Hey folks, I haven't been around here for years and I forget my old username. Sorry to hear about Stormcrowe.
On to business. In Toronto I rode a vintage Triumph folder (Raleigh Twenty clone), but now I'm in the Buffalo NY area and I'm 50 lb heavier than the last time I started riding frequently. On my first long ride in a long time I ran over an uneven pavement slab join and blew my rear tube. 100 psi is a little bit much for these kinds of roads, even if I were not 225 lb. Changing the tires could be an option, but anything softer on this heavy little steel bike just goes squish and rolls really slowly.
I also just need a more comfortable ride in general, because in order to get anywhere around here I'll have to spend a lot more time in the saddle. In an ideal world I would have a folder so that I could stuff it in the back of the car and ride wherever I ended up. But I'm not sure if any of the modern folders are Athena-compatible.
I have my eye on a couple of the full-size urban-assault style folders, the Dahon Jack D7 and the Tern Joe D24. Maybe also the Swissbike X50. Does anyone here have any experience with these?
The weight ratings for these bikes are from 230-254 lb. I'm assuming this is for the frame, because different models with different wheels and tires give the same weight rating. The Jack and Joe both have Big Apple tires and the Jack at least seems to have 36-spoke wheels by default.
Or should I just give up on the idea of a folder entirely, and go for some kind of low-end steel-framed MTB like a Trek 820?
ETA: my max budget is around $700, which is roughly the price of the Tern.