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Folding bikes have come a long way in the last 20 years or so. Folding bikes are not the old heavy, hard to ride, ugly bikes they used to be. These days the performance is almost similar to their bigger more rigid cousins; well, not quite, but close enough for what you are going to use them for.
Here are ten great reasons to purchase your folding bike:
Design – Folding bikes have come along way in the last 20 years, and riding a ‘folder’ will certainly attract attention with their funky designs. Plus with today’s technology, foldable bicycles can, and should, deliver a ride performance as good as or better than a traditional bike. Because of the smaller wheel size you can easily accelerate much faster than a normal bike, and leave your bigger wheeled friends behind!
Security – With a folding bike there is no need for a bulky, external bike rack fitted to the back or roof of your car; just store the bike in the boot, ready to use, anytime. There’s also no need to ‘lock-it’ outside and risk having your bike stolen. Gone are the days you lock your bike to a bike rack, hoping it will still be there when you return.
Small space – If space is a premium, store your folding bike under your desk at work, or in a cupboard in your apartment. Even if you have the space, storing your folder inside means less exposure to the elements, and less maintenance costs.
Economical – After buying your folding bike, as long as you keep air in your tyres and your chain oiled there will be minor maintenance costs. And if you do need your bike serviced you’ll find your local bike shop pretty inexpensive for the work needed on a folder.
Easy to use – With a little practice, anyone can manage to fold and unfold a folding bike. Just practice at home, so that you are ready when it comes to jumping on a train or bus.
Commute – The missing link to public transport is here. Ride from your home to the station and then again from the station to your place of work, and save a fortune on fuel and parking fees. Green mobility is the way forward.
Health benefits – A folding bike is a no-brainer. Once you are used to cycling regularly, there’s no need to pay for expensive gym memberships. If you use your folding bike every day, whether commuting to work, cycling on the promenade or just around the neighbourhood, you will feel fitter and stronger
Travel – Take a folding bike on the plane, train, long distance bus or boat. This way you are mobile on arrival at your planned, or unplanned, destination. Camping is another option – just stash a bike in you camper van or caravan, and off you go.
Go one way – Had one too many at the pub, or just feeling too tired to cycle the return journey? With a folding bike it’s no problem. Just catch a ride with a friend or pop your bike into the boot of a taxi (but don’t forget your bike when you reach your destination!).
Almost Ready to Go – Folding bikes come almost fully assembled. Just unpack, attach pedals, pump up tyres and you are ready to go! (A quick tune up is recommended)
These are just 10 great reasons to buy a folding bike, but maybe after you have bought yours, you can add on 10 more!