Folding Bikes - Convenience Comes Compact
Thanks to health and fuel conservation concerns, biking has now caught on like never before. In fact, these days it is not even hard to find a CEO taking a bike to the office. So it is no wonder that people are clamoring for more convenience in their bikes. Keeping the handiness aspect in mind, manufacturers have come up with folding bikes that are easy to bundle and carry around.
What Is A Folding Bike?
A folding bike, also known as a folder, is a bicycle that has several lockable and foldable joints. These parts allow you to fold the bike into a more manageable size that doesn't need yards of space in the bike parking lot or can be easily stashed away at the back of the car when you are out on a camping trip. And with the bike brought down to a compact size, you can easily hoist it on your back and carry it on public transport.
When compared to the usual cars, motorbikes and bicycles, the folding bike is basically a lightweight ensemble and is made from aluminum. They come in different sizes and forms to suit the particular needs of individuals. The folding bicycles also come in electric versions, just in case pushing the pedals is too much of a chore for you.
And contrary to popular myth, being lightweight doesn't mean that there isn't any substance in the machine. These folding bicycles pack in a sturdy gear setup that will last you a long time, in this context; another myth needs to be expounded: the folding bike is in no way slower than the traditional bike. In fact, the folding version of the bike can notch up to some very impressive street performances.
The General Framework of a Folding Bike
The folding bike isn't alien looking by any means. However, there are slight differences in the structural design of a folding bike as compared to its conventional counterpart. For instance, the folding variety of the bike generally uses tires with smaller diameters, even though the larger ones are known to ensure a smoother ride and are long lasting.
However, there are any number of foldable bikes that come with shock absorbers that won't let you feel the bumps and the grinds of the road. But then the shock absorbers will take in some of the energy that you are putting in to move the bike ahead.
The particular design of the folding bike, namely the fact that the gear breaks or folds in the middle portion of the structure and the steering tubes that are placed on the top of the bike frame, does lead to a certain feebleness in the entire structure. It is this weakness of frame that makes the folding bike prone to stresses and weakness in the overall structure.
But these minute structural deficiencies apart, the folding bike is basically a sturdy mechanism and if taken care of right, you can expect sterling service from it. And consider this: the folding bike lends itself to varied adjustments to suit the needs of particular riders and this is one feature that not many other types of bikes will offer.
For instance, you can stretch the seat posts and the handlebar stems by as much as four times the conventional measurement. There are also longer aftermarket posts and stems available should you want to raise them even higher.
With miniaturization the norm of the day, it was only a matter of time until somebody had the brainwave called "folding bike".