Hi folks! I'm hoping to start commuting to work, and researching folding bikes. After much advice, reading and pondering 'bike cuteness', 'good ridey-ness' and foldability, I've narrowed down the field to a Brompton L6 or (possibly) a Go Bike; I only *need* it for a < 15k, flat city round trip weekday and maybe longer rides on weekends. Bromptons look like very solid, time-tested commuters.... but I love the look and reviews of the Go Bike.... I won't have a problem test-riding a Brompton in town, but Go Bikes don't seem to be carried anywhere at all in Canada - the two local Toronto retailers I've spoken to (City Bikes and Urbane Cycle) show Go Bikes online, but cannot get any in stock.
So, can anyone help a forum newbie out?
1) Is there anywhere to get a Go Bike near Toronto? I tried calling the head office in Quebec, and found a full mailbox.
2) Any comments on either bike? I'd love to know how each bike handles in winter, availability of tires/rims for the Brompton (I'm sure it's easier to find a 20" bmx sized replacement than anything for a custom size wheel), and whether either bike is suitable for an only bike; when I find a good replacement, my current sad grannybike will be tuned up and sent to Goodwill (^_^)
3) Is there any other bike I should consider? My apartment is too small for a full-sized bike, and I'd rather have one that I can tuck under my desk at work than leave chained outside for the street toughs to steal.