Biking is a great way to navigate the city, commute to work, and is a great healthy transportation option. All to often though with space such a premium in many city apartments, it can be tricky finding a place to store a bike. For many commuters, locking their bike outside during the work day is not always the most practical option due to theft concerns. It is for these riders and anyone looking for a smaller footprint bike that we present these 5 space saving bikes we like.
Due to our own experiences with riding A-frame folding bikes, we chose to keep our list to folding bikes that have full size (or close to) tires and allow you to maintain a standard riding position. Because we are Unplggd, we also could not help but include a folding electric bike in our list.
Urban Folding Bike by Chicago based designer Ryan Mather is an attractive bike that folds to have it's size making it very easy to store and transport when not in use. We love that the hinging system enables the bike to be pushed around when fully collapsed, making transporting it all that much easier.
Contortionist Folding Bike by Royal College of Art student Dominic Hargreaves neatly folds into a package that fits inside the bike's 26-inch wheels. Although currently not in production, Hargreaves has received interest from three companies that would like to make a production model which Hargreaves hopes will retail for no more than $653.
The Boston by Montague is the first 700c single speed folding bike. The bike has a special hub which allows riders to change between a fixed-gear and free-wheel setup with little effort. This bike will retail for $699.99 and will be available in January, 2010.
IF Mode Folding Bicycle by Pacific Cycles has a clean design aimed at city commuters. This sharp looking bike has also won the 2008 Eurobike Award, iF Product Design 2009 Gold Award, and Taiwan Excellence Silver Award.
Quando Electric Folding Bike by eZee is as portable as an electric bike can get, although at almost 60 lbs that is not really all that portable. If you are in the market for a folding electric bike, though this does fit the bill. Using lithium- ion batteries, this bike can go 15 mph for 20 miles on one charge.
What is your experience with folding bikes? Have we left out your favorite model? Would you be interested in purchasing the Urban Folding Bike or the Contortionist?