We’re big fans of folding bikes. They’re light, quick, and fun. They remind us of the little bikes we zipped around on when we were kids. They’re also super practical: they’re compact for efficient storage; they interface well with practically any public transit facility; they can come inside with you while you’re shopping; and, if your place of employment doesn’t allow bikes in the building, it’s possible to sneak one in and hide it under your desk (sshh, don’t tell). Some say they’re not good for long distance riding, though we’ve read plenty of reports of people taking epic tours on folding bikes. (For example, Todd Fahrner, owner of Clever Cycles, just took a Brompton down the west coast, and then there’s John and Mary Griffin who took their folders all the way around the world.) We use ours mostly for commuting and getting around town, but a folding bike/train bi-modal cross-country trip is in our long-term plans. Not everyone needs a folder, but we bet you’d enjoy riding one if given the opportunity… :-)
We have a Brompton M3L review forthcoming, and we’ll soon be receiving a Bike Friday Tikit on loan as well. We won’t necessarily be doing a “shootout” type comparison, but it’ll be a lot of fun to have two of the premier folding bikes in the house at the same time. We’ll let you know how it goes.