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Anyone riding a folding bike? I tried a Dahon in Mati, Greece!


Monday, April 07, 2014

Do you use a folding bike?
What is your experince?

I was in Mati, Greece for a gathering of an organisation.
We had great time.
However, one of the usual challenges on "business" trips came with full resistance on me - how to do exercise in a busy day full of adventures, meetings, new countryside and so on.

The Akropolis - I learned so much about in my history classes, and finally I see it in real life.


I had my running gear with me, it's just the shoes, and the t-shirt and shorts, so not much space. I think I did well in the past two weeks, I did a couple of long runs and short ones.

I discovered running on business trips is also a great way to connect with the location, gets me out from the hotel, makes me discover small streets and new environments, shows me a new face of the place that otherwise I wouldn't see.

In Athens, I stayed a friend, and he had a folding bike, a Dahon. I got excited, because I wanted to try a folding bike for long. I mean I did short rides in shops, but I never had the experience to make an extended test.

From the Akropolis museum


So now I had the chance, as Spiros had let me try his bike for four days! :-)

My experience:
- Firm ride
- Small wheels no problem at all
- The fold was bigger than I expected
- A latch mechanism to keep it folded is a must (if it swings when folded, it's not nice)
- Fenders are a must for rain
- I could bring up and down to the hotel room, or tuck away in the corner of the conference room
- Other people got interested in the topic, and raised a discussion in folding bikes - this was like evangelizing exercise in a subtle way
- After my first ride, the biking experience was in my awareness, and the resistance to overcome to get out to bike became smaller
- I could ride in street clothes without being sweat
- It was a single gear, but even modest hills were ok to ride
- I missed a gear to go fast



So if you ride a folding bike, I'd be interested in your experience!

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PDQ1203 4/11/2014 9:42AM

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and yes, have a dahon speed pro - LOVE IT

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DIANNEMT 4/8/2014 7:24PM

    No experience but so glad you could get out and explore!!

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JSPIN74 4/8/2014 11:52AM

    I've never used one (folding bike)...but oh my (these pics)...what a dream it'd be to get there...
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SHOOPETTE 4/8/2014 11:09AM

    Just love how you see it as evangelizing for exercise, it's kind of what I do through the texts and videos I do with my students!

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DDOORN 4/8/2014 8:58AM

    Hmm...have heard good things about folding bikes...perhaps if I can ever retire and have enough $$$ for travel I might just invest in one!

Otherwise, I'm liable to just stick with my road bike for my travels... :-)

Don

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KANOE10 4/7/2014 8:54AM

    I have not used one. However, great job of biking and walking while on your business trip. I also take walks during my business meetings.

I am glad you discovered a new tool to keep biking.

Lovely pictures.

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SHELTER-PETS 4/7/2014 5:52AM

    GREAT pics. I never heard of folding bike, but sounds like a great idea!

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JOYCECAIN 4/7/2014 3:48AM

    You are way ahead of me. I have seen them years ago, supposedly when they were first designed. I thought they were neat. You are way ahead of me. I am 65, and will never get to Greece. You are quite fortunate.

The bikes looked really ``trim, and sturdy. I liked it that it could fold up.

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JOYCECAIN 4/7/2014 3:47AM

    You are way ahead of me. I have seen them years ago, supposedly when they were first designed. I thought they were neat. You are way ahead of me. I am 65, and will never get to Greece. You are quite fortunate.

The bikes looked really ``trim, and sturdy. I liked it that it could fold up.

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NUOVAELLE 4/7/2014 1:46AM

    It's so good to know that you had a great time while visiting my city! I hope you had time to visit other sites, too, apart from the Acropolis museum and the Parthenon.
As for the folding bike, I've never tried one, but I'm sure it would be a great idea for people who also use other means of transportation and they can easily carry it in them. To be honest, I've always wondered about its stability, because the smaller wheels and the folding body always had me a bit skeptical. But after your positive review, I'd really like to try it.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/7/2014 1:39AM

    I know that they make three wheeled folding bikes but never had one.

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SUSANBEAMON 4/7/2014 1:13AM

  never heard of a folding bike. got any pictures of the thing?


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