Keepin it Wheel
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Diego
Bikes: Surly CrossCheck, Moto Fantom29 ProSL hardtail
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I found a Dahon RV Mate III in the trash at my townhouse complex, don't know which of my neighbors threw it out, most likely the one that's had a budget moving truck at his garage for the last few days.
It's in decent shape, the rubber on the tires is cracking but the tubes held air no problem. The frame seems to unfold and lock securely, it rides without creaking, the chain doesn't even seem dry.
The big problem is the shifting. I oiled the little shifter chain and dropped a lot of oil into the hub, hoping it would get where it needs to go, but shifting is very slow; well it's fast enough to shift into the low gear (by pulling cable), but then releasing cable it takes a minute for it to go back into high.
And the shift lever doesn't hold its position at all. I don't see that the lever can be disassembled to get at the insides, would any 3-speed shift lever have the same cable pull? Or would I need to look for an old sachs?