I'm looking to buy my first folding bike (see my post from a few days ago.) I live within easy walking distance of a big bike shop (Toga Bikes). They sell Dahons but they sell out so quickly there are none on the sales floor They're very busy and I have had mixed experiences with the staff. . They do offer free minor tune ups and adjustments if you bought your bike there. Even if I don't buy a bike from them, I'm sure I'll be in there for parts and repairs in future. I don't plan to do a lot of repairs and upgrades myself.
I've seen a lot of positive recommendations for the Downtube in this forum. That's great, but the closest authorized dealer seems to be in Coney Island (a good hour away by subway). I'd buy a bike there, but I probably wouldn't be back for service.
So, question to all of you - especially Downtube owners - where did you buy your bike, and where do you get it serviced? Are most bike shops familiar with the Downtube and able to service it, or will I have to make trips out to Coney Island?
If I settle on a Dahon, is it worth the price premium (maybe 10% + tax) to buy my bike at the LBS, or should I scout out the best price online and have it assembled & inspected at the LBS?
Thanks for your responses.