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    Interesting idea for wheeling a folded Dahon

    ...or Tern. Spotted while thumbing through a Japanese bicycle magazine today.


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    Not sure how it would actually work, or how it would fold away when not in use. Sure doesn't look at roll-friendly as a Brompton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    Not sure how it would actually work, or how it would fold away when not in use.
    It looks like it fits into the bottom of the seat tube. It is even offered in two seat tube sizes 29.0 mm and 30.2 mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick@OCRR View Post
    Not sure how it would actually work, or how it would fold away when not in use. Sure doesn't look at roll-friendly as a Brompton.

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    Well the price seems to be about $175 USD - so maybe it`s motorized.

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    Something similar to this.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIFWKfNpuyw

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    I like it! If you could get some kind of swivel caster wheel in there it would be even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owenfinn View Post
    Well the price seems to be about $175 USD - so maybe it`s motorized.
    $175 for a metal stick with two wheels? wow! I guess most here will just walk it the old fashion way by tilting the seat back and walk. else it looks like it's something you have to carry with you at all times in a bag or something when you are riding.

    The pricing for what you get is as bad as that brompton suspension spring for $250.

    I really wonder how do they set prices for products in Japan???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azreal911 View Post
    $175 for a metal stick with two wheels? wow! I guess most here will just walk it the old fashion way by tilting the seat back and walk. else it looks like it's something you have to carry with you at all times in a bag or something when you are riding.
    yes, folding, tilt and push it the easiest. but the challenge with the full length fenders sometimes get in the way of the rear wheel and can sometimes snag on steps and bumps. my SL has no fenders and no problems, but my Jack when i have my winter fenders mounted will snag corners and bumps on the ground as i push it in the tilted folded position.

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    I think they live pretty well in Japan, plus the yen has been strong. Check out the prices for cube-shaped watermelons.
    Last edited by Jiten; 03-15-12 at 09:02 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jiten View Post
    I think they live pretty well in Japan, plus the yen has been strong. Check out the prices for cube-shaped watermelons.

    Those went down in price, a square watermelon in japan is only $100 usd now

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    Quote Originally Posted by rex615 View Post
    Gotta love the rock music....................... how fitting !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Azreal911 View Post
    Those went down in price, a square watermelon in japan is only $100 usd now
    really cheap

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    It's a gimmick. Dahons wheel along just fine by holding the seat. When you're finished wheeling it, it uses the bottom of the seat post to stand securely. Notice the photo doesn't show the seat post/seat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micheal Blue View Post
    It's a gimmick. Dahons wheel along just fine by holding the seat. When you're finished wheeling it, it uses the bottom of the seat post to stand securely. Notice the photo doesn't show the seat post/seat?
    The contraption mounts to the end of the seatpost. You can see the seat in the photo.

    The D-Walker is listed in Dahon Japan's accessories page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by owenfinn View Post
    ...or Tern.
    Just noticed a trolley rack on Tern's website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Micheal Blue View Post
    It's a gimmick. Dahons wheel along just fine by holding the seat.
    Yeah... no.

    Dahon-style folders can't be rolled backwards, their wheels are usually not parallel, and slight jostles result in the magnetic latches coming undone. Bromptons and Tikits really *roll* when folded. Dahons "roll" when folded. There is a world of difference. I roll my tikit everywhere, but I pick up my Dahons: they're just far too unmaneuverable in the tight spaces where folded rolling would be helpful.

    There's a reason for these rolling assistance devices in the Dahon/Tern/similar world.

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    I wonder if you can take a seatpost, drill a hole through it and add an axle? Or add wheels to the bottom of the seatpost that can be removed when the seatpost is being used? A set of skateboard wheels fitted to something that can be wedged into the bottom of the seatpost. Just throwing some ideas out there for our engineers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dynocoaster View Post
    I wonder if you can take a seatpost, drill a hole through it and add an axle? Or add wheels to the bottom of the seatpost that can be removed when the seatpost is being used? A set of skateboard wheels fitted to something that can be wedged into the bottom of the seatpost. Just throwing some ideas out there for our engineers.
    I think just a friction fit would work since the weight of the bike would be pushing down on it.

    Of issue with some Dahons is the pump that resides in the seat post, this would preclude drilling holes into it.

    It seems that a single wheel on a caster might be the easiest and most compact, even if it won't stabilize the bike side to side.

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