Tim and I have a difference of opinion when it comes to Bromptons.
When he rides the Brompton, Tim forgoes toting around a heavy U lock and frequently chooses to take the bike with him when he arrives at his destination. In a shopping cart, in the corner of a restaurant or in a waiting room at the doctor’s office, Tim’s choice is usually to tote and stash the bike.
Tim thinks leaving the bike outside locked up with all of the normal sized bikes defeats the purpose of riding a portable folding bike.
Tim’s Brompton riding m.o.: If you can, why not take it with you?
I’d much rather carry around a 3 lb U Lock than a 25 lb bike so I typically lock it up outside. Yes, it’s nice to be able to take the Brompton on the bus and abstain from using the Metro bike racks. But once I arrive at my destination, I’m a locker.
Why carry around a 25 lb weight if I don’t have to? Unless the rack situation is sketchy, I usually lock it up.
What’s your preference? Are you a locker? Or a carry and stash folding bike rider?