Hello to All:
Allow me to introduce myself. I am a 48 year-old man living in Bristol, TN. I came to BikeForums after googling folding bikes. I am exploring folding bikes as a solution to a problem that I have. I enjoy kayaking and canoeing the many small rivers in my area. These are fishing and paddling trips, combining two very enjoyable activities. Unfortunately, unless you have a very available partner with whom to position two autos at put-in and take-out, or unless you are able to paddle upriver (very difficult in these skinny waters), you have a broken link in your roundtrip. A folding bike, taken in a durable raft like the Alpacka, could be my solution. The rivers are invariably paralleled by a rural road, often dirt or gravel. This plan would combine three favored activities: biking, paddling and fishing! When my wife and I were stationed by the Army in Frankfurt Germany in 1988, we lived in a small town about 16 km from my work. We bought two Specialized Hardrock mountainbikes from a small shop in Heidelberg. Using paniers, I often biked back and forth to work. I miss that. Of course, even then Germany was very bike friendly which is not the case where I live now. We still have our Specialized MTBs although my wife's has become my son's (he didn't exist in 1988.) I look forward to getting back into bicycling. Back then, it was about fun. Now, it will be about fun and exercise.