Folding bikes are a great way to get around and are extremely handy since they fold up into a compact size taking up less storage space. This makes them much lighter than your average bike and means you can easily carry them around. They’re not as fast or slick as a full-size bike but they make up for this because they’re more versatile, and less likely to be stolen (you can take them indoors and up a flight of stairs more easily). So many people would love to ride a bike to work, but storage space is limited. However with a folding bike you can pop it under your desk until it’s time to go home on your bicycle. You can take them on public transport – handy if your commute requires a train but could benefit from a ride to and from the station, say.
At the weekend or holiday time rolls around and you have no need to commute, why not take your bike with you on holiday? They’re so easy to transport and with one of these you don’t even need to buy a cycle rack, they should fit into your boot!
Bikes, including folding ones, are priced according to the quality of their components, so you’ll always get a better bike by paying more. So once you’ve set your budget, the main question is wheel size. The 16-inch wheels are certainly more convenient for carrying the bike, but bigger 20-inch wheels offer a little more stability.
Traditional Folding Bikes
These bikes have smaller wheels, generally 12″ to 16″ so can fold to a small size.
Electric Folding Bikes
No more arriving at work hot and sweaty, no more aching legs when you climb hills, no more battling against gale force winds – and you don’t need to pay any tax, insurance or have a driving license!
Folding Mountain Bikes
Off road, but still need your bike to fold, either for storage or to transport in a car boot? There are folding bikes that will easily handle canal towpaths and smooth trails, but (as far as we know) Dahon is the only company to offer a viable folding mountain bike in the UK.
Childrens Folding Bikes
If you need a folding bike for any of the reasons mentioned on this page, especially storage issues, chances are you need a folding bike for your child as well.
A bike that can pack down small can come with you anywhere – on the bus or train, in the car, on holiday – maximising your ability to snatch precious cycling opportunities. Also, folders, especially bikes which fold really small, are ideal for flat dwellers, where space is at a premium. Even in a large house, the ability to stow your bike in the under-stairs cupboard allows you to keep it safe, warm, dry, and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Thoughts of your bike disappearing from the cycle rack are a thing of the past when you’ve got a folding bike, because in most instances, you can take your bike with you. Most compact folding bikes are small enough to sit unobtrusively under your desk at work. And of course, at home your bike can live in a secure location in the house, rather than in the less secure environment of the shed or garage. Another security point is that folders are a niche product that most thieves won’t touch.
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