I'm being transferred to a new position by my employer, which I'm told will involve a significant amount of air-travel... 1-2 weeks at a time, with me being away "up to 50% of the time". Since I suspect that shipping my current bike would be rather awkward, not to mention expensive (no chance my employer will cover the cost), I'm strongly considering the purchase of a Bike Friday. My knowlege of folders is rather limited, so I was hoping you all would be willing to provide some suggestions.
Let me start by describing the anticipated usage. The primary purpose will be commuting between the hotel and work site, which I anticipate will usually be within about 10 miles of one another, while carrying a small load... notebook, change of clothes, etc. It will also be used for general transportation, and possibly for occasional touring as well. I can't really anticipate the terrain (I could be sent just about anywhere in the USA, and possibly Canada as well), so it probably needs to be either a 16/18 or 24/27 speed.
A few general preferences, which I'm definitely willing to reconsider if necessary. I strongly prefer drop bars over both the flat bar and H-bar choices. I prefer STI shifters over the barcon variety, although I'm somewhat concerned they might tend to come out of adjustment during shipping... I'd really appreciate any insights you can provide here.
The 3 models I'm currently considering are:
I'd really appreciate your opinions on whether or not these models are likely to fit my needs, and/or suggestions for alternates to consider. I'm really excited about the idea of getting a folder, but I don't want to contact BF until I have the requirements pinned down a bit more firmly.