This is the essential foldable bike buying guide prepared with many years of experience in selling good foldable bikes to customers. Mighty Velo has been folding bike specialists in Singapore for more than fourteen years. When we started selling foldable bikes in 2006 at Lavender, there was hardly any specialist store selling foldable bikes in Singapore and quality bicycles in Singapore. We have been the go-to bicycle shop in Singapore for many years. If you want to buy a bicycle in Singapore, we are the best place to get one.
Over the years, we have stayed true to our original mission of introducing and showcasing foldable bike brands that are useful to the owner. The foldable bike they buy must be easy to use and easy to fold and unfold. We always want to sell the foldable bike that can address the different lifestyle needs of the owner.
We have sold many types of foldable bikes at our bike shop in Singapore over the past 14 years. From belt-driven single-speed folding bikes that do not need a bike chain to ‘grabfood bicycle’ which are good for doing deliveries to 14-speed premium foldable bikes. We make sure all our foldable bike brands can be brought into public transport. And that the bike can be packed into a travel case for overseas bike touring and cycling.
What we know from years of experience and knowledge
When Mighty Velo began our cycling shop in Singapore, we started with the fun and simple Strida foldable bike. It was designed by Mark Sanders, who has become a good friend and industry counterpart. Mark later designed the IF Mode foldable bike. In fact, Mighty Velo introduced him to George Lin of Pacific Cycles in Taiwan. Pacific Cycles then took up the challenge to build the award-winning IF Mode.
Mighty Velo has represented many brands of foldable bikes in the past 14 years. We know that as long as the foldable bike serves your lifestyle needs, it will be a good bike for you.
We have met and talked to many customers at our Lavender Street store over the years. Based on our years of experience, we have compiled a useful essential foldable bike buying guide.
Foldable bikes offer different wheel sizes, folding systems, and colours to suit various cycling profiles and needs. Of course, you can easily find product information and reviews online. However, it is good to know that some online content is also dated. Such online content is not relevant to cyclists everywhere due to different country terrain and type of cyclists.
You can follow these guidelines when buying a foldable bike:
1. Decide how you will ride
The first step in choosing your folding bicycle is to decide what type of riding you plan to do. This followed by how often and where you want to ride.
- Do you want to try commuting to work and to other places?
- Do you want to do light off-road riding?
- Or just do urban city cycling?
- Have you wanted to travel overseas with your bike?
- Are you a new cyclist who has not cycled for many years and are picking up cycling again?
- Do you want to commute to work on bike and mix it with public transport?
- Or planning to visit urban cities on a bike?
- Do you prefer a performance foldable bike to cycle on the road or for light trail riding?
2. What is your weight?
It is useful to note that there are no foldable bike in the world that is designed for a human weight load of more than 120kg.
If a bike retailer says there is such a folding bike, it is more likely a unicorn.
Most good folding bike brands have bikes manufactured to accommodate maximum rider weight of 100kg to 120kg.
In fact, many small and big-wheeled foldable bikes are weighted for maximum rider weight of 100kg.
Only good foldable bike brands such as the Birdy Bike designed by Riese and Muller of Germany is designed for European cyclists of 120kg maximum weight.
3. Small wheels, small footprint
Small wheeled folding bicycles such as the compact CarryMe that takes up a small footprint in MRT trains and buses. The CarryMe compact foldable bike have 8-inch wheels and can take up a human weight load of 100kg. This is because its aluminium bike frame has been carefully designed and manufactured to take heavyweights.
So it is not true that only small-sized cyclists, thin cyclists and young children can ride small-wheeled foldable bikes. Good compact foldable bicycles have been designed with small wheels. Small wheels offer compactness, foldability and ease of portability.
Small wheels also gives you the ability to fold and roll to the train and interchange when folded and cannot be ridden. The owner doesn’t need to carry the folded bike, he just folds it quickly and rolls it to where he wants to go if cannot cycle. Furthermore, the folded bike such as the CarryMe takes up a very small footprint.
Popular wheel sizes such as 8-inch, 16-inch and 18-inch and 20-inch wheel sizes. They are now commonly available in Singapore bike stores and online.
4. Fold and roll it, not carry it
Foldable bikes are split into two groups: one category of foldable bikes – you have to carry it when it is folded. The other category is designed to allow the rider to fold quickly and roll it on small rear trolley wheels, no need to carry the folded bike by hand.
Now, what is the difference of rolling a folded bike vs a carrying a folded bike?
Imagine this: you enter the train gate first and you have your 12 kg foldable bike with you. Do you need to carry it before the MRT gate closes on you? Or can you roll it in front of you as you tap your fare on the MRT gate?
On the other hand, when you have a folded bike, you can roll it into the station and turnstiles. You just push your bike forward, tap your MRT card and go pass the train gate quickly and smoothly.
5. Do you need one gear or many?
Are you just starting to ride a bike again? Do you know what bike components to have? Do you need bike suspension or a lot of speed gears for your cycling lifestyle? Will you find a single speed or fewer speeds easy to cope and learn how to use?
The more gears you have on your bike only means your bike can be heavier to carry. And if the foldable bike has no trolley wheels to roll when it is folded, you will need to carry the folded bike whenever you cannot cycle it, for eg, in public spaces and shopping centres.
4. Always ask the bike store to demonstrate to you how to fold and unfold the foldable bike
By asking to see how a particular foldable bike folds and unfolds and how long and how easy it is to fold and unfold the folding bike, you can then see for yourselves, whether you can do it too.
Also, ask if the folded bike can be rolled when it is folded or you have to carry it. Consider who is going to use the foldable bike – will you be sharing it with your wife or husband, or your teenage kid or young child? Is the foldable bike for your aged parent, then a foldable tricycle like a CarryAll compact foldable tricycle will be more suitable for active seniors and for people who cannot balance on two wheels and cannot cycle.
5. Maintenance and Warranty Support
It is important to find out if the bike shop has skilled bike technicians and mechanics and proper tools to ensure that your bicycle is well maintained and ready to ride.
When buying your foldable bike at a bike store, find out what is the warranty period for the frame. Usually getting a foldable bike online makes it harder to claim for warranty reasons than if you are buying a foldable bike directly from a store.
Bike frame warranty is not transferable and is applicable to the first retail owner.
We hope with this essential foldable bike buying guide, you will get a better picture of how to choose a suitable folding bike for yourself and your loved one.
Updated 23/09/2020: We do not sell E-scooters anymore. We sell good performance folding bikes. You can visit our experience store at 30 Tai Seng Street, Breadtalk IHQ, #02-14 to view our models.