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    Got My New Dahon Curve D3

    to justify my folderitis i decided to get another folder. here it is - a Dahon Curve D3 in fire red. i took it for a spin and so far i am liking it. gears maybe not enough (3 speed) but this could be my regular commute to work bike (slightly lighter than my dahon boardwalk). that is if i can control this sickness (folderitis). anyone here has a curve D3 ? anyone can tell me what i can expect from this cute folder. so far i am liking the schwalbe apple tire. anyone done any upgrades on their curve ? appreciate it.

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    Lots of Curve D3 owners around.

    I took off the fenders and rack, I've changed the saddle, upgraded the break pads, (the curve's wore out in a matter of months), put on Ergon Grips, changed the peddles to MKS with power grips and added a Cateye wireless computer.

    I love the bike. I think it's a blast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DLBroox View Post
    Lots of Curve D3 owners around.

    I took off the fenders and rack, I've changed the saddle, upgraded the break pads, (the curve's wore out in a matter of months), put on Ergon Grips, changed the peddles to MKS with power grips and added a Cateye wireless computer.

    I love the bike. I think it's a blast.
    you've got a long list of upgrades. did you get the ergon GC2 ? any pics you can share with us ?

    thanks again,
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    The Ergons are the R2 magnesium. I remember I got them somewhere for 35 bucks, which was a good price at the time. I love them. Made a huge difference in comfort level. I'll post some pics later when I get a chance.
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    Do you like bullhorns? If yes, then here it goes
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joako View Post
    Do you like bullhorns? If yes, then here it goes
    sweet. what happened to your brake levers ? or is this just a picture in progress ???

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    Took the picture yesterday just to show how a curve looked with bullhorns. That bullhorn is going to be used in my xootr swift which is a work in progress. The rack was not useful for me since it rubbed my feet, but it can be used as a multiple bottle holder. By the way, if you flip the bike and pedal backward does your rear wheel move?

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    Cool. They have a pink Curve with flowers on it here in Okinawa at the LBS and I'd love to get it for my daughter but it's over $600.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joako View Post
    Took the picture yesterday just to show how a curve looked with bullhorns. That bullhorn is going to be used in my xootr swift which is a work in progress. The rack was not useful for me since it rubbed my feet, but it can be used as a multiple bottle holder. By the way, if you flip the bike and pedal backward does your rear wheel move?
    i will check later about this back pedal thing...

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    After you've ridden the Curve a bit more, I'd love to see a comparison with your Tokyo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrekJapan View Post
    Cool. They have a pink Curve with flowers on it here in Okinawa at the LBS and I'd love to get it for my daughter but it's over $600.

    John
    john,
    i am thinking and hope that the red color isn't too girly for me. in any case i really like the red color though. on a side note i just received the adapter you sent thru usps. it's really nice. awesomw. does it really come with the nylon pouch ? i know - i still owe you. been busy lately due to daughters activities in school. so many parent-student meetings as she's going to cornell university this month for a summer program. i promise i will get into it as soon as possible. my apology....thanks again...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCFlack View Post
    After you've ridden the Curve a bit more, I'd love to see a comparison with your Tokyo.
    i sure will update you on this one. been wanting to get this for so long....

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    vic,
    The nylon pouch is an airline thing they give you on the planes with airline swag in it. I have a million and do stuff like that rather than throw them away.

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    If it's anything like my Curve you can expect hassle. This is the first bike I've had that I take real good care of, treat gently and get serviced.. and I've never had so much hassle from things going wrong lol

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    What kind of hassle. So far the only thing I really needed to do was change the brake pads. The originals were garbage. But other than that, it's been stable.

    Oh wait, I can't fold the handlepost down now either. That's having issues. Guys have given me tips on how to fix it but nothing's worked.

    Hey but if anyone is interested on an almost new Lt thudbuster for a dahon, pm me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joako View Post
    Do you like bullhorns? If yes, then here it goes
    yes!

    I am considering this set up,matched with racing STI to either a dual drive or an 8 speed internal hub, and an I beam saddle.

    However I can't alter the my curve as it needs to fit my daughter.

    But its my bike !!

    Might (need to) buy another curve or a presto to upgrade in this manner. May need a job however.

    My folderitis is kicking in again, some other family members need to buy their own folders(fat chance).

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    I love my D3. I've upgraded the saddle to a Rido, added Ergon grips (the ones with the little barends), upgraded the chain, added a mirror on the left-side handlebar, bottle cage holder, and a saddle bag. Here's what it looks like now:

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    I love my D3. I've upgraded the saddle to a Rido, added Ergon grips (the ones with the little barends), upgraded the chain, added a mirror on the left-side handlebar, bottle cage holder, and a saddle bag. Here's what it looks like now:

    how long you had your Curve ? does it treat you good with nice rides ? any complaints ? pros ? cons ? reason i decided to get this is because of it's 16" wheel. small when folded compare to my dahon boardwalk. although i can safely say that they are almost identical in weight if i remove the rack of boardwalk. i haven't taken it yet for a long ride. hopefully today as the weather here in bay area is warm and breezy.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaniqui View Post
    how long you had your Curve ? does it treat you good with nice rides ? any complaints ? pros ? cons ? reason i decided to get this is because of it's 16" wheel. small when folded compare to my dahon boardwalk. although i can safely say that they are almost identical in weight if i remove the rack of boardwalk. i haven't taken it yet for a long ride. hopefully today as the weather here in bay area is warm and breezy.....

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    It's a great bike, but third gear bottoms out around 25mph for me. Watch out for the frame hinge joint, the handlebar post hinge joint, and the headset, and you'll be fine.

    I put on 1.5 and 1.75" tires (rear/front) and it's a much easier, if rougher, ride. Kid's 2.25x16" knobby tires work very well for winter riding.
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    Almost forgot - the Lone Peak Rack Pack works very well on the curve - it's narrow enough that I don't get heelstrike.

    Mr. Brown in Singapore has several photos up showing how he tricked out his curve. The Klickfix New Frame Adapter works with the Ortlieb handlebar bag, and the weight stays on the frame. Like this:




    I did the same thing with mine. I've got one of these bags for touring already, which is why I did this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    It's a great bike, but third gear bottoms out around 25mph for me. Watch out for the frame hinge joint, the handlebar post hinge joint, and the headset, and you'll be fine.
    when you say watch out what you mean by that ? do they break or split in two easily so be careful (??)

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    Quote Originally Posted by vmaniqui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    Watch out for the frame hinge joint, the handlebar post hinge joint, and the headset, and you'll be fine.
    when you say watch out what you mean by that ? do they break or split in two easily so be careful (??)
    They all have a tendency to loosen over time. I had the retaining clip for the frame hinge joint fall off while riding once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by neilfein View Post
    They all have a tendency to loosen over time. I had the retaining clip for the frame hinge joint fall off while riding once.
    hmmm not good or just the way it was designed. thanks for the advise. i will keep an eye on these things.

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    These aren't big problems - you just need to know to keep on top of them during regular maintenance. Every bike has some weak spots.

    Quote Originally Posted by vmaniqui View Post
    hmmm not good or just the way it was designed. thanks for the advise. i will keep an eye on these things.
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    neilfine,

    Which ortleib bag is that? Is that the Ultimate 5? I can't find an exact match in the catalog.

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