So I purchased a used Dahon III the other night on CL. I'm not quite sure why I decided to get one or what even attracted me to it. I normally ride a road bike and occasionally go for a mountain bike ride. I even road a fixie at one point in time. Lately, I haven't been riding any of these bikes. Something just seems to be missing. I come up with excuses such as work, school, chores, or even just the hassle of putting on a spandex, so I don't have to go for a ride. When I first rode the folding bike the other night, I realized what I've been missing. I've been missing the fun factor of riding a bicycle.
My first folding bike gave me the simplicity and practicality of bike riding I once had. It's like riding a bicycle the very first time without training wheels. I don't think I even cared what kind of bicycle it was (actually, it was my sister's). I couldn't care less how I looked. I'd just hop on the bike and go.
I guess sometimes I forget what bicycle riding should be (at least for me). I've put the joy in riding second to the upgrades and components I put on my other bikes.
The folding bike I purchased was the complete opposite of my other bikes. It's cheap ($40 yippee), old, slow, and heavy... but it did put a smile on my face when I first road it that night.