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    Dahon El Bolso bag - worth the $$?

    The title says it all. I could just find a big canvas bag, but it won't roll up into the neat little backpack. Anyone guy one of these and wish they hadn't?
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    well they are expensive as they are not simply a bag ..... The handles are rubberized so they wont slip of the shoulders .. they have straps and stuff to get them smaller. It also has a plastic bag inside which you can use in a pinch ....
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    I would say the El Bolso bag is worth it based on individual factors coming into play. The purchase of this bag seems to depend on you, your enviroment you ride in, and if you need something to roll up into a compact pouch that a speciality bag for folding bikes was specifically designed and intended for. Actually I own and use several bags for all my folders. I have purchased huge duffle bags which I store the bikes in when not in use at home. I have bought Dahon's own Double Play bag (no longer available) when I bought my first folder. I like this bag far better than the El Bolso one. And I have and still make my own bags myself whenever the need/mood strikes. For the bag and it's pattern see:

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    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
    I have bought Dahon's own Double Play bag (no longer available) when I bought my first folder. I like this bag far better than the El Bolso one.
    The Double Play looks kinda neat, actually. How small does it roll up to?
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    I bought the El Bolso for about $90 and never use it. Too big and bulky for my Curve SL. There are probably better options, but for me an IKEA bag is much more useful and quite a bargain at .30 cents. Use it all the time.


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    I got an El Bolso bag included with my 20" folder. It is strong and well made, but a very poor design for bike carrying. You have a too wide package, any way you look at it, to carry over your shoulder. You will knock over too many people on the train. You need to carry the bike lower, by your hand.

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    Tried the Ikea bag idea before. Didn't fit my Curve

    Either the bags in Ikea Singapore are smaller, or my Curve is too modified to fit.

    I just wheel my Curve anyway. Hate to carry it in a bag cos it means extra time spent putting it in and taking it out. I hear some people just cover it with the slip cover that comes with the El Bolso. Haha!
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    I am one of those el bolso slip cover users

    I have the same complaint that the el bolso is just too big. If I do use it for anything, I may use it to put my 26" Dahon in before hanging the bag from a hook on the wall. But for my 16" Curve, its just silly. I wish they made three specific bags--one for each Dahon size. Backpack straps on a bag for my Curve would be awesome.

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    That bag or any other kind of bag sucks. What's the point of getting a bag to lug your bike around in? Didn't you buy a folding bike in order to make life easier? Did you buy such a bike so that you can struggle with carry it on your shoulders all day long? Are you riding the bike or is the bike riding you? Why don't you just use one of these convenient rollers?:

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    Quote Originally Posted by yamcha View Post
    That bag or any other kind of bag sucks. What's the point of getting a bag to lug your bike around in? Didn't you buy a folding bike in order to make life easier? Did you buy such a bike so that you can struggle with carry it on your shoulders all day long? Are you riding the bike or is the bike riding you? Why don't you just use one of these convenient rollers?:

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    Because a lot of train lines require it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    The Double Play looks kinda neat, actually. How small does it roll up to?

    Sorry to take a some time to answer (my computer is in a distant location away from home right now). The Double Play bag measures 12 inches long by 8 inches wide by 4 inches deep when it is tucked into it's pocket. The bag is really a clever self-enclosing unit. It does not actually roll up. You fold the bag to fit the attached zippered pocket and turn the bag into the pocket and zip up. When the bag is zipped in the pocket, you could use the attached straps with parachute quick release clips to attach it around your waist, hips, shoulders, etc. I like it so much that I am keeping mine to use as a pattern to make another one just like it when it finally wears out.

    I am sorry that this bag style or model was discontinued. I think it was superior to the El Bolso bag in every way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post

    I am sorry that this bag style or model was discontinued. I think it was superior to the El Bolso bag in every way.
    Are you talking about the Double Ply bag Dahon used to make does not fit the current models. Dahon expanded their current 16' inch wheel models so if you find a used one, don't even think of buying it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    Are you talking about the Double Ply bag Dahon used to make does not fit the current models. Dahon expanded their current 16' inch wheel models so if you find a used one, don't even think of buying it.
    This is not entirely true. I actually just found a seller that still carries them (brandscycle.com) and got mine yesterday. It does fit my 2007 Curve if I take the seat post out and throw it in the bag next to the bike. Yes, that adds an extra, oh, 2-3 seconds, but I will actually use this bag--unlike the El Bolso which is just collecting dust. So my plan is to use the slip cover most of the time, and if I'm going to a movie or a restaurant, I'll use the Double Play.

    Its like having a couple different purses for different situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
    Are you talking about the Double Ply bag Dahon used to make does not fit the current models. Dahon expanded their current 16' inch wheel models so if you find a used one, don't even think of buying it.
    The Double Play bag I purchased 4 years ago actually fits my Boardwalk rather tight-but my Piccolo and especially my Brompton fits nicely inside it without removing anything. I still would make a pattern out of it when it gets more tattered. I simply would add a few more inches to it's height, width, and depth and the new bag will fit all three bikes very nicely. And I would improve on the shape of that bag. It does not fit very well over the bikes. I examined the El Bolso. Nice bag if your bike is the largest size folder. But the too stiff nylon fabric does not bend or shape around the bikes neatly. And you lose the parachute clips entirely-not as nice!

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