Bringing folding bikes inside
So I understand the virtue of being able to bring your bike in anywhere and not having to worry about it. (read: "bike locking case") However, I've been in situations where it was definitely a hassle for me to bring my bike inside and wheel it around with me. I was never asked to leave my bike outside in any of these situations, but the bike was definitely a bit cumbersome to bring around.
The first of the situations is when the aisleways of the store are simply too small for the bike. I've been in store where there was just enough space to very carefully wheel my bike along in the aisle. However, as there were other people also shopping in the store (hardware store in this case) I would not be able to reach the end of the aisle if someone was currently shopping. Additionally, they were not able to pass by me if they needed to find something further down in the aisle.
The other situation is when I'm shopping and am using both of my hands extensively (such as if I am holding a basket or some clothes with one hand and grabbing items with the other) In such a case I'm constantly picking it up and wheeling it before immediately setting it back down on the ground. While it is certainly manageable, it gets to be a bit frustrating at times.
Just wondering if there's any suggestions as to how to handle these situations. In general, I always have a bike lock in my bike just in case I am really required to leave my bike alone for a short period, but so far I've just toughed through it.
Also, a quick question for the tikit owners. I ride in all sorts of weather including the rain and I usually fold my bike before heading into work (or wherever else I'm going). Folding the tikit stem results in a large unpainted opening and on multiple occasions I've gotten drops of water into this section. Any suggestions on any preventative measures?