The natural environment of folding urban bicycles is undoubtedly the city. Its ability to reduce its dimensions make it ideal for small floors. But… What should you keep in mind when choosing the best one? Well, keep reading because not only are we going to teach you what details you should look at to make the best decision, but we are also going to give you an assessment of some of the ones we consider top in the market.
What does a good folding city bike need to have?
Fundamental. A bike that you are going to use around the city must be light, since, probably, you combine it as a means of transport with others such as the bus or the metro. And carry a lot of weight in those moments when you have to climb the stairs of the station or the few steps of the train, it shows.
This point conflicts with another fundamental for any urban folding bike worth its salt: some gears. Although it is basic to face any small slope or change of grade that you find on your way, too many gears require a greater number of sprockets and plates, which results in a greater weight.
Therefore, we must find a model that has a balance between these two aspects.
However, what you should take into account is the type of routes you are going to carry out in your day to day. That is, generally in the city there are no large slopes, but if you catch any, it is better to have the option of changing one or two gears.
But if what you have to climb, yes or yes, are stairs in the subway station or in the office, better get one in which the number of speeds does not make the deadweight load uncomfortable.
Folding urban bicycles must adapt to the rhythm of life of the city, being very fast and easy to fold. Especially when we talk about the main fold of the painting, since it is often the one that is most used to quickly enter the subway or a shopping center.
With this gesture it will usually be enough to transport the bike in trolley
But the important thing in this case is not so much that it has this type of fold as that its mechanism is easy to use.. In this way, going from pedaling to entering the interior of a place or another means of transport will be a process that does not take more than 10 seconds.
On the other hand, the homes of large cities are not characterized by their spaciousness, so any extra element that can be folded on the bike are points in favor of the model in question. In fact, they can usually fold (in addition to the frame) the handlebars or pedals. But anyway, measure well the space you have reserved to store the bike in your apartment. So you can compare it with the dimensions you find on the fully folded web.
Folding urban bikes are very versatile in general (especially those that, as we mentioned, have more than one speed). But more so are those that allow you a easy transport of the structure.
And not only by weight, that too, but by the transport in general from one side to the other while it is folded. For example, when you have to take the bike through the corridors of the subway pushing it with one hand or through your office building.
In this aspect, among the folding urban bicycles that will come best to you are the ones that you can carry comfortably, without the need to use both hands and make it, folded, as stable as possible. This will give you enormous freedom to enjoy going everywhere with hardly any effort.
Comparison of the best folding urban bikes
Folding bike City, by Ryme Bikes
7 speeds and 12.6 kg are the flagship of this folding bike for city. It has an aluminum frame and folded has dimensions of 38x79x76 cm.
It has handlebars and a folding frame, and the saddle can be lowered to take up less space. Its price is around 700 €.
Cinzie Firenze Vintage 6V 2020
With a vintage look that gives it great appeal, this has a weight of 13.8 kg (its frame is steel) and 6 speeds, which makes it quite robust and perfect for traveling somewhat more complex roads. The measures once folded are 80x74x30 cm and its price is over 300 €.
This fantastic 4-speed city bike weighs only 8.2 kg thanks to its carbon fiber frame. It folds into handlebars and rear wheel area and has folded dimensions of 117x60x20 cm. Now, do you have the wallet ready? Because it costs a whopping €3,600.
Moma Bikes First Class 20″
With 6 speeds, an aluminum frame and 11 kg of weight, it has an urban design to which it adds fenders and luggage carriers. With handlebars, frame and folding pedals (remaining at 77x64x35 cm), its price is competitive within the somewhat heavier folding bikes, since it is around € 250.
Our favorite: Ossby Curve Eco
3 speeds (more than enough in the city), a weight of only 9.5 kg thanks to its aluminium frame and, above all, its fold Easy up that cuts the dimensions of the bike in half in a single second (faster than any other on the market), make it our undisputed favorite.
Yes, because it is perfect to go from pedaling to walking through the corridors of the subway in a matter of 5 seconds (and in them we count the time to get off and, then, fold the bike).
With folded measures of 93x70x22 cm, fits in any corner! Come on, it is undoubtedly the queen of folding urban bikes.
Its price is below € 800, but if you are going to use it in your day to day, for comfort and versatility, it is very worth opting for this high-end model.
Now you only have to try it first hand and confirm that it is
the best of the folding urban bicycles, ideal to take around the city
. In fact, it will be so comfortable for you, you won’t go anywhere without it again! Whether it’s for coffee with friends or for work, it will become your perfect companion.