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Old 07-29-14, 10:16 PM   #1
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Going to buy a Dahon Speed D7! What do I need to buy to go with it???

Hello All:

Lots of great info on this forum - thanks so much.

I am going to buy a Dahon Speed D7. I am (ahem) moving into my twilight years and am getting back to biking.... The D7 can be adjusted to give me the upright and comfortable ride I'm looking for and (of course) I can fold it up and put it anywhere!!

I am wondering about accessories. What do you recommend? I am hearing things like change the tires to tougher, puncture proof tires and perhaps better pedals. Of course I need some sort of bag, a bell, a light, a lock. Any recommendations from this community?? This newbie needs help!!!

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Alison C.

PS: Thinking of adding a Bionx bike assist to this wee bike!!
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Old 07-30-14, 05:35 AM   #2
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Are you getting one that comes with the fenders and rack? On my bike I have a behind the seat bag that carries a spare tube, patch kit, tire irons, wrench for the axels (D-7 doesn't have quick release hubs) hand sanitizer and a few dollars.

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just the bike , the saddle bag that can hold extra water bottle, extra tube and the tires that you like but only change out when you need otherwise it is cheaper to upgrade at the time of purchase since you don't like the stock tire. I find that durano is the best value . anything else is just a waste of money Topeak MondoPack Hydro | Chain Reaction Cycles they also sell saddle adapter if you have more than 1 bike.

Schwalbe Durano 20" Bike Tyre - RaceGuard | Chain Reaction Cycles

if you go long distance alot then get one extra fold tire and carry it with you Enjoy
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since you are in canada i think MEC Origami Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available is a better value it is the same as Vitesse D7HG at mec. yes it is a dahon rename for mec
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since you are in canada i think MEC Origami Bicycle (Unisex) - Mountain Equipment Co-op. Free Shipping Available is a better value it is the same as Vitesse D7HG at mec. yes it is a dahon rename for mec
The new MEC folders are actually a Tern rebrand. The previous ones were Dahons. I use this seatbag on my folding bikes and it'll easily fit tools, a spare tube, patch kit and a Lezyne pump ( Lezyne - Engineered Design - Products - Hand Pumps - High Pressure - Pressure Drive) : Fondo H20 - Granfondo Bags - Bags - Products - Axiom Performance Gear (another Canadian product). Axiom also has a great market basket if you're doing some urban shopping at a farmer's market or just like throwing stuff into a catch-all: Market Basket LX - Rear Top Mount - Baskets - Products - Axiom Performance Gear . For a cargo rack to match that basket's weight limit: Tern Cargo Rack | Premium Bike Gear (I've got one on my D7 and it'll fit panniers fine as well).

For a rear rack bag, an inexpensive Avenir bag http://www.amazon.com/Avenir-Excursi...g_bs_3403421_4 or a fancier/more expensive Arkel Tailrider http://www.arkel-od.com/en/tailrider.html will do the trick.

If you buy your MEC/Tern/Dahon used, an immediate tire upgrade is worth it. Some go with 2-inch Big Apples front and back. I loosely follow LovetheFold's example and have a Big Apple upfront and a tougher 1.75" Marathon in back: Love the Fold: The case for being unequally yoked .

Another quick upgrade are the pedals: MKS FD-7s The MKS FP7 folding pedals + MKS FD 7 folding pedals (pair) .

Short-armed women or smaller folk might like the Aber Hallo Stem as used by the Dahonies (see gear list): https://dahonies.wordpress.com/about/ . If you have longer arms than normal, simply put the stem out front. (See ThorUSA for details http://www.thorusa.com/dahon/technical/aberhallo.htm .)

Lastly, don't forget the rear-view mirror: https://www.mirrycle.com/mountain_mirrycle.php + https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GGCEEIqJLM .

Best source for Dahon/Tern accessories in the Americas: ThorUSA . In Europe, it's CH White: http://foldingbike.biz/epages/7665e3...d6dd604fed2b64 .

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Thanks Guys MUCH appreciated

so you want to add a Bionix system later on ? That's quite ok to do so. just keep in mind that you will need a couple extra parts to make this work. Its also not a simple do it yourself installation ...
I like th Bionox system a lot, but I wouldn't trust just anybody to modify the bike with it. Its not cheap and for the price u pay for it, I think You can expect that somebody with experience is doing the job for you.
I am not touting my own horn, I just know that it aint plug and play ..lol

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I am wondering about accessories. What do you recommend? I am hearing things like change the tires to tougher, puncture proof tires and perhaps better pedals. Of course I need some sort of bag, a bell, a light, a lock. Any recommendations from this community?? This newbie needs help!!!


PS: Thinking of adding a Bionx bike assist to this wee bike!!
Hey Alison,
Congrats for your new bike, great one.
My two cents here: Sticky with your standard gear in this first months.
This way you will feel how your bike are and how is your biking style. In a few months the need for upgrade will rise.
This way you save a lot of money and buy only the things you need when you needed them.

best,
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