A folding bike can be especially useful if you're planning a trip to another country or rural area. Although these small bikes are not suitable for long-distance cycling, they make it easier for novice cyclists to travel and explore. To select a folding bike, compare models to find one that is just right for your individual needs and requirements. Here are 10 tips on how to choose the right folding bike for you:
1.Determine How Frequent the Bike Will be Folded and Unfolded
If you'll be folding and unfolding your bike frequently, you'll want the process to be as simple as possible so you can finish the task quickly.
In general, the more compact a bike folds, the more difficult the folding process will be. Look for a bike that balances folding ease with the size of the fully folded bike in a way that best suits your needs. For example, if you are an urban commuter who frequently uses public transportation and bikes to and from work, you will require a bike that is easily folded and unfolded.
2.Consider the Storage Space
While you may not know where you will ride your bike in the future, look into folding bike storage options with airlines and public transportation. This information is available on the websites of the majority of airlines and other modes of transportation. Check with the carriers you intend to use, as well as those at any destinations you intend to visit.
Also, don't forget to consider the thickness of any cover you'll use when determining whether a particular bike will fit in the space you have available.
3. Consider Transportation & Accessories
Various brands and bike models may have accessories designed to protect the bike while being transported. Tripods, which allow the bike to stand upright, and protectors to prevent scratches are examples of accessories.
If you're going to be carrying your bike on public transportation on a regular basis, you'll appreciate a cover as well as rubber stoppers to keep your bike from getting scratched -- either while in transit or through frequent repeated foldings and unfoldings. Keep in mind that in some countries, specific types of protective accessories or mechanisms may be required. Look for information on the transportation authority's website in that country.
4. Choose the Correct Size
Unfortunately, most folding bike manufacturers only offer one frame size. If you are taller or shorter than average, you may have difficulty finding a folding bike that is the right size for you. However, you should speak to your folding bike seller to see what options you may have.
5. Choose the Correct Wheel Size
Folding bike wheels are available in five different sizes. The size that is best for you is determined primarily by when and where you intend to ride your bike. Because the bike cannot fold up any smaller than the wheels, the larger the wheel size, the larger your bike will be when folded. If you intend to use public transportation frequently, a smaller wheel is probably preferable.
On uneven terrain and trails, smaller wheels are more difficult to maneuver. If you intend to go on longer bike rides through the countryside, larger wheels may be preferable.
6. Arrange for a Test Ride
There is no way to properly assess the performance of a specific folding bike unless you have the opportunity to ride it yourself. Try out a few different folding bikes so you can compare them. Most bike shops and larger sporting goods stores will arrange test rides for you, but you may have to ask.
Take your test ride on terrain that is similar to where you intend to use the bike the most. For example, if you intend to take the bike on a tour of Southeast Asia's countryside, you should conduct your test rides on dirt or gravel roads.
7. Consider the Bike’s Weight
Normally, the weight of the frame can affect the performance of a bicycle. In the case of folding bikes, however, the weight of the bike makes little difference in terms of touring performance.
If, however, you're going to be carrying your folding bike around a lot, the lightest frame possible may be preferable.
8. Measure the Gear Ratios
The gear ratio of a folding bike is measured in "gear inches". The number of gear inches required for the best performance from your folding bike is determined by where you intend to use it. A 25-inch low gear is suitable for almost any type of terrain, whether urban street or country trail.
If you're an urban commuter who'll be riding your bike mostly in the city, look for a bike with a top gear of around 70 inches. Look for a folding bike with a top gear of more than 100 inches for the best performance.
9. Consider Tyre Upgrades
The best folding bike tyres are determined by where you intend to ride it. Regardless of where you'll be riding your bike, you'll also want to consider other features like extra puncture protection. For example, if you intend to ride your bike primarily on paved roads and speed is important to you, a slick tyre that allows for increased speed and maneuverability would be your best bet.
Most folding bikes come with only a few tyre options. As a result, the tyres available for the bike will become a consideration when selecting the bike itself. When you've decided on a frame, make sure you can get the tyres you'll need.
10. Ask About the Warranty
Always find out what repair and warranty options are available before purchasing a bike. Once you've decided on a model, you may want to shop around for the best deal that also offers good customer service after the sale.
If you have further questions regarding how to choose the right folding bike, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Better still, make an appointment to visit our showroom where you can see for yourself the bike models you might be interested in. Bike viewing is available Monday through Saturday. Call +65 8902 2453 to make your appointment.