I purchased my Dahon Speed Pro TT (2008) when my easy bike commute within DC changed into a 90-minute odyssey that involved a train, subway, and car. I decided that the first thing I had to do was ditch the car, and then look for a way to shorten my trek from suburbia into DC each day. Upon learning that folding bikes were allowed on the commuter train and Metro at all times, I immediately decided to get one.
I purchased this Dahon after carefully considering several makes and models of folders. I decided on the Speed Pro TT because of its speed (I can reach speeds comparable to what I do on my high-end road bike), easy folding (less than 30 seconds to fold/unfold), and relatively light weight (a mere 21 lbs). Even though I am only five feet tall, the bike easily adjusts to fit me.
I’ve had this bike for four months. It made my commute far more flexible, as I am no longer held hostage to returning to wherever I left my car. Now, my “car” is always with me! The folder can easily be brought on the train, subway, or bus at any time. I can ride to the Metro station in the morning and take the subway into the city, and a commuter train home in the evenings. Or vice versa. This is very useful given the high degree of unreliability with commuter trains and Metro in the DC area. I no longer use my car during the week (saving a considerable amount of gas money), and get plenty of exercise, riding anywhere from 10 to 25 miles daily. Most importantly, I love every minute of it! I never sit in traffic and my commute actually takes less time with my folder – 60 minutes each way total, from the steps of my front door to the chair in my office! And don’t let those little wheels deceive you – this bike is FAST and nimble. —Andrea