New to the forums, fascinated with folding bikes so here I am.
Location: NYC Queens - Manhattan
Weight: 159 lbs
Experience: Biking since 2010 with my 2009 Bianchi Via Narone Alu 7, I'm not brazen enough to say I'm experienced as I only done a few hosted rides and my max mileage in a single ride was only 45miles(Last years NYC Hudson river ride, anyone remember the heavy rain?)
Additional Information: I don't have a car but I do like small cars(Fiat 500), so I won't be initially storing this in a trunk or whatever and I'll be lugging it physically and hopefully figure out how to carry the bike folded on my back(I notice there is no market for this yet)
Use: Well I already have my Bianchi for "touring" but it is a bit of a hassle to lug it to the city if I wanted to navigate to areas that aren't blessed with a nearby public transit.
For my intended use of my future folding bike, I'd hope to use it for..
1. Commuting(Manhatten, from gym to home, etc)
2. Casual park riding(Light 15-20 mile rides)
3. Shopping(Pick up some groceries)
I looked a bit at the Brompton, Dahon, Downtube, Citizen, etc(basically lurked the webs for awhile). I still really can't decide what to do and was hoping for some guidance. I noticed the sticky thread had some nice good old examples of people asking for advice so I thought to create a new thread in hopes of understanding the current tech trend of 2012-2013 of folding bikes.
I am all about practicality but I also love stylish bikes(my Bianchi is a good poser bike..but I love her) and I do plan on hauling the bike folded on my back so weight is also important to some extent. I'm probably asking for too much and the budget might be quite high so please go ahead and open my eyes and wake me up from my dream.