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Brompton Riders Chicago

Just thought you might like to know that I started another group, specifically for us Brompton riders. With any interest, I'm hoping we can get together for a ride or two, and share our B's history…Continue

Started by Marcusn Jul 17, 2014.

accessories 6 Replies

Would anyone care to share their experiences (good and bad) with various folder-specific accessories?Continue

Tags: accessories, bike, folding

Started by Anne Alt. Last reply by L.Park Nov 16, 2013.

Advice on folders for a Metra UPN commute 15 Replies

I'm beginning initial research on folding bikes for a commute. I take Metra's UPN from Ravenswood to Davis and onto Northwestern University (north campus). I'm looking forward to a reasonable…Continue

Tags: commuting, metra, bikes, folding

Started by Richard. Last reply by Richard Sep 21, 2012.

Folding on the South Shore RR 4 Replies

I'm considering a folder specifically to take on the South Shore Railroad.  I know this line has a history of being hostile to bikers.  Anyone have stories to share?  Their official policies allow…Continue

Started by Michael. Last reply by Anne Alt Feb 18, 2012.

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Comment by knowbody on August 12, 2011 at 11:58am
Picked up this Dahon Mariner 2002 used from craigslist earlier this summer. It's steel so not so light at 27 lbs but very forgiving. Picked up a cool sling/bag that attaches to the bike at the straps unsupported by the thin fabric cover. Upgraded to the Biologic seatpost pump then swapped out the saddle for the SpiderFlex, both found on craigslist. The helmet is the Edelrid Madillo a folding climbing helmet pictured on the rack in compact form then photochopped on the floor open for use.
Comment by AlexeiM on August 12, 2011 at 11:32am
Carrie Hirsch's Mezzo is no doubt sweet. I've read a lot about Mezzi online and in the Folding Bikes section on, but I've not seen one in the flesh. With such exotica, a folding bike meetup in Chicago might be interesting.
Comment by Bill the Cat on August 12, 2011 at 9:31am
And yes. I like the words "Rapid Transit", 'cause they know their folders.
Comment by Bill the Cat on August 12, 2011 at 9:30am
My folder is a Mezzo D9. I will post a few pics soon.I have done a few modifications to this lovely little bike.
Comment by Thunder Snow on June 20, 2011 at 3:06pm
Comment by Thunder Snow on June 20, 2011 at 3:01pm

David Hon's son, Joshua, just started up a new folding bike company called "Tern".  David Hon=Dahon.  Joshua has been running Dahon but has jumped ship with other Dahon folks.  This could either be bad news for Dahon or a very promising new line of bikes.  Or both.

Comment by Thunder Snow on May 14, 2011 at 7:34pm
Sorry to read here about Jennifer James' stolen Brompton. I keep my Dahon locked inside my apartment at all times that I'm not riding it. When I dismount, the quick-release pedals come off first and go deep inside my knapsack; I figure if someone pushes me aside and hops on to grab it, they won't go far without pedals. While waiting for buses or trains, the bike is always FOLDED, again with the pedals hidden away, so a quick grab and getaway would be unlikely. I used the Dahon a lot last year while going door-to-door for the U.S. Census. I would lock it for a while at the end of a block I was working, with a Kryptonite U-lock from frame to street sign, an OnGuard Mastiff chain lock through both folded wheels and around the sign and a light cable lock holding down the seat and post, again around the frame and street sign. But I never left the bike for very long.
Comment by Thunder Snow on May 14, 2011 at 7:16pm
I've been happily riding a Dahon Mu XL Sport for a couple of years. It's the bike I reach for if I need to go on a train or bus for part of the trip. If I need a few groceries, it's ideal to just put in the supermarket shopping cart along with my purchases while inside the store. {Though if I need to buy a lot of groceries, I'm happier riding the Trek Soho DLX with rack & panniers--the Dahon has no rack and I've never added one, in order to keep it light.} I use a Dahon el Bolso bag to bring it inside university buildings for work or in my Mom's retirement community for a visit. I've never been told I couldn't bring a bagged bike inside anywhere, I usually get bemused looks and curious questions, though I'd definitely raise a hell of a fuss if I was ever prevented by a security guard. Hasn't happened yet.
Comment by Allen Wrench on December 31, 2010 at 8:54am
don't know exactly about that cover but I have noticed that the main problem at my office related to the bike is that it drips melting slush all over the space next to my desk and bums out the cleaning guy. Now I bring a towel for it. Probably a full bag cover with a towel in it will keep the maintenance people on your side more.
Comment by AlexeiM on December 4, 2010 at 5:25pm
@ Allen Wrench re Swift folder: I know I like it well enough to have ordered one for my wife, to be built up by Peter Reich in Brooklyn. It's still a work in progress. However, the single best source of information on the Swift is a 2500+ post thread on in the Folding Bikes section. Whatever you want to know, chances are it's covered there in exquisite detail.

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