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Old 07-28-23, 11:38 PM
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Worth upgrading old / beat up Dahon?

I live in eastern Canada, but fly back out about once a year to western Canada to visit family, inlaws, etc. I bought a decent mountain bike to leave at my relatives out west rather than trying to ship a bike back and forth, especially since my Brompton isn't quite enough for the harder gravel rail-to-trails, etc. But we have to rent a car and travel around various locations to visit different relatives, sometime driving hundreds of kilometres, and the rental agencies won't let us mount a temporary bike rack. Also, the kids are getting older and wanting to ride around more, so I decided to get a used folding bike that I could leave out west, but just toss into the rental car so that I could ride around with the kids (who have much smaller bikes). I just wanted something that would have 20" tires that would be "okay" on light rail-to-trails and riding around town.

I found a few folding bikes last year in the city I was staying in out west, checked them out, and decided to go "cheap" - the least costly that was still rideable. It was an old Dahon that I got for about $100 Cdn, and I took it to a local bike shop just to make sure it was not going to fall apart and did another $100 of service on it. It wasn't as good on rail-to-trails as I had hoped, but it did the job for riding around town with the kids.

This year, when I returned, I found the stem clamp on the Old Dahon to just not work, so the handlebars would turn as soon as I put any pressure on it whild biking: I was steering at an angle. I figured this purchase was a waste: never buy cheap! A quick tip from a local bike shop fixed that. But I was looking at the bike, and wondering, is it worth doing a complete overhaul and replacing nearly all the parts?

I'm not sure what model this is - I think it was a much older Speed P8. I was thinking about taking it into a shop, and asking them to rehaul the entire bike and replace nearly all the parts: brakes, drive train, etc. A bike shop loosely estimated it would run me about $1000 Cdn. Not cheap, but probably still cheaper than the current crop of higher end folding bikes. I'm attaching two images that show: 1) the bike; 2) a cracked plastic part in the front locking joint. Of course, the joints cannot be changed, so I don't know how long the frame itself will last. It is in pretty rough shape: on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 3 or 4 at best.

For those that are much more familiar with Dahons, is this one worth trying to rescue?






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Originally Posted by Ozonation
I live in eastern Canada, but fly back out about once a year to western Canada to visit family, inlaws, etc. I bought a decent mountain bike to leave at my relatives out west rather than trying to ship a bike back and forth, especially since my Brompton isn't quite enough for the harder gravel rail-to-trails, etc. But we have to rent a car and travel around various locations to visit different relatives, sometime driving hundreds of kilometres, and the rental agencies won't let us mount a temporary bike rack. Also, the kids are getting older and wanting to ride around more, so I decided to get a used folding bike that I could leave out west, but just toss into the rental car so that I could ride around with the kids (who have much smaller bikes). I just wanted something that would have 20" tires that would be "okay" on light rail-to-trails and riding around town.

I found a few folding bikes last year in the city I was staying in out west, checked them out, and decided to go "cheap" - the least costly that was still rideable. It was an old Dahon that I got for about $100 Cdn, and I took it to a local bike shop just to make sure it was not going to fall apart and did another $100 of service on it. It wasn't as good on rail-to-trails as I had hoped, but it did the job for riding around town with the kids.

This year, when I returned, I found the stem clamp on the Old Dahon to just not work, so the handlebars would turn as soon as I put any pressure on it whild biking: I was steering at an angle. I figured this purchase was a waste: never buy cheap! A quick tip from a local bike shop fixed that. But I was looking at the bike, and wondering, is it worth doing a complete overhaul and replacing nearly all the parts?

I'm not sure what model this is - I think it was a much older Speed P8. I was thinking about taking it into a shop, and asking them to rehaul the entire bike and replace nearly all the parts: brakes, drive train, etc. A bike shop loosely estimated it would run me about $1000 Cdn. Not cheap, but probably still cheaper than the current crop of higher end folding bikes. I'm attaching two images that show: 1) the bike; 2) a cracked plastic part in the front locking joint. Of course, the joints cannot be changed, so I don't know how long the frame itself will last. It is in pretty rough shape: on a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a 3 or 4 at best.

For those that are much more familiar with Dahons, is this one worth trying to rescue?





I wouldn't. For 1000 u can buy two or 3 zizzo bikes, or orgamis, both very good quality bikes and depending on model also good for rails to trails, plus u could have an extra wheel set from the dahon for a different tire / cassette set up. ,
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You sound like someone, who gets most work done at a shop. With this, if I were you, I would rather get a new bike. At the other end is a person who does most of the work themselves. Then, the advice would be to go along with the current bike and fix the bike gradually, as the need occurs. An additional factor to consider is whether you actually have a straightforward access to a Dahon dealer. For many people this would tilt the balance towards a new bike.
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Agree with the above, if you're paying someone to do the work, you can get a decent folding bike for much less ($300~500 in the US). Dahon has sales through their website, Zizzos on Amazon, Origami direct, or the Polygon Urbano from Bikesonline.
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For $1000CDN you're in the neighborhood of a new Dahon Mu D9. Put Schwalbe Big Apples on it for light trail rides.

Send your picture to Dahon

https://usa.dahon.com/pages/contact-us

and explain the situation. I betcha they can fix you up with a new tension block.

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Thanks everyone. After I posted, I poked around and realized I could probably get something new (or at least used and better) for the price. I'm decent with routine maintenance on my bikes, but I don't have the equipment, space or time to do anything extensive, so I bring my bikes to a shop for the more extensive maintenance. When I'm visiting, I don't even have access to my usual tools, so I have to depend on shops. Unfortunately, where I live out east and where I visit normally out west do not have much in the way of folding bike dealers: I have to go out of my way to ride/view one in person, or else it's take a chance and just order online. So options are limited.
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