I bought a Dahon Helios P7 off of Craigslist about 3 weeks ago. It is my first folding bike, though I've owned many bikes over the years. I recently took a job in a city where parking is a nightmare. After an hour commute, I park in a parking garage, and don't want to drive at lunch time and have to park again in order to eat. Santa Monica and West LA are very different from Orange County where I live. A folding bike makes a lot of sense.
My particular Helios has a fixed handlebar post height. Some of the newer models, have an adjustable height, and the cross bar pivots the hand brake angle when folded. My model does NOT have that option, but I've managed to find a compromise brake angle. Is there a way to upgrade my front post to the newer design?
I want to add a rear rack so I can haul groceries. I have a couple panniers already, that were intended for my recumbent, but never used. I noticed Dahon has a rear rack designed for panniers called the Traveller Rear Rack. Is this a good option?
I also could use a mirror, preferably something small and light on the handlebars, that won't interfere when folded. Any recommendations?