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Old 09-27-2007, 11:39 AM   #15
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I have nothing to add regarding the bikes, but as to the floor rack for the Bambi I would fabricate one with a 2X4 and something like this (front fork mount):



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That's exactly what I did and it works great.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:22 PM   #16
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It seemed that for the first several trips out, I would always find parts of the bikes that had come off the bike. A screw here, some sort of plug there. I keep them next to a container of parts that I have for bits and pieces that have come from the Aisrstream. The magnets that keep the bike folded were crap, so we use bungee cords to keep them folded.
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Before riding, it is always a good idea to go from front to back aand make sure that anything quick release is tightened.

Good luck.

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That's good advice for any bike - go over it pretty thoroughly before riding it.
I have not had any trouble with the magnets through somewhere between 150 and 225 foldings, prolonged time in a trunk, the truck, or riding / folding over a temperature range of about 100 degrees F (from around zero to nearly 100, as always, YMMV). I ordered mine through my friendly bicycle dealer, and together we checked the cones, the bottom bracket, spoke tension, all the little stuff that bike shops do with bikes. Mail order is a risk.

The Dahon, Swift, Brompton, and the like are folding bikes, whereas most of the Bike Fridays are bikes which can be folded. The difference is either in size, time, or both.

Should I get enough miles on the Dahon that I decide to change, my first choice will be the Brompton: Brompton Bikes :

With many small-wheeled bikes, it's so easy to hear what can't be done with them, that we ignore what can. In the case of the Brommie, one was used last month to complete Paris - Brest - Paris. This year it was a rainy, windy, chilly, 750 mile ride with a 90 hour time limit.

What can be done with a bike is more a matter of desire and preparation than equipment.

I understand someone started Paris-Brest-Paris on a Dahon, and of course Bike Fridays have been used several times.

One of the few blogs I read semi-regularly is this one:
Kent's Bike Blog: Dahon Curve D3

He commutes around 12 miles each way in Seattle, and has bought a Dahon D3. It will be interesting to hear his take on it.

I'm also kind of a fan of hub gears, and in our garage may be found a couple of classic Sturmey AW's (1962, 1964, 1974, 1972, 1971), but also an S5 (2004), an AG (1954), an SW (1957), a couple TCW's (1962) and a Nexus 4 speed (2001?). A couple of these are even on bikes :-) The AW's are good stuff.
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Old 09-27-2007, 06:29 PM   #17
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One last rantlet...
I splurged and bought a Brooks B-67 (http://www.wallbike.com/B67.html).
It has required a little adjustment, but after about 300 miles on it I am little short of astonished.
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Old 09-27-2007, 10:05 PM   #18
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Right up my alley! I've got a BF TRIPLE for the family (me and my two kids on a LONG bike... think tandem with an extra seat... we look like the circus has come to town!) I've been looking at the Dahons as a cheap folding solution. I think I'll have to go ride one and ask Santa for one too!
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:40 AM   #19
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Hi Dave,

I have nothing to add regarding the bikes, but as to the floor rack for the Bambi I would fabricate one with a 2X4 and something like this (front fork mount):



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Moonshot: where did you mount this rack? I have a 16' Bambi and can't figure out where I can put my bike, bike rack without it being a big big hassle!
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:04 PM   #20
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We got ours from Folding Bikes, Award winning Folding Bike Suspension Designs for travel

Very good value for the money. They attracted a lot of attention each time we were out on them, to the point were we were considering making up a fact sheet to hand out.
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Old 11-17-2007, 07:50 PM   #21
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Dahons are well suited for easy riding around the RV park or to the grocery store. If you're more interested in a quality bike and distance cycling, order a custom fit Bike Friday. "You gets whats you pays for!"
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Old 11-17-2007, 08:51 PM   #22
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Giant makes a really nice folding bike. I haven't used one but have seen them and talked with folks who have them. They are very well made. Heres is a link: Giant Bicycles | Â*bikes - lifestyle - HALFWAY
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:06 PM   #23
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Moonshot: where did you mount this rack? I have a 16' Bambi and can't figure out where I can put my bike, bike rack without it being a big big hassle!
Hello fellow deadhead!

Actually, I don't have such a fabricated rack. I'm familiar with the concept though. When I travel with the bikes in my Argosy I use a modified Enflite rack (hatchback style) that I've had a long time. It's basically the same idea with fork mounts and all.

It is a big hassle. My first choice is to put the bikes in the truck bed. If the weather is bad I may use the Enflite. Worming your way to the rear bathroom around the bikes while traveling can be challenge.

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Old 11-17-2007, 10:25 PM   #24
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I have a Montague it is a large bike when folded compared to the Dahon. My next TV I will mount a front reciever to hold a bike rack. I found that the bike folded up, in a bag, packed into the TV and added to the drive to the campground just hinders the bikes use. I recently bought a Trikke which folds really nice and compact great for exercise as long as you travel on level ground.
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Old 11-18-2007, 05:40 AM   #25
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We have Bike Friday bikes.. They ride quite well. To tell the truth we bring them when we take vacations on planes because they pack into a suitcase which is probably the best feature about them. With Bike Friday you can really customize the bike to what you want / need for components but that will certainly build up the price. When we take our Airstream out we have a fork mount in our pickup (with a cap) so we bring our full size bikes.
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Old 11-18-2007, 07:04 AM   #26
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Dahons are well suited for easy riding around the RV park or to the grocery store. If you're more interested in a quality bike and distance cycling, order a custom fit Bike Friday. "You gets whats you pays for!"
I'm not as sure about that as I used to be, although certainly a lot hangs on the interpretation of distance cycling.
Dahons are fine for 20-40 mile rides (in my experience), although depending on the model they may not be especially fast, although mine seems pretty content in the 15-17mph range. If I'm wanting more than that, I drag out the recumbent.

While the Bike Fridays enjoy an excellent reputation, they are overkill for most of us. Having said that, I'm starting to drool over the family tandem. Oh well.
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hey peddlars!

the b.f. is an adequate folder.

it's strong point is the 'built to your size' feature.

that it is made in oregon is cool 2.

dahon makes bikes that are every bit as good as fridays...

just not their entry level models....

visit the the d's website and look over the higher spec'd models...

Folding Bicycles and Folding Bicycle Accessories by Dahon

some are very very nice, for example the speed line or jetstream models...

of course the price is then closer to the b.f. too...

not folders, but here are some of my rides....

http://www.airforums.com/forums/256107-post6.html

sir alex done a good job!

we've got several threads on happy zero emissions riders...

and LOTS OF LINKS contained within...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f48/...les-29783.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ing-27750.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ike-24720.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ams-15373.html

happy ridin' friends!

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