Iím having difficulty choosing my first bike. I want to start commuting to work, itís about 8 miles, with several stops at traffic lights and two sets of stairs which I need to climb. There are also some slopes. Iíve tested the route with a borrowed Brompton and didnít find it comfortable.
There are so many choices for a foldable bike, and I donít know if I should just go for as light as possible. Iíd need to add fenders, a rack, and carry my 5 lb laptop, so weight is a concern. My LBS is having a sale on several Dahon models Ė the Jifo, Mu P27, Dash P18, and Jack D24. The Jack D24 is the cheapest of the lot, and reportedly very comfortable, but is also the heaviest. I honestly donít think I need more than 8 speeds. They are also selling the 2014 Dahon models, like the Horize which weighs 11.5kg and costs about $75 more than the Jack.
I read that the Xootr Swift Folder is light and a good bike, but unfortunately it is not available in my country to test. Iím reluctant to order it online without trying.
How comfortable are the lighter Dahons in terms of vibration? Is it easy to change the tires to fatter ones in the future?