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Old 12-20-12, 10:16 PM
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Setup new Dahon folding bike

Hi when setting up new Dahon folding bike, do I just need a normal adjustment on the parts from a bike professional or I'll need additional lubricating on hub and gears from a shop also?

The reason I asked is that I've tried to quote from two bikes store, one quote me 50 bucks for the assembly and setup, the other quote me 110 but they said they do extra work such as taking the parts apart and make sure they are lubricated.

Which one should I choose?

And I heard the rim tape from a stock Dahon is really bad from some taiwan website, is it true? Will you guys recommend change the rim tape also?
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Old 12-20-12, 10:34 PM
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I did a quick search and found this
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...w-bike-tune-up
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Thanks for the link! So sounds like I might need to check the for lub in case it's dry on the stock. Usually do those $50 check from LBS include such details check?

I'm still debating if I should go for the $110 one...

Does anyone have problem with the stock rim tape?
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Old 12-21-12, 02:11 AM
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No. Rim tape isn't generally going to cause you any worries.

Don't believe everything you read on the internet. Bike forums are notoriously long on words and short on facts.

$110 seems expensive for a pre-delivery inspection. You're also going to need a dealer check about three weeks after you bought the bike, if you can't check spoke tensions yourself.

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Old 12-21-12, 06:32 AM
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We offered three levels of tune-up services at the last shop I worked. The most expensive ($85... our prices were lower than most LBSs) included tearing down wheel hubs and BB, repacking and then torqueing to spec. This is something I would suggest going with because most new bikes coming from the factory had those items underlubed and overtorqued. As snafu21 mentioned, you'll need to go back after a few weeks (depending on how much you ride) to have the spokes checked and derailleur adjusted. However we performed those services on all new bikes we sold and offered unlimited inspection/tune-ups for one year. That may be something to consider when buying a new bike.
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ride the bike for a couple months as is .... Than spend 50 bucks to have it checked, maybe the wheels retrued if necessary .... That way you will have much more bang for the buck ... as the second checkup is much more important than the first one. They are usually pretty good since a year or two Dahon is much better than they used to be... and you need to re true/check the wheels anyhow, no matter how good they do the first check ...

enjoy as is and than spend some money to make it last ... :-)
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Originally Posted by brakemeister View Post
ride the bike for a couple months as is ....
Do Dahons really come from the factory in perfect nick? If so I'd be very impressed because even high end Masi, Bianchi, Jamis, Marin and KHS bikes I've assembled were lacking straight from the factory.
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They are much better than they were in 2008. But the OP will need a signed dealer PDI sheet if he wants to claim on the 'lifetime frame warranty' later on.
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thank you all! Is there a time limit that I need to do the signed dealer PDI sheet from the original purchased date?
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The pre-delivery inspection takes place, um, before delivery. So if you buy a bike from a Dahon dealer you'll get one but sometimes they 'forget' so ask them for a dealer stamped PDI check sheet when you pick up the bike.

After that, about a month later but not much more than that the bike will need a spoke tension check at least, as wheel rims and spoke tensions bed in. There was a spate of moans in 2008/2009 about Dahon rear wheel spokes breaking (on Bromptons too) so that second check is needed.

I can do my own maintenance, but bikes need regular checks and lube, if it's not done, minor problems just get worse.

Gear cables stretch in the first couple of weeks, you'll need to adjust the thimble on the shifter 'out' a half turn a couple of times when the gears start to skip, it's easy - ask the shop to show you.

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