Got a potentially good deal on a 4 year-old, single-speed Boardwalk. Too good to pass up given that I can get the bike ready to ride for less than the cost the mods my Raleigh 20 needs to be reliable transport. Plus the Boardwalk looks to have a much tighter fold.
So, too good to pass up, but I still might want to make some changes. How upgradable is the Boardwalk? I built up a Sturmey 3-speed hub for the Raleigh, and was hoping I could move it over for better gearing. And I'm a little leery of those straight handlebars. On searching the forums, I seem to pick up on some grumbling about proprietary, non-replaceable, Dahon parts, but I don't know which parts to be on the lookout for and what I can and can't swap out with standard parts.
My dream is a bike that doesn't set off the oversize luggage fees on the airline, and can come along as a carry-on on the train, but is still serviceable to carry me and my touring gear around when I get to my destination. I don't get the impression that the Dahon would be a great touring rig, but it seems like with a couple of tweeks it might be a suitable travel companion for less rigorous travel, where I just use it to explore the area or fill in some transportation gaps. What do the experienced folding riders say?