Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dahon i7

Jane's old Dahon Ciao D5 was wrecked by a huge tree when "disaster struck in TN".  I've finally got around to replacing it with another Dahon Ciao ... this time an i7 from NYCEWheels.  Essentially the same folding bike, but with a few minor differences, most notable of which a Shimano 7 speed internal gear set instead of the Sturmey Archer 5 speed.


Getting checked out by Joanie and Dexter:


  1. How do you like riding the Dahon? I am used to riding a bike with 26" wheels. By the way, I also own a Chinook so I am considering two small folding bicycles for my wife and I.

  2. Tommy:

    We chose the Dahon Ciao because my wife was looking for a VERY low step thru. In that regard the Dahon Ciao is perfect.

    We originally had the D5 model which came with a Sturmey Archer 5 speed hub. My wife found the gearing too high so we swapped out the rear sprocket which made it just right for her. Unfortunately when a tree crashed on top of our rig in TN that bike was destroyed because it was on our roof rack at the time. I have replaced it with the i7 model, which has a Shimano 7 speed hub. I think the Shimano shifts better than the Sturmey Archer and of course the wider range of gears is a plus.

    Overall Dahon makes a nice bike, although they have changed out some of the components between the D5 and the i7 models presumably to cut cost / price. The handlebars are not now adjustable for height, and the seat pillar no longer houses a pump.

    The biggest problem with a folding bike for a Chinook owner is how to carry it. I have a heavy duty Baja roof rack and at times have put the bike up there, but it's a bit of a pain to lug the bike up and down the ladder. For short trips it can go inside but that's no good when we are on the road for weeks or months at a time. I have also hung it from the ladder, but the Dahon is not cheap and it's then too easily at risk of being stolen. If it were not for my wife's low step thru requirement I would put one or two CHEAP bikes on a carrier hung off a FRONT receiver. With a rear door it's too much of a pain to use the rear hitch.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for reading my blog.