Originally Posted by Veik
I am in process of finding a used Dahon for my commuting.
I never owned a Dahon or any other folder for that matter.
Anything folder/Dahon specific I should look for when test riding one of these?
I think I can help out here. I have some information on buying both new & used folding or fold up bikes on my Google Website (link below) which is too much to include here.
Briefly, I once owned 2 Dahons (a 2003 Boardwalk & 2006 Piccolo) until recently. I found them both very good at introducing me to the folding bike world. I would be especially careful to check the folding mechanisms on the frame, seatpost, stem, & handlebars to see if they are in good working order and properly adjusted & tightened for any folding bike you are considering. Do test ride every bike and never feel pressured to accept it.
Good Luck in your search and let us here know what happens next.
Here is a copy of my Piccolo Ad I placed on the Los Angele area Craigslist last summer:
Gently Used 2006 Steel Frame Dahon Piccolo Folding Bicycle For Sale - $300 (NE Los Angeles)
A nice steel frame lightweight 16” Dahon Piccolo is now available for sale. I owned it since I bought it new in 2006. I kept it stored inside the house within it’s own nylon bag when not in use. I never rode it in the rain. This method of care seemed to prevent the usual wear and tear most other bikes experienced. The paint job has no scratches beyond a slight scuff or two. It is neat and very clean. I must sell this little rare beauty as I am becoming crowded out of my residence with now 4 bikes-and I have not ridden this particular bike since December 2009-eight months ago. I think it should go to someone who needs it and will also appreciate it.
Price of $300.00 is Firm, Cash Only-All Sales Final No Returns Accepted Serious Inquiries Only Please
Pick Up Only In The Southern California (Los Angeles) Area
All Original Parts This Bike Came With Including:
2 Instruction Books (yes, the bike shop gave me 2 at purchase)
Three Speed Sturmey-Archer AW Internal Hub Gear
Telescoping Stem AND Telescoping Seat Post (lots of height adjustment options)
Modern Sturmey Archer Twist shifting which “clicks” into gear
Simple Dahon Brand Spring Saddle (mine differs from the official Spec Sheet for some reason but still passable comfort for use)
Original Rear Rack-including the the unique Bungee Cord (used only once) that came with it
Original Plastic Chain Guard
Original never-been-patched Tires
Bonus Additional Parts & Upgrades Added Later By Myself Included In The Sale:
2 bags (Shopping/Tote style Handlebar Bag sewn by me (see photo at the Flickr Account), & the above mentioned store purchased Nylon Storage Bag
Light Tune Up
Involving: New Brake Cable & Housing replaced one that cracked by a professional bike mechanic, Lubed All Moving Parts, Light Cleaning & Inspection-Ready To Ride Condition.
For People (from Dahon’s own Spec Sheet):
SUGGESTED RIDER HEIGHT
137 cm - 188 cm (4'6" - 6'2")
MAX RIDER WEIGHT
105 kg. (230 lbs.)
And More Information From Dahon’s Spec Sheet:
Photographs Of My Own Piccolo (Available On Flickr As A Set, Too)....: