I am very new to this and looking to buy a bike for my daily commutes around New York City.
Here's the commute: Mon-Fri from Brooklyn apartment to NYU campus 7 miles (over brooklyn bridge). Many of those days I will go another 3 miles uptown to work, then shoot back to the apartment. 2 days a week over the rest of this summer I will go ALL the way uptown to Columbia campus adding up to a 27 mile total commute broken up into 3 trips.
Because of storage/theft issues at a couple of my destinations, I was thinking about getting a folder and went to my LBS yesterday to test ride some. They feel nice (Dahons) but the salesperson (not on commission) went out of his way to tell me that for my distance/type of commute the folder was not the way to go.
Is he right? Will I regret it and stop riding due to purchasing a folder vs a full size? With the amount of theft in NYC I would much rather have the bike inside with me at all times. I have co-workers who ride beaters and they get stolen regularly with good locks.
Thanks in advance (I know a lot of this has been discussed before and I am reading as many posts as possible, but I want some specific advice)