I need bike advice. I want to get a new one for relaxed riding around my neighborhood and along the Lake Shore Drive path. $500 or less is my price goal, but I want something nice that will last a long time. I was looking at the Dahon folding bikes because I don't have a lot of room in my place for storage (no, my wife won't let me hang a full-size bike from the ceiling). However, the salesperson at Rapid Transit said that they tend to have to be serviced quite a bit because there are so many parts and things to go wrong. She recommended the full-size Dahons that fold in half. I think that would work for me, but I haven't had much luck finding reviews and they didn't have one in stock for me to try. I was looking at the one called "Espresso" in the catalog.
Anyone have any suggestions? Are there other good brands that make bikes that fold in half. I'm a bit overwhelmed with all of the options and am having a hard time making a decision.