He, I am new here and looking into buying a Brompton folding bike as it's heavily recommended on so many sites. I try to find out what's important to look at and what I need for getting to work.
One of my shortlisted option is the very basic model M3L with 3 gears but it's 11.4 kg heavy.
The other one is the S2L-X with a titanium frame and still has got 9.7kg and 2 gears.
I would be happy to hear from you and your experiences with your folding bikes?
1) Do you find that 2 or 3 gears are enough? In my case it a city commute with only some slight slopes.
2) How is it going with carrying your bikes? I am a girl and most of the reviewers seem to be guys, probably a bit stronger than me. I lifted the 9.7 kg and that was just ok when thinking about carrying it around onto the train or so but it costs £400 more (I get it for 200) for being 1.7 kg lighter than the other option. I wonder if it's worth it? Did you buy a lightweight and are happy that you did? How often do you really carry your bike and as I far as I have seen on the forum here people find some good ways to push the bike more than carrying it. What do you think?
3) Get clothes get dirty from carrying the bike (I wanted to try to restrict myself to ride the bike when it's halfway decent weather otherwise take the tube with the bike.) All the reviews I read so far were that people where carrying lots clothes around or having clothes deposited at work which doesn't really appeal to me.
4) Furthermore a friend said that riding a folding bike is a bit of a different experience and you get to pedal harder and you therefore sweat more easily. My commute is just half an hour, maybe 6-8 km and I originally thought it's doable without changing clothes. I just start a new job (that requires the commuting) and don't want to be overcomplicated with asking for shower neither I want to carry around another set of clothes or bother others with some unpleasant smell. Any ideas on this?
5) Any recommendations for a good rucksack that lets air circulate on the back?
I would be happy to get some ideas from you! And thanks for it!