I'm flying to L.A. for a downtown convention in a few weeks. My hotel is a couple of miles from the convention center. I've been trying to figure out the best transportation. What makes it more difficult is that after LA, I'm flying elsewhere and don't want to have to board a plane with bicycle two more times. Downtown LA is flat, but the hotel is up a steep climb west of the freeway. That I know because I used to work 2 blocks downhill of the hotel. There are no bike stores, bike rental shops, big box department stores or bike coops very close.
I will mostly be using it to ride in the downtown area, with few plans for any recreational riding.
Seems like my options are:
Buy a $40-50 bike, take it with me and leave it behind.
Buy a folder and consider it an investment
Any opinions on what you would do in this circumstance?