 PM   #2
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My Dahon D7 has adjustments for both the height of the handlebars and the rotation of the handlebars. How do I determine the optimal settings for these?

Experiment - choose the position most comfortable for you.
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Old 01-17-08, 02:37 PM   #3
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Ok, but there must be some guidelines otherwise why would Dahon bother adding this feature in if it is arbitrary?
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Old 01-17-08, 03:25 PM   #4
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Although my Dahon is a Speed P8, it has the same handlebar setup. I like mine as high as possible for a more upright riding position.

The other advantage with it 'high' is that when you go to fold the bike the handlebars swing down below the axle on the front wheel . . . requiring no further adjustment for folding.

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Old 01-17-08, 03:27 PM   #5
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Height: people just starting to ride like their bars higher than the saddle. As you get more experience, the bars are lowered because you can develop more power that way. At least that's my experience. My first bike I couldn't get the bars high enough. Now I set them a bit below saddle height.

Rotation: For straight bars, the only real consideration is the brake levers. They should be in a natural position under your fingers, usually a bit below the line extending through the arms. Once the rotation is comfy you needn't touch it again.

The rotation may also be needed for folding more compactly, to rotate the levers out of the way. The height setting is even more important for this, for a compact fold, the bars need to be pulled up so that after folding, they are below the front wheel axle.
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Old 01-17-08, 05:19 PM   #6
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Height: people just starting to ride like their bars higher than the saddle. As you get more experience, the bars are lowered because you can develop more power that way. At least that's my experience. My first bike I couldn't get the bars high enough. Now I set them a bit below saddle height.

Rotation: For straight bars, the only real consideration is the brake levers. They should be in a natural position under your fingers, usually a bit below the line extending through the arms. Once the rotation is comfy you needn't touch it again.

The rotation may also be needed for folding more compactly, to rotate the levers out of the way. The height setting is even more important for this, for a compact fold, the bars need to be pulled up so that after folding, they are below the front wheel axle.
Well said, Jur.

On both my NWT and my Dahon Single-speed, handlebars are about an inch lower than the saddle. I knew what riding style to specify on the Bike Friday NWT from my previous experimenting on the S1.

The $129. I spent for than Red 2005 S1 at Campingworld was a great investment. It really let me zero-in on the best set-up for me. You have the same opportunity with the adjustability on your Speed-7.
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its really not arbitary .....

its personal

lol, whatever floats your boat ,,, whatetever feels good and comfortable and doesnt slow you down ..or whatever is fast and furious but doesnt hurt ...

The main thing is that you and ONLY you are happy with the position on the bike and that you therefore use the bike versus have it hanging in the garage

The adjusatbility is just provided that everybody has the chance to get a personal best position, versus a few one only ...


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Experiment - choose the position most comfortable for you.
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Ok, but there must be some guidelines otherwise why would Dahon bother adding this feature in if it is arbitrary?
That's the point there is no arbitrary position. What suits each person best will depend on their body's ergonomics. Try a few different positions and use the one[s] you like.

I put the bars higher or lower depending on if I want to go a bit faster [lower] or just cruise around [higher].
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Only mandatory requirement is that the upper section be inserted at least below the "min" hash marks. After that, it is a matter of comfort. Dahon has afforded us a maximum amount of flexibility by giving several degrees of freedom.

I am carrying a pen and marking positions that seem comfortable. I'm made two changes already in the angle of the handlebars to allow me to change my hand-brake relationship, and have already begun to drop the stem height a little bit.
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