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Old 08-26-08, 03:07 PM   #51
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I'm with Caaah - both my curves (D3 and SL) have adjustable handlebar height.
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Old 08-26-08, 03:23 PM   #52
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I'm with Caaah - both my curves (D3 and SL) have adjustable handlebar height.
then can you answer how low can the handlebar goes down and do u need to re-adjust it evertimes you fold and unfold the bike?
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Old 08-26-08, 03:35 PM   #53
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It won't hit the wheel - handleposts on folders don't work like that. They have a lower section that's like a "sleeve", and the upper section moves up and down in that. When the whole upper section is in, that's as low as it goes. Usually, when it's at its lowest point is where you get the smallest fold, so if you use it at that height (as I do with my Mini), then there's no adjusting to do. On my 20" Downtube, I can fold it without dropping the stem down (I use it higher on that bike), but I don't know if that extends to a Dahon Curve.
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unfortunately the curve only allows you to adjust seat height and not handlebar height.
False ! i have test ridden the Curve D3 and you can adjust the handlepost height, if you are petite the Curve will fit you perfectly, i am 5'5 and it was a great ride. You can set up the Curve to be almost like the Mu (in bike geometry),all you need is to get used to the small wheels and get in shape for some pedaling. If you live in a hilly area it's gonna be a challenge....
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Ok we have establish that u can change handlebar height. But do u need to adjust it everytimes u fold and unfold? Or once u set it to the height u like, u can leave it as it is?
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Ok we have establish that u can change handlebar height. But do u need to adjust it everytimes u fold and unfold? Or once u set it to the height u like, u can leave it as it is?
It depends on the height you have it set at while you ride. If you ride with it up high enough you will not need to adjust it to get the bike to fold. If you ride with the handlebars too low you will need to raise them to fold the bike properly. This is because the handlebars and brake levers need to sit below the wheel axle when folded down if you want the magnets that hold the wheels together to engage. I do not need to adjust the height to fold.

See this video by Dahon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms-jmDvU24Y
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It depends on the height you have it set at while you ride. If you ride with it up high enough you will not need to adjust it to get the bike to fold. If you ride with the handlebars too low you will need to raise them to fold the bike properly. This is because the handlebars and brake levers need to sit below the wheel axle when folded down if you want the magnets that hold the wheels together to engage. I do not need to adjust the height to fold.

See this video by Dahon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms-jmDvU24Y
the way they shown the handlebar on that video..all they did was flip the handlebar down..didnt even adjust the handlebar...lol.
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That bike in the video is not a curve and to me it looks like the handlebar in that bike cant be adjusted, is that correct?

Interesting though that the bar is rotated and fixed with a quick release to the stem. I was thinking to do that to my Brommi but hesitate since I fear sudden break of the alu-bar caused by microdamage after so much rotation. What do people think?
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That bike in the video is not a curve and to me it looks like the handlebar in that bike cant be adjusted, is that correct?

Interesting though that the bar is rotated and fixed with a quick release to the stem. I was thinking to do that to my Brommi but hesitate since I fear sudden break of the alu-bar caused by microdamage after so much rotation. What do people think?
that's what i was thinking...here is a video from youtube with the curve folding and the handlebars just flip down...dont see where the height adjustment is?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16HxaI0hLv0
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my next question is maintenance...i plan to use the curve mostly 1-2 times a week for about 10-15 miles...how much maintenace do i need to to on this bike? and what sort of maintenace do i need to do? bare in mind...i dont have any bike maintenace experience let alone putting my bike together...or better yet...this bike is mostly maintenace free and i can dont need to worry about it?
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that's what i was thinking...here is a video from youtube with the curve folding and the handlebars just flip down...dont see where the height adjustment is?
Look again! At about middle height of the steering stem you can see a quick release clamp. As Beach explained before: you only have to fiddle with the height adjustment if you have the stem really low. Obviously the bike in the video was adjusted once, and then after that flipping down the stem is enough.

Any other opinions on rotating the handlebar and fixing it with QR every folding time?
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can someone answer my question about the bike maintenace and water bottle holder?
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Water bottle holder will fit bottled water. Tune it up once in a while. Here is one of the best sites in my humble opinion for us novices. www.bicycletutor.com
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can someone answer my question about the bike maintenace and water bottle holder?
My Piccolo (Dahon's 16" earlier model) hardly needs attention. I just spray chain lube on the chain periodically (when the chain is a bit dry) and add a touch of sewing machine oil on the rest of the moving parts. I do wipe the bike down after each use. Even though I live in arid Southern California, I did not feel the need to attach separate water bottles for all the bikes. I grew up before these were attached to bikes. I just carry bottles in the outer pockets of my backpacks.
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Water bottle holder will fit bottled water. Tune it up once in a while. Here is one of the best sites in my humble opinion for us novices. www.bicycletutor.com
u got a link where i can get the water bottle holder?
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My Piccolo (Dahon's 16" earlier model) hardly needs attention. I just spray chain lube on the chain periodically (when the chain is a bit dry) and add a touch of sewing machine oil on the rest of the moving parts. I do wipe the bike down after each use. Even though I live in arid Southern California, I did not feel the need to attach separate water bottles for all the bikes. I grew up before these were attached to bikes. I just carry bottles in the outer pockets of my backpacks.
how can you tell a chain is a bit dry? and when you wipe down the bike..you use a piece of cloth and some water?
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and add a touch of sewing machine oil on the rest of the moving parts.
Why sewing machine oil? What are the ingredients?


I'd prefer to use some sort of natural oil as I have a sensitivity to certain chemicals, mostly solvents as far as I know. I'm not convinced that teflon is something one ought to be having too much contact with either.
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i went to a lbs this afternoon and saw the $5 water bottle holder...it has 2 hole in them and you need screws. does the curve already have 2 holes on the rail?
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i went to a lbs this afternoon and saw the $5 water bottle holder...it has 2 hole in them and you need screws. does the curve already have 2 holes on the rail?
Yes, but you need the screws.
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i went to a lbs this afternoon and saw the $5 water bottle holder...it has 2 hole in them and you need screws. does the curve already have 2 holes on the rail?
Yes it is the two rubber plugs on the top rail by the hinge.
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Look again! At about middle height of the steering stem you can see a quick release clamp. As Beach explained before: you only have to fiddle with the height adjustment if you have the stem really low. Obviously the bike in the video was adjusted once, and then after that flipping down the stem is enough.

Any other opinions on rotating the handlebar and fixing it with QR every folding time?
Hmmmm ... anecdotally, I know others who have done so for years without a problem. I seem to recall, however, that the company poo-poos the idea with the M-type handlebar.

Sorry for the lack of scientific rigor!

EDIT: Note that I think the best solution here is a tt-bar with a quick-release lever. Already done on this forum -- I assume with an S-type handlebar post -- and with good reviews from my memory.
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how can you tell a chain is a bit dry? and when you wipe down the bike..you use a piece of cloth and some water?
For a bike without a derailleur you really don't need to oil the chain at all and I don't oil the chains on any of my folding bikes.

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Why sewing machine oil? What are the ingredients?


I'd prefer to use some sort of natural oil as I have a sensitivity to certain chemicals, mostly solvents as far as I know. I'm not convinced that teflon is something one ought to be having too much contact with either.
Probably because sewing machine oil doesn't stain clothes.

Teflon is extremely inert and is used in many food processing applications. Of all the things on a bike that you shouldn't be coming into contact with teflon should be the last.
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For a bike without a derailleur you really don't need to oil the chain at all and I don't oil the chains on any of my folding bikes.

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good...i guess i dont have to do anything with my curve once i get it...right? except blow the tire up when i get a flat? pretty much maintenance free huh?
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ok....i'm worry...how do i tell a dahon 2007 model vs a 2008 model?

the reason i'm asking is yesterday when i got it from performance bike website...it was listed for $399.99 with 15% discount and it said the model is 2008 on its website...today when i visit performance bike website, the curve d3 is out of stock and is listed with it regular price at $529.99...same as on dahon official website. so i checked on the discontinue bike on dahon website and the curve d3 2007 model is listed for $399.99...same as what was on performance bike yesteday!!! so can someone tell me if i gotten a 2007 or 2008 model and once i get the bike from performance...how do i tell?
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ok i just checked my email confirmation and it does say : 2008 Dahon Curve D3 3-speed Folding Bike 016 / RED

but when i get it...how do i make sure it is the 2008 model and not the 2007 model? if i get the 2007 model..i guess i get my lawyer right to work.

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