How to Buy a Folding Bicycle

How to Buy a Folding Bicycle
With rising fuel costs and a growing number of people trying to lose weight, more people are considering purchasing a folding bike. These bikes, also known as traveling bikes, weigh significantly less than regular bikes and are easy to use. Before you buy a folding bike, you should consider some of the following suggestions:
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Examine the frame to make sure it has a solid look and feel. Stainless steel frames are used in less expensive bikes, while ultra lightweight alloys are used in the more expensive bikes. Make sure the bike has a solid frame and will withstand the test of time and use.
Step 2
Inspect the corners and weld spots. Inferior bikes may be loose or not completely welded. This can result in bikes that break on the corners or edges and require expensive repairs.
Step 3
Test the bike by sitting on it or taking it for a ride. Bike sizes vary dramatically between manufacturers, and you need a size that fits your body type.
Step 4
Check all the parts of the bike and ask about the manufacturer of each part, especially if the parts were custom made. You'll want a bike that has quality parts from a well-known company like Shimano. You can also ask about customizing the bike.
Step 5
Adjust the bike to better fit your body size and type. You can do this by adjusting the seat and position of the handlebars. If you're buying from a reputable shop, you should have the option to make changes.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Always get a guarantee from the shop and the manufacturer.
 
Avoid buying online unless you've tried the bike ahead of time at a brick and mortar store.

Article Written By Jennifer Eblin

Jennifer Eblin has been a full-time freelance writer since 2006. Her work has appeared on several websites, including Tool Box Tales and Zonder. Eblin received a master's degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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