Dahon El Bolso Carry Bag
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- Accomodates all Dahon folding bikes from 16" to 26"
- **Current El Bolso bags do not include a slip cover**
- Made in the USA
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|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3 pounds|
The inspiration for El Bolso comes from the bags used by farmers in El Salvador, the home country of the bags designer. El Bolso replaces Dahon's venerable DoublePlay carry bag and is designed for convenient transport of Dahon bikes. El Bolso is incredibly easy to use: unfold it and lay it on the ground, place the bike in the middle of the bag, pick up the sides of the bag, and sling it over your shoulder. The entire operation takes only a few seconds - just what you need when you are rushing to catch a train. When you are riding your bike, El Bolso rolls up to pack into its own bag that slings across your shoulders. Made from IronGrid nylon. One size fits all Dahon bikes.
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Top Customer Reviews
To carry the bag with the bike inside, you have two options, either using the shoulder handle/harness or with two quite substantial handles, one sewn to each side of the bag, that can be gathered at the top. I find these handles particularly reassuring to use as I walk down the 25, or so, steps from the station to the train platform and when climbing up and down the stairs into the train car.
Using this bag has made life a lot easier for me in a number of ways. First, carrying the bike is far less awkward and much safer. The bag protects the bike from bumps and bangs. Fellow passengers are also protected from the hard metal bike frame if we bump into each other. Another significant benefit is that as the bike gets more and more filthy from being used on the streets in nasty weather, my work clothes will not suffer when I carry the bike and my pant legs won't get coated with wheel grime as the bike leans up against them on the train. Also, I won't have to deal with explaining to the guy next to me why his $700 suit looks cool with the black stains served up by my bike.
In short, this bag is a winner in all regards. I'd highly recommend it to anyone!
But don't fool yourself, cause the Dahon bikes are not suited for carrying for long distances - even with the bag.
Bringing in a bike from the rain will get water and possibly dirt on the floor.
Management also does not want the bike to lean again the walls where the walls can be scratched.
Making a quick wipe down and stuffing it in this bag is an excellent solution!
Also, it is good to have it in a bag in the vehicle on a trip. It keeps it organized and prevents messes and damage.
At home, I can hang my bike on the wall.
The bags are appreciated and very much 'NEEDED'.
My only comment about the bag is that there should be different sizes based on the wheel size of the bike.
Dahon sells bikes with 16", 20", 24" and 26" wheels. Having a do-all bag that works for bikes that have 26" wheels makes this bag way too wasteful (too big) for bikes with 16" wheels. The bag should more precisely fit the bike.
My 'compromised' recommendation to Dahon would be to make two bags (small and large): small for 16" and 20" and large for the 24" and 26". I say compromised, because I came down from four bag sizes. Ideally, the bag only fits one bike size, not four bike sizes.
People in Maryland using MARC light rail trains also don't need it. It is enough to fold your 20 inch wheel or smaller bike before going aboard. Check your local mass tansit regulations. Maybe YOU will need it where you live. Barring any changes, you would need it for riding Greyhound.
If you plan to fly on an airline somewhere with the bike, having this might be a good idea if you were willing to pay outrageous bike surcharges and take a chance on damage to the bike in loading or unloading.