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Old 11-26-04, 11:11 AM   #76
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It is amazing what some people throw out.
Here's a pic of my recently acquired via the LFS (landfill site) 1971 Raleigh Twenty folder. It's all there, and most of it seems to work ok. Still cleaning it up to see what it needs.
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Old 11-26-04, 11:29 AM   #77
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Pretty funny, what i ment was when they put it on at the factory, it was hand applied.
Heh, heh. Ya gotta love the English language.

Anyway, in that case, there happens to be a
thread about serial numbers over in the Dahon forums right now. You might be able to ascertain the year and month of manufacture if you were interested.

[This post edited to add the following...]

Duh. I see that you've posted in that thread too. Well, maybe the link will be of use to other BikeForumites.
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Old 12-04-04, 11:58 AM   #78
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I just recently got my Dahon Speed TR... and I hae to say I dig it.

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Old 12-04-04, 11:35 PM   #79
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Just got a Dahon Matrix. Review forthcoming.
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Old 12-07-04, 02:23 PM   #80
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I just ordered my first folder, a Pocket Rocket! It's gestating right now, should be here by Christmas!
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Old 12-10-04, 10:52 AM   #81
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I too have a Raleigh Twenty that I'm in the process of tricking out. I hope to set it up with front and rear derailleurs to get 16 speeds. I'll get pictures out once it's a little bit further along...
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Old 12-10-04, 09:09 PM   #82
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Look at this, if you haven't seen it already:

http://home.comcast.net/~cheg01/r20.html

Also these pics:
http://home.comcast.net/~cheg01/20_light_2.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~cheg01/20_light_3.jpg
http://home.comcast.net/~cheg01/20_light_4.jpg

I think you will enjoy building and riding the 20.
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Old 12-11-04, 02:26 PM   #83
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I spent a lot of time checking out your site before I even bought my Twenty. Your site and Sheldon's are what inspired me to tackle this. I really appreciate the packing instructions; it's great to know what size case it will fit in. How thick/strong is the plastic of the case?
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Old 12-11-04, 03:15 PM   #84
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I spent a lot of time checking out your site before I even bought my Twenty. Your site and Sheldon's are what inspired me to tackle this. I really appreciate the packing instructions; it's great to know what size case it will fit in. How thick/strong is the plastic of the case?
The middle of the side panel is pretty flexible. That's why I put the galvanized pipe brace in there. You can walk on it now without hurting anything. You could probably do the same thing with a wood dowel or plastic pipe to save swome weight. With the 3x7 wheel, rack, pannier, tools, spares, etc., it was a few pounds over the 50# stated limit for airline carriage without extra charge. That was one reason I got the straight 7 speed rear wheel. I hear that the weight limit is not always enforced, though, and the weigh limit is higher with some airlines if you are a frequent flier.
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Old 12-30-04, 10:53 PM   #85
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Hi! Regarding Burnarda88's question about Bridgestone Picnicas. I currently own two of them. One is a bronze colored belt-drive model and the other is a red and white chain-drive model (fully enclosed). From what I know they were made in Japan and marketed as "second cars." I estimate they are each at least 35 years old or so. On the internet I found a bronze colored belt-drive model in a museum in Japan and a red an white one (reverse color scheme from mine) in a museum in Australia. From what I understand they are very rare and in high demand. Of all the bikes I own, they are the ones that inevitably attract the most attention. Cheers!

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A quick look at the bikes I used to own. My favorite is the brompton
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Old 02-13-05, 06:53 PM   #87
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Same here, it's been hard to know what to take from the shop for my own, but I finally settled for the Brompton T6. I especially like the utilitarian generator lights. Of all the bikes, I've ever owned, and I've had many, the Brompton is now my all time favorite.
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Old 02-13-05, 07:17 PM   #88
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Just got a Bike Friday Pocket Rocket Pro petite. I'm still working the kinks out, getting to know it, but it is pretty amazing!
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Old 02-13-05, 08:00 PM   #89
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After riding recumbents for the last few years, I decided on trying a folder, a Dahon Speed 8 like many of those above. I had mine equiped with a 38 tooth chain ring as usually have to climb when I ride. I just ordered a brooks saddle trying to add to the long range comfort level. It is still an experiment, but seems to be going well.

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Old 02-19-05, 10:32 AM   #90
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After several years riding and competing adventure races with a Specialized Stompjumper I decided to get a folder, just to adapt to my new lifestyle and be prepared for Academics (I am applying to grad school).

Ended up with a Giant Halfway RS. Click on the link to take a look.




It only has 56miles with me, but so far I am very happy with it. Doesn't have a name yet though.

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Old 02-19-05, 01:56 PM   #91
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You guys are guilty of making me want one.
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JCSILVA... Thanks for the info on my '77 Bridgestone Picnica. We (the bike and I) recently took a trip to Las Vegas. The Picnica fits perfectly in an airline regulation size suitcase. According to Bridgestone's Japanese website, they still manufacture a belt drive, 16" wheel Picnica but they don't seem to make it across the pond. Pity. As for mine, the quality is incredible... stainless steel rims, aluminum fenders, dia-comp brakes, etc. If only it had Sturmey-Archer gears vs. Shimano. Once again, if anyone has one like it, I'd love to hear from you.
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Old 02-20-05, 03:59 PM   #93
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JCSILVA... Thanks for the info on my '77 Bridgestone Picnica. We (the bike and I) recently took a trip to Las Vegas. The Picnica fits perfectly in an airline regulation size suitcase. According to Bridgestone's Japanese website, they still manufacture a belt drive, 16" wheel Picnica but they don't seem to make it across the pond. Pity. As for mine, the quality is incredible... stainless steel rims, aluminum fenders, dia-comp brakes, etc. If only it had Sturmey-Archer gears vs. Shimano. Once again, if anyone has one like it, I'd love to hear from you.
Very nice.
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Old 02-27-05, 06:54 PM   #94
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Koffee, how about some 2005 Xfolders for your next trip to die Schweiz?

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next year: long days bike (commute both ways): stick with my Jamis Coda; short days bike (Metro home) with ice: Dahon Matrix with Nokian tires; short days bike with no ice: something smaller than the Matrix to ease Metro rides home. This likely means Speed 8 or equivalent.
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Hi velogirl: "...short days bike (Metro home) with ice: Dahon Matrix with Nokian tires"...
Smart planning.

I thought I could wait until December 2005 to get Nokian Hakkapelitta TR1110 tires to replace the Tioga Bloodhounds on my commuting bike, a Marin Sausalito. Bad idea.

The Bloodhounds had kept me upright through a lot of snow and ice this winter. But last week my luck ran out. I crashed on black ice (which was hidden by slush).

So now I'm using RICE to get my left knee ready to test the Matrix on trails around Boulder, CO next week (Spring Break). If the trails are mud mixed with slush and ice, I'll test the Hutchison Pythons on roads. If the roads on the front range are icy, I'll shorten the altitude-adjustment time, stuff the Matrix back into its Dahon Double Play bag and take my mountaineering O2 mask and Telemark skis to A-Basin ;-)


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Old 03-03-05, 07:15 PM   #97
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Montague CX plus I've also ordered a 2005 Dahon Helios SL.
The Montague's a nice sturdy bike and is fun on rough stuff but it's a bit heavy and slow (fat tires) and doesn't fold too compactly for use on transit. The Dahon will be for going faster, road only, and for taking on transit (our local light rail in San Jose, CA). Both fit nicely in the trunk.
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Old 03-03-05, 07:49 PM   #98
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Burnarda 88 what is the gearing on those colorful little bikes in the second photo ( I.E gear inches) also how many psi are the tires rated to it should say on the sidewall are the tires 14 inch by 1.75 or 14 inch by 1& 3/8. Sorry i saw a 14 inch wheel variant on the yellow jersey ltd website. Pls ignore this.
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Old 03-06-05, 03:50 AM   #99
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Here's my bike, a Dahon Presto Lite adjusted for weekend touring.



Modifications/upgrades as seen on the picture;
-Big Apple tyres
-Telescopic Piccolo seatpost
-Selle Italia Leather saddle
-SKS Mudmax mudguards
-Larger chainwheel (52T)
-SPD pedals
-Minoura PET bottle cage
-Cane Creek bar ends
-Carradice SQR tour bag
-Altura Skye handle bar bag (Klick-fix)
-LED lights front and rear on the bags
-Cable lock on handle post
-Bullit valve caps..

I've only put on the Big Apples the other day, off in an hour or two to try them out on wintery roads in Stockholm, Sweden.

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Hi Moe, I like what you did to your bike. I'm deciding between a Presta Lite and a Helixp8. Your little bike will be smaller to carry, yet I'm leaning towards a model with QR. And even Dahon Tech folks say pulling the back wheel can be tricky and time consuming. Any thoughts, post here to the group or I should have email allowed to me. I have a Trek 520 and Cannondale H600 too. Kevin, LA, CA
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