Archive for March, 2010

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Dahon D7HG – FOR SALE (not mine!)

Saturday March 6, 2010

A regular Dave On Dahon reader, commenter and friend is (unfortunately) selling his Dahon Vitesse D7HG.

Sad news but I’m sure that there’s a good home out there for it!

The photo below is the bike and it’s being sold on eBay, starting bid is £100.  Grab a bargain and nip over to eBay to place your bid.  This is a great bike and you definitely won’t regret the purchase.

He’s working out how he can pack and ship the bike if an International buyer wants to bid.

Good luck!

eBay Auction Link

“Dahon Vitesse D7HG Folding Bike in excellent condition complete with Ergon Grips, Rackpack and Schwalbe Stelvio tyres”

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Rochester Castle – Wall Collapses

Saturday March 6, 2010

Took the Dahon into town this morning for what was its first outing this year.  This fact was pretty obvious when I unfolded the bike and found that the tyres were almost completely flat.  It was a nice ride but it was very cold out.

One thing I did notice on the ride into town was the building work going on around Rochester Castle.  A quick Google search this afternoon reveals that part of the bailey wall had collapsed during the week as a result of heavy rain.  Repair work is under way although it’s not affecting the castle itself nor entry to the castle grounds.

BBC News story (inc. video) is available via this link.

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Trek 4300 – Modified

Saturday March 6, 2010

Following on from the tyre post below, here’s the finished bike and a list of the upgrades.

  • Bioflex Ozone saddle
  • Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres (and Schwalbe inner tubes)
  • Topeak Super Tourist DX Rear Rack
  • Ergon GC2 grips

Larger photos of the modifications over on Flickr.

    Trek 4300 Modified

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    Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tyres – Trek 4300

    Saturday March 6, 2010

    Tyre ComparisonWith a lot of miles forecast for 2010 I’ve set about modifying the Trek to make it better suited for on-road use.

    This doesn’t mean that I’m never going to take it off-road again, or that I’m regretting buying a mountain bike over a road bike, but I just need to be able to adapt the bike to the sort of cycling that I’m planning on doing.

    Having clocked up a few long rides on the stock bike, I thought that the best mod, and the first to tackle, would be to change the tyres.  Off came the standard knobbly ‘tractor’ tyres and on went a set of road-specific Schwalbe Marathon Plus.  I’d contacted they guys at Dotbike for some advice on an alternative tyre and they came back with some suggestions which included the Marathon Plus.  So, I placed my order (along with some other bits) and whilst there also bought some Schwalbe inner tubes to fit at the same time.

    Fitting the tyres was as straight-forward as any tyre fitting and they look pretty good on the bike, making it look more ‘road-worthy’ than with the stock tyres.  They’re 26×1.75 tyres which makes them a bit thinner than the tyres I removed, which were 26×2.25.

    The only thing I don’t particularly like with the Marathon Plus tyres is the 3M reflective strip on the sidewall.  I know that this is a pretty good safety feature, providing extra visibility at night, but I’d prefer the option to not have this feature – purely for aesthetic reasons.  But still, it’s probably best to have this feature on long rides when you’re not sure at what time you’ll be returning…

    I haven’t managed to get any miles on the new tyresTyre Width yet, maybe tomorrow, but a quick ride along the street showed them to be very smooth and comfortable.  The flatter tread and lower rolling resistance should improve comfort and speed on my long rides.

    Photos over on Flickr along with photos of the mods I’ve made (saddle, rear rack, grips).

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