Hi there. I'm still contemplating buying my folding bike, and it seems like now could be a good time to do so - my Otesha Great Lakes Tour is coming up, which will be 2 months long. It starts in Ottawa, ON, and skirts the 3 close great lakes, ending up at Niagara falls. This is done with casual, non-cyclists, and is not a brutal tour, the daily ride length is fairly short. It is unsupported however.
Greyhound wants $150 to ship my Xtracycle there and back, which is half of what the Speed D7 I was looking at getting is going to cost in the first place! The folder would be free to ship and wouldn't need to be disassembled. So as a result, i'm really starting to think about seeing if it would work as an acceptable bike.
What do you think? On the one hand, the kilometers are lower and there don't seem to be many slopes. The bike would be outfitted with a Brooks B17, so the saddle wouldn't be an issue. I'm 145lbs, not worried about overloading the bike if cargo was added..
Is the D7 "acceptable" for touring?