First off, if I was really smart, I'd figure out some way to get a kickback from Dahon. I'm not that smart.
My friends have figured out that I really like my Dahon D3. I think the fact that I ride so many places on this bike tips them off. Now you have to understand, I have bikey friends and they are used to seeing me show up at places on a bike, but somehow they are still surprised when I show up on the Dahon instead of one of my bigger bikes. Especially when the places I show up at are miles from my home. "You rode here? On that?" they say. It's like they think I'm making some kind of sacrifice. Surely my bigger bikes are better?
I think my ongoing interest in the sufficient, as opposed to the optimal, is part of what explains my preference for the Dahon, but the simpler answer is that the bike is fun. The little wheels are zippy; they spin up to speed quickly but by the same token, they don't tend to hold speed as well. The bike feels quick, it is quick, but it doesn't seem fast like a racing bike. It just seems fun.
It is impossible to have Lance Armstrong fantasies on a Dahon D3. You are sitting more upright and you look too big for the bike. On some forum I read that riders on folding bikes look like they "rode out of a Dr. Seuss book." That writer has a point, but it's a point I gladly embrace. Dr. Seuss would understand.
I ride my red bike here and there,
I ride my red bike everywhere.
I take my red bike on a bus,
On the street folks question us.
"How fast does that red bike go?"
"As fast as I pedal, don't you know."
"Does it have the gears you need?"
"I've found three give needed speed.
"One for up and one for down,
One for riding in the town."
"Can you ride it in the night?"
"Yes, I have a little light."
"Do you ride it near and far?"
"Yes, every place you'd take a car."
"Can you take things on your bike?"
"A rack and sack hold all I like."
"My bike goes with me on the train,
I ride in sun, I ride in rain."
"I ride to the store and to the bank,
I never put gas in a tank."
"I fuel at the grocery store,
I ride and eat then ride some more."
"I have a red bike that I like,
I'm glad I have this folding bike."