It hit me today that I am now 2 years Dahon free. My former Dahons-2003 Boardwalk & 2006 Piccolo purchased new-have long been sold and donated off. Thereby completely disappeared into the muck of two different people’s ownership with the added bonus of no longer mine to fret about with the known destinations of each bike being separated by thousands of miles/kilometers from my present location. Thus freeing me from the off-chance of ever seeing those 2 bikes ever again. I probably not even remembered the date except for a routine cleansing of my hard drive and stored photographs of these bikes there (see below for some memory lane photographs-even the bag on the Piccolo was sold with that particular bike!).
Looking at the "old" photographs of these once cherished bikes, I am reminded of the tarnished and potholed road of being taken by these bikes. I am not saying these were “bad” bikes or anything like that. I am saying that they were not what I was used to in bicycles-generally basic quality & reliability. I realise that most importantly it was simply time itself and different business practices separated me from my mid-century 1960s/1970s bikes expectations. The Boardwalk was my first bike purchase since I bought my Dutch made touring bike way back in the early 1970s-i.e. roughly about a 30 year gap. In those days, your local bike shop was truly a local bike shop. Not a masquerade of one hidden virtually online, big box bicycle retailer, or small potatoes someone who is about to go out of business next week or perpetually teetering on the brink of insolvency. Plus products-not just bikes-were made to last and repair when needed.
Dahon as it used to be back in 2003 when I came onboard, has changed a great deal. Each year is a totally new nightmare of “1 year and you’re out” of addressing an individual bikes or a whole model series problems or even repairing one. Then the infamous legal infighting between the Dahon Corporation & the new Tern Bicycles plus the family behind it-now separated over a year. It appears to remain separate going in different directions irreconcilably probably forever. Plus the present downturn of the never really improving economy has made not only myself, but apparently others, more cautious about new purchases. The local Craigslist has become my new best friend when it comes to a needed purchase, bike or not.
It is funny how things have come full circle. I was criticzed about my unhappiness with my former bikes on this very forum. Now a <gasp!> Brompton quasi-imitation by Dahon itself has unfolded for all the world to see-& even buy?-as this recent thread announced. See:
Dahon Curl (brompton clone) released