Getting a foldable bike has its ups as well as its downs. So before you get one, consider the following about foldable bicycles.
Unlike regular bicycles, folding bikes are obviously more convenient to store and lug around. Since most foldable models can fit easily in the back of a regular sedan, it takes up very little parking and storage space. Not to mention, you don’t have to get a rack in order to bring it along to a trail. You can simply fold it, put it inside the trunk of your car, and go.
Despite the convenience that it brings, folding bike models usually cost less than regular full suspension mountain bikes or road bikes. This makes it a good choice for a beginner especially if you have a tight budget. However, it does not offer the same comfort or agility as a full suspension trailer.
Because of its structure, folding bicycles can only take on limited designs. Extra hinges in the body add weight to the whole frame and demand heavier metal components instead of pure carbon fiber. This makes it difficult to create a road or racer folding bike. Usually, folding designs are meant to be used for uphill climbs, downhill rides, or the usual cross training. Because in these types of rides, weight and bike design are secondary to the rider’s skills.
If you have considered all these and you still want to get one, then a folding bike is really for you.