I know this is preaching to choir here.
For those out there that are contemplating the merits of folding bikes, I offer you another example:
Today I decided that the #2 kid was big & strong enough to go for his first ride in the trailer with his big sister. The trailer hadn't been used for the past 7 months. We took a short (approx 1 mile) ride up to the local Supermarket for provisions.
All went well, the kid taking to trailering like a champ. Then just as I was loading the trailer...
The stem on one of the tubes on the trailer decided to disintegrate.
You'd think I'd have a spare tube with me. (Nope)
You'd think the supermarket would sell BMX size innertubes. (Nope)
You'd think that I could just lock up the trailer, fold the bike, and call a taxi to shuttle me, the offspring, the groceries, and the folded bike bike home. (Yup!)
If I had a full size bike, I can just imagine the conversation I'd have to have with the cab driver. As it was, he didn't bat an eye at the folded Swift. What could have been a major hassle was converted to a minor irritation thanks to the wonder of the folding bike! Hooray!