There are many different ways that a folding bicycle can be used. Most models are standard size and look similar to a regular bike, but they can be folded down to about one-third of their regular size. Whether for recreation, commuting or shopping, riders can use these bikes as a primary source of transportation that is conveniently stowed away once they arrive at their destinations. People can also take them along in the trunk of a car and go for a ride at whim.
The bicycle folds into a portable state in less than a minute. From a standing position with the kickstand down, the rider lowers the seat and folds down the handlebars. A lever unlocks and releases the frame, folding it into thirds. It can be stored in a car trunk as is, or covered with a custom nylon bike bag for easy portability. Typical folding size is about 31 inches by 12 inches by 31 inches.
Riding a bicycle is good exercise and is also environmentally-friendly. It also helps the rider to avoid traffic snarls, using it as a primary source of commuting or as a link to public transportation. A folding bicycle often has a luggage rack, which is helpful for bringing a briefcase or other supplies to the office. Some styles come with a bungee cord to attach bags and other items to the luggage rack.
When choosing a foldable bike, look for one that has several gears and a quick thumb shifter for gear adjustments on the fly. Fenders on the front and rear and a brush guard provide trail protection. Some models come with an ergonomic design and a gel saddle for comfort. When driving to a favorite park or bike path, the folding bicycle can be stowed in the car until it's time to ride. The bike unfolds quickly. On some models, dual levers lock into place without any tools and the bike is ready to use in seconds.
Rather than vying for a parking space in a vehicle, the folding bicycle is convenient for door-to-door service at the mall. Shoppers can lock it up at a bike rack or fold it up and take it inside. Most styles with an aluminum frame range from 30 to 35 pounds.
When choosing a folding bicycle, riders should select one that is lightweight and folds to a compact size without tools. A luggage rack with bungee cords and a nylon bike storage and carrying bag are accessories that offer convenience and portability for work, school, shopping or recreation.