So, I have decided I should really bike to campus, since my apartment is only 4.1 miles each way and driving there felt a bit ridiculous.
Therefore, I have decided to get a foldable, commuter bike.
Problem is, I don't know much about bikes and I can't test-ride any of these.
There is one bicycle shop in San Francisco that stopped carrying Downtube bicycles for this reason: 'We have been carrying Downtubes, but I'm not inclined to order any more of them until the manufacturer can show me that they'll reliably supply me with replacement parts. We have one that was damaged in shipping and have been waiting for several months now.'
What would you suggest I do in this situation? Any feedback, suggestions, advice would be very helpful.