I do a lot of traveling around the country, and up to now have done it in my full sized van, so I could take 2 bikes inside, a mountain and a road bike.
However, I really hate driving. Always have. So, I have decided to start flying to all my events(I make dollhouse Miniatures)
The biggest issue is taking a bike now. I love bikes, and part of the enjoyment I get out of life is tooling around a new city on two wheels. I am an aggressive rider in traffic, but love bike paths as well.
So, I have been looking at folding bikes, and I can't help but notice that most of them don't fold to within the 62 inch carry on limit. Those that do ar a bit out of my price range.
I thought about something like the carryme, but really want something that I can do twenty miles or so on, plus it would be at the very, very streched limit of my budget.
Does anyone dissasemble a folder to make it smaller, for example remove wheels, possibly the fork? I am not afraid of some assembley, and I do not plan on riding out of the airport on the bike but taking a hotel shuttle to the room where I could work on it. To me, working on a bike actualy sounds like a very relaxing thing to do after a plane ride.
Does an airline still charge an outrageous "bicycle fee", even for a folder? If so, I will take a full sized bike. My thought was that a folder could be called a "Dolly" for my trade show display. And no, I can't take Southwest, they don't fly from the local airport.
I am leaning to a 16" wheel bike, because of the packing issue. Is the ride significantly different? At 6' and half an inch, is that silly? I weight 200-220. It varies due to holiday seasons
Right now I am looking at the citizen tokyo, because of the small size and entry level price. I am aware that it does not have the best components, but I am willing to slowly upgrade if I like it.(the first thing would be a fifty tooth crank, 46 gear inches is to little.)
Any suggestions based on what I have given here? I have not bought a new bike in years, and folders are like recumbents to me, mysterious and strange