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NEW DAHON CURVE D3 FOLDING BICYCLE WITH RACK AND FENDER


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  • ASIN: B00277OQA4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,467 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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A feature also worth mentioning is the internalized 3-level gear.
Hideyo Kusano
Now about the little bike: I just bought a dahon curve D3 and I am just in love with it!
Aninha
I like the tire pump that's integrated into the seatpost; it works great.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Bob W on June 26, 2010
I *love* bicycles, and I really love folding bikes. Having owned several bikes, and several Dahons, I think I can speak about this one. Things I like.
- reasonable fold.
- reasonable weight
- decent ride. Remember, this is a smaller bike. Smaller bikes are a bit nimbler (some would say "twitchy") and smaller wheels have less gyroscopic force. This is a double edged sword. It makes it easier to accelerate (great for stop and go), but it also makes smaller wheels "twitchy". Bigger tires add some low-tech shock absorption
- 3 speeds. Its enough for shorter distances. I used to want more speeds (and I still appreciate it for my other bikes), but it really *is* enough for commuting and short (say 5-6 miles and under) distances.
- built in rack
- built in bike pump and fenders
- reasonable cost
- good build construction
- feels solid (for a folding bike, which is never as solid as a non-folder)
- simple, durable.
- the twin rack. it keeps the bike vertical,

Things I don't like:
- wish its fold was a bit smaller. Not bad for trains, apartments and offices. A bit big to bring onto a coach type bus. There's no way to squeeze it small enough between your legs and still get it behind a seat.
- a bit clumsy to carry. Like most dahons, the center of gravity doesn't line up w any comfie holding point. I usually hold it by the seat, but it just doesn't feel right.
- no easy way to roll it. Here to fore, my favorite folder is a Strida. More compromises, but when its folded, I just roll it along. This bike, you have to carry. Its a 25 lb suitcase, with no convenient handle. How far do you want to tote it?
- the twin rack. Its tipsy.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Hideyo Kusano on January 27, 2011
As a previous owner of a Dahon folding bicycle with 16" wheels (the Dahon Piccolo D3, a 2005/2006 model), I have to say that the Curve is a huge improvement upon its predecessor.

The Pros:

One of the first things you'll notice is that it features a body with an ergonomically curved and minimalist design that makes it easy to carry. Just by grasping and feeling the weight of the bike, you can tell that it's a sturdy, energy-efficient design. The improvement also makes this bike more compact and easier to store when folded.

Another thing I love about this bike is how easily it folds and locks itself, especially in comparison to the Piccolo D3 I once owned. On that model, I was pretty excited about the folding mechanism that included a magnet on the side of the front wheel. When folded, the front magnet would cling onto the magnet on the side of the back wheel, essentially locking the fold in place. The problem was that the overall design of that bike was flimsy, and some other component of the bike would always get in the way and prevent the magnets from even touching. The Curve, which also features the same magnets, seems to have solved all that. I don't struggle to fold it at all. It takes some getting used to, but eventually you'll reach a point where you can literally do it in under 10 seconds.

A feature also worth mentioning is the internalized 3-level gear. The internalization essentially makes the gears weather proof and makes the chain less likely to come off in storage, which is what had happened to my Piccolo D3 after putting it in the trunk of a friend's car.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2011
My husband and I bought Dahon Curve bikes to be able to take along when traveling or for short trips in town. The Curve is surprisingly comfortable. I rode 30 miles one day last week and felt fine afterward. It doesn't wheel along nicely when folded, but it wasn't too heavy to carry into a building. When I had to park it outdoors at another building, it was easy to take the seat off to make the parked bike less attractive to thieves. I like the tire pump that's integrated into the seatpost; it works great. With such tiny wheels, panniers would drag on the ground and interfere with pedaling, but it's possible to carry small objects on the rack. We also found a basket that will mount on the handlebars. The bike has a good stable ride, is comfortable, folds up small enough to fit two of them into the trunk of a Camry, and it's cute.
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