Recently relocated to Bracknell and often need to commute into London for a week at a time. Rather than driving 10 miles to Maidenhead I thought it would be good to cycle it instead so I'm interested in getting a folding bike so I don't have to leave it at the station. I've done lots of shopping around and to be honest the obvious choice seems to be a Brompton. Everyone has them on the trains from what I can see! I've done some reading on them and they seem like a Marmite bike - you either love them or hate them. But generally though I get the feeling they are more of a fashion statement and if you have a folding bike it has to be Brompton.
Not one to conform to fashion statements I really aren't too fussed about what make and model the bike is, so long as I get plenty of bike for my money!
The question is - for around a 9/10 mile bike ride (each way) what would you recommend as the best bike? I've done a 24hr test of a Brompton S6L at Evans Cycles and generally I was pretty happy with it and I managed one 15 mile ride and it was more comfortable than expected. Not ridden anything else yet though so I'm still open minded.
I've seen this one: Wiggle | Dahon Vitesse D8 2014 | Folding Bikes
That's much less than half that of a Brompton so I have to question if its really worth spending any more?
Money isn't really too much of a problem but call me old fashioned I just want to ensure I get plenty for my money if I'm spending anything over £500! I've searched around these forums and although I've found similar queries the responses seem to be mixed.
Sorry for the essay guys - hope you can help!