One a Dahon Mu P24 and the other is a Citizen Miami. These are my first folding Bikes occasioned by bad thumbs and a painful old cervical spine as I was born in the depression and my parents could not afford a totally new child so I have many used parts which are much older than my years.
The Dahon is of a nice quality and looks great. Rides nice. Great detail and finish. In the past I've sure paid more and got less. Of course had to change it ..! .. from 8 (24) to 9 (27) speeds, install Big Apples, add a wireless comp (one with cadence), touring racks front and rear. Ya just gotta do this stuff and a Thudbuster. Her name is Manila. It just seemed like a natural Folder name.
The Citizen is to leave at camp so ... It is OK especially if you like steel. Steel frame, all brake parts are steel, stem and bars steel, steel wheels, steel kickstand, steel .... and ... .
It came with just one headset bearing. The other is "in the mail". I happen to have enough components laying about to upgrade it to have much better running gear. Convert from 6 to 8 speeds and such, add much better brakes (all parts there of), relocate the original Dahon Mu tires to it and all will be better.
The Citizen Miami is worth the 200+ dollars. I bought their carry bag as it was cheap if you bought a bike, it is for the Dahon which fits in it well. Bought 2 panniers from them and they are well worth the price as they really fit both the Dahon and the Citizen even without a touring style rear rack as well as a very good fit onto the Dahons' front rack. With all these upgrades a name of Elisa Doolittle seems appropriate for this Citizen Miami. She's a Mango ya know?
I follow all your posts and adventures with interest, and occasionally confusion (like the comments stating 'beware cross chaining' when using a SRAM Dual Drive??)
I just don't understand most of the things I don't know as many of them are predicated on many variables some of which are unknown and the remainder unknowable. Y.M.W.V. I'm sure.
Last edited by Ebbydo; 03-30-09 at 04:28 PM.