- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
BEST? for what, every folding bike is a compromise in one way or the other for the most part. You have to first decide which are the attributes of the folding bike that are most important to you and will effect how easy it is for you to use and by extension how often. The Variables to consider besides the obvious COST are more unique to the designs and uses of folding bicycles.
Which of these 'special factors" is more important to you will naturally determine that factors influence in your choice of cycle.
The first factor for many people is ease of folding, My mom has a bike friday and she has to watch the video each time to review how to fold it up, it is not a simple process, then again Friday market their bikes as TRAVEL bikes not folding bikes don't they? The Giant Halfway folds down in less than 30 seconds, and the Bridgestone picnica folds up in less than 10 seconds !!
THE NEXT FACTOR related to folding is the size of space the bike takes up when folded and the weight.. either of these factors can make the bike a burden on public transit or even a pain to fit in the trunk of a car.
The final factor is the ride-ability of the bike, some folding bikes can never achieve the position that lead to comfort and efficiency, I rate folding bike ride ability on how long I am willing to ride it..at the bottom of the scale are bikes which are barely better than walking frustrating even in the discomfort they cause-the Abike comes to mind here, at the other end of the scale are folding bikes which I would be happy to tour on day after day.. most of the commercial folding bikes fit in the 2 hour ride at one go for my 6 foot tall size they may produce more comfortable results if your size is closer to the mean.
IN Short there is no answer to your question.. but another question... however I think if you keep these ideas in mind and ride/fold/as many bikes as possible you should be able to find the best bike for you and your needs..
Start by looking at Giant, KHS and DahonSource(s): personal knowledge and experince
- 5 years ago
When it comes to the world of the folding bike, there’s aficionados and then there’s the people going ‘What on earth is a fold up bicycle?’ In the world of push bikes, these are specialist tools- but they really shouldn’t be, particularly if you’re biking in an urban environment.
Although not as well-known as their classic cousins, these useful tools can be just the thing to get you from A to B on a hectic commute without the usual worries of safely parking your bike when you get there. Keep reading for the low down on these space and time savers. -Bicyclegod.comSource(s): http://www.bicyclegod.com/
- 10 years ago
If money isn't a huge deal, then there is the Ritchey breakaway, and most custom builders have the option of putting couplers on any of their frames so they can be broken down easily. If there is a more conservative budget, then Sun bicycles, Giant, and Dahon would be companies to look up. If you can go and see a demonstration on how to fold/break down the bikes and maybe even take them for a spin. Good luck!Source(s): I have worked for three bike shops and still work for one for a total of eleven years experience as a bike builder, mechanic, and sales associate.
- Anonymous10 years ago
You should go with Schwinn Hinge Folding Bike
20-inch folding bicycle designed for commuting
Low stand-over frame and ATB rigid fork
Sure-stopping alloy linear pull brakes
Handy rear rack; adjustable seat post
Measures 30 x 32 x 11 inches (W x H x D) when folded
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- MtrlpqbikerLv 710 years ago
There are some great travel bikes out there, but they cost more than a comparable conventional bike. Bike Friday has already been mentioned, there are also others like Brompton, Airnimal, and my personal favourite, Moulton. These are serious bicycles with performance as good as a regular bike
- hummerhead2002Lv 710 years ago
They are selling some in Ebay.com (category: Sporting Goods/Outdoor Sports/CYCLING-Folding bikes).
- M VLv 610 years ago
Check out the Surly Traveler's Check - a very versatile bike
- Jude the ObscureLv 610 years ago
I have a Dahon... it seems like a great bike... But, I've never owned another to compare it to.
- 10 years ago