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DAHON Founder and CEO Turns 75

Many happy returns to the inventor of the DAHON folding bike! Since making a career jump from the world of physics, Dr David Hon has been a champion of green, urban mobility now for four decades (browse the DAHON timeline here and read more about Dr Hon here) and recently celebrated his 75th birthday! dr hon birthday group   dr hon birthday 1 In honor of the occasion, staff from the DAHON offices and factory in Shenzhen, as well as some local friends and bicycle club members, gathered in Dongguan in Guangdong for a lively celebration. Special guests included Secretary General of the Guangdong Cycle Association, Mr Ma Zhongchao, Secretary General of the Shenzhen Cycle Association, Ms Wang Yiping, and Mr Harley Seyedin, President of The American Chamber of Commerce in South China. Mr Ma presented Dr Hon with an award for Distinguished Contribution for his work over the years. The whole event was broadcast via live-streaming app Huajiao, (just one of many such apps that are booming in mobile savvy China) attracting more than 10,000 viewers and turning the party into a China-wide event for DAHON fans across the country. One DAHON fan sent in some personalized sand art as a birthday gift

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What makes the Curve i3 unique?

Our spotlight series aims to share a little of the reasoning behind our folding bike lineup, which offers something for every type of rider. This time theCurve i3 16″ takes center stage.curve i3 16 2016 gray large folded This bestselling frame design and 16″ wheel setup has been around in a fairly unchanged format (originally the Curve D3) since 2006. Not the fastest to fold, nor the lightest bike, what makes it so popular? As mentioned, the Curve is not the very smallest of our bikes (that honor goes to the EEZZ and the Jifo) but its 16″ wheels do make for a very neat footprint. And when it debuted, it was indeed the most compact in the lineup. Close on the heels of the Curve, but not quite as small, come the POP and Dove, most popular in Asia and rarely found on sale in the West. At 60 x 57 x 34cm (23.6” x 22.4″ x 13.4”) the Curve is DAHON’s smallest horizontal folding bike (the Jifo and EEZZ are vertical folding) with a more standard hinge and style. How about gearing? Those used to mountain bikes might balk at being limited to 3 speeds, but the Curve is in no way designed for that kind of riding. It shines as a portable, urban get-around, with the high and low perfectly balanced  to get you where you need to go.  3-speeds have been the backbone of city bikes for decades, but that hasn’t stopped plenty of people taking off touring on a Curve. And a favorite feature? It’s a hub gear. Years of maintenance free riding could be ahead, changing up or down any time with a handy twist shifter. The internal hub is also a bit more forgiving of being schlepped around and packed away, where a derailleur might get knocked and bent out of shape. Many people prefer a hub gear for its clean look, which on different bikes is made even tidier with a coaster brake (usually USA only). This incarnation of the Curve comes to a stop on smooth, winzip V-brakes and the hub is a Shimano G3R40.dahon curve i3 16 2016 gray large Be mindful though, as one of the smaller frame and wheel combos, if you’re over 6’1″ or over 220lbs this petite folder is not for you. But because the Curve i3 is made of DAHON’s own Dalloy aluminum, you can be assured that it is both strong and stiff, and exceeds all international strength and safety standard testing. It’s such a popular and reliable little number that @KentsBike wrote a poem about it (thanks Kent!) and it was the frame of choice for the fabulously cheeky Kukuxumusu special edition folding bike. So here’s to the Curve, more than a decade as a bestseller makes it without a doubt a DAHON classic.

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DAHON CEO and Founder Publishes Treatise on Folding Bikes

Dr. David Hon has composed a treatise on the subject of folding bicyclesDr David Hon Folding Bicycles a Treatise Cover Shenzhen, China – 8 September 2016: Dr. David T. Hon, CEO of DAHON, the world's largest manufacturer of folding bikes, has released an E-book. Composed in his spare time and born of his passion for the industry, it focuses largely on the current situation for this category of bicycle, and the various technical considerations that go into the design and manufacturing of folding bikes. Hon explained: "There has been such an explosion of readily available information over the decades, yet there is little published work on the quite particular nature of the folding bicycle. Having spent a great deal of my life in this field, and indeed progressing it, the obvious next step was to share some of that knowledge for the benefit of others." Hon came to the bicycle business relatively late, having already achieved what most would consider a successful career in the field of laser physics. With a senior position at Hughes Labs and a few publications and patents to his name, at age 40 Hon said farewell to lasers and dedicated his life to developing the perfect folding bicycle. More patents followed, along with the necessary investment to launch what would grow to be the globe's number one folding bike. The text totals over 10,000 words and presents its topic in 7 chapters, with 'Technical Discussion' containing the majority of the content. For bicycle and engineering enthusiasts of all kinds, it represents a comprehensive introduction to the subject. Folding Bicycles: A Treatise is available to download for free here. About DAHON: In 1982, DAHON ignited the folding bicycle revolution with the introduction of the DAHON Convertible, the forefather of most modern-day folding bicycles. Today, DAHON is recognized as a world leader. Spearheaded by the guiding principles of innovation, reinvention and technological leadership, DAHON is committed to creating quality product, a unique riding experience and green mobility solutions for people leading active, environmentally friendly lifestyles. Headquartered in California, DAHON’s offices, factories, cooperating assembly plants and distributing partner network reaches around the world. For more information regarding DAHON’s products, please visit www.dahon.com. Facebook:www.facebook.com/dahonfoldingbicycles Twitter/Instagram:@dahonbikes

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Win a DAHON Qix D8 with Bicycle Times

Thanks to Bicycle Times, residents of the USA have until October 20th to enter the draw to win a DAHON Qix D8 folding bike. The Qix frame is the third evolution of Jifold technology, the folding design that compacts a bicycle vertically, instead of the more common, horizontal folding style (more on that here). New stock of all three of these bikes has just landed in the States and the giveaway is a celebration of this fact. bicycle times comp dahon qix d8 See the Qix in action below:

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