Dahon Speed D7 Folding Bike, Baltic from Dahon California Inc.

$299.99
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Manufacturer Description

Riding a bike has never ever been this fun. The Speed integrates sporty efficiency with astonishing value. The frame is hand-welded from custom-drawn 4130 chromoly Sonus tubing and integrates 6 various trademarked innovations, leading to what is most likely our stiffest frame. It includes the Dahon Neos rear derailleur, a cutting edge brand-new design that has an ultra short cage for improved ground clearance and incredibly quick moving. We've matched the Neos with an 11-30T cassette, which, when compared to the previous 14-28T freewheel, represents a 37 % increase in gear variety. Sleek, easy and outstanding value - simply what most people want in a folding bike.Like its sporty cousin, the Speed D8, the Speed D7 provides functions like a Work Hardened 4130 chromoly steel frame (which is 60 % more powerful than high tensile steel), but this variation is more practical for the metropolitan rider. Its deluxe component package consists of WeatherBeater Chromeplastic mudguards need to you find yourself captured in a storm, fast rolling Dahon Roulez tires for dodging potholes, cars or aimless pedestrians, and an Arc Rack for carrying your groceries or your touring gear. The D7 is a stylish, well-crafted, no trouble bike that fits your life and your budget plan. And it's really portable too ... the D7 has a 13- by 25- by 32-inch folded size and weight of 27.1 pounds. Not the lightest bike that Dahon makes, but versatile enough for your jaunts to the shop, work or the park.

Assembly of the Bike:
This bike comes mostly assembled. Minor assembly is needed before the bike can be used.

About Dahon
The Dahon story starts in 1975. At the time, Dr. David Hon, founder of the business, was a physicist at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in California, dealing with extremely classified federal government research study tasks. Considered a leading professional in solid-state laser technology, Dr. Hon had already been awarded numerous U.S. patents for developments in laser technology. Development laser technology that he and his group developed would later on be used on NASA space shuttles, US rocket guidance systems, and laser-guided anti-aircraft guns. In spite of his success, Dr. Hon ultimately discovered the work unfulfilling, due to the fact that his energies were dedicated to instruments of war, instead of for the betterment of society. Then, in 1975 came the oil and gas crisis and the seed for Dahon was planted.

One afternoon, in his 3rd week of waiting in hour-long lines to buy gas for his car, Dr. Hon was struck by the magnitude of the world's dependence on oil, a non-renewable resource that would likely be diminished within the lifetime of his grandchildren. Brainstorming for options to weaken the world's dependence on oil, Dr. Hon wound up going back to his primary mode of transport in college-- the bike. Absolutely clean, and simply as vital, inexpensive enough for individuals worldwide to access, Dr. Hon considered the bike to be an excellent prospect as a solution. While the bike was ideal for short journeys, it was not useful for longer journeys, for example, if you lived 30 miles from work. The bike had to be improved and changed, making it more generally practical and had to incorporate more readily with other forms of environmentally-sustainable transport, like trains and subways. Dr. Hon's option: a portable folding bike. Working evenings and weekends in his garage over the next 7 years, Dr. Hon constructed dozens and dozens of prototypes, trying to ideal a folding bike that would keep the riding efficiency of a routine bike but would fold quickly and to a compact size.

Amazon.com Bicycle Buying Guide
Finding the Right Bike
To truly enjoy cycling, it's vital to find a bike that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the marketplace for a brand-new bike:

The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into 3 major categories:

  • Road and Racing Bikes-- As a general rule, roadway and racing are constructed for speed and longer ranges on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, light-weight 29-inch (700c) wheels and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the standard. The majority of roadway bikes, no matter price, provide lots of gears for handling both hilly and flat terrain.
  • Mountain Bikes-- With their larger tires, hill-friendly tailoring and upright position, mountain bikes are popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bicycle that are developed particularly for rugged trail usage typically include a suspension fork. Some might have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bicycle-- even one that you make use of regularly on trails-- contributes to its versatility and makes it a worthy street device.
  • Comfort/Cruiser Bikes-- For tooling around on bike courses, light trails, or for travelling a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, cushioned seats, and limited or no tailoring, these bikes are made for enjoying the landscapes and having fun with the family.

The Right Price
A bike's price come down to 3 fundamentals: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and resilience.

  • Entry-level-- You'll find a large range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this classification, in addition to some lower-end mountain bikes and roadway bikes. The majority of will have steel frames and elements that are developed to last for a number of years with frequent usage.
  • Mid-range-- Bikes in this variety might include a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range elements that keep carrying out after miles of usage. If you're trying to find a quality bike that is reasonably light-weight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet area." The majority of serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this classification, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a good front suspension.
  • High-end-- Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect light-weight, high-performance elements will want to adhere to this classification. For roadway bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultra-lightweight elements can include thousands to the price tag. Mountain bicycle in this class commonly include innovative front and rear suspension technology, in addition to elements developed to deal with great deals of rugged trail action.

The Right Size
Fit is vital for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some standard bike fit ideas:

  • Stand-over Height-- To discover if a bike's total height fits your body, determine your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want 3 to 5 inches of clearance. A roadway bike need to provide between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike need to have two to 4 inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the ideal bike height.
  • Leading Tube Length-- You can determine your torso to obtain an excellent quote of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that converges your shoulder). Next, determine your torso by putting a book versus your crotch with the spinal column facing up. Measure from the spinal column to the bottom of your throat (the area between your collarbones). Lastly, include the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half and subtract 6 inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as a lot of bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position making great adjustments to the fit.
  • Bikes for Women-- Proportionally, women have the tendency to have a shorter torso and longer legs than guys. Bike makers design women's bikes that provide a shorter top tube and lots of comfort/cruiser bikes constructed for women might likewise supply more stand-over clearance.

The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, do not forget these vital add-ons:

  • Helmet (this is a must!)
  • Seat pack
  • Lock
  • Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
  • Spare tubes
  • Portable bike pump
  • Gloves



Features

Lightweight 4130 chromoly steel frame Dahon Roulez tires for speed and durability Arc rack for toting groceries or touring gear Chrome plastic mudguards for stain protection 27-Pound carrying weight

2nd Description

Riding a bike has never been this fun. The Speed combines sporty performance with unbelievable value. The frame is hand-welded from custom-drawn 4130 chromoly Sonus tubing and incorporates six different patented technologies, resulting in what is probably our stiffest frame. It features the Dahon Neos rear derailleur, a revolutionary new design that has an ultra short cage for improved ground clearance and super fast shifting. We've paired the Neos with an 11-30T cassette, which, when compared with the previous 14-28T freewheel, represents a 37% increase in gear range. Sleek, simple and excellent value - just what most people want in a folding bike.

Like its sporty cousin, the Speed D8, the Speed D7 offers features like a Work Hardened 4130 chromoly steel frame (which is 60% stronger than high tensile steel), but this version is more utilitarian for the urban rider. Its deluxe component package includes WeatherBeater Chromeplastic mudguards should you find yourself caught in a storm, fast rolling Dahon Roulez tires for dodging potholes, cars or aimless pedestrians, and an Arc Rack for toting your groceries or your touring gear. The D7 is a stylish, well-made, no hassle bike that fits your life and your budget. And it's very portable too...the D7 has a 13- by 25- by 32-inch folded size and weight of 27.1 pounds. Not the lightest bike that Dahon makes, but versatile enough for your jaunts to the store, work or the park.

Assembly of the Bike:
This bike comes mostly assembled. Minor assembly is required before the bike can be used.

About Dahon
The Dahon story begins in 1975. At the time, Dr. David Hon, founder of the company, was a physicist at Hughes Aircraft Corporation in California, working on highly classified government research projects. Considered a leading expert in solid-state laser technology, Dr. Hon had already been awarded numerous U.S. patents for advancements in laser technology. Breakthrough laser technology that he and his team developed would later be used on NASA space shuttles, US missile guidance systems, and laser-guided anti-aircraft guns. Despite his success, Dr. Hon eventually found the work unfulfilling, because his energies were devoted to instruments of war, rather than for the betterment of society. Then, in 1975 came the oil and gas crisis and the seed for Dahon was sown.

One afternoon, in his third week of waiting in hour-long lines to buy gasoline for his car, Dr. Hon was struck by the magnitude of the world's dependence on oil, a non-renewable resource that would likely be depleted within the lifetime of his grandchildren. Brainstorming for solutions to weaken the world's dependence on oil, Dr. Hon ended up going back to his primary mode of transportation in college--the bicycle. Totally clean, and just as important, cheap enough for people around the world to access, Dr. Hon considered the bicycle to be a good candidate as a solution. While the bicycle was perfect for short trips, it was not practical for longer trips, for example, if you lived 30 miles from work. The bicycle needed to be improved and transformed, to make it more broadly functional and needed to integrate more readily with other forms of environmentally-sustainable transport, like trains and subways. Dr. Hon's solution: a portable folding bicycle. Working evenings and weekends in his garage over the next seven years, Dr. Hon built dozens and dozens of prototypes, trying to perfect a folding bicycle that would maintain the riding performance of a regular bicycle but would fold quickly and to a compact size.

Amazon.com Bicycle Buying Guide
Finding the Right Bike
To really enjoy cycling, it's important to find a bicycle that works for you. Here are some things to keep in mind when you're in the market for a new bike:

The Right Ride
In general, bikes are broken down into three major categories:

  • Road and Racing Bikes--As a general rule, road and racing are built for speed and longer distances on paved surfaces. Thinner tires, lightweight 29-inch (700c) wheels and drop bars that allow for a more aerodynamic position are the norm. Most road bikes, regardless of price, offer many gears for tackling both hilly and flat terrain.
  • Mountain Bikes--With their larger tires, hill-friendly gearing and upright position, mountain bikes are very popular for all types of riding, both on pavement and off. Mountain bikes that are designed specifically for rugged trail use typically feature a suspension fork. Some may have rear suspension, as well. A quick change of the tires on any mountain bike--even one that you use regularly on trails--adds to its versatility and makes it a worthy street machine.
  • Comfort/Cruiser Bikes--For tooling around on bike paths, light trails, or for cruising a quiet beach-side lane, comfort/cruiser bikes are the ticket. With a super-relaxed riding position, padded seats, and limited or no gearing, these bikes are made for enjoying the scenery and having fun with the family.

The Right Price
A bike's price boils down to three essentials: frame materials, bike weight, and component quality and durability.

  • Entry-level--You'll find a wide range of comfort and cruiser bikes in this category, as well as some lower-end mountain bikes and road bikes. Most will have steel frames and components that are designed to last for several years with frequent use.
  • Mid-range--Bikes in this range may feature a lighter aluminum frame with mid-range components that keep performing after miles of use. If you're looking for a quality bike that is relatively lightweight and will stand up to abuse, this is the "sweet spot." Most serious commuter and touring bikes fall into this category, as do mid-range mountain bikes with a decent front suspension.
  • High-end--Racers and serious enthusiasts who expect lightweight, high-performance components will want to stick to this category. For road bikes, exotic frame materials (carbon fiber, titanium) and ultra-lightweight components can add thousands to the price tag. Mountain bikes in this class often feature advanced front and rear suspension technology, as well as components designed to handle lots of rugged trail action.

The Right Size
Fit is crucial for comfort, control, and proper power and endurance on a bike. Here are some basic bike fit tips:

  • Stand-over Height--To find out if a bike's overall height fits your body, measure your inseam. Next, determine how much clearance you'll need between your crotch and the top tube of the bike. For a mountain bike, you'll want three to five inches of clearance. A road bike should offer between one and two inches of clearance, while a commuter bike should have two to four inches. Compare the stand-over height for a given bike to your measurements (inseam + clearance) to determine the right bike height.
  • Top Tube Length--You can measure your torso to get a good estimate of proper top tube length. First, make a fist and extend your arm. Measure from the center of your fist to the end of your collarbone (the part that intersects your shoulder). Next, measure your torso by placing a book against your crotch with the spine facing up. Measure from the spine to the bottom of your throat (the spot between your collarbones). Finally, add the two measurements (arm length + torso length), divide the number in half and subtract six inches. This is your approximate top tube length. Compare this number to a bike's posted top tube length. You can allow for about two inches longer or shorter, as most bikes can be adjusted via stem length/height and saddle fore/aft position to make fine adjustments to the fit.
  • Bikes for Women--Proportionally, women tend to have a shorter torso and longer legs than men. Bike makers design women's bikes that offer a shorter top tube and many comfort/cruiser bikes built for women may also provide more stand-over clearance.

The Right Accessories
When you make a bike purchase, don't forget these crucial add-ons:

  • Helmet (this is a must!)
  • Seat pack
  • Lock
  • Hydration pack, or water bottles and bottle cages
  • Spare tubes
  • Portable bike pump
  • Gloves



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