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Old 04-05-16, 01:25 PM
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Trying to convince her on getting a folding bike.....

GF wants to get a new/used bike. The shop I work at part time sells Dahon and I can get a decent deal on them.

Her needs are pretty simple in that she has a one mile commute to work (she walks sometimes) and would rather not have to walk some days or take a bus other days.

I was specifically looking at the Dahon POP or the Uno, we have a Uno in stock at the shop and I've ridden it around inside and it's pretty fun not that I would give up my Ogre.

Anyways, I am looking at mainly getting her a simple singlespeed folder. Reason being she never shifts any of her gears nor really understands the concept so most of her other bikes I have converted to SS anyways so I would rather just skip this step entirely. Also being smaller it would be easier for her to manage moving it around and folding it in half to lock it.

Personal question is can you use a standard 26in rack on these things? I have a decent Jandd rack that is collecting dust I would put on for her to use. And I think I read the POP (we do not have one in store only the Uno) comes with fenders in the box?

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Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
GF wants to get a new/used bike. The shop I work at part time sells Dahon and I can get a decent deal on them.

Her needs are pretty simple in that she has a one mile commute to work (she walks sometimes) and would rather not have to walk some days or take a bus other days.

I was specifically looking at the Dahon POP or the Uno, we have a Uno in stock at the shop and I've ridden it around inside and it's pretty fun not that I would give up my Ogre.

Anyways, I am looking at mainly getting her a simple singlespeed folder. Reason being she never shifts any of her gears nor really understands the concept so most of her other bikes I have converted to SS anyways so I would rather just skip this step entirely. Also being smaller it would be easier for her to manage moving it around and folding it in half to lock it.

Personal question is can you use a standard 26in rack on these things? I have a decent Jandd rack that is collecting dust I would put on for her to use. And I think I read the POP (we do not have one in store only the Uno) comes with fenders in the box?

Thanks!
I googled the Dahon POP Uno, and on Dahon's site it shows it having both fenders and a rear rack. However for it's size, i think it's heavy for a single speed 16incher at 28lbs. As for the Uno, you have to be more specific what Uno it is. I think they have a Mu or a Speed, there might be more Uno (single speed models) that I may not know like the POP that you listed too. I think the racks are universal as long as the bike has mounts, but then again, i could be wrong.
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Old 04-05-16, 01:42 PM
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It is the Speed Uno.
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I don't have experience with a Dahon, but my two folders, Bike Friday with 20" wheels and Brompton with 16" wheels have their own special racks. I can carry a regular size rear pannier only because Bike Friday's rack is sitting high, and they won't fit on a Brompton. So I think the 26" rack will be too big and won't fit right.

Also, if she's going to be folding the bike and locking it, why bother with a folder at all? Usually folding bikes get brought in wherever you're going, I rarely see them locked up. Wouldn't her existing bike not fit her needs?
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it's frankly not surprising (but, still shocking) that dahon would put their logo on a z-grade piece of junk like this... just, wow. this is literally taobao/ aliexpress/ walmart - tier.

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I didn't realize those were the fender, ouch. I will look at some more options from Dahon.
@lucille the reason I was thinking a folder is it would be more easily managable and a rather simple bike to move around on. Most of her other bikes have been walmart brand junk that become more of a pain for me to maintain than anything else. I thought a folder could actually be more securely locked with folding it in half than locking it to a rack. She like I said never uses the gears on the bike anyways so I want to just skip the step of converting it after we buy it, i thought about an IGH but would want more of a 3 speed vs a 7/8 speed option.

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Just saw this on CL:
http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hn...490964827.html
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Old 04-05-16, 02:37 PM
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I don't know if locked folder is more immune to being stolen. Every lock can be cut, as I'm sure you know.
Too bad the shop you work at doesn't carry Bromptons. That bike is so much fun to ride around! And you can have it build single speed, if that's what works best for you.

Yeah, it looks like some do come with racks. It looks custom though, like I thought.
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it's frankly not surprising (but, still shocking) that dahon would put their logo on a z-grade piece of junk like this... just, wow. this is literally taobao/ aliexpress/ walmart - tier.

i think these are third party fenders, pictures online show no fenders.
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Originally Posted by Mr Pink57 View Post
Brand New Dahon 'Uno' Folding Bike
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...third party...
pretty sure that's the optimal phrase concerning this bike-shaped object.
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Old 04-05-16, 04:28 PM
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Does she enjoy riding your folder?
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I have used standard big wheeled bike racks on a variety of 20" and 16" folders. There is no problem, it just looks a little odd sticking up high a bit.
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as far as I know the pop is only for the Chinese market ... those fenders are hideous
Speed Uno comes without fenders
20 inch and even 16 inch carriers are available
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Originally Posted by jur View Post
I have used standard big wheeled bike racks on a variety of 20" and 16" folders. There is no problem, it just looks a little odd sticking up high a bit.
That's good to know. Thanks, jur!
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