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Old 09-01-09, 01:15 PM   #1
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My Espresso- no problem on MTA train.

Peak hour, velcroed to a rail in the vestibule... all good. No registration necessary. I'm sure if tons of people do it, they'll change the rule, but it's cool for now. I don't go all the way into NYC, so that probably makes a difference. A crowded train might be a different story.
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ummm, you DON'T need a permit for folding bikes...
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Right, which is why I got it while my Curve is in the shop for recall repair. But when I originally bought my Curve, part of the decision was based on a concern that a full size 26" folder would be a problem. I didn't trust what the website said... relatively few people have ever even seen a folder, and fewer still have seen a full size MTB/hybrid style folder, I think.

Just wanted to post my experience for anyone who might be doing searches and due dilligence research before making a switch from car to mutimodal bike/train commuting.

I enjoy the attention that the curve seems to get, though. I look pretty rediculous on it.
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Right, which is why I got it while my Curve is in the shop for recall repair. But when I originally bought my Curve, part of the decision was based on a concern that a full size 26" folder would be a problem. I didn't trust what the website said... relatively few people have ever even seen a folder, and fewer still have seen a full size MTB/hybrid style folder, I think.

Just wanted to post my experience for anyone who might be doing searches and due dilligence research before making a switch from car to mutimodal bike/train commuting.

I enjoy the attention that the curve seems to get, though. I look pretty rediculous on it.
hey I live in New Haven CT too! It's strange that bike shops here don't like to carry folders despite people asking for them. I checked the MTA's website before I bought a folder for rules regarding folding bikes, they're allowed at all times & they do not need permit. http://www.mta.info/bike/

Is that red Dahon Curve D3 parked at the Devil's Gear bike shop yours? If you're a guy, yes I agree that you'll look ridiculous riding on it
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Ha! Here in Los Angeles I've had bus drivers ask "What's that?" when I board with the folder...
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hey I live in New Haven CT too! It's strange that bike shops here don't like to carry folders despite people asking for them. I checked the MTA's website before I bought a folder for rules regarding folding bikes, they're allowed at all times & they do not need permit. http://www.mta.info/bike/

Is that red Dahon Curve D3 parked at the Devil's Gear bike shop yours? If you're a guy, yes I agree that you'll look ridiculous riding on it
yup. totally mine. I bought it there. They once had three... looks like their last one sold sometime this summer, so I guess they do carry folders sometimes at least. They had a new D7HG there today. It's there for the recall replacement of the handlebar post hinge.

I ride it through the hood in Bridgeport all the time. I even let one of the kids hanging out on the stoops ride it. Basically daring him not to steal it right in front of my face. I asked him not to pop a wheelie on it. He did of course. The kids call that "walking" a bike.

I checked that website, too, and still was wary of bringing a big one on. I was just convinced that they'd think folders=small...

On the bus in Milford the other day, I got some flak for bringing the curve on with my two preschoolers in tow. I told the driver that the small wheels just wouldn't fit on the front carrier, and that I'd had no problems last winter/spring. She grudgingly let me on with it....
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On the bus in Milford the other day, I got some flak for bringing the curve on with my two preschoolers in tow. I told the driver that the small wheels just wouldn't fit on the front carrier, and that I'd had no problems last winter/spring. She grudgingly let me on with it....
The bus is always a huge question mark because no one really knows what the driver will say. It's always best to have some plastic cover, even it it's just a garbage bag.

I'm glad someone tried bringing a folded 26 inch wheeler on board. I believe this is the first time someone ever did that.
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Is that red Dahon Curve D3 parked at the Devil's Gear bike shop yours? If you're a guy, yes I agree that you'll look ridiculous riding on it
i am a guy too and i have a dahon curve in red. as far as i know i don't look ridiculous riding my curve. love the color. everyone loves it and draws more attention than my mu xl. if my mu would have been red or yellow that would have been an awesome color. well there is a curve on sale for 399 here and color is pink...hmmmm now i am thinking - pink or red.....
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please no on the pink hehahah!
but i actually liked that dahon curve kukumuxu edition neat with all the flying cows on it.
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The bus is always a huge question mark because no one really knows what the driver will say. It's always best to have some plastic cover, even it it's just a garbage bag.

I'm glad someone tried bringing a folded 26 inch wheeler on board. I believe this is the first time someone ever did that.
Just to clarify, the 26" went on the train this week, I couldn't tell if you meant on board train or bus. I've taken the 16" curve on both the bus and train.

If I had to take the Espresso on the bus, I'd just toss it in the carrier on front.
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i am a guy too and i have a dahon curve in red. as far as i know i don't look ridiculous riding my curve. love the color. everyone loves it and draws more attention than my mu xl. if my mu would have been red or yellow that would have been an awesome color. well there is a curve on sale for 399 here and color is pink...hmmmm now i am thinking - pink or red.....
Same experience here. I pull into my rather tough urban high school classroom with it and hardly get any teasing. To them, it's a "sick bike, mister." I, however, am still a dork, bike or not.
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If I had to take the Espresso on the bus, I'd just toss it in the carrier on front.
I've done that with my Tokyo - why fold and unfold if you don't have to? With the 16" wheels, there is a trick (the bus driver showed me) to locking it in place on the bus rack. On a normal bike, you put the securing bar in the V between the front wheel and the fork. With my Tokyo, you put the securing bar back on the frame behind the handle post.
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I've done that with my Tokyo - why fold and unfold if you don't have to? With the 16" wheels, there is a trick (the bus driver showed me) to locking it in place on the bus rack. On a normal bike, you put the securing bar in the V between the front wheel and the fork. With my Tokyo, you put the securing bar back on the frame behind the handle post.


That's a great tip!
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A few weeks ago, I was bringing my folded flyby onto the bus in Los Angeles, and the driver would not let me bring it in. I even had a copy of the Metro's guide for bicycles stating that folded bikes are allowed IN buses, but she still made me unfold it and put it on the rack. I got her name and have been in contact with Metro, and they are actually following up on this.
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Chicago Area Transit

Here in the Chicago area biking is encouraged thanks in part to Mayor Daley being a fellow bike fan. And bikes are welcome on trains and becoming a regular on trains.

http://www.drivelesslivemore.com/MOV...onTransit.aspx

All of the transit systems welcome bicycles nowadays. Metra, our commuter system, allows folders at all times and restricts non folders during non-rush hours. I have never had a problem getting my Dahon Jack 26" folder onto Metra. CTA allows folders at all times too. Both state they require covers at rush hour but I think they only enforce in wet weather.

The South Shore which runs from Millennium Park to South Bend are the only sticklers about mandating the bike be in a bag at all times. The literature also calls for it to be stored in the overhead racks. Though they see the size of it folded and I haven't been made to try and place it up there. I do have bungees and hasps in case they make me, though they have a seat out for handicapped and large parcels where I always keep it. Also for what it's worth the South Shore is the last electric interurban in the US still running and they are looking to expand.
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