The way to wine: Voorhees Road

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With the temperature in the mid-40s, the shortcut south to Kickapoo Creek Winery is an interesting mix of ice and gravel topped by a thin layer of mud.

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Most residents along the route are teetotalers and hoof it to wherever they need to go.

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It’s just as well. If cattle drank wine, there’d be precious little Misty Creek to go around.

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Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to The way to wine: Voorhees Road

  1. We like the look of that Dahon! What model is that– we’ve never seen folding frame design like that before!

    • The Dahon Bullhead is a discontinued model. I just checked Dahon’s website, and it looks like they’ve gone a step further and entirely abandoned what I call the “folding minivelo” concept.

      The Dahon is different from a lot of folding bicycles in that it requires tools to fold.

      You rotate the handlebars so the levers don’t stick out, then lift the handlebar stem off the fork steerer (using another allen), rotate it 90 degrees and reinstall it.

      There are two hard-to-see hinges, in the top tube and down tube, that are opened and re-secured by a 6mm allen wrench. The frame itself is aluminum.

      Magnets on the fork and rear dropout engage when the frame is folded to hold the package together, just like any other Dahon or Tern bicycle.

      It has a seven-speed internal hub, V-brakes and a seatpost that doubles as a floor pump.

      Really: a newer version pump is designed for both presta and schrader valves.

      If you’ve ever felt an old folding bicycle flex under your pedaling, you’d be impressed by the Bullhead, mainly because the design eliminates the tall, unsupported stem of other folders.

      However, the double diamond frame makes this a big folding bike, even when folded. I find the Bullhead useful when combined with car travel–it takes up less room than a full-size bike–but overall, I’d call it an “occasional” folder.

      It’s very sturdy and offers a decent ride, but it’s not really designed for day-in, day-out folding–certainly not the fold-and-dash-into-the-store style of my Bike Friday tikit.

      On the other hand, I would have hated to ride the tikit on Voorhees Road. Sixteen-inch wheels really need to roll on pavement.

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