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Dahon D7HG – First Ride

Monday July 28, 2008
So, it was around 1930 on Sunday night when the heat of the day started to subside. The Dahon, folded into its compact form, was carried outside and once again became a bike.

To start with, the D7HG felt a little strange. Having a shorter wheelbase than a mountain bike (my previous bike) it took a few moments to get used to the handling and stability. Having wobbled around for a while, I soon got the hang of things and settled back for a ride into town.

WD40 sprayed in here to stop the squeak

WD40 sprayed in here to stop the squeak

After about 200 yards a persistent squeak began to cry out from the back of the bike. After another 100 yards or so, the squeak became a wail – a loud and continuous noise which forced me to stop. Further investigation on the walk back and at the house led me to get out the can of Magic Liquid (aka WD40) and spray it around the left-hand side of the rear hub (the side away from the chain). That fixed it. There’s what appears to be a black plastic cone on that side which appeared to be creating the noise.

Jumping back on the now silent bike, I headed off again for the one mile journey into town – the destination: a park.

It was great to have the freedom on the bike and to quickly and easily get into these quiet parts of town with no hassle is a great experience.

Despite my initial fears, nobody laughed at my new little bike: not the kids, not the adults and not the people sitting outside the pub.  The bike looked good and the ride was great.

 

First Outing

First Outing

 

The Destination

The Destination

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