I am new to this forum. I've been lurking for a little while, trying to piece some information but it is a little overwhelming, so here is my question:
I am in the market for a folding bike. My wife and I are a small carfree family living in the Seattle metro area and depending on our bicycles for our transportation. I ride an xtracycle and she rides a Trek 520. We are looking for a back-up bike that we could both use when our primary rides are not available or when doing a multi-modal commute.
Due to our space constraints (we live on a sailboat), we cannot really afford to have a full-size backup bike for each of us. And since I am 6'3 and she is 5'4 we need a bike that could fit us both. This led me to consider folding bicycles. I like the versatility and freedom they provide.
The requirements for the bike is that it could fit us both, provide gears to comfortably tackle the hilly terrain around us, and accommodate a pannier and fenders.
I tested the Dahon Speed P8 over the week-end and was rather surprised by the substansial flex in both the seat tube (somewhat expected) and the steering/stem tube (that was a real surprise). The steering was also much more twitchy (sp?) than on a regular bike (I am assuming that you get used to that).
I was wondering how would a Brompton compare to this? My requirements is leaning more toward a comfortable ride than the ease of folding. Could anyone help me narrow my choices? Would the flex in the seat tube be minimzed in another bike?