Recommendations for first timer between two/three choices?
Hello to all! I've been looking around the forums for a while and couldn't find a good comparison between the bikes I have been looking for. I'm looking for a decent folding bike, not super high end, that will mostly be used to ride around campus between classes but I would also like to be able to go on the occassional ride around the city with my friends on their road bikes. After A LOT of browsing, I've decided between three. If it matters, I'm just above 5'10, weighing around 160, 21 years old.
The Downtube Nova 7sp - http://www.downtube.com/product541.html#541 The main thing I don't like about this bike is where the fender goes if I chose to buy one.. I do like the gears that it has though. Unfortunately I haven't found many reviews for this one.
Citizen Bike's Gotham2 - http://www.citizenbike.com/catalog.a...&product_id=24 I like the looks of this bike a lot, but I'm not too sure how well it will perform.
Dahon's Boardwalk S1 - http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...QU/dear0118-20 I like that this and the G2 both have fenders over the tire, and the price on this one is quite a bit better, but I don't know if a single speed will do well enough for me.
To sum it up, I mostly want an urban performance bike. Perferred fender over the tire (not sure if it would be possible to get a different fender for the Nova), I would like the option to have gears, and be able to get up to a decent speed, too. I'm not looking to do too many modifcations to the bike, either. Ive heard a lot of good things about the Downtube and S1, but I'm wondering the the Citizen Bike will be somewhat of a combination between the two. I'm only a little leary on the citizen bike because I have read some issues about quality a few years ago on their older models. How have they been holding up for you guys who have them?
Thank you in advance for anyone's opinions, it will definitely be factored in my decision.