​Best Folding Bikes for Sale

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​Advantages of Owning a Folding Bike

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Portable

The first thing that many people think of when it comes to folding bikes is portability. Folding bikes are so great because they offer all the advantages of a bike when it comes to speed, but they are easily folded away too. Traditional bikes have the problem of being clunky and too heavy to carry around with you. But portable bikes have none of these issues, not only are they light enough to carry about one-handed, but they'll fold up easily too. This means you can stick your bike under your desk at work no problem.

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Practical

Nowadays, many people have to commute on public transport to get into work. In this kind of scenario, a traditional bike is out of the question...imagine trying to get a road bike onto the New York subway! But folding bikes completely solve this problem, just fold the bike up and put it next to your seat. If there's no room at all you can put it on your lap. A folding bike is also great for taking a trip into town, rather than having to chain your bike up and worry about it, you can simply take it with you instead. I know I feel a lot better having my bike with me.

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Easy To Use

Early versions of folding bikes were pretty hit and miss. One of their biggest issues was that they didn’t really fold up very well. They would take ages to actually fold down, and once you’d done so they were often still pretty big. However, modern folding bikes are a lot better. Not only do they fold down quickly (a couple of seconds in some cases) which makes them really useful if you're in a rush in the morning. But they’re also lighter and extremely easy to store too. So they're ideal if you live in an apartment and need to save on space.

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Low Maintenance Cost

Good folding bikes don't require any more maintenance than standard bikes either which is super handy. Obviously, you should still do basic maintenance. Make sure that the chain is oiled properly and that everything is fitting together correctly (you don't want a wheel falling off while you're on the morning commute). But they're no more demanding than standard bikes which is a huge plus considering the amount of added functionality you get. Honestly, unless you're into racing, I'd definitely recommend a foldable over a standard bike.

Our List of Top Fold Up Bikes

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  • Dahon Mariner D7
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Dimensions: 22 x 11 x 33 inches
  • Weight: 26 pounds
  • Folds in less than 15 seconds
  • Wheel SIze: 20- Inch
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  • Dahon Speed Uno
  • Material: SuperLite 4130 chromoly
  • Dimensions: 11 x 11 x 30 inches
  • Weight: 24.2 pounds
  • Folded Size: 11.7 Inch x 30 Inch x 25 Inch
  • Wheel SIze: 20- Inch
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  • Hasa F2 Sram
  • Aluminum Alloy 6061 Frame
  • Fit riders 4'8" to 6'3" in height
  • Weight: 27.5 lbs
  • Folding Size: 33" x 25" x 13"
  • Wheel SIze: 20- Inch
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  • Retrospec Speck SS
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Package Dimensions: 13.2 x 25.2 x 33.6 inches
  • Weight: 22 pounds
  • Folding time of 10 seconds
  • Wheel SIze: 20- Inch
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  • Schwinn Loop
  • Material: Aluminum
  • Number Of Speeds: 7
  • Shipping Weight: 41.1 pounds
  • Folding Size: 30" X 32" X 11 Inch
  • Wheel SIze: 20- Inch

Choosing a Folding Bicycle


Why choose a fold-up bike ?

You'd be tempted to pick a fold-up bike over a traditional model for a couple of reasons. The first of these being that there's not really much of a difference in performance nowadays between non fold-up bikes and fold-up models. This means that what used to be the main disadvantage of fold-up bikes (that they didn't ride all that well) isn't even an issue anymore.

Fold-up bikes are portable, easy to ride, light, compact, and you can take them on public transport incredibly easily. Another advantage is that they're (in theory) harder to steal, because most of the time you'll have you'll have it with you, rather than tied to a lampost. So basically if you're interested in saving space or taking your bike on public transport, then a fold-up bike offers some serious advantages.

Some folders, like the Montague Paratrooper Mountain Folding Bike, have a removable front wheel. This makes saving space even easier.

As mentioned above, a really nice feature of a fold-up bikes is being able to carry them around with you, as opposed to just leaving them unattended. Although bike locks are a decent option, determined thieves can just cut through them with a pair of bolt cutters. Being able to keep your expensive bike with you instead is a big advantage.

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If you're looking to buy a folding bike, then you'll have a bunch of different factors to consider before making a purchase. What are you going to be using your bike for? If you're just going to ride it into work, then you don't necessarily need the lightest bike, or the one that folds up the quickest. But if you're planning to take it onto public transport, then you don't want to miss your train because it took too long to fold your bike up. There's a balance between price and portability here. Generally, the lighter the bike, the more expensive it'll be.


Full-sized Wheel Foldable Bikes


If you don't like small-wheel bikes, you can find folding bikes with regular size wheels. Montague, Redlof, and Dahon are high-quality brands that offer bikes at reasonable prices. The interesting thing about these folds up bikes is that they are not a far cry from professional mountain bikes. Except they can fold, unlike regular bikes.

Many professional mountain riders use Paratrooper Pro fold-up bike. It is an upgraded version of Paratrooper bike which comes with excellent grip for off-road terrains, but also has the option for folding.

If you're looking for a foldable with all the performance of a moutain bike, then full-sized wheel folding bikes are the best choice for you. Another reason why you should opt for them is frame couplings that are much stronger than the regular tubes found on the standard bicycles. This is useful in case you go for an off-road ride occasionally.

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Bigger wheels ensure higher speed which is exactly what professional cyclists are after. The great thing about them is that they have short folding time, which is around thirty seconds. The only downside of the big wheels is that they'll need a little more storage space. But that's literally the only downside. If you're in the market for a folding bike with full size wheels, then I'd recommend the previously mentioned Paratrooper Pro fold-up bike. It's incredibly strong, is a very quick bike, and in a matter of seconds you can fold it up and throw it in your trunk. So storing it is easy.


Folding Bikes: 20-inch wheels and above


Most fold-up bikes tend to have wheels that are 20-inch in diameter. While not as fast as full-size wheels, they're still pretty quick and there's no a serious drop off in performance. However, the folding process takes a bit more time due to their wheel size and complex design. This bike type also tends to be heavier. This kind of bike would be ideal for someone commuting to work, or having to take it on public transport. You can fold it up and use very little space.The most popular brand of 20-inch bike is the Dahon Mariner D7. It's a bit on the pricey side, but is extremely high quality and will last you far longer than many cheaper models.

Keep in mind that the price depends on the weight, the lighter the bike is, the more it costs. For that reason, we would recommend you read our specifications to help you make a decision. Think about what exactly you'll be using your bike for before you make a purchase. We want you to be happy with the bike you buy, so really do think before spending your money.

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The Moulton APB is also worth mentioning when talking about 20-inch wheel bikes. The thing that makes this model different is how it folds - it unbolts in two halves. This type of folding bike is reliable for off-roading because of the high-quality suspension. So if you want a 20-inch foldable you can take down some trails, then it'd be be ideal. It's also brilliant for storage because you can stack the two halves on top of each other. However, disassembling this bike can be time-consuming, so I wouldn't recommend it for city use. Instead, the Moulton APB is perfect for hiking trips and that kind of thing. For city use, go with the Dahon Mariner instead.


Compact Folding Bikes : 16 or 18-inch wheels


Bikes with less than 18-inch wheels are great for exploring cities and riding down smooth, well-kept roads. One significant advantage they have is folding speed. Due to their size, you can fold them in a matter of seconds. This makes them ideal for city exploring as they're convenient and compact. When you fold them, these bikes are no bigger than a suitcase.

Bikes with wheels this size are not suitable for cross country or off-road riding. One, because they tend to lack suspension, and two because the small wheels mean that every bumb and pothole will be harder for your wheels to climb out of. This can result in some nasty accidents on rough terrain. However, their portability makes them perfect for city use.

The model we like most is the Strida EVO Folding Bike. It is very practical and easy to use. And because it's so small it'd be the perfect way to explore a European City in summer. However, it's probably not ideal if you're over 6ft as it's just not the physically largest bike and you might feel a little cramped.

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The biggest issue with having wheels this small is comfort and suspension when riding. Because the wheels are so small, they're not going to deal with bumps or rough tracks well at all. But if you're looking for something super-convenient to explore a city with, then a bike in this range could be perfect.


Small Wheeled Folding Bikes: sub 16-inch


When getting into this kind of range, you really are talking about bikes with extremely small tyres. This means they're only really appropriate if you're only planning to use your bike on smooth ground (think cities). These are very specific tools, you won't be riding these in the park, or doing races, these bikes are strictly for travelling around urban areas.

If you are interested in this type of bike, I'd recommend the Dahon Jifo Uno Obsidian. It's pretty light (just 21lbs) and its fold up dimensions are just 60 x 26 x 57cm. So it's ridiculously easy to store if you're tight on space.

Another great model worth mentioning is the renewed version of the 1980s bike, the Strida 5.0. This is a brilliant bike, and if you like it's cool folding design (I do), then I'd probably pick it over the Obsidian.

One thing to bear in mind about sub 16 inch folding bikes is that they are quite hard to come by sometimes. As such some models might only be available in the US, while others you might only be able to pick up in the UK. This is unfortunate but true.

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As mentioned above, these are definitely not the kind of bikes you want to be taking somewhere with potholes, or anywhere off-road. But they do offer absolutely unparalled storage space and portability, so if that's high on your priority list then they could be perfect. It's important that you understand the product before you buy one of these, these are not versatile bikes, but they are perfect for using on smooth roads, and they are portable to a ridiculous degree.

Folding Bike Specifications


The Specifications of different bikes are of course going to vary. Here's a quick summing up of the specs of some popular models.

Regular Dahon 20-wheel foldable bike specifications:
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-Model: KAC072

-Weight: 13.5 kg (30 lbs)

-Frame: Lattice Forged Hinge, Lightweight 4130 Cro Mo w/ ViseGrip Technology

-Fork: Stable and Smooth Riding Steerer, Hi- Ten Steel blades

-Handlepost: Fusion Technology with Forged Alloy Radius Telescope

-Drivetrain: Shimano Rear Derailleur with 7-speed gearing system

-Wheels: 20-inch wheels with aluminum rims and 20 front holes and 28 rear holes-hub

-Brakes: Winzip Smooth and Powerful 110mm V-type brakes

-Max Weight for cycler: 105 kg (231 lbs)

Professional Paratrooper folding bike specifications:
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-Frame: 7005 series Aluminum equipped with DirectConnect System.

-Fork: SR Suntour XCT suspension system

-Rims: 26’’ Alloy, double-wall, 32 hole comes in black color

-Tyres: Kendra Kinetics

-Spokes: 14 Gauge, Stainless

-Saddle: Aero Mountain

-Shifters: Shimano RAPIDFIRE Plus gear system

-Speed: 24 gears

-Pedals: Steel-caged platform pedal, amazing grip

-Folded size: 36'' x 28'' x 12''

-Approximate weight: 32 lbs.

-Estimated price: 900 $

Strida EVO 18-inch wheel folding bike specifications:
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-Model: KAC072

-Weight: 12 kg (27 lbs)

-Frame: Lattice Forged Hinge, Lightweight 4130 Cro Mo w/ ViseGrip Technology

-Fork: Stable and Smooth Riding Steerer, Hi- Ten Steel blades

-Handlepost: Fusion Technology with Forged Alloy Radius Telescope

-Drivetrain: Shimano Rear Derailleur with 7-speed gearing system

-Wheels: 20-inch wheels with aluminum rims and 20 front holes and 28 rear holes-hub

-Brakes: Winzip Smooth and Powerful 110mm V-type brakes

-Max Weight for cycler: 105 kg (231 lbs)

Professional Paratrooper folding bike specifications:
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-Frame: 7005 series Aluminum equipped with DirectConnect System.

-Fork: SR Suntour XCT suspension system

-Rims: 26’’ Alloy, double-wall, 32 hole comes in black color

-Tyres: Kendra Kinetics

-Spokes: 14 Gauge, Stainless

-Saddle: Aero Mountain

-Shifters: Shimano RAPIDFIRE Plus gear system

-Speed: 24 gears

-Pedals: Steel-caged platform pedal, amazing grip

-Folded size: 36'' x 28'' x 12''

-Approximate weight: 32 lbs.

-Estimated price: 900 $

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