Folding Bikes for Commuting, Touring and Camping
Over the last decade or so, folding bikes have become more and more popular, and with good reason. They’re the ultimate in convenience, simplicity and portability. Often in less than 60 seconds, they can be folded down into an easy-to-carry package, then re-erected ready for cycling. They’re not only a handy way to travel, they’re also great fun and seriously sturdy.
Here are five reasons why you should consider picking up a folding bike.
They’re easy to assemble…
You really don’t need a degree in engineering to break down and reassemble your folding bike. For most models it can be done within seconds, especially once you’ve gone through the process a couple of times. The BTWIN Tilt 500 Folding Bike, for example, can be folded in just 15 seconds.
Folding bikes are secured in place with screw clips and latches, so you don’t need any tools to set the bike up. There’s no reconnection of breaks, chains and gears, just the adjustment of saddle height and away you go.
There’s a bike for all budgets
If you’re looking at the economics of it, a folding bike can save you a small fortune. If you switch from driving to cycling to work, you’ll save on the running costs of a car. You’ll also save on parking fees – in most major cities in the UK commercial parking for the day can be over £10 a day. If you live in London, you’ll avoid the congestion charge as well.
For a non-electric bike expect to pay £200-£300. If you want to go for electric, anywhere between £800 and £3000 will buy you a good bike. Don’t forget - your upfront cost of buying the bike will very quickly be paid back in savings from a reduction in fuel, parking and congestion charges.
Electric bikes offer unrivalled convenience
Some people like to hybrid-commute, where they walk to a train or bus stop and then use public transport for the rest of the journey. If this is you, a folding bike is perfect – you can ride to your stop, fold up the bike and carry it onto the bus or train.
It’s light enough to carry easily in one hand, so you’ve still got a spare hand for anything else you may need. The bikes are light, especially if you buy a higher-end folding bike with a lighter frame. If you choose a folding electric model, it is heavier, but easier and faster to ride. It all depends on what you’ll use it for.
Folding bikes offer excellent portability
This is the true beauty of a folding bike. Whether you’re touring, camping or commuting, you can fold the bike up easily, which means it can be stored in an office, tent or caravan without taking up too much space.
Even when space is at a premium, a family can have their bikes folded up and they’ll only take up a few square feet.
If you need something that folds up small and is very light weight, the BTWIN Tilt 120 Folding Bike fits the bill perfectly. It’ll pack into a car boot easily, leaving lots of room for camping equipment and luggage. It’s the perfect addition to a break.
When you’ve travelled somewhere you want to explore, there’s no better way to take a look around than by bike. It’s quicker and easier than exploring on foot, allowing you to cover more ground. When you want to hop off the bike, you can either lock it up or fold it up and carry it, whichever you prefer.
Taking a folding bike camping with you turns a trip into an adventure. It adds a whole new dimension to your break.
A folding bike can be transformative – they’re so versatile and can be adjusted to fit a whole range of sizes. Pick up a folding bike and enjoy commuting, exploring and getting some exercise in at the same time.