I am in the market for a folder and was wondering if I could get some guidance as to which bike(s) might be good for me. I will be using the bike to commute roughly 20 miles a week on flat roads in manhattan. I will be carrying it on and off the boat so weight is a concern. I am 5'10" and weight 180 lbs and have set a budget under $500.
After moderate research here, I found a couple bikes that could work for me. I am leaning strongly towards the Dahon or Citizen. Am I the only one that thinks the Citizen looks feminine?
Citizen Gothem1: $289
Dahon Speed Uno: $400
Downtube Nova: $300
Tern THe basic One $450
I am having a hard time deciding on getting a folder with or without hand brakes.
Any other lower price point manufacturers I should look into?