I didn't want to post a new thread just about this folding bike I'm looking at.
It's a Dahon Boardwalk folding bike. I found a used one for sale for $200.
Here are some of the specs off amazon:
One-speed urban utility bike with frame that folds in less than 15 seconds
Folds to 12.1 by 30.4 by 25.4 inches; weighs 27.3 pounds
Magnetix latch system holds the bike together when folded
Adjustable stem adapts to riders of all sizes from under five feet to over six feet tall
Dahon Neos rear derailleur offers crisp, fast shifting and a low profile design
A little backstory, I haven't ridden a bike in at least ten years, nor have I ever had one as a serious mode of transportation. I don't know much, if anything, about bikes.
A physical description: I'm fairly athletic, 6 foot 1" @ 180 lbs with average strength levels (bodyweight bench and double bodyweight deadlift for reps).
Do you think a foldup bike like the Dahon Boardwalk would be too small for my frame? It will be used as a backup mode of transportation and for small errands like getting groceries or going to campus (maybe 3 miles tops). If my car dies, it will be my primary mode of transport.
What's the furthest distance you would comfortably attempt on a foldup bike with 20" wheels? I have no idea what's reasonable to expect for speed on such a tiny bicycle (12-15 mph?).
A handful of online reviews say that you shouldn't ever try to bike uphill with this model. For all the experienced bikers out there, is that truth or is that simply something to overcome by getting stronger at pedaling?
What drew me to a folder was that I can fold it up and put it in the trunk of my car (good insurance if the car breaks down), stow it under my desk or put it in the corner of my apartment. I'd rather not spend more than $350 on my first bike and the foldup factor makes it look like it's harder to steal. Most reviews say that this bike is hard to break and easy to maintain, as well.
That's a lot of questions but I'm very inexperienced when it comes to bikes. Thanks for any and all input.