Even though I am really nervous about riding a 2 wheeler and I am sure I am going to make myself look a fool whilst practicing, I really wanted a bike that I could travel further a field with than I can my trike.
There is a skyride in Bournemouth on the 10th of this month which I would have loved to go to but have no way of getting my trike there but with a 2 wheeler I could have gone by train. I often cycle to visit family members but leave early to cycle home again before dark so I don't have to travel through pitch back lanes but with a folding 2 wheeler they will be able to drive both myself and bike home. I also would like to go over to the Isle of Wight cycling this year but with a trike that would be so cumbersome.
My bike wont arrive in time for the skyride in Bournemouth but at least I will have it for the next one.
I will need to buy a panier bag for it, a speedometer for checking how far I cycle, along with a carry bag for it. I can get all that after it arrives and I take it directly to my local cycle shop for them to check that it has all been put together correctly along with tightening any nuts and bolts that might need it.
Now why buy a folding cycle and not a regular one you might ask.
My trike after 2 years is already showing signs of being left outside and although covered up the salt sea air is really affecting it. I therefore really want to store my new bike indoors. I live in a top story flat that has a small lift big enough to use with a fold down but not big enough for a normal bike along with the fact that my flat is so small there is no way I could find room to prop a bike up in here. A fold up one I can sneak into a corner un-noticed.
Getting on trains here with bikes mostly means booking ahead of time unless one relies on getting a decent train guard that uses his discretion in non-rush hour times and allows a bike on. Fold up bike are allowed with no problem as they are on buses.
And of course family driving me home late at night after me cycling to visit them will find it no problem throwing a fold up bike in their boot.
All in all I think I have made the right choice in choosing a folding bike. Now I just have to hope that I can ride the damn thing.