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Old 08-01-08, 05:08 AM   #1
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'Stealth' alternative to Dahon El Bolso bag?

Whether I get a Dahon or a Downtube, I'm going to need some kind of bag to conceal the bike as I bring it through train stations, past office security, etc. The most common bag I see for sale is the Dahon El Bolso bag . The bag design looks fine, but why'd they have to plaster a Dahon logo on the side? Also, it's almost $60. I'm thinking that a plain black bag would be best. Any recommendations for a stealthier / cheaper option? Must still be lightweight and easy to carry.
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Some 16" folders are reputed to fit in two Ikea blue bags, one underneath, one on top.. Or a can of matt black spray paint would zap that pesky logo for good.
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An El Bolso bag came with my 20" folder.Well made, but very poor design.

Using a plastic trash bag and grabbing by the frame or seat will work much better.

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Whether I get a Dahon or a Downtube, I'm going to need some kind of bag to conceal the bike as I bring it through train stations, past office security, etc. The most common bag I see for sale is the Dahon El Bolso bag . The bag design looks fine, but why'd they have to plaster a Dahon logo on the side? Also, it's almost $60. I'm thinking that a plain black bag would be best. Any recommendations for a stealthier / cheaper option? Must still be lightweight and easy to carry.
I didn't think the Bolso bag was so bad compared to the one Dahon had before that you carried on your back! That one hurt! The Bolso bag comes with a red slip cover however, there are really no good alternatives to carrying your bike. It's heavy.
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Downtube.com sells a plain black bag for $37. I got one for my 8H. Works fine, and is almost half the Bolso price:

http://www.downtube.com/product509.html
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Any bag with a shoulder strap and no way to grab the bike by the frame, without losing the bag, is a terrible design.

Bromptom makes one excellent designed bag. You place it over the bike, tighten a drawcord at the bottom, and reach thru a slit in the top to grab the bike by the frame.

If you wanted to add a shoulder strap to be briefly hands free, fine.

Magazines note the shoulder strain from a "heavy" 8 pound laptop plus bag. Carrying a 22 - 28 pound load on a single shoulder strap does not work OK.

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have you tried an el Bolso bag ?

it has rather wide straps which are rubberized ( so they wont slip of you shoulder), the seams are nicely done and thematerial is pretty heavy .... yes they are 60 bucks but any bag that quality is at least that much ....( not there is no slip cover ... alas red colored garbage bag included in the el bolso for 08 )

I also wish that the logo gets smaller... however lets not forget that 99.99999991 % of all the population has no clue what Dahon is ....


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Yes, I have the bag and did use it a few times. It does not work well.
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Has anyone used the Downtube bag with a 16" Dahon?
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well everyone on his own ,,,, if it doesnt work well for you thats ok.... however It works extremely well for me and thousands of other satisfied customers ..

just as you I am allowed to have an opinion :-)

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That makes a lot of sense

BB49, I think you're right - the Brompton bag where you can grab hold of the frame makes a lot of sense to me. Sells for 20 pounds = roughly $40. I wonder if this bag would fit other brand folding bikes. I'm not optimistic because Brompton has a very compact fold.
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Here's my birdy in an Ikea bag:

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I got an El Bolso bag and rarely use it. The red cover, which I never gave a thought, has turned out to be more useful. I slip that over and carry it by the seat - quicker and more unobtrusive - I just wish it was in black!

A number of my peers have a standing joke, that I own the world's largest handbag, having seen me jauntily sling my D7 over my shoulder.


Camp enough for you?

No, that's not me.

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Thor, I like your knowledge and opinions.

The Birdy in the IKEA bag looks like a good solution. You can grab the bike frame and bags handles together. Cafes will not have to concerned about any mud on the tires.
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I got an El Bolso bag and rarely use it. The red cover, which I never gave a thought, has turned out to be more useful. I slip that over and carry it by the seat - quicker and more unobtrusive - I just wish it was in black!

A number of my peers have a standing joke, that I own the world's largest handbag, having seen me jauntily sling my D7 over my shoulder.


Camp enough for you?

No, that's not me.

that picture brings back painful memories of me trying to put my bike in the bag and carrying it into the building and to my desk everyday. plenty of comments were made from strangers and co-workers alike.
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that picture brings back painful memories of me trying to put my bike in the bag and carrying it into the building and to my desk everyday. plenty of comments were made from strangers and co-workers alike.
Did you knock over too many people with that huge bag hanging on your side?

I had be be very careful in crowded areas to avoid doing that, which is one reason I stopped using my El Bolso.
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Here's my birdy in an Ikea bag:

I think something like this but a little taller with rollerblade wheels and an a long strap so you can drag the bag would make a lot of sense. Maybe too much sense which is why we'll never see one.
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I think something like this but a little taller with rollerblade wheels and an a long strap so you can drag the bag would make a lot of sense. Maybe too much sense which is why we'll never see one.
It makes sense to me to have that option, and perhaps a market for it exists.

It also makes sense to have a lighter, cheaper, and smaller folding option, like that IKEA bag.
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Bazooka Bag

I now own a Dahon but owned a Bazooka www.Bazookasports.com which I got for a very good price on eBay. Unfortunately they weren't kidding about the weight limit which with a backpack I exceeded it and the frame snapped on me one day. I had it welded and that lasted for about 18 months. The mistake was buying a bike with a spring frame, comfortable but it can't handle the pressure. So I now own a Dahon Jack.

Anyway it is not a lot cheaper but Bazooka offers a bag that has a simpler strap. While it may be a little less comfortable that the Bolso (assuming) it folds more compactly AND attaches to the front handlebars! That way if you carry a backpack (my portable office) your back is free and you can still bring it and a backpack on transport during rush hour (in Chicago they only allow folding bikes in a bag at this time).

They sell bags for both 20 and 26 inch models.
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