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THE FACTS ON FOLDING BIKES

April 21 2015 | Matt

Short on space but love to explore on 2 wheels? Consider a folding bike

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Having a bike with you while caravanning and camping can be a great way to explore the area you’re staying in. Whether it’s a bike trail along a picturesque beach, or a way to reach wineries within the district, there are many advantages of having two wheels to get around on.

While those with bike racks or toy haulers will easily bring their bikes along, there’s not a lot of options for a caravanner low on space. Folding bikes have been around for a long time, and people have been using them in any instance where space is lacking (such as paratroopers jumping out of planes during WW2, we kid you not!). If you currently don’t have the ability to load up your standard bike on a trip, then think about investing in a space saving foldable option.

Drawbacks

Foldable bikes do have some drawbacks to a standard bike, for example, spare parts might have to be purchased from a specialty dealer rather than any standard bike shop. The easy way to avoid being caught without a spare part is to make sure you stock up and carry with you when leaving for a trip. Another difference can be the build of the bike, with a small lightweight frame and high seated position, these bikes can take some getting used to. The drawbacks are minor when the alternative is having no bike to use at all, and once people get used to their foldable bikes they love them!

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Buyer’s Considerations

If you’ve come to the decision a folding bike would be a great addition for your caravanning holidays, the next step is to work out how to choose the right one for you. For many city commuters, their biking decisions will be based around weight of the bike folded, ease of collapsibility (no one wants to miss a train while folding up their bike!), and comfort of the ride. If you think you’ll also use it for work commute and caravanning, then you might want to consider these factors too. However, if you were to be purchasing the bike solely to take caravanning, you should ensure comfort is your deciding factor.

When looking at foldable bikes see if you’re able to try one out. Certain retailers will have bikes set up for customers to take on a test ride, and this will certainly help determine if it’s the right fit for you. The ease of collapsibility and lightness of the bike can become a trade-off for comfort, but keep in mind you’ll be packing these into a car or caravan, not lugging them around the city, so you should make comfort a priority. Some indicators to help you choose: quality of finish, quality of the locking mechanism, weight, warranty, and brand can all help ensure your purchase stands the test of time.

Speaking to a bike retailer that specialises in foldable bikes is a great way to start, so check out bike sellers in your area. With stories of people traveling the world with their fold up bikes, we think they offer the perfect addition to any adventure that’s tight on space.

ALL RV Parts & Accessories sell the K-Rock, an easy to use fold up bike that can be ordered online.

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5 thoughts on “THE FACTS ON FOLDING BIKES”

  1. The series of fold up bikes made by Brompton are certainly worth caravaners considering, especially the hub-geared ones. Brompton also make soft and hard travel bags/cases for their fold ups.

  2. We have used Bike Friday http://www.bikefriday.com since 1997. Excellent 20″ wheel, typically 27 gears, custom built folding bikes that travel as swiftly as big wheel bikes due to a larger chain ring that provides the same road speed related to cadence. Other that the main frame components, all gear, brake, axle, spoke, levers, tyres, etc., parts are from standard suppliers (Shimano, etc.) available at any bike shop. The company provides a fast frame parts replacement air mail service to anywhere in the world should anyone run over your bike. There is an Australian Bike Friday Club with various get togethers during each year, members of which, provide mutual support.

    I am not connected to the company in any way – just a satisfied customer. No criticism of Brompton or other reputable folding bike manufacturers – their owners are usually just as satisfied and loyal. Only negative comment regarding some cheap brands is that they may rust and may not have reliable components.

  3. We have owned folding bikes for years now. I purchased 2 on the net which were made in China and sold by a company in Melbourne. Our bikes have 16″ wheels but I would look at 20″ wheels if I repurchase. Because of the cheap quality they had surface rust on them after 6 months. I would look at a better quality bike to purchase. The Dahon in the photo above looks much better. A folding bike is the way to go if space is limited. Get one that is 15 speed or higher as we only have a 10 speed which limits us greatly. In all they are worth it.

  4. Hi we are looking for spare parts for our K Rock folding bike…we broke the right pedal and unable to find another anywhere! Do you know of anyone that stocks these?? Thanks in advance Suzy

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