Hi guys! I've been researching like crazy all weekend trying to get my feet wet in the world of folders and I'm excited about the prospect of getting one for myself.
A little background: I'm a 25 yo grad student (5'4", 115lbs) living in IL (so flatlands). I need something to bring me to and from libraries and town centers just a few miles away. Nothing beyond 10mi I would say. I'm pretty new to the biking world so I don't need the newest, craziest ride. I just want something that comfy and fun.
My main reasons for getting a folder is storage space. I live in a tiny apt and I don't want to leave my bike locked up outside overnight.
1. For people who have full size folders, when you all bike to a cafe or a library, do you leave it locked up outside? Is it folded when you lock it up? The only reason I ask is because my main destination will be libraries and I'm worries they won't allow me to bring my bike in with me.
2. I'm a newbie when it comes to bikes so would I notice and/or care about the comfort difference between a 16" and 20" ride? I'm tempted to get a 16" but I'm worried when I take it out on the weekends just for fun I'll regret it. I would try these rides out in person, but the bike stores I've called locally don't carry folders.