When I pulled up to the start of the Blue Ridge Extreme Road Ride on my Bike Friday. The ride was 100 km with about 7000 feet of vertical climbing. As my little orange folding bike and I rolled along among the carbon fiber rocket ships and other high tech wonders, I got every kind of response imaginable from "Wow! Great bike" to "Are you really gonna ride THAT?"
I didn't have time to explain that the Pocket Rocket Pro is reasonably light, and the gearing is perfect for the big climbs. Many people thought that for some reason, the Bike Friday would be somehow harder to pedal than a traditional diamond-frame bike, but we know better of course
Have you had similar responses to your folding bike? Do others you've ridden with think it's somehow not quite a "real" bicycle?