Hi, I don't know much about folding bikes but I'm hoping you can help me getting started on some models to look at. I ride a road bike and a surly touring rig in korea. You can't put bikes on most buses and you aren't supposed to use bikes on the subways except sunday. I'm thinking of selling my mountain bike and getting a folding bike. Here's what I'm after:
Gear range: Korea is 70% mountains. I used my lowest gears all the time on my touring bike. A lot of the really cool looking folding bikes I've seen don't seem to have that kind of gear range.
Comfort: I can't stand an uncomfortable bike. Both my bikes have brooks saddles. Comfort is always more important to me than speed.
Pannier space: I don't plan on doing a fully loaded tour but I could see myself throwing my small panniers on a folding bike for some weekend camping.
Folding: I don't really care how fast the bike folds so this is the lowest importance. I just want it to fold up so I can use public transport and it would be nice if it fit in a cardboard box for a flight.
Price: around 1500$ I know it's hard to know b/c bikes cost more in korea but just around that price or lower would probably be what I'd want to spend.