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  1. #501
    Building a better Strida
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    Don't know of a name yet...... maybe when its all done....












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    Celebrate Diversity! JSnow789's Avatar
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    I'm slowly getting used to it. I rode to the pub last night though and didn't have any troubles either there or on the way back. I'm taking it on the train tomorrow.

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    My humble 06 Dahon Speed 8 - Brooks B17, Dahon Touring rack, MKS pedals, Blackburn rear bag.
    A surprisingly comfortable tourer I truly enjoy riding! Been to Laos, Thailand, Malaysia & Indonesia.
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    My other "tourer" Pacific Carry Me microbike - superbly compact and easy to take along for my travels and "light" exploring...

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    Senior Member The Chemist's Avatar
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    I've got a Dahon Boardwalk 7 speed model. It's my first folding bike, and I love it. It rides way better than I thought a bike with such small wheels (20") would, and it's really fun to ride and commute on.

    I've got a few additions back home in Canada that I'll be bringing with me back to China after my summer vacation, such as clipless pedals and a pair of panniers, that'll make the bike even better.

  6. #506
    actually it's silver
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    I've got a two-week-old 2009 Downtube 8H and I adore it.

  7. #507
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    What kind of folding bike?

    My fav is my "Birdy" from Germany (one of their earlier models from the late '90s). This model has 7 speeds, is very light, and a very fast fold - I love this bike! I'm also kind of enamored with my "Picnica", which is a vintage Bridgestone from Japan, and the lesser known, but very clever "Skoot," from England (these latter two are sadly NLA)

  8. #508
    Still moving forward.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelguy View Post
    My fav is my "Birdy" from Germany (one of their earlier models from the late '90s). This model has 7 speeds, is very light, and a very fast fold - I love this bike! I'm also kind of enamored with my "Picnica", which is a vintage Bridgestone from Japan, and the lesser known, but very clever "Skoot," from England (these latter two are sadly NLA)
    Pictures of your NLA bikes??

  9. #509
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    NLA folders

    Oddly, I don't have any pictures of my Picnica,so I'll have to take some. In the meantime, I do have a pic of the Skoot (attached). If you're not familiar with this bike, it was actually a very clever attempt to to make a convenient and clean folder that could be "disguised" as a suitcase. The "main" wheels fold up inside the body of the case, the three piece foldable handlebars go back and down, the quick release cranks come off and are stashed in the case under the seat, and the seat sinks into the case as well. You then pull a canvas "lid" over the top of the case, and you can then pull it along like a suitcase. The idea was that with this design, nobody could deny access into a store or on a bus because it doesn't even look like a folder. It kind of has that "James Bond" appeal to it - or the "transformers" - depending on which decade you spent in your formative years. BTW, although this bike may look kind of funky, it was designed by someone from the aerospace industry, so a lot of thought went into it, the components were designed and machined with tight precision, and the case itself is made from a high density polymer material, so it's actually lighter and stronger than plastic or even a lot of fiberglass shells. For further strength, the actual frame is more like a minimalist shell. Very clever indeed. And - it's a lot of fun to ride! Ancillary benefits: there is a built-in pump that's housed inside the shell. And, when the bike is in the unfolded mode with the wheels extended, you can slip a briefcase into the center of the frame - out of view and out of the way. Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.
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    I have a apple green Brompton that I modified with an ergonomic, seat-bone only saddle. I use it every day to bike to work. I haven't bought a tank of gas in two months. With increasing transit ridership due to high gas prices, folders are the best strategy to avoid competition for bike racks.

  11. #511
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    I have a Strida 5.

  12. #512
    half way commuter
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    After almost 3 years, my 16" Hasa F2 has a new company, Dahon MU P8. Now I have an option between 16 and 20" folder. Better gearing in Dahon is a plus that allows me to cut almost 2 minutes of my 30 min. commuting time, and compact Hasa is a plus if I have to fold and put it on my wife's car. So I keep both of them,.....

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    My bike is a Brompton

    After an accident I had to remove the mudguards. Thought of placing new ones, but I think I like it this way...
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    I bought this Dahon today. Can anyone help me identify it better than a Dahon V? The bicycle is in for some attempted repairs of the headset as it's super loose and wobbly. As well, the handlebar quick release is broken and the handle bar anchor (for lack of better words, the chrome inverted "V" holding the handle bars in place) is far from secure-fitting. Is the anchor only supposed to have one bearing in it?
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    I think it's a Dahon III. Join the Dahon forum and there's a thread about this bike where you can get answeres to specific questions.

    http://www.dahon.com/forum/index.php...opic=5139&st=0

  16. #516
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    new 8HN Slowly modifying

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    i have an old crappy 70s bickerton but looking at buying a new dahon

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    The little tomato ...

    The little tomato ... I love this little bike!

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    My fastest folder - 06 Dahon Speed Pro 24 Dual Drive SRAM.


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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Forrest the fixed gear folder.. now equipped with a cartridge bb and Stronglight crank.


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    Swift Nexus 7

    My wife's few weeks old Swift.

    The bicycle doesn't have any fancy components as it's intended for everyday use.
    The basics in short: black aluminium frameset from Peter Reich, Brooks B17S saddle, Shimano Nexus 7 with coaster brake, Schwalbe Marathon tires on Rigida X-plorer rims.

    The ride is very nice indeed, steering very respective. The saddle needs to be broken in as there's no suspension in this bicycle and the high pressure 20" tires are just as I expected. Hard.
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    Senior Member iamstuffed's Avatar
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    Two new Bromptons



    Below: My girlfriend giving her Brompton an inspection.


    Below: My Brompton!
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    Raleigh20 PugFixie, Merc LittlePixel's Avatar
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    They look so nice in Ivory. Ivory and Orange are deffo the best paint colours on a Brompton - Congrats - I hope the twins enjoy living with you!

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    Meet Sterling the Flying Mule, a 1976 Triumph Trafficmaster (made by Raleigh and seemingly identical to the Twenties of the same vintage). I got her from a Craigslist ad in April when there were fears of public transit going on strike. The story I got was that she was made in England, and came here with her original owner who then put her in storage. She has spent most of her existence in a time capsule.

    In this picture, everything is original (with the exception of the computer and seat cover, and the safety gear that I had to add to make her street-legal). Unfortunately, the pretty whitewalls are no more, as they split after a few months on the road. If I could find replicas I'd consider using them, but on the other hand I think I'm addicted to the BMX tires that were the only thing I could find in 20 x 1 3/8". I've also had to replace a brake cable, and the brake shoes will be next as they're worn down and I want something better for wet weather.

    Otherwise, the only damage on her is cosmetic (pitting in the chrome on the rear rim, chain guard bent outwards a bit, paint damage from folding). I'm not as interested in restoring or keeping her historically accurate as I am in having a good rideable bike that I can carry up the stairs into the office and stash beside my desk. English bikes are made to last a hundred years, so she's far from the end of a useful existence.
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    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
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    Brought it home from the (bike) hospital today... I will let it's new mom name it.


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