I thought that I had run out of space for restored bicycle projects, so I really shouldn’t be going near garage sales. However, we were out on the tandem today and happened to come across a charity sale – there were a couple of kids bikes there that I ignored, but just as we were leaving I took a closer look. Wow ! – a steel framed 16″ wheeled Dahon folder with a 3-speed Sturmey Archer hub :
And at a price of about two cheap bicycle bells – I fell for it. I must say that I have previously had little interest in folders, but after looking over this one, I am fascinated – so clever and compact. The bike is basically sound but the finish has deteriorated, there are a few parts broken and one fold up pedal has been replaced with a non-folder. The front hub is acting as though the bearings are all missing, so that may be a problem. The gears appear to work well though the trigger shifter name plate has disappeared. I think it’s gorgeous !
Now I will have to do some research, regarding its age, SA hubs can be dated by their serial numbers apparently.
The seat is not original, and broken as well. All up there is plenty of work to be done. Having just finished a time consuming restoration, this one will have to take a little bit longer to get through.
I am amazed how simple yet ingenious these things are – a folding trolley wheel :