Hoping to get some info from someone who has owned one of these bikes. This will be my first folder. Primary use is to replace my current commuter for a 6.5 mi each way commute. Almost totally flat terrain. Also looking for something I can take with me on Amtrak to toodle around SF and LA occasionally.
I need a cheap bike and either of these look to fit the bill. As far as the commuting, I'm sure the Gotham (SS) should be fine... but I'm wondering if I should spend the extra money on the Gotham2 (7 SP) for easier riding in hillier areas. How easy do derailers get knocked out of whack on a folder (and is the derailer hanger welded to the frame? I've had bad experiences there)? Does the simplicity of the SS maybe outweigh the versatility of the derailer? Any other thoughts you think may be useful?
Regardless, any experiences with these bikes or Citizen in general? I get the impression (from dates o reviews) they used to be not very good, but are of at least acceptable quality now. What's the word?