We have a 21 speed Bike Friday which folds into a bag or a suitcase ( large Samsonite plastic sport luggage from the outlet store). We tow a burley single
child trailer (used from Craigslist) for the dog and provisioning
We also have a Giant aluminum
7 speed folder which my wife loves ($ 500 new)
We stow in bags and spray the inside of the bag. We use gloves to avoid grease.
ALSO you can now get galvanized chain (special order through most bike shops).
My problem with scooters and powered bikes is I get lazy and stop riding the bike.
Also I ride for provisions in the morning BEFORE it gets hot.
We store everything in the unused side of our dinette and under the table. Even the trailer folds and goes into an Extra large REI Duffel bag. No grease, no scratches!
We keep lights separate from the bikes (planet bike 2 watt head
light and similar tail lights that detach) as we have knocked them off the bike into the drink.
We also have the ABUS ULock (security level 13) and two cable locks.
If you leave you bike on shore, for a long time, you need the heavier lock and we don't like to schlep.
I considered a Brompton but too few speeds for me.
The dahon, which I commuted on every weekday for six months, started creaking and groaning, so I sold it, YMMV.
One last comment, I buy bikes used off craigslist now because people buy them thinking they are going to get exercise, etc and they sit for years.
Or better yet the spouse is selling after the divorce. I pick them up for 10 to 25 cents on the dollar.
We also tour on our folders to explore around our cruising areas and camp or stay in motels.
Just my thoughts...
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