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Old 04-15-13, 08:25 PM   #1
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Dahon Speed D7 on Limestone Trails?

I have had my bike for about 2 days, riding it around the neighborhood. A friend asked if I would be able to take my bike on some local trails that are basically ground up limestone bike paths. Anyone have any experience with The speed or eco on these kind of paths?
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Old 04-15-13, 09:50 PM   #2
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No idea about the Dahon. I've taken my Brompton on crushed gravel trails. Rides quite decently - not as good as a fatter tired bike, but surprisingly capable. I'm guessing your Dahon would be no worse, or even better.
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why not ... most trails in my neighborhood are smoother than the roads ...lol

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You should have zero problems with it. I have a tern uno which is a similar frame setup and I run it through the gravel trails in the forest pretty quickly. Now I've added 2 inch wide big apples to it the bike runs really well in this loose gravelly stuff! This is compared to my 1.6 inch wide schwalbe citizens it came with which was pretty good also. Here I will attach a video of me cruising along a gravel trail covered by leaves last fall with 1.6" wide tires. It was stable enough to let me hold the phone with one hand until I got near people which then it was jumpy as hell cause the phone was on the handlebars for a bit just in case. https://picasaweb.google.com/1119019...10680709590914

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Old 04-19-13, 09:55 PM   #5
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You should have zero problems with it. I have a tern uno which is a similar frame setup and I run it through the gravel trails in the forest pretty quickly. Now I've added 2 inch wide big apples to it the bike runs really well in this loose gravelly stuff! This is compared to my 1.6 inch wide schwalbe citizens it came with which was pretty good also. Here I will attach a video of me cruising along a gravel trail covered by leaves last fall with 1.6" wide tires. It was stable enough to let me hold the phone with one hand until I got near people which then it was jumpy as hell cause the phone was on the handlebars for a bit just in case. https://picasaweb.google.com/1119019...10680709590914
I'm such a noob--is it gonna be much harder to pedal than say sidewalk or pavement?
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Go out there and find out.
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Go out there and find out.
I couldn't have said it better
Give us a report on how it went gdhi11
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Went great actually. I did detect that it was a bit harder to build up speed but not like riding through grass. I went to a local forest preserve and had little trouble biking all over the place except for the flooding that's been going on in Chicago recently--the water had literally washed away 1 foot wide 6 inch deep cracks in the trail. Had to get off and walk through those for fear that my jewels would end up on the handle bars!
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