The folding bike has as its prime characteristic just what the name says: after unlocking a couple of catches, the two wheels collapse on top of one another reducing the physical size of the unit. In some folding bikes, the handlebars also fold down and the seat post collapses too. Who would want one? Two prime applications for the folding bike are A) for commuters and B) for campers; although you may want one for other purposes of your own. The commuter can use a folding bike to a trolly or train station and then to work or home. Most train-type conveyances will permit a folding bike on board, even if they ban full-size bikes. For campers, obviously a folding bike is the bicycle of choice, whether travelling in a mobile camper or just canvas tent camping.
Folding bikes come in a variety of wheel sizes, most commonly 20-inch and 24 inch but each model comes in a single frame size. Adaptation to tall and short riders is accomplished by an extension on the steer tube supporting the handlebars and a collapsible/extendable seat post. Frames are generally alloy for lightness. Any folding bike with wheels smaller than 20 inches loses most of the advantages, tending to be unstable and lack in riding enjoyment because of a limited range. Fuji previously made a steel frame model with 26-inch wheels. It's more like an all-terrain bike, necessarily heavier with the bigger frame and wheels, but still easily folding up to fit into a car trunk. The better folding bikes will offer a range of gears, 3 or 7 speeds and many come equipped with a range of accessories included like fenders, rear rack, kick stand and the like.
Centre Ski and Bike offers the KHS Mocha, a leading model in the folding bike category. It’s a delightful ride; come in and take it out for a test.