With the nice weather in Western Michigan, I wanted to start biking to work -- I'll get some exercise and save some wear and tear on my car. I decided to get a folding bike for the convenience of being able to easily take my bike with me. Plus, I just think they're cool!
I was looking to keep to a budget of around $300 for the bike -- this is only enough to get a low-end bike, but considering my commute is only going to be 4 miles on smooth bike trails, I figured I didn't need anything too super fancy. After much research, I decided on a bike from Origami Bicycle Company, the Crane 7.
I ordered on a Sunday, it was shipped on Tuesday, and I received it Friday. It came in a pretty big box.
Inside, there was lots of paper...
And the completely assembled, folded bike. Just about every inch of the frame was wrapped in bubble wrap and then thin cardboard.