Work have said they have a budget of £350 to buy me a folding bike to use to get between sites. The budget may have to include a pannier too (or I might buy that myself if it was worth my while to make the budget stretch that bit more). Not sure who would be responsible for the maintence, insurance etc we haven't gone into that yet. I don't know anything about folding bikes, I've used a Brompton once to do about 1/2 mile on and found it wierd. It wouldn't be my main way of getting around, just on those days when I needed to combine it with getting a lift. However I may need to perhaps cycle 12 miles on it, up reasonable hills (Bristol). I have mudguards on my current bikes so would like the same on this one - or maybe its less of a problem with the smaller wheels? I'm 5'6", though I guess folders tend to come in one size? Have you got any recommendations or equally don't touch with a barge pole comments? Obviously I will go looking too.