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Old 07-23-12, 01:52 PM   #1
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:) Look what Momma....

Dahon ('90ish ???) Zip Single Speed
Owner said purchased in 2004 but....
Price: $100/Craigslist
Rationale: Testing folder waters
Ride impressions:
Teehee! WEEEEEE!
The bike is very thin (??). Feels so fragile! Isn't! Rode it for 10 miles--pictures taken after significant rain. Stood up and rode bike didn't snap in half. The handlebar is very shaky--will have the bike mechanic in my neighborhood check it out. Is very squeaky like riding a WalMart Schwinn cruiser. Lots of noise from the fenders. FUN!!!!
Not sure if the black thingamajig supporting the handlebars is facing the correct direction. Yes, I have the manual---
Kinda like riding a BMX sorta--kinda twitchy and feels shaky but then I realized --hell I'm 5'10 my feet are on the ground--like drowning in two feet of water. (Sorry may be a poor simile but...) my point: I am in control not the bike.

Conclusion: Upgrade (Tern) immediately!
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Old 07-23-12, 04:54 PM   #2
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Why ride a boring bike? I'm sure the fun meter was pegged the whole time you were riding!
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Old 07-23-12, 05:31 PM   #3
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The bike looks like it is in decent shape, so that price probably isn't too bad. One thing about buying used bikes, and used folding bikes in particular, is that they often need a full tune up and if you can't do it all yourself you can spend as much for the tune up as you did to buy the bike. It's a potential hidden cost that I haven't heard people talk about too much in any of the sub-forums.

But if you decide to keep it after upgrading to a Tern, it is pretty sweet to have a folding beater bike. Mine is an aluminum KHS F20-A, I use it for trips when taking the Brompton doesn't work out. It was a pawn store find for $50 or $60 bucks. It was also my first folder, and I bought it to see what folding bikes were about. Just like you I had so much fun the decision to upgrade was almost immediate.

I recently met a guy with a new Tern D8, he was quite happy with it. It seems to be a good bike for the money. That's something else that is fairly neat about folding bikes, whenever you see someone else riding one, it almost always leads to a conversation.
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Old 07-23-12, 07:46 PM   #4
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my little yellow dahon is probably a couple years older than yours, but here are my experiences:

1) the major source of noise:
A) front fender(the fender is a fraction of an inch too close to the tire)
B) chain guard(the back section is bent in JUST enough to rub the chain when on my outer most sprocket)
C) my chain(most likely old) occaoinally makes a lot of noise, easily fixed wiht a small amount of lube(sprayed on, excess wiped off)

That said, yours appears to be number of years newer than mine, which is good. The pseudo-disk brake on my bike is a more efficient alert device than brake, but I'm gonna have to get a new set of wheels for it before I can fit it with caliper brakes.

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Old 07-25-12, 08:37 AM   #5
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Why ride a boring bike? I'm sure the fun meter was pegged the whole time you were riding!
True. It was. Nervous though--bike is very petite.
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my little yellow dahon is probably a couple years older than yours, but here are my experiences:

1) the major source of noise:
A) front fender(the fender is a fraction of an inch too close to the tire)
B) chain guard(the back section is bent in JUST enough to rub the chain when on my outer most sprocket)
C) my chain(most likely old) occaoinally makes a lot of noise, easily fixed wiht a small amount of lube(sprayed on, excess wiped off)

That said, yours appears to be number of years newer than mine, which is good. The pseudo-disk brake on my bike is a more efficient alert device than brake, but I'm gonna have to get a new set of wheels for it before I can fit it with caliper brakes.

I am not mechanical. How often do you ride your Dahon? Is it your daily?
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The bike looks like it is in decent shape, so that price probably isn't too bad. One thing about buying used bikes, and used folding bikes in particular, is that they often need a full tune up and if you can't do it all yourself you can spend as much for the tune up as you did to buy the bike. It's a potential hidden cost that I haven't heard people talk about too much in any of the sub-forums.

But if you decide to keep it after upgrading to a Tern, it is pretty sweet to have a folding beater bike. Mine is an aluminum KHS F20-A, I use it for trips when taking the Brompton doesn't work out. It was a pawn store find for $50 or $60 bucks. It was also my first folder, and I bought it to see what folding bikes were about. Just like you I had so much fun the decision to upgrade was almost immediate.

I recently met a guy with a new Tern D8, he was quite happy with it. It seems to be a good bike for the money. That's something else that is fairly neat about folding bikes, whenever you see someone else riding one, it almost always leads to a conversation.
You are smart one aren't you? Yes, I overpaid!

And yes it was purchased to see if "I like it."
I am really really bad at not negotiating on Craigslist. Basically, because I get annoyed when people want to negotiate with me. If you see it like it pay the price--I don't negotiate in Target and I kinda feel the same way about buying used from people. If I think the price is ridiculous--I simply have the option of not purchasing.

Thanks for the feedback about Tern. They are are quite pretty and probably are made in the same factory as the Dahon but for some reason the Tern's seem more upscale. Could be prettier paint/glossier finish. LOL!
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Thanks for the feedback about Tern. They are are quite pretty and probably are made in the same factory as the Dahon but for some reason the Tern's seem more upscale. Could be prettier paint/glossier finish. LOL!
Nope Dahons are made in China and Terns are made in Taiwan. And going from a old rickety dahon to tern is like night and day! it's an extremely stiff frame and rides like a champ. I've taken mine through gravel paths and stuff without a problem and best of all it's running on 20" tires which you'll then have a huge selection to choose from!
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YIKES! See... I learn so much from this forum. Clearly, the assumption these days--everything is made in China.

Thank you for letting me know about the ride quality. Now, I really want a Tern!
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Badboy also take it easy on that vintage dahon. My buddy rode it everywhere but it didn't last. He's only 150lbs and rode it only on roads.

look at the pic where the joint to the handlebar attachment is! Luckily it only happened when he was stopped and making a turn, then the handlebar just went from under him! Also when you get your tern please give us a review and pics!!!

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I am not mechanical. How often do you ride your Dahon? Is it your daily?
More or less. I can walk most places in town, so I don't have to use it to get around, but it's GREAT for a 3rd floor apartment. It needs $100-150 in parts, mainly so I can Brake safely. I have to replace the rear wheel in order to fit it with a caliper brake, and I'm gonna get a new front while I'm at it.. The original front tire(Cheng Shen C97) is on it's last legs, so I just ordered a new set of tires for it(Maxxis Hookworms, if anyone is interested).

Yes, I know it sounds like I'm maintaining a used car, but considering much of the gear on the bike is original, it probably should by this point.
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