Folding Rides

They won't exactly fit into your pocket but folding bicycles can be convenient. Consumer Reports has been testing some of them.

You can fit them into the trunk of a car, or take them on trains and planes.

That works out well for Eric Marcos who has to take a train to work. Part of his trip is on a folding bike and it saves him time and money.

Marcos says, "I hop on, you know, fold it open, hop on, and ride there. I don't have to park, feed the meter. It's great."

Consumer Reports tested five folding bicycles that cost anywhere from $380 to $830.

Rich Handel put them through a battery of tests. One assesses how easy the bike is to fold up.

Handel says, "Some bikes take up to a minute to fold. This one takes 30 seconds."

Another test determines the stopping distance on dry pavement. Other road tests included climbing hills, shifting, shock absorption, and handling.

All the bikes performed fairly pretty well but they can be heavy. The lightest one tested weighed 25 pounds and the heaviest was 30.

The top-rated bike turned out to be the Brompton C3E. It's the lightest and costs $675. It's easy to fold and it folds up so the chain is inside, not on the outside where you can rub against it.

For much less, Consumer Reports named the Dahon Speed D7 a best buy. Even though it weighs the most of the bikes tested, it had the lightest price at $380.

To find the recommended bikes, Consumer Reports suggests beginning with local bike shops. You can also find them online.

  • Dahon
  • Brompton

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