Today I decided on which bike rack our Interstate is going to have:
After seeing James's (The Fit RV's) newest video
on folding bikes, in which he featured the Brompton and the Tern, I visited our local bike shop to take a look at the Brompton and discovered this amazing fact:
IT FITS INSIDE OUR INTERSTATE'S CLOSET!
^^ The closet door is off and the wires are hanging because we're still working on the lithium system, but there's your proof.
I chose the "New York Edition" of the Brompton which is not the lowest-end model, but it has super-wide handle bars, which I'm going to need for off-road use - I need the stability. I test-drove a lower-end model and it was also excellent, but with 16" wheels and such a long rise, if the handlebars are narrow, that's going to be trouble on any dirt road or trail. This model also has a large detachable carry bag which appealed to me greatly. It attaches to the frame, not the handle bars, for stability.
There certainly are cheaper foldables but (a) I need rugged for trail use, so I went higher-end, and (b) I don't know if any other models would fit in the closet. If every last piece of the bike does not fold, including seat and at least one pedal, it would not fit in our closet - it's that close. But if someone is planning on doing light road biking only, you might get away with spending considerably less on a foldable.
Bear in mind also that if you get a foldable that fits inside your rig, you save yourself the cost of a high-quality bike rack and whatever else you have to sacrifice to use it (such as not being able to use a hitch carrier at the same time).
What I plan to do is proof-of-concept and put it through its paces, and then if I / we decide we are truly happy with this, then maybe we get one for my husband as well. And carrying a second one wouldn't be any trouble at all, either:
^^ You can see that I could easily create a protective sack and a secure lashing system using Pewag security chain to affix it to the open side of our existing hitch carrier. It would be an easy project, and not very expensive. And we'd still get to carry our Yeti.
Anyway, I'm excited. The bike rides surprisingly well. I'm not a big bike person, but this opens up a world of possibilities and is now effectively becoming a toad alternative.