So, I'll be studying abroad in Seville, Spain this Fall and was thinking that I should have a bike out there. At first, I thought about getting a bike out there, but then I thought about folding bikes. In theory, I could buy it here in the states, pack it in my luggage (using a large dedicated suitcase, of course, and probably disassemble the bike more than normal) and then have it with me in Spain. Not only that, but I'd also have a bike to bring with me to other countries I visit while abroad, and a fold-up bike can be brought in the house I'll be staying in (less chance of getting stolen).
Any thoughts about this? Is it remotely feasible to pack a 20" folding bike into a large piece of luggage if it were broken down into a million parts? Would a 6' guy look strange on a tiny bike like that, even in Europe? (obviously, bikes are pretty commonly used out there). What about getting a folder out there?
Of course, being a college student, there's one other condition on a bike: it's gotta be cheap. Less than $200, and even that's pushing it quite a bit (I probably wouldn't pay that much unless I was 100% sure I could pack it) I found a Dahon D7 Boardwalk locally on craigslist for $75, but sadly it was taken by the time I found it . Hopefully this $85 5-speed Dahon I found about 200 miles away is still available, though it looks more like a 16" model.
PS: If anybody in the MN/WI/IA area has a folding bike they'd like to sell, I'm all ears