Just a friendly reminder that there's not really anything special about folder maintenance, as far as the basics. I reminded myself of that yesterday when I replaced my chain and tightened my brakes. It feels good to do basic maintenance.
I'm no mechanic, but with some good instructions printed out and the right tools (very simple ones at that) these kinds of maintenances save money and prevent more costly repairs down the road. Replacing the $15 chain helps keep the drivetrain going longer and is much cheaper than getting all new sprockets.
My point is this: even if, like me, you aren't much of a mechanic, take advantage of the internet, pull up the repair section here, or youtube away; put your laptop by your bike, and give bike maintenance a try. In under an hour I had replaced the chain (on the first try!) and tightened up my spongy back brakes. No money spent at the LBS (other than the buying the chain) and I was out test-riding in no time.
Happy folder riding!