Originally Posted by what bike?
speaking of small folds.. the jz88
Yeah, but (and this is the same argument we have over and over around the forum) unless you're David Beckham you're going to have to get that package in contact with your hands in order to move it, which means you're in for a lot of bending and a lot of heavy lifting.
Small is good, but a convenient shape is better. That's why suitcases aren't cubes because even though for a given amount of materials a cube gives more volume than any other rectangular solid it's awkward to carry. No matter big or small, suitcases are never cubes because the little bit of extra volume is never worth the inconvenience. Ironic that here we have thousands of years of wisdom about building luggage and most folding bike manufacturers (even the venerable Brompton) ignore it, even though they are, in fact, just as much luggage manufacturers as they are bicycle manufacturers!
Oy vey. Sometimes I wish all the recreational cyclists and racing cyclists would just quit. Then maybe the manufacturers would put some effort into their designs instead of cranking out the same old costume accessories year after year (let's face it, to a racing cyclist, a bicycle is just an accessory to his Lance Armstrong costume) that the recreationalists need to play their silly games.