30 March 2020

Thinking of Getting a Folding Bike During the COVID-19 lock-down? Now Is the Time!

If you’ve been thinking about buying a folding bike but have been hesitant to pull the trigger now may be the best time to go through with a purchase.

COVID-19 has completely upended how we get around on a daily basis. Public transport (if still operating at all) is seen as too risky. You’re most likely staying at home, self-isolating, so you don’t have to travel too far to run errands and get some fresh air at the same time. Walking is fine — for a while. Eventually, you will wear out all of your available routes, and then what? You could haul out your old bike for a ride — and you should — but why not go folding?

Let’s look at some of the reasons why folding bikes are really the best mode of transport for our new pandemic way of life, and why this is a very good time to get one (if you’re fortunate enough to still be employed).

Social distancing: Experts advise that you stay at least 2 meters away from other people to minimize the spread of infection. It’s a blunt response to the immediate crisis. A crisis that will last weeks, most likely months and possibly longer if numbers keep spiralling out of control before a vaccine can be found.

Cycling is an excellent way to adhere to social distancing guidelines — as long as you’re riding alone. Racing is an excellent group activity, but it’s probably not the best type of cycling for the present moment, so leave the spandex at home. A folding bike is a perfect way to get outside, feel the breeze on your skin, watch the pavement rush by underneath your wheels, and still, get that ‘shot of endorphins’ in your brain.

Car traffic is plummeting: People are staying at home and avoiding unnecessary travel. Demand for ride-hailing is fizzling as restrictions are put in place, and the streets have never been more inviting for cyclists. Italy, the first nation to institute a coronavirus ‘lock-down’, is seeing a 65 percent drop in personal vehicle travel, and 70 percent overall. Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s clear sailing for cycling.

Most trips will be short: We’re only allowed to use our bikes for short distances, such as to and from the shop. There will be less security or parking attendants around, so the folding bike gives you the opportunity to fold your bike and place it into the trolley while zooming through the isles.

Good folding bikes come at all price ranges: Bike sales are booming globally, which is helping to drive down purchase prices. Dahon, the world folding bike leader has bikes in all price ranges and sizes. There’s also a growth in e-folding bikes, although once folded they are heavier to carry.

What about a home-trainer for your folding bike?: The space-saving combination of smaller wheels and the trainer allows exercising in any room or on any terrace. Need the space back? Simply fold it down and store away.

In the meantime: Be safe, stay home, use your home-trainer and only use your folding bike for buying your necessities.

Author: Jan Wouters

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