Well, i'd like to go carfree (which is easy, since i've never owned a car myself), and i'm wondering on what sort of bike to get. On one hand, I need a bike that can easily go up and down hills, but on the other, hardly anywhere around here has bike racks, so i'd like something I can easily carry on me, or take inside a store. I've thought about a folder, but i'm not sure how good they'd be for going up and down hills. Cargo isn't too big a deal, as I would have hardly any use of carrying anything that wouldn't fit in a backpack. On the same note, as far as backpacks go, is it better to get one with one large compartment, or a lot of smaller ones, and are there any specific brands you'd reccomend?
Basically, is it better to get a small bike that might be harder to use, a big bike I have to leave at risk for theft and have a hard time parking?