Many people thinking of foldable bikes as a bit of a joke. This is because in the past many foldable bikes were unwieldy and awkward to ride, and some models were prone to collapse. But, in recent years, new designs have come to the fore, and foldable bikes have greatly improved – so much so that any negative reputation of foldable bike is no longer deserved.
Of course, just like any other type of bike, foldable bikes do require that the designers have to make some choices and compromises in the design between various different priorities. In the case of foldable bikes, designers have to strike a balance between the folding capability, the quality of the ride, and the price – and you will find that different models of foldable bikes have struck this balance at different points. For example, some foldable bikes (mainly those designed for short hops) are designed to be simple to fold and unfurl every time they are ridden, whereas are structured to be kept unfolded most of the time and only folded away once in a while.
Why choosing foldable bikes?
- Foldable bikes can be packed away. That makes them easy to store anywhere, suitable for carrying on the bus or train, and is a big advantage of you worried about bicycle theft.
- If you’re worried about the possibility of punctures or mechanical problems when commuting, again foldable bikes come into their own – as in the event of a problem you can simply fold the bike away and go on the bus or train.
One thing to be aware of thought is that foldable bikes generally have smaller wheels than other types of bikes. There are many types of tire options available around, some with puncture-resistant bands and reflective strips, but because of their small size, tire pressure is especially important – if you let your tires go soft – riding becomes like running through treacle! Therefore be sure to invest in a decent bikes pump!