I always feel that I have to defend / explain the virtues of my little folder to folks who ride regular bikes and even in here, I often find that they just don't get much respect from folks who ride smaller, lighter, and supposedly faster folders.
On my errands this morning I was cruising along pretty nicely at 27 kmh / 17 mph and passed a number of folks on mtbs's, and got a few calls of "nice" or "cool" from pedestrians. I should also note that a back injury is keeping me from really putting the hammer down and before this I could get the Twenty up to much higher cruising speeds. It also climbs like a mountain goat on double espresso...wait... that's me.
If they have a fault it's that they don't fold up as compactly as bikes like the Brompton but if you need a bike that you can store inside, that never has to travel much... they are a great machine.
Mine has had a few modifications to improve it's stock performance and if anything, changing the steel wheels to alloy ones made the biggest difference. All in all, I have very little $$$ into this bike and it is really delivering some serious bang for the buck.
So, in a rare departure from naming my bikes after gorgeous women, I am gonna name my 1973 Phillip's Twenty, "Rodney".
My next folder is going to be another Twenty... I'm thinking I might need a fixed gear with a step through.