Folding bikes are extremely practical especially if you travel a lot or you want something that’s space-saving because you don’t have room for a full-size bike at home. They’re also useful if you want to cycle to your local train station when commuting to work. This is because you can easily carry your bike on the train because generally, they’re lightweight.
These days, the advancement of bike technology means that folding bikes are often just as good to ride on the road as regular bikes but there are lots of folding bike options and you need to understand the differences between all of them. Some are lighter in weight (made out of carbon or titanium), some fold manually and others are electric. There are even wheel size differences. You will also find that many folding bikes only come with a few gears, this keeps the weight down. Price wise, there’s something for all budgets from £200 to £2000, just expect the higher price options to have more features and be better constructed.
Here are our ten favourite folding bikes to help you make that all-important decision:
This bike gives you some extra lift-off as it’s really fast but be prepared to pay around £2,400 (depending on where you buy it from). It’s wheels are larger than the Brompton, at 22” so it gives you plenty of leverage and it’s made out of carbon so it’s very light. With good gears, it’s pretty close to a regular road bike. The tyres are very durable with Schwalbe Durano technology for strength and grip. You can get yours here: Verge X11
This bike has wheels that are the same side as a regular non-folding bike and it’s easy to fold up and unfold because of its quick release mechanism. Made out of aluminium, it’s light enough at just 12.7kg and it also comes with an impressive seven gears. Expect to pay around £800 (depending on retailer) and you can get yours here: Montague Boston
Decathlon B’Twin Hoptown 320
This folding bike is a handsome looking piece of equipment featuring no less than six gears and an adjustable saddle seat for convenience. Slightly heavier than the 12.7kg Boston, it weighs in at 14.35kg. Compact and easy to use, the B’Twin costs just £199 (depending on retailer) and comes in lime green, red or yellow. Buy yours here: Decathlon B’Twin Hoptown
Airnimal Joey Commute Folding Bike
This bike has been designed especially for the commuter, the Airnimal comes with larger than average wheels that measure 24” you do get a road-like experience and tyres are available in up to 2” in size. This bike features a 9 speed gear box and disc brakes. On the downside, it’s harder to fold but if you want real road-worthiness, it’s a good folding bike option and retails at approximately £1,800 (depending on where you buy it from). Tough, strong and practical you can get yours here: Airnimal Joey Commuter
Raleigh Stowaway 2017 Folding Bike
Raleigh are well-known for their high quality bikes and this aluminium-frame folding bike comes with a superb 7 speed gear box and V-brakes. Additionally, the bike is fitted with a rear pannier rack and metal mudguards. Suitable for commuter rides or touring, it’s a safe bet and is also fairly lightweight at just 13kg. Buy yours here for approximately £320 (depending on retailer): Raleigh Stowaway
Tern Vektron Electric Folding Bike
This bike features 20” wheels that are almost the same size as a regular bike’s. It also comes with a Bosch battery that helps to power up the bike by 20mph maximum. Fully charged, it can last approximately 60 miles. The Tern Vektron includes dynamo powered lights, hydraulic disc brakes and an adjustable stem. You can also add a child-seat. Slightly heavier than most folding bikes, it weighs 21.8kg and retails at around £3,000 depending on where you buy it from. Get your Tern Vektron Electric Folding Bike here: Tern Vektron Electric
Small and lightweight, This sporty, innovative design features dual chain drive sporty has a powerful, rechargeable battery that powers up your ride. It has exceptionally small wheels though so it’s not for you if you prefer large size wheels. The bike is exceptionally easy to carry weighing in at just 12kg and folds up so small, you can take it anywhere you like. Buy yours here: The A Bike for approximately £799 (depending on retailer).
If you’re on a budget then the Coyote might well suit you as it’s easy to fold and features six gears. As it’s electric, it can power up to 15mph, additionally, the handlebars fold up and it’s made out of lightweight aluminium. With 20” wheels, it’s perfectly suitable for road use and touring. You can buy your Coyote Folding Electric Bike for here: Amazon
Made in the UK, this single frame size bike comes with lots of different customisation features. For example, you can easily change the handlebar shape, the weight of the frame, the amount of gears and the colour. Wheels are 16” in size and it’s quick to fold up. Ideal for gentle city riding and touring. The Brompton M6L costs approximately £1,085 (starting price) and is available from here: Brompton
Hummingbird Folding Bike
A fairly new-to-the-market folding bike that arrived in Spring 2017, this one is extremely lightweight at just 6.5kg, it’s known as the lightest folding bike in the world. It only features one gear and is made out of carbon. Retailing at just under £4,000, it’s not cheap but it is durable and easy to use with high-performance-wheels and a very easy to fold-up mechanism. You can buy yours here: Hummingbird Folding Bike