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Old 10-19-14, 01:16 PM
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Hi from Los Angeles

Sadly, I have not used my bike as much as I had planned...I have a dahon D7 Speed...anyone have any experiences with this bike, good or bad...
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Old 10-19-14, 01:42 PM
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I have a D6 Speed. I like it, commuted for 3 years in London and only folded it when storing it in the office. The rest of the time it stayed outside in the garden of my digs.

It was fine, I used to overtake fixie courier wannabees (generally after they had run red lights). (I was going to get a t-shirt that said "You've just been passed by a 50 year old Scot on a folding bike - how does that make you feel?" )

The D6 was quite undergeared, I spun out at just over 20 mph and only ever really used the top 3 gears in London, but it made my 7 mile commute fun. Great riding position and very manoeuverable in traffic. I put a taller rack on it to cope with my pannier so I could carry a laptop, and I fitted SPD pedals ( now changed back). I tried both a Brompton and the Dahon,(both second hand) and bought the Dahon as the bigger wheels made it feel much more stable (and I didn't need the really compact fold).

I still use it for train trips into Edinburgh and have the big shoulder bag to carry it. I wore out the original crank bearings and rims, so changed them and built a new pair of wheels.

I think you'll like it. The only thing I might do in the future is to change the twist grip to a paddle type shifter.
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