Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Bending Bike Broke Again: Hinge break on a folding bicycle

Broken hinge on Dahon folding bicycleThe steel hinge on my Dahon "Boardwalk 6", 6 speed 20" 2003 model folding bicycle broke. I was attempting to fold the bicycle and was having difficulty, so I pushed a bit harder and the bolt broke in half.

In retrospect I realize should have stopped when I was meeting resistance and adjusted the bolt, as per the instruction manual.

I have put it into the local bicycle shop to see if they can fix it. They can probably make a replacement part fairly easily, but are first checking to see if the supplier has a replacement part.

This is the second breakage I have had with the bicycle. The frst was much more serious, when the frame broke in half while I was riding it. The frame was replaced under warranty and I was very happy with the result.

The bicycle has been across Australia and Europe on planes, trains and automobiles,with relatively few problems.


KB said...

Hi there. I have a same issue. Were you able to fix it?

Unknown said...

Hi seems like Ian hearing a lot of breaks with this model. I have a board WALK 2003 chromoly 6 speed green .I keep looking for cracks or breaks. But nothing yet. I keep it well oiled all over knowing that medal is MEDAL and there is always a chance for breakage. Guess I've been lucky. I only weight 145 pounds it's been good to me. Replaced the cables and seat and tires the normal things. Other wise it just keeps going and going and going . Still happy in Arizona usa