We don't own cars. We own bikes, and the bike trailers necessary to transport sail bags. This decision frees up money
for life's important things, like sailing and rum
, but has dictated many other choices, like living within walking distance of the lake and our club.
Despite this, we have decided that folding bikes are not for us. We have determined that it is likely going to be cheaper to simply buy a "beater" wherever we go, and to bolt on a good rack and waterproof pannier "system". We keep the "beater" aboard if we are doing a chain of close islands, or sell it when we are about to embark on passage
. We keep the racks (which lie flat and take up little room, and use the panniers in the dinghies like any other bag we'd use for laundry
or groceries ashore.
If we are wrong about this, we can always score folding bikes, I suppose, but our idea is based on utility and the fact that I can alter any bike to fit, having been a bike courier for some time and a bike rider for over 40 years.
I just find those folders tend to rust to the lifelines
more often than not, and the super-expensive alu jobs with "belt drive" just scream "steal me".