Hello All, need your advice for lightweight folding bike
Hi everyone. First post. Let me explain my situation. I commute to my college via a car. The college has bad parking and I end up having to park 3/4 a mile away from the main campus. So I decided to buy a folding bike that I would take out of the trunk of my car daily when I arrive at the college. I would then use it to get around, and then fold it back up and put it back in the trunk at the end of the day.
I did as much research as I could on folding bikes. I ended up buying the Citizen Miami. At the time I really didn't think the weight of it would be a problem, but I guess time makes fools of us all. It's mainly because I have to pick it up with my arms extended to get it out of the trunk. This is tough and puts a lot of strain on my back (yeah, I'm weak).
So it looks like I'm gonna have to return it (hopefully I can). And now the problem is that I need to decide on a new bike to get.
Here's the real kicker: I live literally 10 minutes away from the main Citizen bike warehouse. I was able to buy from them in person. That meant a lot to me (no worrying about shipping and such).
With that in mind, I'm very torn at the moment. I'm trying to decide whether to get the Gotham II which weighs 27 lbs according to the website or the Downtube Nova which weighs 24 lbs. But I would have to get the Nova shipped.
In the end, every pound I can save counts to me. So do you think it's worth the shipping hassle and I should just go for the Nova? Feel free to list any other lightweight folders that are under, lets say 600 bucks and 25 lbs.
P.S. Sorry for the long post, hope you didn't get bored reading it.