As the title says, I'm new to folding bikes and am looking for help from you seasoned pro's. The reason I want a folder is for the portability of it and the potential to bring it with me on trips out of the city/country, and as my main mode of transportation around the city. I just moved to NYC and will be riding from work-home-where ever else I need to go. I have read through the posts but have not come to a conclusion with which bike I want to get. So, I am looking for some help. I guess a bit of extra info is needed here:
I am 5'-10", 150-160 lbs. I want to use the bike to ride around the city to see the different neighborhoods etc, and from borrowing a friends bike, NY has quite a varied terrain. As well, I'd like to take it out of the city and ride in upstate New York, Maine, etc. So, my rides on the bike will probably vary from going to and from work, to taking all day bike trips. Initially, I had my sights on the Dahon Jack bike, as it looked cool and was within my budget, which is around the $500 mark. But looking on some previous posts, I was turned off by the comments. I like the look and feel of the Jack, and I think I want a bike with at least 20" wheels. My office and apartment have no problems with me bringing in bikes, so I don't mind one that is a bit larger. The Cadenza 08 looks like the recommended choice, but that's a bit too much $$ for me I think. And that is the same with the Xootr bikes. I also toyed around with the idea of getting the Dahon Boardwalk cuz its quite cheap!
So I'm struggling with the choices as there are too many, so if you guys can help, that would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance!