I've met two people who own Dahons and love them, but I've never ridden one (or any other folding bicycle) personally. Dahon bikes have been around a long time--I became aware of them about 20 years ago.
It's important to ask the bike shop to let you try assembling and disassembling any folding bike several times that you may be considering. If you can't do it quickly and/or easily, you'll be less inclined to use the bicycle and you may feel that you've wasted your money.
From: Brown University Bicycle Commuting List [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Connie Sadler
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 11:09 AM
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Subject: [BIKE-TO-BROWN] Next Bike Purchase
Well, after 6 months, I am finally moving from temp housing to a place in Sunnyvale. The commute is further (11 miles one way), but I'm also right near the VTA line - similar to CalTrain. They have a bike car, and more and more people are riding bikes on the train, but it gets crowded, and now if you have a bike, there's a chance that you'll get bumped - and maybe twice. So cyclists are complaining. The trains are now offering $100 off one of the folding bikes that the Stanford Bike Shop sells, so I am considering one. They gave me a rental this week to try and I am getting used to it. I don't like it as well as my Specialized TriCross, which is PERFECT for commuting, but it may be good for days when I want to split the train and the ride. 11 miles isn't bad, but I need to find a good safe route. Stanford gives me an EcoPass for the VTA. Caltrain gives the $100 break on the bike. I'm lucky because I can get the bike for $100 off and ride the VTA for free.
All that said, there are two bikes I am considering and I'm wondering if anyone has an opinion. One is the Giant Halfway http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-US/bikes/lifestyle/1275/29364/ The next is the Breezer Zig7 or Zag8 http://www.breezerbikes.com/bikes.cfm (I borrowed the Zig7 and I don't think the components are that great) and the other is a Dahon. I know I'm also going to have to get more creative with lighting, etc. in the winter, so this will be a whole new adventure for me. Does anyone have experience or knowledge about commuting AND also breaking a bike up and down to ride the train part way to work? It's different than riding the folder all the way in.
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