I'm in the market for a Cannondale Quick 2 flat bar road bike.
I actually was ready to go to the bike shop today and get it until I decided to check out the folding bikes as an alternative.
I'm basically looking for an all purpose bike to ride around the corner, walk my dog and occassionally riding 20 mile rides with friends. I want my bike to last a lot of years so I want good components (~$1,000 bike). Some of my friends have road bikes but they're just recreational riders and don't like riding too fast.
I've been told that I'd get tired of a flat bar in no time and that I'll find myself upgrading to a drop bar road bike in no time. Getting a road bike right now feels a little intimidating since I've never rode drop bars and I feel like I can lose balance more easily while exercising the dog. However, I think there's a chance that I actually might want to get a true road bike in the future, and owning a flat bar and a true road bike does not make much practical sense to me since both serve similar purposes. Owning a folding bike and a road bike I feel should cover a much broader range of utility.
Can a bike like the Mu SL do everything that I want to do?