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How to Choose the Best Folding Bike for Bicycle Touring

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Bicycle touring is one of the best ways to exercise while having fun with your family or friends. It is something that can be done practically anywhere, whether you’re in the city or out in the mountains. There are different types of bicycles that are custom made for different purposes and terrains, and you can choose the one that suits you according to the activities that you’ll be undertaking. There are also bikes that are meant for men, women, and those that are unisex. There are also different bikes that are made for different ages, and even very young children can enjoy riding with their friends. Some come with gears, while others are portable to make them easier to move around and store. In this article, we are going to look at how to choose the best folding bike for bicycle touring. We will also be reviewing some of the best foldable bikes on the market today so as to make it easier for you to choose when shopping for one.

Foldability

This is a very important factor, and there are two things to look at, the folding speed, and the size of the bike once it is folded. The speed comes in handy if you use your bike several times a day and you need to keep folding and unfolding, and many would also prefer bikes that don’t require you to have tools. The folding size, on the other hand, depends on the size of the wheels. It is important for storage and transportation purposes. You would also want to go for one with a cover to make it look smaller than it actually is, an advantage when you’re taking public transport.

Performance

One would ultimately want to go for a bike that not only performs well, but also feels good riding. As such, you would want to consider the length of distance that you’re likely to cover, and the sort of terrain. The best performing bikes fall in the loop with 20” wheels and above, although the frames and handle bars also matter.

Sizing and Fit

Sizing and fit pay a great role and a good example is if you’re going to be covering long distances. In this case, you would want to have a light bike with a good fit when folded for carrying. This means that the size of the frames also plays a major role.

Wheel Size

Folding bikes typically come with 16, 20, 24, 26 and 27.5″ wheels, and depending on how you intend to use your folding bike, you can choose the right one. If you’re using private transport, you probably wouldn’t worry about the wheel size, but if it is public, you’d probably go for the smaller sizes. Also, when riding over long distances, you would want to go with larger wheels.

Specification

Depending on the sort of biking experience that you’re after, some of the other things that you’d want to consider are the gear ratios, internally geared hubs vs. derailleurs, and the types of tires.

The Best Folding Mountain Bike in 2017

Montague Paratrooper

This bike that is built by Montague comes with a patented folding design that came from a DARPA grant allowing airborne soldiers to drop out of airplanes and helicopters, and into combat. It is a 24 speed bike with front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear. It is a long lasting bike that can carry heavy loads with ease, and it is now also popular with commuters and other riders.

Features

  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • It comes with 24 speeds, front suspension, mechanical disc brakes, and a Rackstand for hauling gear.
  • Authorized dealer – Montague’s warranty of 1 year on parts and their backing on frame’s potentially past that date, are valid. Contact them with any concerns as to Warranty.

Cyrusher FR100

The Cyrusher FR100 folding mountain bike comes equipped with full suspension to handle all sorts of trails.The aluminum frame is strong and durable despite the fact that it is light. It also features a 24 gear Shimano drivetrain with quick and precise shifting. Other features include 26-inch, 6-spoke magnesium alloy rims, disc brakes, ergonomic handlebars, and cut-away saddle. This workhorse is made for the toughest trails.

Features

  • Premium Quality: The bike adopts 100 percent aluminum alloy frame, the front fork and middle frame are packed with comfort shock absorption.
  • Brake & Gear Shift System: With front and rear disc brakes and 24-speed shifting system, you can choose any speed to complete your journey, and perfect brakes fully protect your safety.
  • Light & Foldable Frame: Folding is simple and easy. Great bike for hitting the trails, and ideal for use as a commuting bike.
  • Ergonomic Design: we pay great attention to every detail of each component, ergonomic hand bar, adjustable seat and anti-slip wear resistant tire.
  • Unique Rim: 26 inch, 6 Spokes Classical Rims magnesium integrated wheel.

The Best Folding Road Bike

Montague Boston 21”

This full size, single-speed folding bike is equipped with 700c wheels that are suited for urban riding. The flip-flop hub means the rear wheel can work as both a fixed-gear or free-wheel setup., and it also comes with a Clix quick release and the patented folding system that can fold the bike in less than 20 seconds.

Features

  • For a valid warranty please have assembled at your local bike shop.
  • Bike is shipped in the Montague’s standard and very durable box.
  • 700c wheels.
  • Flip-flop hub enabling the
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