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Old 10-13-13, 09:39 AM   #1
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Vintage Dahon 3-speed

My wife and I are planning on looking at this for her. Hopefully she can ride this while we save for another Brommie. But before we see it, I would like to ask your expert opinion as to whether its worthwhile or not. It's an older model Dahon and is supposed to be in top notch condition other than the need of a front tube which is no biggy. Were these reliable models of Dahon? It has a 3-speed hub, but not sure if the ones they used back then were any good or not. They say it works great, but who knows. People will tell you anything just to sell their stuff.

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Looks like a mid to late 1980's they used Sachs or Sturmey-Archer 3 speed hubs, both solid, durable hubs. I have two of them, one with SA, one with Sachs, both work well. My bikes were not in nearly as nice a condition as that one appears to be. The only issue I have with mine is finding the correct brake pads, they use an angled pad that was apparently proprietary. I cut mine down a bit to get some fresher rubber. Eventually I will cut down a set of new pads.

Mine feels a bit squirrelly when I ride it, but that may be due to the fact that I am 6'-2" 215# and have the seat post maxed out.

The old fenders are prone to cracking but new ones from Thorusa fit just fine as does the new rack (that is what is on my red one).

What are they asking for it? I paid $100 for my pair, and figure that in top notch condition a fair market value of $175-$200 isn't unreasonable.



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I have one of these, but I'm not a fan. Even though I'm short - 5'4 - it feels too much like a clown bike. I can't imagine what 6+ footers feel like. 20 years ago it was OK, but today's folders are better built and more sophisticated. If you goal for her is a Brommie and this is the interim step, I'd pass and find another bike.
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My wife and I are planning on looking at this for her. Hopefully she can ride this while we save for another Brommie. But before we see it, I would like to ask your expert opinion as to whether its worthwhile or not. It's an older model Dahon and is supposed to be in top notch condition other than the need of a front tube which is no biggy. Were these reliable models of Dahon? It has a 3-speed hub, but not sure if the ones they used back then were any good or not. They say it works great, but who knows. People will tell you anything just to sell their stuff.

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probably made in 86-87. it is definitely not a "clown bike". it's solid, well-made and reliable. i had one of these a couple of years ago that was in similarly good condition. it was very enjoyable to ride. i remember it being a bit on the heavy side and a little awkward to fold, but those are minor niggles. the hub shifted flawlessly and the ride quality was stable and smooth, yet nimble.

the dahon classic even has it's own aficionado groups. check out this link: Dahon Classic Bike Party
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probably made in 86-87. it is definitely not a "clown bike". it's solid, well-made and reliable. i had one of these a couple of years ago that was in similarly good condition. it was very enjoyable to ride. i remember it being a bit on the heavy side and a little awkward to fold, but those are minor niggles. the hub shifted flawlessly and the ride quality was stable and smooth, yet nimble.

the dahon classic even has it's own aficionado groups. check out this link: Dahon Classic Bike Party
Thanks smallwheeler and the others for your response.

I trust your knowledge smallwheeler. I appreciate that link. Wow, quite a following. Heck of a nice looking bike. I sent these people an email and waiting to hear from them. Hopefully it's still available. In case it is sold, my wife was looking online at the Citizen Barcelona. What do you think of that bike? I would like to get her the Dahon, but if sold I need to look elsewhere.

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I see PLENTY of those older Dahons on Ebay and Craigslist (which means these bikes last a long time!) however, the one you have pictured in the first post is the NICEST looking one of those Dahons I've ever seen online for sale!
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Thanks smallwheeler and the others for your response.

I trust your knowledge smallwheeler. I appreciate that link. Wow, quite a following. Heck of a nice looking bike. I sent these people an email and waiting to hear from them. Hopefully it's still available. In case it is sold, my wife was looking online at the Citizen Barcelona. What do you think of that bike? I would like to get her the Dahon, but if sold I need to look elsewhere.

Thanks again.

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you should buy this vintage dahon. it's a no-brainer. forget that "barcelona" nonsense.
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At least the collection of folding bikes wont take up the space like a collection of C&V race bikes would.
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I see PLENTY of those older Dahons on Ebay and Craigslist (which means these bikes last a long time!) however, the one you have pictured in the first post is the NICEST looking one of those Dahons I've ever seen online for sale!
I like the older Dahons and have had several. (currently only 1 waiting restoration) They are plentiful on my local CL. I am of the opinion that everybody should have one of these, fun and solid bikes.

HOWEVER if it were to be my ONLY bike, I probably would want something a little faster and lighter. But thats me. I don't know your area but about every six months a super deal on a used high end Dahon, Bike Friday, Mezzo or the B-word come up for sale. You gotta be watching and sometimes you have to be quick.

For example: http://sarasota.craigslist.org/bik/4112931929.html Dahon Curve SL for $395, wish I had the cash.

I would buy this in a heart beat over the Barcelona or older Dahon
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