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Old 06-19-08, 01:05 AM   #1
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Goodbye s-works, hello foldy!

So I purchased a used Dahon III the other night on CL. I'm not quite sure why I decided to get one or what even attracted me to it. I normally ride a road bike and occasionally go for a mountain bike ride. I even road a fixie at one point in time. Lately, I haven't been riding any of these bikes. Something just seems to be missing. I come up with excuses such as work, school, chores, or even just the hassle of putting on a spandex, so I don't have to go for a ride. When I first rode the folding bike the other night, I realized what I've been missing. I've been missing the fun factor of riding a bicycle.
My first folding bike gave me the simplicity and practicality of bike riding I once had. It's like riding a bicycle the very first time without training wheels. I don't think I even cared what kind of bicycle it was (actually, it was my sister's). I couldn't care less how I looked. I'd just hop on the bike and go.
I guess sometimes I forget what bicycle riding should be (at least for me). I've put the joy in riding second to the upgrades and components I put on my other bikes.
The folding bike I purchased was the complete opposite of my other bikes. It's cheap ($40 yippee), old, slow, and heavy... but it did put a smile on my face when I first road it that night.
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Old 06-19-08, 01:18 AM   #2
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Great! Nice to hear that the foldie brought a smile to your face. Now be careful about getting addicted... folders can get more expensive than upgrading regular bikes.
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When I first rode the folding bike the other night, I realized what I've been missing. I've been missing the fun factor of riding a bicycle.
I had the same experience. I finally gave my road bike away, after it had been unused for two years.
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Sitting on Spandex rots the brain, they say.

Welcome to the odd world of the Folderisti. You appear to have found the One Pure Truth - that small wheel bicycling is more fun than large wheel bicycling.
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My full-sized Specialized Hardrock now sits sadly in a corner, awaiting a chance to be ridden. This after a major upgrade to it too.

The cause? My two Dahon foldies.

I do try to ride it sometimes, but dang, the foldies ARE too much fun.
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Glad that you are having a good time. Have fun with the Dahon.
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The first folder , many more to come as you get deeper into the folder underworld.
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I am looking at buying my third folder this summer... I need something more portable than my P20.

My friend is riding my other P20 and is just loving it... she was looking at getting a high dollar hybrid bike but seems to have fallen in love with Twenty.
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Folders - they're like potato chips, you can't just have one !
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I think you have the pyramid upside down my friend ...
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My Dahon classic 3 is now a classic 1. It was initially a single speed when I got it as the shifter was already broken. The hub was still fine so I decided to buy a new SA 3 speed shifter. When I started to work on it, I realized that the tiny chain that comes out at the side of the hub that was going to be connected to the shifter cable has disappeared. I think it came loose and fell somewhere during one of my rides.

Any chance that small part can be replaced? Or I'm better off just leaving it a single speed for now?

HHmmm... those Downtube folding bikes do really look good right now. You guys were right! One might not be enough! Gotta grab hold of myself here.
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Harris Cyclery will have the part you need.
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wow!!! talk about deja vu exact same thing happened to me.

I started following this forum last november, and a 3speed dahon exactly like yours(exceprt red) came up on cl for 25.00

I bought it and it brought a joy back into riding again, folders are so much fun, and since january I have ridden my big wheeled bikes maybe 2-3 times

each time I realize how I dislike the ride and handling of the big wheels and if given a choice one of my folders will win every time

I am now selling all my bigs except 1 and using the $ to get a new folders

my original Dahon is now a 1speed like yours, the sturmey control box went out on me

Beware, you are now on a slippery slope.. .. you can fit 2 folders in the same space as 1 big wheel I now have 3 and going on 4

and you can get the chain at Harris, but save your $ and get a newer folder....you will be amazed at the difference between that fun hulking monster you are riding now and a newer, faster one
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I read this thread the other day and decided to take my full size single speed out for a ride this morning. I hadn't been on it all week because I've been having so much fun on my Curve.

The full size bike did feel like a monster. It was so much less responsive and it just seemed slow and lumbering. I missed the clown bike. I used to really like the full size better, but now I'm thinking the fast little ride is more fun.
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I have sold all my big-wheeled bikes. Plus the shiny singlespeed featured in my commute (see sig) which was in pieces after being cannibalised, I have now put back together, gave it a shine and am putting on ebay soon. My quality XTR MTB (now gone for 6 months), felt like a truck, I almost couldn't get it to steer!

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wow!!! talk about deja vu exact same thing happened to me.

I started following this forum last november, and a 3speed dahon exactly like yours(exceprt red) came up on cl for 25.00

I bought it and it brought a joy back into riding again, folders are so much fun, and since january I have ridden my big wheeled bikes maybe 2-3 times

each time I realize how I dislike the ride and handling of the big wheels and if given a choice one of my folders will win every time

I am now selling all my bigs except 1 and using the $ to get a new folders

my original Dahon is now a 1speed like yours, the sturmey control box went out on me

Beware, you are now on a slippery slope.. .. you can fit 2 folders in the same space as 1 big wheel I now have 3 and going on 4

and you can get the chain at Harris, but save your $ and get a newer folder....you will be amazed at the difference between that fun hulking monster you are riding now and a newer, faster one
Hahaha... man, deep inside me is thinking that that's where I'm headed anyway... better to save the money from trying to fix this classic and put it on a new folder instead. I probably just needed to hear it from someone.
Everyone's great here in these forums. Lot's of infos, opinions, and what not. Thank you!
Having only the Dahon classic 3 (or 1 hehehe) as my folding experience, I am more inclined to buy a 16" as well. I have a very limited budget and money doesn't come too often towards me. It's a little risky for me to go for a 20" right now. I might not enjoy it as much as I'm enjoying the 16" in which I'm familiar with. Maybe down the road..... I guess that's how a lot of people here end up with more than one folder, eh. I'm seeing the bigger picture...
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How big a difference in feel is it from a 16" to a 20" anyway? I know the difference between that and my full size is oh so substantial. 700c wheels now feel like I'm always riding in mud! But what about 16 to 20?
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for myself, not so much difference between 349 and 406...the big difference in ride, handling, etc is from 406 to 700's
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This might cause a few "ruffled feathers" but, I still ride all sizes...2x roadies, 1x MTB, 1x 26" tandem, then small wheelers, I've found that each bike excells in it's own particular way.
I love the ride of a 20" bike and I have mine geared to ride similar to a roadie, however when I'm in a bunch riding at 50-65 kmph...going helter-skelter for a sprint, I'd rather be on a full size bike, unless I was riding a BF PRP.
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Old 06-24-08, 11:38 PM   #20
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to each his own... hahaha... it's great that you are still able to ride those different bicycles. I guess each bike just has it's limitations as to what one can do.

Doco, just curious, what size was the first folder you purchased (aside from the Dahon Classic 3)?

I was looking at the Downtube folders but the site seems to be down at the moment. Probably making some changes. Hope the prices aren't going up.
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