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Old 10-13-08, 11:44 AM   #1
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Help! Damaged Dahon Antique folder, purchased online...

Ok, I lurked around this forum when I was initially looking to purchase a folder for better transportation around campus. I purchased a Dahon antique (1986?) on eBay used and received it this morning. To my dismay, the left-side lower front fork is completely destroyed. Not only is it bent slightly to one side, it's bent in like a banana peel.

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I've already contacted the seller and am waiting for her response on the matter, but frankly as a busy university student I'm thinking that it's likely that I will not have the time to ship this thing back. And regardless of what she says, I believe that is it her fault as the buyer for not shipping the bike correctly. I'm not even sure if it was damaged during shipping or before because I just don't see how this could happen when it was contained inside a box. It was shipped via Fedex Ground in a large box with tons of hard paper-packaging, and there was no damage to the box upon inspection of the exterior.

So my question to you folks is if this bike is indeed beyond repair? Yes, I realize it'll never be like it is new, but is it in any way salvageable despite what you see in the pictures? I know it's simply a bad idea to try to bend this thing back into shape and expect it to work, but frankly, that's about the only option I'm considering before I'm stuck with a non-function bike in my already cramped living space.
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Old 10-13-08, 11:54 AM   #2
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It does look like it's beyond repair. Ship it back to the seller....make the time to do it.

BTW, there's no such thing as an antique Dahon. As far as I know, they were no around 100 years ago. Vintage may be the word you were looking for.
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Old 10-13-08, 12:17 PM   #3
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Thanks for the fast reply; sorry about the terminology...I mean Dahon vintage.

So there's really no way to repair this? I was thinking blowtorch + pliers

edit: please delete this thread I reposted in Bike Mechanics..thanks.

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Old 10-13-08, 02:52 PM   #4
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soo how much you paid for it ?
If you paid anywhere more than 75 bucks including shipping and such I would send it back ...
otherwise bend it back get a couple of thick washers and use it as intended as cheap transportation
slap a brushfull of paint over it so it does NOT rust away
done

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Old 10-13-08, 04:19 PM   #5
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Yep I'd bend it back, if you can, heat it to a dull red and apply the pliers.
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wow! i'm surprised you managed to damage the fold and split it in 2

i'll go with what jur said, it's a relatively simple task to do, and works well.

once the wheels goes on, and the nuts/bolts are on, it wont move at all.

same thing applies to the QR + SQ
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Thanks guys, I managed to bend it back into shape. Took her out for a spin this morning ... feels great riding again!

Oh, good tip on the paint to prevent rust...I'll have to find some.
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Thanks guys, I managed to bend it back into shape. Took her out for a spin this morning ... feels great riding again!

Oh, good tip on the paint to prevent rust...I'll have to find some.
I have some suggestions on how to locate some paint in some unlikely stores on my site as well as to
apply it. Here it is:

http://www.geocities.com/folder_fanatic/Maintenance2.html

Hope it is helpful.
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