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Dahon Boardwalk Folding Bike, Obsidian
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- One-speed urban utility bike with frame that folds in less than 15 seconds
- Folds to 12.1 by 30.4 by 25.4 inches; weighs 27.3 pounds
- Magnetix latch system holds the bike together when folded
- Adjustable stem adapts to riders of all sizes from under five feet to over six feet tall
- Dahon Neos rear derailleur offers crisp, fast shifting and a low profile design
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The Boardwalk's classic looks have made it one of the best-selling folding bikes of all time. It folds in under 15 seconds to a wonderfully small size and delivers excellent quality at a moderate price. It is the perfect starter for riders new to the wonderful world of folding bikes. Fast and convenient and perfect for quick errands around town, a jaunt to the nearest café, or a leisurely ride in the park. The emphasis is on comfort and convenience. Dahon Urban Utility bikes fold fast and fold small, perfect if you live in an apartment or commute to work. Customers can mail in their warranty registration card to: please refer to www.dahonbikes.com.
The Dahon Boardwalk is a fast-folding, urban utility bike with one speed--perfect for quick jaunts around town and commuting. Boasting classic looks and high-quality construction at a reasonable price-point, the Boardwalk is one of the most popular in Dahon's line-up. The frame folds up in under 15 seconds down to a wonderfully small size with a Magnetix latch system to hold it securely together. With an adjustable stem and seat post, the Boardwalk can be customized to fit riders from under five feet to over six feet tall.
The Dahon Boardwalk folds down into a compact and easy-to-store unit.
- Speeds: One
- Frame: H Series, SuperLite 4130 chromoly, forged Lattice hinge, patented ViseGrip, WrapAround technology, forged drop outs
- Fork: Integrated, patented Fusion technology
- Handlepost: Radius V Telescope, adjustable, patented Fusion and V-Clamp technologies, forged aluminum
- Handlebar: 6061-T6 aluminum, flat bar
- Headset: Dahon Fusion+, zero stack, cartridge bearings
- Grip/Bars Tape: BioLogic Ergo, single density or Herrman's (EU)
- Saddle: BioLogic Como or Selle Royale Alpine Gel (EU)
- Seatpost: Super Oversized, Micro Adjust, aluminum
- Seat Clamp: Dahon Covert, high leverage design
- Front and Rear Brakes: ProMax V, aluminum, linear spring
- Brake Levers: ProMax V, aluminum bracket/aluminum lever
- Brake Cable and Housing: SIS, pearl silver housing, Slick cables
- Front Hub: Dahon Mini, aluminum, sealed
- Rear Hub: Formula, cassette, aluminum, sealed
- Spokes: 18/8 stainless steel, brass nipples or Sapim Leader, stainless steel (EU)
- Rims: Aluminum, ground sidewalls, anodized
- Tires: Dahon Rotolo, 20 by 1.75-inch, high pressure 65 psi, coffee skinwall or Schwalbe Citizen (EU)
- Shifter(s): SRAM MRX Comp, SRS technology, RapidRise
- Rear Derailleur: Dahon Neos, RapidRise
- Crankset: Cold-forged 6061-T6 aluminum crank arms, hand-polished, double chainguard
- Cassette/Freewheel: 1 speed, 11-30T
- Bottom Bracket: CH, chromoly axle
- Chain: KMC Z50, Narrow, Noiseless function
- Pedals: Suntour folding, non-slip
- Cable and Housing: SIS-SP, Dupont L3 lubricant, pearl silver
- Kickstand: Aluminum, Dacromet bolt
- Clip System: Magnetix system
- Luggage Bracket: Frame integrated, Luggage Socket
- Accessory: Trouser strap
- Wheel Reflectors: Yes
- Front snf Rear Reflectors: Yes
Size and Fit Specifications:
- Folded Dimensions: 12.1 by 30.4 by 25.4 inches/31 by 78 by 65 centimeters
- Gear Inches: 22 to 95
- Seatpost to Handlebar Distance--Minimum: 620 millimeters/24.2 inches
- Seatpost to Handlebar Distance--Maximum: 655 millimeters/25.5 inches
- Saddle to Pedal Distance--Minimum: 680 millimeters/26.5 inches
- Saddle to Pedal Distance--Maximum: 950 millimeters/37 inches
- Weight: 27.3 pounds/12.3 kilograms
- Suggested Rider Height: 56 to 76 inches/142 to 193 centimeters
- Maximum Rider Weight: 230 pounds/105 kilograms
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When i received the box, I already felt good. There was only one minor damage on the box, a few small tears. When i opened it, i noticed how well the bike was packed. Good plastic protectors, good protective cover sheet for the painted parts, Everything was so well protected that it endured the long and sometimes rough shipping.
One pedal came attached, and the other one came in a plastic bag. You can screw the one on to the bike, and tighten the nut. Owner's manual is kind of generic so some instruction does not apply to your bike, but it's easy enough to figure out. The bike came with one elastic band with metal hook on both ends to put the folded bike together, and one velcro band to maybe hold the tires together. There is no magnetic part on the bike to hold the folded bike together like the description says. It's nice to have, but it's ok for me since folded bike is pretty stable and compact.
At first, the seat post didn't go in all the way because 5" or so protective plastic tube was inserted at the bottom. i'm a female novice biker with no help around, and this insert was tightly fit it didn't budge at all (i thought this was a true part of the bike), but this insertion prevented the seat post to go down enough for me to even mount on the bike, so i figured it had to be pushed/pulled out. I just kept pushing the seat post down hard, and finally the insert came out and seat post went all the way down. i think you can pull off this insert from the bottom using whatever tool you have. I just pushed it down because i didn't want to damage the insert just in case.
After this, all you need to do is to put air in the tires. (I purchased a portable bike pump for this purpose, but since it does not have a gauge, and i don't know how much to put in, i will purchase a real pump with gauge.) I tested the bike a little bit, noticed that it has a coaster brake (product description did not mention this). Since there is only one hand brake (for the front tire), this is a good addition (even though you cannot turn the pedal freely before you start moving, it's easy to get used to.)
I have not ridden a bike in 20 yrs or so since i was a kid, so i was a bit shaky at first. When the tires are this small, you may feel unstable, but amazingly, i got used to it quite fast, and small tires actually work better in tight space just like BMX bikes. And 1 speed seems powerful enough for flat street. Hand brake was perfectly adjusted, i was able to stop comfortably with hand and coaster brakes together.
I will test it for a longer distance and will update this review, but all in all, i have a great impression, this is probably a perfect folding bike for the beginning or casual rider. For $100 more, you can get Dahon speed uno, which looks so much cooler and i'm sure better quality, but i picked boardwalk since it comes with a rear rack and fenders. If you're a casual rider with no intense usage, i think Boardwalk would be your great first folding bike.
The one complaint I would have is that the tires are slightly narrow. This hasnt translated into a problem as such, but it does give me pause sometimes when I hit a rut or a hole. This is not a speed bike, or an off roader, but if you have a need simple, rugged, and compact, this is the tool for the job.
I picked this bike up for a periodic 1-mile commute to my office (along with either transit or a drive). Today was my first day using it, and I would give it a general success, especially considering the price.
The bike itself is easy to setup.
One thing I like about it is the fenders and the bike rack. I live in Oregon where it rains a fair amount, and I wanted to attach a panier to keep my laptop bag in. My existing panier fit just fine, and the bike is long enough to still let you pedal even with a panier attached. So that is a big positive in terms of functionality.
One annoyance -- Unlike some of the youtube videos I watched, this particular model does not seem to have magnets to keep the two halves together. That isn't a big deal, as you can just carry it with the seat post on the opposite side of your body, using your leg to keep it closed. But just an FYI, that this model differs from some of the higher-end Dahon models.
I took the bike on our light rail train and took it up the stairs and kept it beside me. It is a little bit big/bulky for that on a full train, so I suspect that I'll be standing beside it in the future down in an open area. Not a big deal, but it is maybe a bit bulkier when folded than one might imagine.
The bike rides OK. Not great -- the small wheel size and folding handlebars kind of seem flimsy (not necessarily this model relative to competitors, rather that is just a thing affecting all folding bikes I think). I was able to do my 1-mile commute just fine. With a single speed, it isn't the fastest in the world -- I was passed a couple of times. But it got the job done, and was 10 times faster than walking.
For the price, you cannot go wrong. Just do it, and if it doesn't work for you, Craigslist it.
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