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mrbrown 07-15-08 07:17 AM

Finally got a rack for my Dahon Curve
 
Thought I'd share a recent addition to my Dahon Curve D3. I've been searching for a decent rack for my Curve. The Arclite Aluminum rear rack is a little too low to fit panniers, so I did not get it.

In the end, I got a Beto rack after my friend Ryan got his MU P24 fitted with a Beto baby seat that came with a rack (he also owns a lovely restored Dahon III Classic). The LBS uncle added metal strips to ensure his rack fit his P24, and I decided it would work on my Curve too. Since Beto sells the alloy rack separately, I got to buy it sans baby seat.

This is what it looks like:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/...0516f35452.jpg
Dahon Curve with Beto rack

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/...ce00c8d5d3.jpg
Dahon Curve with Beto rack and Lotus front panniers

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3183/...55da2e2706.jpg

Dahon Curve folded, with Beto rack


The rack does not get in the way of the fold. I can fit front panniers on it, but rear full panniers are a little too long and can create heel strike. I've carried my Macbook on it, inside the panniers with no problems. And even mounted a Topeak MTX DXP trunk bag via the velcro strips on the rack, also no problems.

Handling is fine and I am now a happy camper.

Dynocoaster 07-15-08 08:19 AM

Very cool , I am looking forward to my Curve.

jur 07-15-08 05:42 PM

What happened to your carbon seat post?

mrbrown 07-16-08 12:27 AM

I decided it was nicer to have a pump, because I'm taking the Curve on a US trip. So may as well get used to the weight. I was also having a slipping problem with the carbon seatpost. Seems like it is just a tad too narrow for the hole, and was prone to getting lower and lower unless I made the clamp super tight.


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