I just purchased a new 2009 Dahon Boardwalk S1 today from Performance Bike. Based on the info from the thread listed below, I was able to get my new Boardwalk locally for $198 out-the-door ($179.99+ 10% CA tax). Thanks to megavovan who pointed out the deal.
Sale price on Performance Bike's website is currently $199.99, plus an additional 10% off for online orders. In-store price was $249. I took the bike for a test ride, came back, and said I'd buy it if they would match the online price. It was probably one of the easiest transactions ever because the sales guy just double checked the online price at his computer and confirmed the price by showing me the cart price. I was more than happy that they also gave me the 10% discount offered online.
I had sent some emails to other local shops and online Dahon dealers, but some never responded, a couple were willing to match the $199+shipping or $199.99+tax price, and one vendor actually thought I was trying to "trick" him with that price. When I checked my email, I had one response saying they'd match the price if I would pay shipping, then the 2nd response that was less friendly and expressed that they felt "tricked" over the price based on shipping and to buy my bike from Performance Bike Kinda surprising that a vendor would act like that, and throw around accusations, but I know who not to do business with in the future.
My new Boardwalk from Performance Bike rides great so far, but the plan is to heavily modify it. That's the main reason why I went with a low budget bike with minimal parts on it. Next step is to widen the rear dropouts to around 125mm so I can squeeze in a custom dual drive hub and 7 gears.
Things I need recommendations on:
1) rear V or sidepull brake adapters - the boarwalk comes with a coaster hub which I will be removing. I would like to add brake adapters inside the rear triangle on the bottom vs on top in the standard position (outside the rear triangle); Unfortunately I wont be able to add disc brakes in the rear due to the dual drive hub.
2) schwalbe big appe tires, what's the biggest I can fit under the front fender?
3) clip pedals, whats strong and affordable?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!