If your goal is to cycle 20 miles per ride at top speeds on the open road or traverse off-road trails, this article is probably not for you. For those of us who want to bike to work, achieve general fitness or just have an enjoyable ride in the park, here are 5 reasons why a folding bike may be just what you are looking for.
Take it with you
These bikes are fully functional, light, compact cycles that can go with you just about anywhere. That combination of features is hard to beat and can really come in handy if you need an easy way to get around town, commute a short distance or just enjoy the outdoors on 2 wheels. They are also a great option if you live in an apartment or a house with limited storage space. Once folded these bikes can easily fit in a closet, under a desk, or next to you on a bus or train.
Mix it up
In most areas there are nice locations to ride a bike. These include: parks, paved paths, and roadways with wide shoulders. The problem is that you often pass these places while your bike is at home. If you discover one of these locations with your folding bike in your trunk, you can pull over and ride immediately. This type freedom does not exist with a traditional bicycle.
It’s obvious that a bike will not improve your overall fitness unless you actually ride it. The convenience and portability of a folder removes many of the obstacles that can keep you from accomplishing your cycling workouts. I leave my bike in the trunk of my car from March to September, which makes it available at anytime. It’s easy to take a quick ride while I’m waiting for my spouse at the mall, getting the oil changed, or taking a short break from work.
Peace of Mind
Your folder can be stowed away or taken with you. This keeps it out of sight and safe from bicycle thieves. Folding bikes also don’t require traditional carrier racks that leave them exposed when left unattended.
Something for everyone
Dozens of companies make folding bikes with a variety of styles and features. Amazon lists over 280 folding bikes on its website, 72 that cost between $300 and $600. Dahon, the company with the best customer reviews, has a bike to fit just about any budget. You can buy direct from most of the folding bike companies on-line and some local bike stores carry at least one folding bike brand. If you prefer a used folding bike, eBay and Craigslist are good options.
Today’s folding bicycles perform better and are much more reliable than ones made a generation ago. I believe more people would own one if they knew of their existence. I purchased mine several years ago and have never looked back. I hope to see you on the road!