I'm in the market for a new or vintage folding bike. I've researched Bike Friday, but would like to know of my other options.
The bike will be purchased for an fully-loaded, self-supported trip riding at least 6 weeks straight in Australia, and then it will join me in a rental car or bus or train for the rest of the trip. This is the reason I need a folder. I want to take the bike along to explore the rest of the continent by bicycle, but will need other means of transportation to get from one destination to the next.
When I return from Australia I have high hopes of taking this bike along with me to visit various parts of the US and Canada. I normally ride with my little dog, Lucy, so the bike must also be able to accommodate her. So it will need the ability to handle a trailer and racks.
I am open to any suggestions however my budget is not unlimited, hence the reason I'm researching other options besides the Bike Friday. So I'm looking for something that is economical, sturdy, compact and reliable. Not to much to ask for, eh?
Thanks for your help and suggestions.