My tax refund is coming and I am going to spurge on a new folding bike. Damn the cost (almost) I will consider it duly justified by the anticipated enjoyment, utility and health benefits.
I am deeply fascinated with the Bromptons, and if I had to pick a bike today based upon my instincts and urges I think that would be it. My primary reservation with this is with the size of the cockpit. I am 6’4” tall. I weight about 190lbs.
I am wondering if there is anyone out there who is also tall, and who is used to riding road bikes with frames 60cm and larger, and who has any good or bad experiences or opinions with regard to the sizing and the ride on the Bromptons. Also, specific feedback on best/worst handlebar set-ups would be good too. (I have done a lot of searching and reading, but any general comments or advice are welcome as well.)
Here is a little more info:
I have a beater fixed gear conversion that I often would rather take than my car when making trips all around LA (I will take on 25 miles each way without hesitation if I have the time.) I also have a nice road bike that I ride for riding’s sake and take on long club rides etc (no centuries yet, but I regularly do 60-80 miles and plan to go further. After the foldie experiment I may try out touring!) I can do my 9 mile commute on either of these and will not need a folder for that.
I want a folder as much for a novelty as anything else. I want it to be “cool” and fun. Some of the potential uses it would see might be to combine it with public transport to get around the city without getting in the car, and without getting as sweaty as I do on my fixie. Another use I could envision would perhaps be pulling it out of the trunk and getting around on it if I am visiting, or day tripping somewhere, or in areas bad for parking, or even in an attempt to save cab fare and limit the potential liabilities of a short trip home from the bar sometimes. Finally, I think it would be fun to travel with it on planes and trains when I go to visit friends here and there, and thus have my own transportation at hand.
So, I know how to enjoy and make the most of an efficient ride; but for a folding bike that would be a secondary concern to convenience. I get lots of fun zipping around on my two other bikes, the fun I expect to get from this bike is from having it when I don’t have any of my other bikes. Still, I can imagine putting in 20 mile rides or longer at times, and I don’t want it to feel boring or frustrating.
So far I have not ridden any, but I have found a place where I will be going to check out some Bromptons and Birdys soon.
And thanks to all for any input. There are some very informative folks in this forum, and I already appreciate all I have learned from you...