Folding bikes have been around for a many years, from early Peugeot and Raleigh Stowaway models, to the range of folding bikes available today.
The technology involved in the folding mechanism has progressed since those early designs and there are now many different options and folding methods available to the modern cyclist, whether the daily commuter or the rugged mountain biker.
The popularity of folding bike has increased in recent years as cities become busier places and people’s hobbies and sports adapt to the modern way of life.
One of the greatest benefits of owning a folding bike is the freedom that it gives you – the freedom to be able to fold your bike and throw it in the boot of a car, or to travel on public transport without having to worry about planning your journey first to accommodate your bicycle, or just to be able to fold the bike at journey’s end and store it easily pending the return journey.
Using a folding bike opens a world of cycling possibilities. Their size and weight means that they are perfect for camping, caravanning, sailing and motorhomes. As the technology used to create new folding designs improves, folding bikes will begin to look less like folding bikes and will handle and perform just like a regular bike.
Many people use folders to commute, which, in my opinion, is one of the best changes you can make to your daily routine. Cycling to work or to the train station takes the mundane ache out of your travel to work, which is a huge part of a great number of people’s lives. With people living further and further from their places of work, and having to rely in part on the vagaries of public transport, there has never been a better time to encourage people to opt for a more fulfilling and more environmentally friendly way to travel.
By just making the decision to cycle either side of a train journey rather than drive, get a bus or a taxi, people can make use of that time which would otherwise be wasted, by incorporating fitness and their hobby to their daily routine. Making a tiny change like this is one of the easiest ways to start to enjoy all of the benefits that cycling has to offer, and for those who are already keen cyclists, it is just another way to rack up this extra miles when you would otherwise just be sat in traffic.
Many people opt for gym memberships and go to spin classes yet still take the elevator or the bus to work. Why pay to go to a spin class or stand looking at a wall on a treadmill when you could so easily achieve the same result by making changes to your daily routine. The beauty of a folder is that you don’t have to worry about whether there will be space in the bicycle carriage on the train or where you will keep your bike when you get to where you’re going. Best of all, it’s one of the most fun ways for getting from A to B!
So next time you are sat at the traffic lights in your car or you’re on the bus and you see a cyclist pull up next to you on their journey to work, take a minute to think about how you would rather be spending your time and whether you could incorporate a folder into your daily routine.
Folding bikes – the future of cycling!
About the Author: Kyle Wilks is a two wheel enthusiast and cycling fanatic. Owner of https://changebike.co.uk/ and part time motorcycle racer, he loves riding and talking bikes. He spends the weekend cycling the Southern Downs of England.