Folding bikes have been around for many, many years and were used by the Italian military during the first world war and by the British military during the second. Throughout the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s right through to the present day, the folding bike has been developed but has changed in looks very little. The ability to fold the bike enables the bike to be stored quickly even when space is restricted and for this reason they are very popular as inner-city commuter bikes. If your journey involves public transport, having a bike that folds quickly means you are able to take the bike on train, tram or (sometimes) bus giving you the option to continue your journey by bike.
Folding bikes are usually fitted with 20” wheels but there are some examples with larger 24” or 26” wheels. The gearing on folding bikes is usually restricted to a single front chainring with either a single speed at the rear or a range of gears (derailleur or self-contained hub). Because of their common use for commuting many have a rack fitted or are able to take a rack so that a small amount of luggage can be transported safely with some examples having mudguards fitted, making them suitable in all weather conditions. For those who want to take a bike on holiday but find space in the car limited, a folding bike is the ideal solution. Although folding bikes are not ideal for longer rides they are a perfect mode of transport for short, urban journeys. So if you’re a regular commuter and find space restricted, a good quality, folding bike may be the perfect bike for you.