Hello! I've been doing some research on folding bikes for the past few days and am very excited about purchasing one for the daily commute to work. Before I go ahead and pull the trigger however, I'd love to get some feedback/advice if I could.
I'll be using the bike for daily commuting (about 6.5 km/4.25 miles one way), however the roads won't be ideal. The reason I need the bike in the first place is because public transit hasn't quite gotten around to my workplace yet, so that might give an indication of the type of area I'll be cycling through. I'll also need to take the bike on the bus with me as well, so the folded size of the bike is somewhat important (I don't want to crush anyone's feet! =D ). I'm also 5'2" and a bit over 100lbs., so I'm looking for something easy to handle (especially since I haven't ridden a bike in years and years). I'm a bit concerned about the smoothness of the ride and was wondering if anyone has any tips about minimizing bumps along the way. And um, being a girl, I don't think I'll be very good with any mechanical work the bike might need, so an easily maintained bike would be lovely. =)
So far, I've been eyeing the Bromptons, Dahons and the 2007 Giant Halfway, but haven't test ridden any of them, yet. Does anyone know of some good retailers in Toronto that carry these bikes? I know that Curbside Cycle has some Bromptons, Urbane Cyclist also seems to carry a good variety of Dahons and I think D'Ornellas has a Halfway, but I was hoping that there might be more retailers about so that I might be able to shop around a bit. I'd appreciate hearing about anyone's experiences with these retailers and also any suggestions concerning other dealers would be more than welcome. Thanks! =D