(Note: Read the following with a sense of humor).
Thus begins my experiment.
The Dahon Helios P8 neutered into a singlespeed which I am using as a commuter bike is currently in the LBS having its front axle bearings and bottom bracket bearings replaced. The parts have to be ordered on (or as I've recently learned, being cannibalized from existing inventory). Given the bike's vintage, I hope this isn't a problem although I'll be certain to blame some 9 year old in China working for a $1 a day if it is.
Having been warned by the inscrutable knowledge of the internet, I will be certain to watch out for misaligned forks, overly tight cups and cones, seat post frame cracks and the dreaded rim crack around the 5000 km. Until then, I'll be carefully document my experience for a class action lawsuit against Dahon for this bike I bought used off Craigslist at a cheap price - which probably means it was stolen.
Back to the box which arrived this morning. Have a look at the shipping label:
It's from Karl Abbe of this company: http://www.zzipper.com/
Once I get the bike back from the LBS, I'll be mounting what's in the box and trying it out. A tip of the hat to a Moulton from 1960 for the inspiration. "The more things change, the more they stay the same."