Folding Bikes Dahon And Younger Sibling Tern

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I was out riding my Tern Link D8 folding bike and out of nowhere my dad (A.K.A Big Unc) showed up with his Dahon Speed P8. While these folding bikes are much different in many ways, they still have a few things in common.

Both these folding bikes have 20-inch wheels. 8-gears that make them experts at climbing hills, ( despite the myth that folding bikes are difficult to ride up hills) and provide respectable speeds on the flats and downhill. I once had a guy try to argue with me about how folding bikes are slower than regular bikes. Instead of arguing back I just looked at him and smiled because dad and I know otherwise.

If you think folding bikes are slow, just ask the multiple hybrids and 10-speeds I pass up on a daily basis. And while you’re at it, ask the guys who are walking their bikes up hills while I’m cruising past them as if the hills don’t even exist. Wheel size doesn’t matter anymore because bikes now have gears, unlike the Penny Farthings that are now extinct just like the dinosaurs.

On this particular day dad met up with me on the way to Downtown Rochester, New York.

Our first stop was the protected bike lane in Downtown Rochester, New York. The Dahon Speed P8 and Tern Link D8 both look fast as hell even while parked. Just imagine how fast they are while actually moving! #dahonbikes #ternbicycles
Our first stop was the protected bike lane in Downtown Rochester, New York. The Dahon Speed P8 and Tern Link D8 both look fast as hell even while parked. Just imagine how fast they are while actually moving! #dahonbikes #ternbicycles

We then proceeded to our next stop which is a coffee shop that I introduced to dad a while back.

Upon arriving at #bouldercoffeeco, his new favorite coffee shop, dad folded up his Dahon Speed P8.
Upon arriving at #bouldercoffeeco, his new favorite coffee shop, dad folded up his Dahon Speed P8.

On the other side of the table, was my Tern Link D8 all neatly folded. #ternbicycles
On the other side of the table, was my Tern Link D8 all neatly folded. #ternbicycles

Tern Link D8 #ternbicycles
Tern Link D8 #ternbicycles

Folding is another great benefit that both these bikes have in common. Dad loves Boulder Coffee Co. because there’s plenty of space, the staff is friendly, and they allow us to bring our bikes inside. Being able to bring our bikes inside is a bike thief’s worst nightmare. TAKE THAT BIKE THIEF!!!!

With both folding bikes secure, dad and I removed our Triple 8 Helmets #triple8nyc These are the most comfortable helmets we’ve ever worn. So comfortable that we’d have no problem leaving them on. But then that would look a little odd and might scare people away. RIGHT?!
With both folding bikes secure, dad and I removed our Triple 8 Helmets #triple8nyc These are the most comfortable helmets we’ve ever worn. So comfortable that we’d have no problem leaving them on. But then that would look a little odd and might scare people away. RIGHT?!

As I glanced down for a brief second, dad suddenly disappeared like the FLASH! You’d never guess where he ran off to.

Dad couldn’t wait to run up into the #bouldercoffeeco express line despite a long wait.
Dad couldn’t wait to run up into the #bouldercoffeeco express line despite a long wait.

After what seemed like an eternity, dad returned and you’ll never guess what he was carrying in both hands.

With a smile that seemed to stretch for miles, dad returned with two medium cups of coffee. #bouldercoffeeco
With a smile that seemed to stretch for miles, dad returned with two medium cups of coffee. #bouldercoffeeco

I think the coffee compliments the Triple 8 Helmets nicely, along with great lighting. #bouldercoffeeco #triple8nyc
I think the coffee compliments the Triple 8 Helmets nicely, along with great lighting. #bouldercoffeeco #triple8nyc

The Dahon Speed P8 and Tern Link D8 fit perfectly into our busy urban lifestyles.

Dahon is the older brand, founded in 1982 by David T. Hon, a former laser physicist.

Tern was founded in 2011 by Florence Shen and Joshua Hon, wife and son of David T. Hon.

While both brands are different, both offer exceptional folding bikes. It all depends upon your personal preferences.

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