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Old 05-06-09, 08:46 PM   #1
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I think I'm in love...

Saw a guy on the Metro just moments ago. He has an uber-customized Dahon Mu frame with dura ace drivetrain, american classic hubs, super-light low-spoke wheelset, and schwalbe kojak tires, and a custom gunmetal gray paint job. The bike is light--not as light as the 25th anniversary Dahon, but lighter than a stock MuSL. Can you say droooooooool-worthy?

The moment he rolled into the carriage and I saw the dura ace logo on his cranks, my jaw dropped and my heart started pounding. Aaaaaah...I am in bike love. Didn't get to ask him about the other components, but he did say that he won the bike in an international photo contest and he got to customize it any way he wanted. (Btw, he is a very talented photographer! No wonder he won the contest. Check out his works at www.fotographz.com).

Wasn't able to take a pic, as I thought it'd be rude to ask for a photo op, plus I barely had time to exchange business cards with him before my stop--i was totally ogling. But if I see the guy again I will totally get my camera and start snapping pics. I hope he comes to the next socal folder ride so I can drool some more and get some nice pics...

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In other news, today was totally foldies day, as I saw two vintage u-frame folders and a MuXL on campus, a Glide on the bus I rode, and the guy with uber-custom Mu frame on the Metro. Yay foldies! I love that the folderitis is catching on...much like the swine flu
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Here is another blinged-out Dahon Mu (<8kg):
http://www.dahon.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=6631
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Wow, it sure is fun to watch the fascination grow... you've come a long way from your Kent Supercheapie, haven't you! How's the Moulton?

Hey, cheers!
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Saw a guy on the Metro just moments ago. He has an uber-customized Dahon Mu frame with dura ace drivetrain, american classic hubs, super-light low-spoke wheelset, and schwalbe kojak tires, and a custom gunmetal gray paint job. The bike is light--not as light as the 25th anniversary Dahon, but lighter than a stock MuSL. Can you say droooooooool-worthy?

The moment he rolled into the carriage and I saw the dura ace logo on his cranks, my jaw dropped and my heart started pounding. Aaaaaah...I am in bike love. Didn't get to ask him about the other components, but he did say that he won the bike in an international photo contest and he got to customize it any way he wanted. (Btw, he is a very talented photographer! No wonder he won the contest. Check out his works at www.fotographz.com).

Wasn't able to take a pic, as I thought it'd be rude to ask for a photo op, plus I barely had time to exchange business cards with him before my stop--i was totally ogling. But if I see the guy again I will totally get my camera and start snapping pics. I hope he comes to the next socal folder ride so I can drool some more and get some nice pics...

Wow, small world .. that would most likely be Frank Jackson's bike , the winner of the 2006 Dahon photo contest.

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We would like to congratulate Frank Jackson for taking out first prize in the inaugural Dahon Photography Competition. Frank’s image is a powerful one and encompasses the aspects of modern personal mobility and the freedom riding a Dahon gives you. The wings symbolize freedom and the power to go anywhere you want when you want,and the image also captures a strong, proud woman that is totally mobile. Mr.Jackson will receive a custom Dahon to the value of US$2,500 and has the opportunity to choose frame and specification to his choosing.

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Wow, it sure is fun to watch the fascination grow...
You like to watch people get sick!

IT'S A DISEASE!!!
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Yeah, well, there isn't a "voyeurism" forum....
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Cool, at least he rides it... it would piss you off if he won the competition and the bike went straight on eBay. I always wondered...
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Wow, it sure is fun to watch the fascination grow... you've come a long way from your Kent Supercheapie, haven't you! How's the Moulton?

Hey, cheers!
Stripped the frame over the weekend, and everything's going into an oxalic acid bath next weekend (not this coming one, because I'm busy ). So excited!!!

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Yeah, I think I was a vector for the disease...folders have multiplied all over campus!

It's more contagious than the swine flu OMGWTFBBQ!!!!

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Yep, Frank Jackson. Totally amazing guy. I was wondering what photograph he sent in to win the thing. Nice nice.

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Cool, at least he rides it... it would piss you off if he won the competition and the bike went straight on eBay. I always wondered...
He sounded like he totally loves the bike and uses it to commute around town a lot.
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Old 05-07-09, 02:54 PM   #10
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Can't view Dahon pix without registering on forum. Any chance of mirroring them so we lesser mortals can have an ogle?
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Wow, nekohime, I can't believe you saw Frank's bike! I'm so jealous of him. I wanted to win that bike so badly. I ended up getting 3rd place...so close!! Btw, Dahon was really cool. They ran out of one of the prizes and gave me a pair of Big Apple tires instead.

Littlepixel, you can see the Photo Contest winners here without registering on the forum:

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Which one was yours, timle? By the way, I think LittlePixel was referring to the other blinged out Dahon in post #2, which I can't see either.

Edit- Just looked again, I see yours was the evening ride. That's a good pic, how did you mount the camera? I honestly prefer that one and the lake to the one that got second place.
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By the way, I think LittlePixel was referring to the other blinged out Dahon in post #2, which I can't see either.
I uploaded one of the pics here. It is by far the lightest folder I know of (even with the heavy Brooks saddle).
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I uploaded one of the pics here. It is by far the lightest folder I know of (even with the heavy Brooks saddle).
Light, but not lighter than my XX
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Edit- Just looked again, I see yours was the evening ride. That's a good pic, how did you mount the camera? I honestly prefer that one and the lake to the one that got second place.
Thanks rbrian! The camera was mounted with a Magic Arm to the head stem. I actually sort of like the second place picture. I can see why Dahon chose it because they were going for more of a "lifestyle" type picture. In hindsight, my picture needed a bit of a tilt to the horizon to make it more dynamic, some more color and less of my hairy leg on the left side
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It is ~300 g lighter, depending on saddle choice.
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neokhime: I seriously like how you judge a man, and how you almost mix the description of the man and the bike together

Also it is great to read how you enjoy restoring the old rusty one. I almost thought i was the only female who can feel so exited over an old heap of rusty pipes

Keep your attitude, i like it
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neokhime: I seriously like how you judge a man, and how you almost mix the description of the man and the bike together

Also it is great to read how you enjoy restoring the old rusty one. I almost thought i was the only female who can feel so exited over an old heap of rusty pipes

Keep your attitude, i like it
I do judge a man partly by the bike he rides, and yes, man and bike were both fine specimens...

Honestly, I didn't think I'd be excited over restoring the moulton, but I'm finding the process quite fun.
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