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.
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.