I recently found an urge to buy a folding bike and I need help choosing one. I love the idea of having a bike in the trunk of my car that I can take out and go riding whenever I feel like it. Some things I'm particularly looking for in a bike are comfort, durability, something requiring low to no maintenance, and one under $500. Ohh yeah, a slick, cool looking bike that will turn heads wouldn't hurt either. I imagine my rides will usually be short, leisurely joy rides around the park, lake, neighborhood, town, etc., with the occasional longer ride (possibly even a 15 mile ride to work). I am 6 feet tall and 155 pounds.
I recently found out about folding bikes and they've been on my mind ever since. The idea of being able to get away from it all (on a bike), even if just for a while sounds really good. Being from San Diego, I realized that people drive EVERYWHERE, even if they can walk. I also like to walk and find a certain sense of beauty and relaxation when walking. I want to recreate those feelings with biking. Plus, in that always curious mind of mine, I love being able to explore new places and to head out into the horizon whenever I feel like it.
All advice is appreciated, thanks.