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Old 01-11-09, 11:19 PM   #1
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I just ordered my very first folder....

a Dahon Speed Pro TT. I'm so excited! I usually ride a recumbent on 100+ mile rides but wanted something I could commute on, fold up but also ride after/before work for my training rides. I'm planning on taking it up north (I live in TX) on the plane in August. Any hints for travel would be appreciated. Is the Dahon suitcase worth getting? I think with DAHON right on the bag the airline would know its a bike and charge me the extra fee. I'd like to add the rack as if I stop at a gas station or want to pick up a book at the library I could carry alittle something but i'm not sure if that is an option. Not too important for me but if anyone has a rack on their Speed Pro TT please let me know. Well, i'm excited to join the world of folding bikes and share my rides with y'all!
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Old 01-12-09, 12:25 AM   #2
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The Dahon suitcase may be considered "oversize" luggage. On the other hand, a regular samsonite might not fit your bike due to the handlepost folding to the outside of the fold (gaerlan.com).

From my experience with a Speed P8 the rack will fit just fine, but normal panniers are not an option. The low rack height means all you can put there is a trunk bag. You might consider a Dahon touring rack (too high when folded) or a front rack (not available where I live). I ended up with a Dynapack DX for carrying my clothes.

And congrats on the new bike!
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Old 01-12-09, 06:02 AM   #3
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Outstanding. I scratched my head for a couple weeks between buying the Speed TT or the Speed TR.

In the end I opted for a touring type bike meaning I bought the Speed TR because that's what I need to do with the bike. Tour and carry stuff. I've got a road bike for road riding longer distances.

Not sure any of that made any sense but it made perfect sense to me.

Speed TT is all kind of cool.

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Old 01-12-09, 06:35 AM   #4
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Nice!

If you take the rear wheel off you can work the fork between the drop outs. Then you can fit a Dahon in a standard airline suitcase. Your problem will be the width of the folded package and this is how you wok around that.

If you want to tour with paniers, get the Dahon touring rack. I don't know about Speed TT but I think it should work with any Dahon.
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Old 01-12-09, 12:14 PM   #5
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Congrats! That is a bad-ass looking bike model. I have a Speed P8 that I love. Say hello to " 'Lil Red the Flying Highlander"
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very nice folder. Enjoy.
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