I had to wave goodbye to my foldie today (Dahon Speed D7). It was much less convenient than I thought. It weighs 27.6 lbs….doesn’t sound heavy?? Considering I have to carry it up & down many flights of stairs between train platforms and work, this is DARN HEAVY! My office building doesn’t permit bikes inside; I have to fold & roll it to the elevator. This bike could not roll properly! It kept tipping over & the pedals kept banging against my knees.
After 2 weeks of trying it out, I got multiple bruises and shoulder & back soreness. I just had to return it…..it got to the point where I dreaded taking my bike to work.
I took it on the train with me for the last time this morning en route to Urbane. They deducted 10% off my original purchase price as a restocking fee & for a “scratch” that they spotted.
Farewell my Foldie. It was fun (& painful) while it lasted. I will never forget all the talks it sparked amongst curious strangers along the way…..not to mention all the “weird” looks from passers-by that begged the question: “What on earth is that??”
I wish you luck for a better owner soon!! 😛