Bill had read about folding bikes, studied reviews, even gone on a test ride. Gradually, I came along for the "ride," and agreed the convenience of a small bike was worth the expense. We bought our Bromptons.
Bromptons were designed and are still produced in West London. Buying a bike that has to be shipped across an ocean doesn't sound too green until you consider the environmentally-progressive philosophy embraced by the company—from the materials they use, the processes they employ, the energy they save, to the lifestyle they promote for their employees and customers. Read more at their website.
We love them. They're small enough to store on a shelf in the closet or, when we're on the road, behind our seats in the car. They'll be an easy fit in the tiny house! To use them or put them away, it's a simple, 15-second fold/unfold process once you get the hang of it. And, best of all, they're a comfortable ride. They're not mountain bikes, but they're great on the nearby W&OD trail, and we've already taken them on one cross-country road trip.
My review in sum: The Brompton is the perfect bike for tiny living. Expensive, but worth it.
Wondering where you can learn more about these folding wonders? We test drove and purchased ours from the friendly, knowledgeable folks at Bikes@Vienna. They sell five brands of folding bike brands. Or, if you don't live near Vienna, VA, there's probably a Brompton dealer closer to you.