So, I'm very interested in getting into cycling...i had tried moutain biking a few years ago, but it just wasn't for me. However I don't have a ton of free time to ride, and I feel that riding will really only be "fun" if you are a regular (the more you put into it, the more you get out of it). In order to get over the "time" issue I thought I would ride for part of my commute. Right now I drive to a Park & Ride, then carpool to work (we all work about an hour away from where we live). So I was thinking of riding from home to the park and ride...then taking carpool as normal. The drawback is what do I do with the bike? There isn't any storage at the park and ride. So I was thinking of using a folding bike to either store in somebodies car or just throw it in trunk on way to work.
My question is, would you recommend a folder to someone as a first bike? My ride will be about 6 or 7 miles....about half of that on a great bike path through a riverside park. The other half however is a long hill from river to my house. On my mountain bike, with big ol' knobbies, this would kill me. I'm asking if the folder is going to be a good enough ride that I don't dread riding, and end up ditching the commute (there are already going to be enough hurdles to overcome...clothes, sweat, planning, etc..)
I get the impression most of you switched to a folder from something else.....
Anyways, I'm thinking of giving this a go...suggestions, warnings, etc...are welcome.