Cooler than a golf cart, faster than walking, and better for the environment, folding bikes are one of the most popular ways to get to work. With their compact size and ease of riding, your next bicycle purchase should be a folding bike.
With more than 1 billion dollars spent on folding bikes in 2020, that number is on the rise. It’s easy to see why. These bikes are portable, public transportation friendly, and store almost anywhere. Perfect for running to the beach, the nature trail, or even running errands, with a folding bike – available in one-size-fits-most – you can get a little exercise while checking out the area.
Fitting riders from four feet and eight inches to six feet and two inches, the small wheels on folding bikes not only make this bike easy to ride but also keep your center of gravity low. The step-through frame makes this bike easy to start, even when your panniers are full of camping gear. The sturdy rear carrier is perfect for groceries and beverages, especially when loading them into the included heavy-duty bag. The linear-pull brakes are easy to operate, and this style of braking uses leverage to give more braking power. Seven speeds on this folding bike mean you can easily adjust your pace to your terrain. While riding, remember to wear a helmet. It protects your noggin from serious head injuries.
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Easy on the shins
From a quick stop at the market to brunch at the beach, a folding bike is three times faster than walking. Recommended for riders 16-75 years of age, this black lightweight bike is also available in white and yellow. At only 29 pounds, the aluminum bike folds up in seconds to 27 inches high, 31 inches long, and 12.5 inches deep. Great for stowing on public transportation, in the back of the truck, or in the RV, a folding bike makes the most of your valuable space. Did you realize folding bikes are also faster than conventional bikes? The 20-inch wheels have fewer spokes than larger ones. With less weight and less drag, smaller wheels are actually more efficient up to 33 miles an hour. This rust-resistant 7-Speed Shimano Tourney Derailleur makes shifting a breeze.
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Easy to ride, carry, fold, and store, the iconic bike maker, Schwinn, has a winner with this steel-framed folding bike. The one-speed bike makes it simple to coast down the coast or take a break to the beach. The 20-inch alloy wheels allow for responsive steering and quick acceleration when needed. Especially while commuting, you’ll appreciate how the smaller wheels perform better than larger ones on wet pavement and in tight spots. With one regular pedal and one folding pedal, the bike folds up to 30 inches by 32 inches and 11 inches deep. Easily store your belongings on the rear rack.
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Sometimes a full-size bike is just too cumbersome to take to the office – that’s one reason why folding bikes are skyrocketing in popularity. Not just good for the earth and good for the rider, folding bikes are now more popular than traditional bikes. This one’s lightweight strong steel frame makes the rider feel secure when heading down the road or to nowhere in particular. The fully adjustable handlebars and seat bring comfort to all riders in the family. Its premium quality seven-speed shifter makes it easy to get around traffic and avoid dangling palm fronds. The small 20-inch diameter tires are not only zippy, but they are stronger than larger wheels, and their shorter spoke length prevents bending and twisting. At just 29 pounds, this bike folds into an easy-to-tote size when you’ve reached your destination.
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Cyndi Mathews is a contributing writer to Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. Cyndi recently published her first book and enjoys traveling to Florida in her sailboat.