Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

December 12, 2017
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Bike to work on a fold-and-go

With more people cycling to work — and more bike thieves expanding their takings — folding bikes are becoming increasing popular. And you won’t feel like a clown on this zippy little number. Those extra-long seat and handle-bar posts or BMX-sized tires may seem unusual at first, but the stiff chromoly frame (the same used on Dahon’s more expensive Pro model) and 20-inch wheels allow for a stable ride that’s as close as you’ll come to a full-size ride in a small package.

What we love about Dahon is that they do comfort well — not a given with folding bikes. The ergonomics of their BioLogic handle grips pays off on bumpy pot-holed streets and the BioLogic AirFlo two-rail saddle provides proper support but is plenty plush, too.

The 8-speed Sram X7 grip-shift is perfect for all-around riding, including most city hills. The Schwalbe “Big Apple” tires have built-in puncture resistance, but if worse comes to worse, the seat post becomes an air pump.

Compared to many popular foldables, the P8 is the biggest performer, offering the best reliable mid-range components for the price. Comes fully assembled. $559.95. www.dahon.com

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