Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Where are You Going? Where Have You Been?

Dahon Speed7, packed and ready to go.
I saw this Dahon Speed7 locked in front of the airport two days in a row last week.  I don't see many folding bikes in Flagstaff and confess to being a little excited when I spotted this one.  I considered the Speed7 when I first started looking at folders but I fell in love with the Eco3 is red, a more within my price range.  I wondered if the owner was someone who worked at the airport or someone flying in and out.  The airport is small and just about everyone who works there knows I pedal in most days and I often get questions about my bikes, especially the Dahon.

Where are you going and where have you been?
Since I been following Russ and Laura from The Path Less Pedaled and their new cross-country bike tour by Brompton and train, I've been really fascinated with the idea of doing a much more scaled back version of such a road trip myself.  Of course, I couldn't help but notice that the Speed7 appeared to be packed down for travel.  Perhaps only my own bike tour fantasies at work, but I was dying to know who the owner, where he was from and where he was going. I tried to keep an  eye out for the owner but after 48 hours, the Dahon had disappeared.   Darn, I had hoped for a good story and a little inspiration.  Still, we have an Amtrak station right here in Flagstaff.  And it's something I've been wanting to do.


PaddyAnne said...

Whomever it is, they have purchased some very nice panniers!

She Rides a Bike said...

I thought so too. They look really roomie. Trying to find a good set for the Planner Guy to pack up his workout gear. He's been biking into work regularly and taking workout/swim gear for mid-day training in preparation for his Ironman. These could do the trick.

LBJ said...

I did a bike/train travel tour with my Montague folding bike last summer. It was so great, and I definitely recommend it. The funny thing too was that with a Montague, most people couldn't even tell it was a folding bike unless it was actually folded!

inspiredcyclist said...

I have seen the Brompton in person, and read about them, and dream of how convenient it would/could be to have a foldable bike. Keep your eyes peeled for more on this Dahon, sounds like a story waiting to be told.

She Rides a Bike said...

Will do! I look for it and it's owner every day.

steve said...

My folding bicycle fantasy would be to step off the cruise ship in port and unfold and hit the town. Having been on a few cruises and walking or taxi cabs I must follow up on this.

'Xander Labayen said...

I'm glad you like your folder, My brother just bought a Dahon Speed TT and his wife got the Dahon Ciao, I have a Dahon Mu Uno perfect for the train and city commute. Blogs like yours make is easy to reassure my family that a folding bike can work for them. I'm glad to see that Dahon has you linked to their site.
Thanks for posting and for visiting 416cyclestyle when you do. I appreciate the support.

Michael Smith said...

On the knowledge front he clearly knew little about electric bikes ( not a complicated subject). Yelp ratings for this guy are suspect to me. Maybe they rented a bike, rather than purchased. electric bikes nz

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