Hi, am new to this forum and the world of folding bikes generally, so you may have to bear with me.
I've recently got a new job which requires a short commute to work, so I've decided on getting a folding bike to get me to the train station and back. Having had a look at a few different folders, I've decided that the Brompton is definitely the one I liked the most, in terms of looks, ride and functionality, so I don't need any advice on that bit.
What I'm not sure about is whether or not to go for the 3 gears or the 6. I live in Bristol UK, which is fairly hilly, but I suspect I'll get used to this either way. Do people here think that there is much benefit to getting 6 over 3? The weight difference is negligible, but I'm thinking that it might also be better to stick with fewer gears as there's less to go wrong.
Evans are doing M6R's at a slight price-cut so it's quite tempting on value alone. But having said that, I've heard that the dynamo system is dreadful, and I don't think I'll have much use for a rear rack, so that's making me think that I should just go for the standard M3L... But is it true that the eazy-wheels only work with the rack model, because they looked rather worth having?
And lastly (I appreciate that this is ultimately not a question that can be answered by anyone but myself) do you think that it's worth waiting the 6-10 weeks so I can a few tweaks and extras, and possibly a slightly snazzier colour, or shall I just go for the standard black? I want the kevlar tyres, brooks saddle, eazy-wheels, and quite fancy a racing green + some other colour option. But I kinda want to make the most of it over the summer and have heard Brompton can take ages to get them built, so am thinking I might just get the shop-standard black. Is it going to be easy enough to add the bits later, and is it going to work out much more expensive if I do it that way? Would it make more sense to get Brompton to do it now? Will I regret not getting exactly what I want now?
Thanks for any help on this!