I am trying to decide what to buy. I live in Brooklyn but work in the Bronx far-ish from the subway-- maybe 3/4 of a mile to a mile. My apartment building has an elevator (though future apartments may not) but it's pretty small. Basically, I'm thinking folding so I can (1) store in my apartment since the building has no bike room or storage areas (2) take on the subway so I can bike from subway to work on the Bronx side of my commute. That's less onerous than it sounds -- I take an express and there are no transfers. I have no idea whether NY subways would even let me have my bike on it, but if it were folded and covered don't see how transit could object (3) get around Brooklyn more easily (not a lot of convenient subways for intra Brooklyn travel). I'd like the option of longer rides on the weekends, but they would likely be city rides. I'm totally naive about bikes. Biked a lot when i was a kid, and had a beautiful cherry red bianci mountain bike until I was in 10th grade and it got stolen, haven't owned any bikes since.
I test rode the Dahon curve and Speed 7. Loved the curve but worried that it would have limited use on longer city rides with only three speeds (do I need more than 3?). IT's also a little pricey so I would need to think it was far and away better than anything else.
Also considering the Downtube Nova and 8h. The main difference between those two bikes seems to be that the 8h is a pit pricier, a bit heavier, and then all the gears are internal. should I care about that?
Last q: do I care whether the bike can "roll" when folded and if so do any of these four bikes do that?
Sorry to be so verbose (I'm a new lawyer, can you tell?)
Thanks for any insights