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Old 07-03-2011, 01:49 AM
 
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New Dahon Mariner D7

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Rating: 4 out of 5
  • Currently 4.0/5.0

I bought this bike for my commute in the city. It's originally intended for boaters wanting to take it for quick trips while in port and then stow it away in the smallest space possible. I'm not a boater, but I definitely sympathize with anyone struggling in a small space environment. For my uses, this bike is great.

Unlike many fold-up bikes, this doesn't look like some bizarre bicycle/tricycle/abstract sculpture. It looks like a bike and acts like a bike. It's folds up easily, in a short amount of time, to an extremely small shape which can be stowed within a cubicle or backseat without any fuss. Though not as light as a titanium model, it's not terribly heavy (I think about twenty five pounds) which means it can be carried up stairs, onto buses, and into elevators.

Despite the airy-looking construction, the bicycle is extremely stable and well put together. I have never feared for my safety, even when bumping over the worst of New York City's creative road problems.

Unfortunately, this bike is not meant for extended rides. The saddle seat is uncomfortable enough that I replaced it, which added more money to my initial purchase. I did not know how to do it myself and so had to pay for someone at the bike shop to do it. The small tires are sturdy enough but do require frequent pumps of air, which is not as easy to do as with more traditional types of bikes. Also, when the bike is folded up, it's extremely difficult to get it to stand without support or to get it to roll using both wheel.

It's a pretty bike, and the 20" wheels are hard to beat, size-wise. For a commuter with limited space, this is a decent product.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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