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Old 05-01-13, 09:37 AM   #1
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Vintage DaHon Folding Bike

Hello! First post here. We have a vintage DaHon folding bike that is in immaculate condition. It's been stored for a very long time. We decided to take out of storage and clean the dust off of it. I'd like to know the age but I haven't had any luck in finding the serial number, so I thought I'd ask for help or suggestions. Could be that I'm just overlooking it. It has the patriotic DaHon California logo and I read that was the 1986 logo. Was that logo only 1986?
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Old 05-01-13, 11:44 AM   #2
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It's best to include detailed pictures of the bike around several angles. I would help a lot from many of the vintage aficionados we have here.
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Old 05-01-13, 01:13 PM   #3
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You're right. Here are two pictures. Please note in the picture of the logo that it looks "wrinkled." That is because the clear protective plastic over the logo was never removed and I don't want to remove it.

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Old 05-01-13, 02:32 PM   #4
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looks to be in very good condition also this posting may help you on determining the year of the dahon classic http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...s-1980-s-Dahon
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Looks like a mid 80's model. Awesome condition! I have never seen the California Badge before, nice. Check the rear hub, if it is a Sturmey-Archer is should have a date code on it, something like 86 5 which means the hub was made in May 1986. If is the Sachs hub it can be dated by the code...sometimes.

I have two of the Classic III's but they aren't any where as nice as yours.

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Aaron, you are correct! It says "three speed hub gear," "Made in England 86-3" and "Sturmey-Archer." So I am assuming that this is a Classic III? Awesome help! And thanks for the link, Azreal, everyone has been a huge help! Now that it's out of storage and we know a little more about it, we are trying to decide if we should just rewrap it and put it back in storage or, perhaps, sell it. However, right now we are just enjoying revisiting the past and reminiscing about the relative who gave it to us.
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Aaron, you are correct! It says "three speed hub gear," "Made in England 86-3" and "Sturmey-Archer." So I am assuming that this is a Classic III? Awesome help! And thanks for the link, Azreal, everyone has been a huge help! Now that it's out of storage and we know a little more about it, we are trying to decide if we should just rewrap it and put it back in storage or, perhaps, sell it. However, right now we are just enjoying revisiting the past and reminiscing about the relative who gave it to us.
I ride mine... The last one I saw that clean went for ~$300.

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Really?! I may not want to tell my husband, lol! (We've been on here together, so he'll see it.) I would ride it except that I already have a nice bike that I like a lot, so there's really no need to break this one out. This bike was my uncles and he was the funniest. most generous man you'd ever want to meet. But, he had a drinking problem and that's what did him in. I don't know how he did it, but despite being drunk most days, he actually made a decent living and he'd buy things like this in one of his I'm-going-to-get-healthy moods which would last about week. Then, when he'd get tired of storing it, he'd give it away. He gave us this bike and a new treadmill at the same time. We always intended to ride the bike, but I guess like uncle like niece.
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