Dahon MU Uno Folding Bike
The Folding Bike!
Thought I'd give you at peek at yet another one of my bikes. This matt black one I scored in a competition. It is made by well known folding bicycle company Dahon. This particular model is a single speed, so no gears to fiddle with, no cables to worry about. Just a coaster brake on the back and a single brake caliper on the front. It features 20" wheels. Basically like a BMX but with a taller stem for the handlebars and seatpost. It has a 53 tooth chainring on the front and a 16 tooth sprocket on the rear axle. Came with the mudguards and flaps as standard. This bike weighs just under 10kgs so is easy to carry with you if needed. Scroll down for a quick tour.
Drop the seatpost down using the quick release. Unlock the handlebar stem and that folds down to the left side of the front wheel. Fold the pedals.
Unlock the latch on the middle of the frame and bring the front around to the left side. This will then click onto the rear section with magnets. Fold complete.
Front Brake Caliper
Front brake caliper is a Tektro long reach which is that same as my fixie. The cable brand is Jagwire again same as my fixie. Except all these components are gloss black. A longreach caliper was required because of the way the frame was built and also to accommodate the mudguard between the tyre and the caliper.
Handlebars and Brake Lever
This is a two fingered brake lever. The grips are Biologic ergonomic lock on grips which are very confortable to rest your palms on.
Seat, Carry-On Cover & Light
The seat is a Biologic Aria saddle. Very confortable. I have also added a genuine Dahon Carry-On cover for this bike. This allows the bike to be transported onto a train without paying for an extra ticket. I will add more details about the bag later on when I have more photos. The bag has a strap for a light to be clipped onto it.
Folding Pedals & Stand
These pedals are handy when storing the bike as they do not stick out. Nothing much to say about these apart form it being a great invention! The stand does what it is supposed to do!
Integrated Bike Pump!
A very clever idea. The seatpost converts to a full bicycle pump! This was a surprise to me as I discovered it by mistake. Works really well too!
Water Bottle Cage
I picked up a bottle cage from the shop that supplied the bike. Cost me all of $2.50! Having no gears means a bit harder work on teh bike, so I would need a beverage holder for sure!
Rear Coaster Brake & Chain Cover
The rear coaster brake is a Shimano unit. Very good quality. You back pedal to stop or try to slow down (without skidding!) The front brake was optional but I requested it as I wanted the front one more than the back. Still if you want a cleaner look on the bike, just go for the back pedal brake. The chain cover is a Biologic brand. It keeps your pants from getting dirty. Great invention.
Tyres & Rims
The rims are Kinetix brand which I have never heard of, but I think they are exclusive to Dahon just like the Biologic components. Spokes are black and look very nice. Tyres are 20" Schwalbe Marathon Extremes and ride great. They feel nice to roll on and are very tough with good puncture protection. They also have a reflective strip on either side of the tyre wall for added safety at night.