My Origami Cricket arrived for me yesterday afternoon and overall I'm tentatively happy with it. It has a few scuffs from shipping and a few issues to work out. I'll be taking it to a bike store today or tomorrow for a disc break adjustment along with a full look over. I was able to get some ortlieb panniers for it since I plan to tote around my knitting with me, even on rainy days. I got the smaller front roller version of the panniers so hopefully they won't interfere with my pedaling. I've posted my thoughts and pictures about my initial first impressions here: www.pedalingayarn.com
I'm giving myself a year with this bike, depending on my dedication to the 20miles/week goals and how this bike holds up, I'll most likely look to upgrade then. Since Bike Friday is local to me, I'm going to start there for my upgrade even though I really love the look of the Bromptons. This will be a good starting place at least.
Thank you for the information you all share here. I'll be continuing to post questions and comments on my first folder relationship. So far so good.