I'm in a quandry. I'm going touring in Germany in September, only 250 miles - at longest 50 miles in a day - and I can't stand having to take my 700c tourere apart for the flight, put it back together again, break it down again to come home. It takes about an hour each time, and so I'm thinking about a Dahon speed 7.
I've had a look at one, and it seems with a few mods (cutting the top off the stem and fitting an ahead set style stem- this apparently makes it less twitchy - and different handlebars - can't ride long distance on flat bars- and a new rack) it could work okay.
The only trouble is the only experience I've had of one is riding it up and down the isles of the local Bikehut (they won;t let you outside). I felt the ride was a bit twitchy, but don;t know if when riding it outside where I can get a bit of speed up it would feel more so.
Anyway, what the thinking on the difference between the Speed 7 and a big bike. Is it noticible? How different is it, and in what way? Also, anyone fitted a longer stem and different bars and found it makes a difference.
I don;t want to buy the thing only to find out it is unsuitable, but, of course, the only way I can find out is to buy the thing.
BTW, here's the piece where I found out about the stem change
Any input is gratefully welcome.