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Dahon Helios Commuter

Bike tags: Commuter | Dahon; Folder; Commuter; Road; Utility Bike
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Late model Dahon Helios

Stock folding stem and flat bars; cut down internal post so the stem would go lower for a more normal bar position (not so hi)

Stock fork; stock headset

Stock rim / Schwable Marathon 20" road tire

Stock rim / Schwable Marathon 20" road tire (8 spd rear gears)

Stock truvative 170mm crankset, 130 bolt pattern, 48 tooth chainring

initially used a seat from a canadiam mountainbike; later ued a seat that was stock on my Marin

stock chain, no-name pedals from parts bin with toe clips and straps

8 speed indexed shifting.

v brakes, Dahon branded brake levers

48 chainring up front x 8 speed rear gears.

none (my knees!)

Got this for commuting to work since my new job is in an office where there are few sheltered places to lock a full size bike outside, away form harm by the public and out of the elements. This thing, by comparison, folds up and fits under my desk. I fitted it with fenders from my old steel Dahon, which has since been converted to a fenderles fixed gear. At some point will install a rear rack as riding up the big hill to work with a full courier bag will make my back sweaty in warmer weather. This thing isn't as fast as a road biek but is ok, and is quite fun on shorter rides. I got clocked on the flats by a radar speed sign on the roadside at 20mph coming home from work one evening!

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