Archive for September, 2008

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Dahon at the Giants Causeway

Tuesday September 30, 2008

Robin Parkes, who has commented on my D7HG review, recently sent me the following photographs of his Dahon and with his permission I’m posting the following:

Dave,

I thought you might like to see the Dahon at one of our best known visitor attractions. The roads around the north coast of Antrim don’t have seriously steep hills but they are long so you have to keep pedalling. The Dahon is good for these hills but being 61 I’m not so good. I got a puncture but, mercifully, I did not notice it until we got back to the railway station at Coleraine or we wouldn’t have travelled so far. I was panicking at the Giants Causeway for we had an hour and a quarter to get from there and through Bushmills to Coleraine and I couldn’t remember how far it was even though I would have been up there quite a lot but not on the road from Bushmills to Coleraine. I saw a sign saying 7 miles just after leaving Bushmills for Coleraine but it was one long drag after another. We made it with 22 minutes to spare.

Regards, Robin.

Robin, many thanks for sending the photos, looks like a nice place to be cycling.  It’s fantastic to hear from somebody who reads my blog!!!

Dahon at The Giants Causeway

Dahon at The Giant's Causeway

 

Another Shot of Robins Dahon

Another Shot of Robin's Dahon

Images ©2008 Robin Parkes

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Flickr: Early Folder

Monday September 29, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Early Dutch Folding Bicycle 1900s

Early Dutch Folding Bicycle 1900s

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Flickr User: letterlust

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Saturday Morning

Saturday September 27, 2008

10am, Saturday morning.  There’s a heavy fog in the valley but you can tell that the sun is behind it and already at work burning it away.  I set off on the Dahon, rear Cateye flashing for safety.  

My journey this morning was to the local Royal Mail sorting office to collect a parcel which they’d attempted to deliver earlier in the week.  Taking the car into town would have been physically easier but i don’t think it would be quicker; it definitely is more expensive than cycling.  It was nice to get out though, especially after a night of ‘socialising’  😉

Over the past couple of days I’ve taken the bike into shops for the first time, folded and neat, I’ve just walked in carrying the bike.  Nobody has commented on me carrying it through the shops so I’m happy.

One negative though: Rochester has quite a lot of cobbled roads and on two occasions today the handlebars loosened and turned off centre.  Scary at the time but after the second event I ‘really’ tightened the QR bolt.

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Flickr: Keep It Safe, Keep It Locked

Thursday September 25, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

pwn3d philly bicycle

pwn3d philly bicycle

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Flickr User: Michael Sensor

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Which Dahon Would You Buy Next?

Wednesday September 24, 2008

I have my Dahon D7HG, and as I’ve mentioned before it’s a little bit slow – ideal for commuting and nipping into town, but too slow for a decent ‘ride’.

Obviously Dahon makes a large range of bikes but what would you go for to get that extra speed?  Another Dahon?  Or would you go for a mountain bike.  Going for a mountain bike would get you a cheaper bike or more bike for your pound but you lose the compact storage size.

What would you do?…

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Flickr: Flycycle

Monday September 22, 2008

Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

Tour De Mouches

Tour De Mouches

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Flickr User: ukaaa

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Flickr: Abandoned

Saturday September 20, 2008

The first of a new type of post from me, Flickr Pics: other peoples’ bike-related images found by searching Flickr.

A forgotten bicycle in Amsterdam

A forgotten bicycle in Amsterdam

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Flickr User: Anne-Sophie

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