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    I just bought 2 Dahons - I don't know why.

    I just picked up 2 older Dahons - I don't know the vintage, but they have been unused the last 10 years. Model is Dahon V - they are 5 speeds.
    Like I said, I don't know why I bought these - good price I guess. They have some surface rust here and there, break binder bolts are rusty. These spent some time on a sailboat. I thought I could take them with me camping, even though a conventional bike on a rack would make more sense.

    Maybe I'll leave one at work as I was thinking of using one to go to the YMCA a few blocks away. Maybe they would be a good college campus bike for my son - not sure he would use it, or if there is even room for one in the tiny, tiny dorm room.

    I'd be interested in the reasons why people get folders, (except for boats - I get that).

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    The reason I chose a Folding Bicycle over a Standard Bike is because In most cases, I can bring it with me almost everywhere I go and will not have to worry about someone stealing it.

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    I bought folding bikes for my husband and I to take in the car when we go on road trips because I hate carrying the bikes ON the car. I'd rather carry them IN the car :-)

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    Well here we touch on the dreaded syndrome named folderitis. It is a syndrome that causes uncontrollable buying of folding bikes. It kicks in as soon as your 1st folder has been bought. In your case you kicked off with two, so folderitis got hold of you even earlier.

    I 1st bought a folder because I thought being able to fold it, makes it quite handy and versatile. Then I wanted another one for fast road rides. Then I wanted one for traveling with. Then I got one because it was cheap 2nd hand. I gave that one to my wife who soon wanted another one for touring with. Then I got one because it was a very high quality one and I needed something to stop the drool. Then I wanted one because it is so iconic and everyone wants one of these.

    Why? Because undoubtedly, they are much more fun than big-wheelers. Plus more handy and versatile, as well as un-boring.

    Big-wheeled bikes all come in one shape. Folders, every one is different with different characteristics, except for the common characteristic of being fun.
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    Nicely said, jur.

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    LOL! Maybe I ought to get out now! I have so many projects, and bikes, that maybe I should just sell these. Any idea on "value" for Dahon V - fair condition. I would assume tires and tubes need replacing and a tune-up at a bike shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by transporterjr View Post
    LOL! Maybe I ought to get out now! I have so many projects, and bikes, that maybe I should just sell these. Any idea on "value" for Dahon V - fair condition. I would assume tires and tubes need replacing and a tune-up at a bike shop?
    Got pictures?

    I picked up a set of Dahon Classic III's, $100 for the pair. Needed some work, however it looks like fair market value on mine is in the $150 a piece range. My first folder was a 1968 Raleigh Compact RSW. Bought it because it was a Raleigh and unusual. Second folder was a 1972 Raleigh Twenty folder, bought it because it was a folder and a Raleigh. The next 5 adopted ME...that is my story and I am sticking to it!

    I like to have a folder to keep in my car or truck, they come in very handy for sight seeing around a town when a get a day or two of downtime. They allow me to park the car and see a lot more than I would if I were driving from spot to spot or walking.

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    In a strange coincidence, I went to a friend's cook-out. We go to the shed and I say "Hey, its that a foling bike" Yep, he just got it for his kid who is going to college. 7-speed, I rode it around the yard - went nice. Think the name was Beeze? 20" wheels. So apparently with a few days, we both bough folders. His is for his son to take to college. Maybe my son is now thinking, not such a bad idea - expect the "Breeze, was near new and looked great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by transporterjr View Post

    I'd be interested in the reasons why people get folders, (except for boats - I get that).
    I chose folders because I like to drive small cars and you just can't take a standard bike in a small car. Sure, I could leave a standard bike on a trunk rack, but I like to know that my bike will still be there when I get back to my car.

    I find no drawbacks to folders, only advantages.

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    Don`t know why? Too many Wrigleys commercials way back when!

    I had several excuses to buy a folder, but if I were to dig down to the real core reason I went with a folder instead of a coupled bike, I`d have to admit I wanted to play with little wheels for something different. I have to fly it someplace at least once (that was one of my excuses), it takes ar ride from time to time in the trunk of my wife`s car if we go somewhere together and she`s planning on heading a different direction when I go home,and it will also undoubtedly go in the trunk for car-based weekends or vacations (where I used to carry the big bike on a trunk rack, but that has some problems). Mostly though, I`ve been using it just the same as I use my non-folding big wheelers.

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    i've been a regular sized bike user for years and now a folding bike user. i like folding bike for its portability and the Ohhhhs and Ahhhhhs and WOWsss i get when people see me riding it.

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    I just rode my 16" wheeled bike on a 50K bike ride. Unlike most other participants, my fun meter was pegged the whole time. And I finished in the middle of the pack!

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