When I visit suppliers and customers outside of Amsterdam I generally take the folding bike in the train. On the Amsterdam end its just a couple kilometers to Central Station. But some of my usual destinations (such as Nijland Products in Heeten) mean 10-15km rides through some lovely countryside. The combination of working in the train, a business meeting and relaxing bike rides through farmland makes for a great, varied day.
The travel time this way is somewhat longer than driving in perfect conditions but the traffic in the Netherlands is awful so my train/bike ride is, in practice, quite a bit faster. There are still plenty of cars on the roads here but apparently I’m not the only one who who prefers the bike/train combination.
I snapped the above picture in a “stoptrein” (local train) last week. There are six folding bikes visible in this little space, but also others I couldn’t get into the frame. Just for the record, I spot in this shot: Brompton, BuzzBike (Brompton rip-off), DaHon, Riese und Muller and a few generics.
My own folder is a very hot-rodded DaHon Helios – lower right in the photo. It doesn’t fold really compactly or roll along on its own wheels like a Brompton, but its really light and rides beautifully. If it were my daily rider and had to be frequently folded/carried I’d opt for a very light, trick Brompton… we don’t sell Bromptons but I love them anyway.