Folding bikes, as the name suggests, are bikes that fold up. They have gained popularity over the past decade or so and are now no longer an uncommon site on the roads and in the shops. They are especially popular with those who have limited storage space at home as well as those who take their bike on public transport. As these bikes can fold up to a much smaller size than a regular bicycle they are easy to stow away when not in use.
As mentioned, these products have become increasingly popular with people who use public transport and one such group is those who commute to work. These bikes are ideal for riding from your house to the train station and then from the destination train station to your place of work. As they can be folded very easily you can quickly pack the bike up and get on to the train with it ready for your journey. Of course you could take a regular bike on the train but this might not be a very popular decision with your fellow commuters, especially at rush hour when space on the train is at a premium. With a fold up bike you not only have an opportunity to increase your fitness on your daily commute but they also make you more popular with your fellow passengers!
Folding bikes have improved in design and sturdiness over the years due no doubt to customer demand. Not only are they great for commuting but they are great for leisure too – you can stow your bike in the boot of your car and then take off to your chosen destination and explore using your folding bike. Another advantage I am often reminded of is that you are less likely to have your folding bike stolen – you can keep it safe in a cupboard at the office or unobtrusively in your home…. that has to be a huge advantage in having one!
FOLDING BIKE ACCESSORIES
Just like regular bicycles there are a few essential accessories that can enhance the experience of owning a folding bike. One of the most important items that can be bought to accompany your bike is a folding bicycle bag. These are heavy duty bags that are just the right size to house a fold up bike. Although it is pretty easy to carry one of these bikes a short distance thanks to their shape, size and the presence of a carry handle on most models carrying one over long distances can become tiresome. This is where the value of a fold up bike bag becomes apparent. With their padded handles and weight distributing straps they make carrying your bike over extended period a breeze. These bags come highly recommended by most fold up bike enthusiasts so they are well worth checking out. Other accessories include special tyres, lights and of course a safety helmet. Take a look at our folding bike accessories page for more great products. Click here for folding bike accessories
MAKES OF FOLDING BIKES
As these bikes have grown in popularity so too has the number of brands available. As more and more of these bikes are sold more and more companies have started manufacturing and selling fold up bicycles. Some brands are new to producing bicycles while other newcomers to selling folding bikes are companies that are already established as bike manufactures but are only now delving into the folding bicycle market.
BROMPTON FOLDNG BIKES
The extremely popular Brompton folding bikes are made to exceptionally high standards and are known around the world. You will see them in cities during rush hour, on boats ready to be used when back on dry land being ridden down country lanes. Brompton was awarded the Queen’s Award for Export in 1995 and two Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2010. The ethos of the company is to increase people’s independence and freedom and this is an ethos that percolates throughout the company along to distributors and to the owners of a Brompton alike. They want and succeed in having their customers feeling comfortable with their choice and being positively impacted by their choice, being independent in that they have flexibility with their transport options and having the freedom to go where and when they want using their Brompton folding bike. All Brompton folding bikes are designed and buit in their London factory. Brompton has been in full production since 1988 which is something to be acknowledged and it is privately owned which allows focus to be on the bike rather than shareholders. These folding bikes are definitely well worth your attention. To see our range of Brompton Folding Bikes click here
GIANT FOLDING BIKES
Giant Bikes has a commitment that you the cyclist will get enjoyment from your experience of riding a Giant Bike no matter what your reason for cycling is. They believe that the journey experience is as important as your destination and so they are committed to continuously updating their technology and expertise. Having started their business in 1972 with their mission ‘to create better bikes and improve the cycling experience’ they have gone on to bring that mission statement into a reality. Giant Bikes sell all over the world at both competition level and also for those wanting enjoyment from their bike for leisure and day to day use. Their bikes have won world championships and also are winners of design awards.This widely known bicycle brand Giant is ongoingly committed to its vision to be’The Best Bicycle Company in the World’. To see this exciting company’s folding bike range go to our Giant Folding Bikes page.
OYAMA FOLDING BIKES PAGE
Oyama was founded in Taiwan more than 40 years ago known for being a professional bike manufacturer and specialist and well known for its folding bikes. Since 1966 their folding bikes have had a great reputation and in 2009 Blomson International and Oyama got together to develop and distribute these excellent bikes. To see these class folding bikes from Oyama go to our Oyama Folding Bikes page.
RALEIGH FOLDING BIKES
Raleigh was founded in 1890 in Nottingham and so for over 120 years they have been making the kind of bikes that people want to use. They value good modern design and great engineering technology so that all of their models are quality in all aspects and very importantly are reliable to ride. Their folding bikes are of a great standard and to see them go to our Raleigh Folding Bikes page.
DAHON FOLDING BIKES
The Dahon story is a fascinating one- starting in 1975 when the founder of Dahon, Dr David Hon, was working as a high level physicist in an aircraft corporation in California. To cut a long story short Dr Hon started to feel dissatisfaction with his work as he wanted to be doing something more in line with improvement of the world rather than working on war instruments and it was while he was in this period of dissatisfaction that the oil and gas crisis hit; whilst queueing yet again for gasoline Dr Hon saw it was time to come up with a way of reducing the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. He was struck by the relevance of bicycles which he had used a lot in his younger days – he could see that it was important to improve the technology of the bikes that were around to make them more suitable and relevant to today’s needs. It was while thinking along these lines that Dr Hon came up with the idea of a portable folding bicycle. During the next seven years in his spare time at evenings and weekends he built many many prototypes in his aim to perfect a folding bike that would fold quickly and compactly and be reliable to use. In 1982 the folding bicycle was ready, it was extremley successful and won several awards; however no company was interested in taking on its production or licence not surprisingly really as the idea was very forward thinking at that time. By 1983 Dr Hon had gathered the funds to locate to Tawain and began manufacturing the folding bike in his own factory in line with his commitment to environmentally sustainable transport. His company Dahon is now extremely successful and influences how many many people transport themselves on a daily basis; the vision is still the inspiration of the company and is making a huge difference in the way it was always intended. To see our range of Dahon Folding Bikes go to the Dahon Folding Bikes page.
JANGO FOLDING BIKES
To see our range of Jango Folding Bikes go to our Jango Folding Bikes page
APOLLO FOLDING BIKES
Apollo is an Australian company that has been making bikes for over 30 years now and are popular in Australia and in the international market. All models are designed and tested by their in-house team and are made to stand up to the rigours of the Australian terrain so that sets a great standard in my view. This is a company with high standards and a passion for cycling that ongoingly looks for new technology to keep their bikes at the cutting edge.
To see our range of Apollo Folding Bikes go to our Apollo Folding Bikes page
CARRERA FOLDING BIKES
To see our range of Carrera Folding Bikes go to our Carrera Folding Bikes page
To see our range of Stowaway folding bikes go to our Stowaway Folding Bikes Page
VIKING FOLDING BIKES
Viking is a long established producer of bikes. Interestingly it was a railway employee Alfred Victor Davies who made the first Viking bike. He left his job and started bike business and in the usual way of new businesses there were obstacles to overcome but his passion for bikes kept him going. The company was established in 1908 in Wolverhampton; initially the bikes were put together from frames and parts made by other companies but they went on to make their own frames and although the bikes are no longer produced there Viking cycles still has a high reputation for producing great quality bikes incorporating up to the minute style to suit a wide range of cycling needs with durability at a range of prices to suit everyone. A significant part of their range are the City Folders
To see our range of Viking folding bikes go to our Viking Folding Bikes Page
To see the Viking Cargo Adult Tricycle go to our Adult Folding Tricycle Page