If you love to ride ebikes but are hesitant to ride more in the city for commuting or errands because of the challenges that bikes entail: they are bulky, don’t always integrate seamlessly with other forms of transportation such as buses or trains, aren’t always welcome in offices, and there is a risk of theft if you leave them outside regardless of how many locks you use. One solution is a folding ebike, and there are good reasons to consider one.
What is a Folding Ebike
There are just as many styles of ebikes as there are non-assisted bikes and a folding ebike is one of them. A folding bike, “e” or otherwise, is designed so the frame, handlebars, saddle, and pedals collapse or fold with a hinge. Even though they fold to make them more compact when not in use, a folding ebike can have same features you find in other bikes: small or large wheels, thin or fat tires, small or big motors and batteries, are heavy or light, and with or without suspension, gears, fenders, racks and lights. Regardless of the features you want, here are reasons to consider an ebike that folds:
Reasons to Select a Folding Ebike
History of Folding Bikes
There is some debate as to who invented the first folding bike, but it is not a modern invention. Examples of bikes that can be made smaller for storage and transportation by folding date back to the 1870s. Because of higher manufacturing costs, they did not have wide distribution initially. There was successful use, however, in military applications during WWI and WWII with paratroopers carrying them strapped onto their backs enabling transportation after jumping out of an airplane.
How to Select the Best Folding Ebike for You
As with any bike purchase you should think through how you plan to use it, whether on paved surfaces or offroad, occasional or heavy use, how far you plan to ride on a single charge, and do you want to ride in a casual upright position on the ebike or more aggressive for speed and distance. When selecting a folding ebike make sure the hinges and latches are sturdy and will not open inadvertently while riding introducing a safety issue. Look carefully at the quality of components, such as the frame, wheels, and drivetrain and consider how durable they are for how you plan to use it and can they be serviced. Always asked about the warranty in case a key component fails in the early days you own it. Don't forget about accessories, such as fenders, racks, and lights and make sure the saddle is comfortable for you. If not standard equipment, these can be added or upgraded after the sale.
Since there are many folding points it might take some practice to fold and unfold an ebike. This is compounded with the extra weight introduced with the addition of a battery and motor on an ebike. With a little practice, you will be able to close and open the ebike in little time.
As with any bike purchase, it is a good idea to test ride before you buy and get it professionally assembled and fitted for comfort and safety. Also, make sure you have a plan for where to get parts and after sales support since all ebikes at some point will require service.
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