Friday, June 27, 2008

Paul's amazing Dahon Curve D3 commuter/tourer



Don't mess with this guy! He has a deadly Curve...

Doing this trip on a 8 speed foldie is already challenging enough. Paul, who lives to ride, decided to bring along his white little cutesy 3 speed hub-gear Dahon Curve D3 for the crazy adventure. The Curve is a strict 16" wheel commuter and is arguably the best value foldie at S$850. With its standard Big Apple tires fitted with optional rack, mudguards and Thudbuster seatpost, it is surprisingly capable as a mini-tourer. Mr Brown of the infamous Mr Brown Show has one too!

Made for the humble purpose of "commutes combining riding with bus/train rides", using the Curve was like using a Honda Jazz to do the Trans Borneo race. Guess what? With Paul's iron legs, he was the fastest among us. Maxed over 60km/h downhills! Even with only 3 speeds, the Curve under Paul's power put us to shame. He even overtook a fully laden logging truck struggling uphill!

The Curve truly is a most remarkable bike. Paul has made folding bike history by being the first 16" 3 speed bike to conquer Cameron Highlands!
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Check it out at: http://www.dahon.com/intl/curved3.htm

4 comments:

paul said...

I'm really surprise by this "mini tourer". I didn't even attempt to ride it up Mt.Faber. There was no feeling of wobbling or even vibration on the handle bar at 60kph. Maybe if possible, I'll upgrade it to 8 speed gearhub.Hope to do another trip with this D3 'zhnged'

Oldyonfoldy said...

It is with great sadness for me to report that Paul passed away on 30 Apr, 7am. He was in a truck on the way to Changi Ferry Terminal when the truck was struck from behind by a 19yo drunk driver at high speed. The truck flipped and Paul was killed. Paul, 51yo, leaves behind a wife and 2 young boys. I miss my dear friend and cycling brother...

robert mugabe said...

Rest In Peace bro. Farewell..

Duval The Duvmister said...

Paul Has truly inspired the rider in us. Never met the man in person but has seen the video footage in memory of his demise.. rest in peace...