Folding bikes are found in 1890’s. Later in 1900, a folding bike was reformed and that weighed 15 pounds and had 24 inch wheels! It even included a rack to keep rifle which was used in war. A folding bike was developed as a small size which enabled to be taken on parachute jumps from aircrafts. Later in 1970’s bike gained much popularity.
Folding bikes come with elaborate adjustments than conventional bikes, since all the frames are only of one size. Seat posts and handlebars can be extending up to four times when compared with conventional bikes. Longer post market seat posts and stems are available for great range of adjustment. Overall size may vary with foldable and conventional bikes; prime factor depends on whether the foldable bike fits its rider similar to that of conventional bikes. The wheelbase of many folding bikes matches non folding conventional bikes.
Foldable bikes with smaller wheels come with higher advantages as smaller wheels have potential for higher speed, quick acceleration, easier storage and maneuverability.
Methods of folding
Folding mechanisms comes with higher variations. Hence, keep this in mind while choosing the best folding bike. They are as follows:
Mid fold or half fold– many of folding frames comes up with traditional diamond frame with featuring hinge point, which allows cycle to fold exactly in half. Steering and seat columns can be adjusted with quick release clamps. Both foldable and non foldable bikes come with same size of wheels, for users prioritizing ride over compact folding.
Vertical fold- this style comes with one or two hinges along main tube and seat, allowing folding vertically instead of folding horizontally. As a result both the wheels are side by side which is often more compact than horizontally foldable design.
Triangle hinge– A hinge in the frame allows rear triangle and wheel to be folded down and can be flipped in forward directions under the frame of main tube. Folding mechanisms mainly focuses on speed involving latches and quick releases which affects the speed while folding or unfolding.
Magnet folding and suspension system- rear shock absorber is combined with magnet which forms folding mechanism. The magnet helps to connect and lock the back wheel segment to main frame. While folding bike in to half, magnet disconnects along with one movement and without any support rear wheel rotates and folds vertically. This mechanism helps to roll half folded bike on its rear wheel.