Announcing the newest arrivals to the Living In Beauty family: Two Dolphin electric folding bikes by Qualisports – and, we couldn’t be happier.
Everyday is a good day on a bike, and with more converted rail-trails, fire roads, and Class 5 bike ways opening in North America, there’s never been a better time to ride.
Sure, the exercise is great, but good bikes are almost a necessity for mobile travelers. Bikes reach those hard to drive places where it is not convenient or desirable to take The Beast – our big boy is way too conspicuous and uncomfortable driving through charming New England towns, and slipping into those small car spots at Trader Joes is grumpy work.
A bicycle is the sleek solution for short jaunts to the beach, post office, and for the occasional beer run.
But why Dolphins?
For four years we cast a wide net, scouring the internet for any manufacturer in the world or anyplace in the country with the ideal ebike companions for LIB. We were certain that, ultimately, someone would manufacture a model designed to take the place of the popular and trusty folding Dahons which fit, positioned side-by-side, on half of the length of the back seat of The Beast.
We saw many examples of folding ebikes, but they were all too bulky and pricy and many were dependent on proprietary parts and specialty maintenance. We needed bikes with basic parts and service that can be found anywhere in North America.
The Dolphin, by Qualisports emerged in 2019 but somehow this solution escaped us … until last month when it turned up on one of Jim’s frequent “folding ebikes” internet searches. To say the least, it was a “Eureka” moment. Not only did it appear that the ebike of our dreams truly existed, but it also has a larger battery than most ebikes, is far less expensive, and the parts are universal!
It seemed too good to be true.
We had to see it.
So, recently – while traveling south to San Diego – Jim found a bike shop in Dana Point with two Dolphins in stock. We’d already decided that if the ride was good, we’d take ’em.
We love everything about these bikes! Even the fabulous front rack that makes Pico more comfortable, and the back rack where we will eventually mount a set of panniers.
Since we’ve had these fabulous Dolphins we haven’t even come close to running down the batteries. Even after a 40-mile urban bike ride around San Diego the batteries were only halfway depleted. So, to us, the possibilities are feeling kinda endless … we’re thinking a lot about the Tammany Trace, Luce Line, The Erie Canal…
There’s nothing like this pair of Dolphins to make us feel young. We’ve tried them on natural, paved, gravel and sand surfaces and they perform beautifully. The thick all-terrian tires facilitate a smooth ride. These bikes are getting us out there, coaxing us to to go farther and showing us how we can experience the world like a couple of forty year-olds again.
We like these bikes so much that we reached out to Qualisports in Ontario, California and asked them to allow us to provide a discount to our followers. So if you decide to go with a Dolphin, use this discount code: LIVINGINBEAUTY, and you will receive a $100 discount and free shipping at checkout.
Free Fenders /Head Light/ Rear Light/ Bell/ Tool Bag /Thumb Throttle / Kick Stand
QUALISPORTS WARRANTY POLICY
We sourced Qualibikes from reliable suppliers like Samsung, KT, Wuxing, Dahon supplier system. so Qualibikes are quite durable. If you have any problems, our warranty policy is as follows:
Qualibike frames and forks are warranted by manufacture to be free from defects in materials and workmanship.
This includes a 5-year warranty on Frame and Fork.
Battery warranty: All Qualisports E-bike batteries come with a 2 years warranty (Battery cycle lifetime is between 600 – 800 cycles depends on the environment conditions) Qualisports will replace the battery if it fails within two years (as long as it was not damaged by personal neglect).
Consumables such as tires, tubes, saddles, grips, brake cables, pedals and chains are not covered.
All other components and add-ons such as racks will have a one year warranty (Carry bags have no warranty). Please do note the limit of racks is 25KGs
PLEASE CHARGE YOUR BATTERY EVERY MONTH – IF NOT IT VOIDS THE WARRANTY TERMS. WE WILL INSPECT EACH BATTERY TECHNICALLY.
Warranty is valid only in the Continental United States.
THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER:
Normal wear and tear
Improper follow-up maintenance
Installation of components, parts, or accessories not originally intended for or compatible with the bicycle as sold
Damage or failure due to accident, misuse, abuse, or neglect(such as the battery)