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Old 07-06-07, 02:22 AM   #376
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Allow me to observe you have short legs...? If so, then it must be a pain to find something suitable to ride...

That is such a sweet-looking ride!
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Old 07-06-07, 02:40 AM   #377
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I'm 5'9". Not particularly short legged, but not particularly tall either. Just used to having both feet reaching the floor when I stand on my saddle at a stop. Bad habit I guess. Still manage to get a decently low riding position with my old mountain bike, but sits very upright now with the Dahon layout.

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Old 07-09-07, 11:07 AM   #378
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Captivante

I have a red Captivante folding from 1968. But I don't know how much it is worth now. Can anybody help me out?
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Old 07-09-07, 11:34 AM   #379
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A picture certainly would help.
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Old 07-11-07, 10:01 AM   #380
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Hello,

I own the Dahon Piccolo D3 stock.
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Old 07-13-07, 06:01 PM   #381
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Hey. I just bought two Dahon's, a D7/Speed and a D3/Curve. Much thanks to this forum for the dialog and advice. I learned a lot. I got these bikes at Sunrise Cyclery in West Babylon, Long Island (NY State, USA). I read for two weeks here, tried out a Curve near where I live in Manhattan, and then discussed it with my wife. Our goals are light recreation, not for commuting, not for intense riding. We live in apt in the city, so a folding bike seems like a bullseye fit for our needs. There's a store only two blocks from my apt with many folders, but alas, only five different types of Dahons (and many Bromptons and the Birdy and Swift), but only one folder under $500 (the D3/Curve). I tried the Curve, but my wife did not want such a small looking bike (D3), so we were on our way to the beach anyway, and stopped off at Sunrise Cyclery cos they have a huge selection of Dahon's. A call in-advance ensured that they had both the D3 and the D7 in stock, and Frank was very kind to make sure they were assembled for us to try out. We also wanted to spend $800 or less, so these two bikes were in our budget. We tried 'em, liked 'em, and bought 'em! We made our budget, too, just barely. Pix of these bikes in Montauk just yesterday. Now they are home in NYC.

Me and the mrs used the bikes 2x, on two 7 miles rides, keeping up with our friends who were riding nice hybrid full-size rentals. We had a lot of fun. Folding seems easy enough. Our butts are a bit sore though, so I am interested in upgrading the seat or seat/post, but don't want to compromise any foldability. I will do a search here and on the Dahon forums for suggestions, but any replies here are also appreciated.

Thanks! - walkman

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Old 07-16-07, 02:28 PM   #382
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We just got Dahon Speed TR 2007..

We are taking it to France in a few days. Trying to figure out the best way to transport it..
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Old 07-18-07, 10:32 AM   #383
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I just spent some time on a few updates on my Raleigh Twenty and it was a nice enough day for a picture so I thought I'd share;

I've rebuilt the rear wheel with only 16 spokes, put on some lovely new bar tape, cleaned off other stickers and unimportant parts (computer sensor, reflectors) and re-fitted the speedy Mango Stelvios.

Sometime in the near-future I'm planning to lose the heavy suspension forks and go back to a pair of originals, as I have some now from the non-folding Twenty I got for 5 GBP, but in the meantime, I think she's looking pretty sweet considering she's 32 years old...

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Old 07-28-07, 12:39 PM   #384
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I have two folders - a Tank Micro 16, and a Sears Tote-Cycle.
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Old 08-05-07, 10:27 PM   #385
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Test - XX

Just seeing how the site handles attachments.
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Old 08-05-07, 10:38 PM   #386
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Well...that didn't go too well.

Haven't been able to find much in the way of adding images to posts instructions, so hopefully someone can point me in the right direction. the only thing I've found is the attachment management field.
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Old 08-08-07, 01:50 PM   #387
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Trying this again with a different tack. Can't tell in the preview what the final image will look like. If unsatisfactory, I'm hoping someone can give me some guidance as to how to place images within a post.

Helios XX #297. If this works I'll rattle on at length in a follow up.

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Old 08-08-07, 03:01 PM   #388
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Guess that went well enough.

Helios XX #297 purchased about a year ago. My understanding is that this was Dahon's demo unit and was the last sold as new.

When I received it, it had a silver handlepost and silver adjustable seat post. I tracked down the original CF seat post and had to modify a 1 1/8" black handlepost to fit as there were no 1" posts to be had. Due to the handlepost situation, it also had a Boardwalk fork on it and replaced it with the original.

Bolt on mods are as follows -

I always run fenders, so the stock brakes would not work due to being too short. The brakes were replaced with Avid Single Digit Mag magnesium units. Also installed the matching Mag levers as well. Original Continentals were replaced with Marathon Plus's. Sacrilege I know, but sitting and fixing flats is not my idea of a good time.

I had the FSA Pro Team Carbon Compact cranks and BB from another project, so figured I'd put them on to help make up for weight of the fenders and wheels. The chainwheel is a single speed 53 or 54 tooth, can't remember exactly.

While I was in the frenzy, the chain was replaced with an SRAM hollow pin and the cassette with a Shimano XTR Ti that's got a little more on the low end than the stock.

The pedals are Shimano PD-A550. Compact and light, they are the nicest clip pedals I've used.

I've got all the original bits, so it can be easily reverted back to stock configuration when it comes time to sell.

I don't name stuff, but when removing/installing tires, it is known by many names.

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Old 08-20-07, 01:28 PM   #389
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Hello everyone (I am new here). I just purchased a Brompton M6R Plus (black and silver). I am going to start commuting to work. It's raining today, so I am not comfortable riding in the rain. Perhaps, I will learn from you all on how to make the ride sweeter.

I live in a six-flight walk up, so I had no choice but to get a fold up. No where to safely lock up the bike.
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Old 08-22-07, 06:30 PM   #390
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Hello all,

I just purchased my first folder--a brand called Caddieup. Seems OK so far, except I'm having some trouble folding and unfolding it. The hinge is tough to work with.
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Old 08-23-07, 12:55 PM   #391
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Had to respond to this thread as my new folder arrived yesterday and I'm just back from my first ride. The bike rides like a road bike, quick and responsive. Triple chainset with 12-32 block as it will be used for light touring. Mine is black but until I can find my camera here is a stock photo. It's an Airnimal Performance Sport and uses 105 throughout apart from the chainset.

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Old 08-24-07, 12:20 AM   #392
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I have a UFB - Ultimate Folding Bicycle - all titanium

I was searching tonight for UFB - to see what was out there on line and saw that there were several posts regarding the UFB on this forum - so I thought I would join the forum in case I could help answer any questions. This is the all titanium model of the Ultimate Folding Bicycle - 17 lbs - with the derailleur or 20 lb with the Rohloff - 27 gear range
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Old 08-24-07, 12:22 AM   #393
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How much does this weigh?

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Already posted a more detailed thread on my Jetstream P8 and its upgrades. But just wanted to add it onto this thread to join the bike family.
How much does this weigh?
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Old 08-26-07, 09:53 PM   #394
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And now I will give you all the pleasure of looking at my coat closet:



Downtube VIIIH on bottom. Carryme on top.

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Old 08-26-07, 10:43 PM   #395
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And now I will give you all the pleasure of looking at my coat closet:

Downtube VIIIH on bottom. Carryme on top.
Totally illustrates the beauty of folders!
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Old 09-02-07, 07:31 PM   #396
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Old 09-02-07, 09:31 PM   #397
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Latest mods.

Major bling action: Campy super record chain (bought super cheap), Chris King front hub, Birdy frame.
Minor bling: XTR rear, XT cassette and derailleur, Velocity rims (bad seam on both front and rear...they don't live up to their rep, Sapim spokes, Greenspeed Scorchers, Cane Creek S6 headset, Nitto bars, Fly Ti seat, 105 cranks, Egg Beater pedals. Everything was bought at about half price from various sources over time. I'm a cheapskate.

I'm seriously procrastinating. Back to work!!!
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Old 09-02-07, 09:52 PM   #398
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Latest mods.

Major bling action: Campy super record chain (bought super cheap), Chris King front hub, Birdy frame.
Minor bling: XTR rear, XT cassette and derailleur, Velocity rims (bad seam on both front and rear...they don't live up to their rep, Sapim spokes, Greenspeed Scorchers, Cane Creek S6 headset, Nitto bars, Fly Ti seat, 105 cranks, Egg Beater pedals. Everything was bought at about half price from various sources over time. I'm a cheapskate.
Not half as cheap as I am.

How much smaller in practice are the 349 rims compared to 355? Is it actually only 3mm on a side, so barely noticable? Is the fold affected in any way?
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Old 09-05-07, 07:43 PM   #399
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Here's my "Silver Streak" before the Brooks. Shot beside my wife's flower forest.
Having a blast bombing around the neighborhood after dark with a lithium battery powered helmet spotlight. Way too hot to do this in the daytime down here south of the "Swamp" in Tampa.

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Not half as cheap as I am.

How much smaller in practice are the 349 rims compared to 355? Is it actually only 3mm on a side, so barely noticable? Is the fold affected in any way?
Hi Jur, sorry for taking so long to get back to you on that...working on a grant. The difference is so small that I barely moved the brake pads. That's 6mm on the *circumference.* The 355 tires fit loosely on the 349 rims. Seems very silly to have two wheel sizes so close together. The tire selection at the moment is slightly better for me at 355 as they have the Marathon Racer in folding Kevlar bead for the Birdy. So it was a silly migration.

I'm using Greenspeed Scorchers at the moment, so the circumference of the tire has increased significantly rather than decreased. I thought this tire would be a faster version of the Marathon Racer, but it has slowed me down with all the flats I've gotten. It should be called the Greenspeed Puncture. It's wide, so it picks up twice as much glass as my Stelvios did...lots of punctures off the center line.

You had asked about the slippery properties of the tire in a previous thread, and it hasn't thus far been any different from any other tire I've owned. It does Scorch when riding 20MPH+, but is sluggish on acceleration. I'm almost curious to try the Kevlar version, but think I'll go back to Stelvios once these wear out.

The only way that the fold is affected is that I had to adjust the tire retaining screw on the front. (This holds the bike closed when carrying it folded.)
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