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With A Folding Bicycle You Get Great Portability

Apr 5, 2008
Are you thinking about getting a folding bicycle to take along when you travel?

While not as common in the United States, the folding bicycle has a great following in other places around the world where bikes rule the road. Also called a "folder" by its large following, the folding bicycle has a number of joints and hinges which allow the bike to be folded into a smaller size that is totally portable and easy to carry. Most folders have several parts of the frame which are folded for a compact size.

Major Advantages

The folding bicycle has a huge advantage when you are traveling via public transportation or other public areas because it can be folded up to take up less space. It is quite difficult, if not impossible to take a full size bike on a bus, in a taxi or even on an airplane. However, with a folder, you can place them for portable transportation in the fully folded state easily in a large trunk of a vehicle or carry it with you aboard a bus, subway or train.

Commuters will find that the folding bicycle does not have to be left chained outdoors and placed at the mercy of potential thieves or even the weather. Instead, they can fold up their bike and take it up the stairs or elevator to store in a corner of their office until it is time to go home. While these folders do cost more than the average full size, unfoldable bike, they do have the same features as one and will be much more suitable for a bike commuting type of lifestyle.

How They Perform

Most folding bikes are not intended for racing and therefore are built for ease in handling, toughness and comfort. You will find that the ride quality of the folding bicycle is a bit stiffer and a little rougher because a suspension system is not always advantageous in the bike design. The bike has wheels that are smaller in diameter and has a wheelbase that is shorter than its full size counterparts. The result of these wheel design changes in the folding bike is what produces the more rugged ride.

These folders typically will fold in the bike frame's middle but the overall design will dictate that as placing the joint or fold in the wrong area could make the integrity of the bike weaker. You will notice that the folding bicycle will typically have a few extra parts than a regular bike to accommodate the folding joints and other mechanisms to allow for the folding action.

The size of the bike when totally assembled from its folded state is typically a little smaller than a full size bike. Also, don't expect to win any races with the folding bicycle as it is made for its portability and convenience. There are some folding racing bikes on the market but the average consumer does not need the extra bells and whistles or the extra cost when they are not going to be racing.
About the Author
Robert G. Knechtel operates several websites addressing a variety of interesting topics, including Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Parts & Accessories, information in the form of A Blog Discussing Cycling and saving money on Cannondale Bikes.
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