I've been lurking here for a while, and am now completely baffled by the choice out there. So where do I start to look? May I tell you what I want, and what my priorities are, and seek your advice.... 9I have two road bikes and a hybrid right now and ride something like 100-150 miles a week.)
Primarily I want a bike that I can take with me on business trips so I can get some exercise when I'm on the road, even if it's just going round the Central Park loop a few times first thing in the morning. If I can also use it for a short commute to work that's a bonus, and if it's good enough to think of using for supported/credit-card touring that's a double bonus, but I may be asking for too much there (an internal hub would work just fine for the business trips, but is probably less fine for touring).
So I think the main considerations are weight and packability. I'm talking 2-4 day trips right through the fall and winter, so I don't want to spend large amounts of time packing and repacking a bike, and I'm going to want to fit all or most of my bike/other gear inside the case with it because of these silly airline rules about one sub-50lb piece of luggage per trip. Is that even possible, and where do I start? What size bike and what size wheels? How much should I be ready to spend?
And what equipment is essential to take with you and a folder on a short trip like that? A pump, helmet and patch kit, presumably, but is there other stuff that I need to be thinking about? Is it worth getting clipless pedals, or do most of the bikes come with flat ones? What about clips?
And any other advice for the foldie noob?