I just picked up a bargain of a Dahon Mariner D6 that had never been ridden, or even removed from its box (so it's as perfect as a 4 year old bike can be), for the purposes of going completely car-free for my commute, and I couldn't be more pleased. Armed with this bike, I can take the LA Metrolink (with a stop an eighth of a mile from my home) two stops up, then bike the 2.5 miles from the Metrolink stop to another light-rail system stop (the Green Line, should any of you know Los Angeles), then 22 minutes on it, and then another eighth of a mile from the light-rail stop to my workplace. The whole thing should take less than an hour, which is slightly less than my mixed car/train commute I do now, and WAY faster than driving in to work the whole way.
In the late 80's, I worked though high school and early college as a bike shop mechanic, so I feel qualified to go over my new folder instead of bringing it to a shop for a once-over as the manual recommends. So with that said, is there anything particular about the folder I should know about and look at extra closely, as opposed to a normal mountain or road bike?
Also, the stem clamp seems just a skosh too tight. I assume the brass turnbuckle inside the opened stem tightens and loosens the mechanism? It's a non-adjustable Dahon Integrus.
I'm sure I'll have more maintenance and commuting questions as time passes, but let's just get started with these.