Foldable bikes

Foldable Bikes – The Pro’s and The Con’s

If you’re a city dweller that has held back on buying a bike because of the lack of space, there is now a solution.  Foldable bikes came into being back in the early 70s, engineers were looking for a bike that could be stored easily in a corner of your apartment.  The idea was to create a solution to the storage problem when owners weren’t using their bikes.

Not only was saving space a concern but so was time, driving and circling city blocks looking for a place where you could secure your bike was taking up too much time.  Foldable bikes provided the solution, no more looking for a place to securely lock your bike.  You can now just fold it up and shove it into a corner.  There are plenty of foldable bikes on the market, but there are pros and cons to buying a foldable bike.

Let’s start with the pros:

  1. The bike is incredible flexible and you have a pretty comfortable, not to mention convenient solution to riding to work and if you ride the subway or any other public transportation they are easy to carry with you.
  2. You don’t have to lock them outside making them theft proof.
  3. Obviously they take up less space, if you live in a city like New York for example where space is at a premium you can fit your bike in a closet when you aren’t using it.
  4. Saves you money on public transportation or gas and it’s a healthier, greener solution to getting back and forth to work.
  5. If you’re a traveller it is much easier to take with you.
  6. It has a higher resale value than a mountain or touring bike.

Now let’s look at the cons:

  1. It is going to cost you more to buy than a conventional bike.
  2. Some of them are difficult to fold quickly
  3. Foldable bikes are meant for city commutes they are not meant for long trips, so there will be no touring Europe with your foldable bike.

While there are both pros and cons, the pros definitely outweigh the cons.  So you can justify buying a foldable bike as opposed to an ordinary styled bike.  Yes it is more expensive but if you swap out the bus or subway for a bike it will save you money in the long run.  Biking to work not only improves your health it benefits the environment by not contributing more emissions to green house gases.

Your space problem is no longer an issue, you can store a foldable bike in a cupboard or closet easily.  So if you want to start biking you should seriously consider buying a foldable bike.