I've been dragged, kicking and screaming, by my partner from London (Clapham Junction area) to Guildford.
Amongst many changes inflicted by this move on my lifestyle, one important one is that I can't ride in to work (Farringdon) anymore. The new plan is to ride to the station in Guildford, take the train to Waterloo, then ride on to work. However, since I can't take my road bike on the train to London, this facilitates new bike purchase.
1. Buy a Brompton, fold it and take it on the train (partner's choice), and
2. Buy a cheap SS/fixie to keep in London, and a not expensive CX bike for Guildford end of commute (my choice). Both will be locked at the respective stations when I'm not in town.
Need help with reasons on which is the better choice, and suggestions on any alternatives.
Also, if anyone's selling: looking for a used Brompton, or decently maintained CX & SS bikes.
PS: One final input: we've found shelter on top of a steepish climb that I'll have to ascend after work, and I'm not sure how suited a Brompton is to that task.