As restrictions on parking and access has resulted in an increase in the number of people commuting by bike, so the folding bike market has become very popular. On trains and busses you can regularly see a folding bike tucked away in a luggage rack, or under a seat. They are the perfect tool to get you to where you are going speedily and efficiently, and with the modern designs being very clever, with the minimum of hassle too.
The costs of folding bikes is coming down all the time, and it doesn’t take much to justify the cost of the investment compared to the rising costs of fuel for the car. The average weight of a folding cycle is being reduced all the time, so you can tuck one under your arm and walk onto public transport, including the underground with ease, get off the other end and be pedalling off in no time at all.
Things to Consider
First and foremost, a folding bike must have a large range of adjustment in order to adapt the position to suit your requirements. Look out for how easy it is to fold and unfold the bike, as this will inevitably be a constant frustration if is hard to master. Check out the weight, and make sure that you could carry it comfortably.
A carry bag is available for some brands, and this often folds neatly away into a seat pouch or similar. This will protect not just the bike, but also your clothes from getting dirty by accidentally brushing against an oily chain as you carry it. It’s a great help if the bike will stand up of its own accord when it is folded, that way you can stop and put it down if you need to.
Some brands also offer luggage options such as handlebar bags or panniers that can hold a laptop and the essentials for your daily trip to the office. Whilst not essential, a few little extras like a bell, mudguards, lights and a pump will also be valuable add-ons to get the most out of your folder. Some may include some of these features in the standard spec.
This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on Folding Bikes. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.
This story was last updated on 17/01/2012