I have had two 3 speed hub gear folders (one an all-steel Dahon of 1990 vintage).
I haven't been that impressed with either one.
Recently I found pix/specs of the Dahon Speed TR on their website. Does anyone here have any experience with one of these?
I wouldn't be wanting to use it as a daily commuter but rather as a full-on touring bike that I could take on an airliner & use for cycle touring in Europe.
I'm not a camper and I can keep my luggage weight down to 15# or so. I'm a bit over the Dahon-imposed weight limit but not so much that I couldn't diet off the 20# or so I would need to to keep the whole rig below the figure Dahon recommends. (225#?)
I have done cycle touring before in Holland, using a bike I bought there used (the dealer bought it back after I was finished with it). The bike I bought was a Dutch one but had Shimano 7 speed hub gears. The rear wheel was very weak & I broke 4 spokes in 2 weeks. I used Dutch "grocery" floppy panniers with my own liner bags inside. This worked OK for me (I didn't look like a tourist) but even my light load overwhelmed the rear wheel of the bike I had.