Sometimes, the littlest tweaks on a bike make all the difference. A good saddle, some new tyres, even an adjustment or tune up here and there.
And so it goes with the Dahon - have been riding the bike with bar ends for the past few days and it's really transformed the ride. I know this sounds silly, but on a folding bike that really responds best to 'in the saddle' pedalling, a fore and aft hand position really helps. I'm riding faster everywhere, my wrists and palms don't ache and it feels so much more stable - more natural cornering and easier to hold a straight line.