Sorry, this a cross post with the regional discussion, but I wasn't certain which forum would be the best bet.
I'm likely moving to Jersey, working in Midtown, and I'm trying to keep commuting by cycle as much as I can. I'd been planning on using NJ Transit and a folder. But is it crazy to bike to Newark or Harrison and ride the PATH to Manhattan? I don't know the area very well, but I assume there are lots of lousy neighborhoods and busy streets. Still, I'd like to avoid paying the insane costs of a monthly NJ Transit ticket and get some good miles in.
1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
Do you already have the folding bike?
I don't know the roads from Maplewood to Newark, but hopefully Tom will chime in before long. I do know that the great thing about a folding bike is that you don't have to plan very far ahead. You can take it on the train, or ride it the whole way, whichever you prefer. I commute on a folding bike and frankly don't know any other way I could do it.
No, I'm in North Carolina at the moment and I commute on a Surly Cross-Check. But I assume I'd get the folder up there -- the selection is far better. I test rode a Dahon Mu in Manhattan yesterday. I'm a big guy, but my wife assured me that I didn't look too much like a circus act. I think she was just being nice. Of course, it being New York, I could ride it naked up Park Avenue and no one would notice.