The Circuit Breaker in Singapore has been a long and trying period for many of us. A lot of Singaporeans have struggled to keep fit as gyms, pools and group exercise facilities have been closed. Many are switching over to doing solo exercises, like running or working out at home. A very popular solo exercise is cycling! Many are now cycling in Singapore during the Covid-19 Circuit Breaker. Out of the growing number, many are new cyclists or Singaporeans who have not had time to cycle before. Many cyclists are now also switching to or straight-up buying a good folding bike. This is because of their compact folded sizes, which makes it easy to store them at home.
A lot of new cyclists have been trying various ways to get their hands on a folding bicycle. Likely, most bicycle shops in Singapore are going online during the Circuit Breaker. This allows cyclists to order their bicycles and bike accessories online. It actually easier now to get a bicycle in Singapore more than ever before!
One hurdle may be that the process of choosing your very own foldable bicycle. Most cyclists will be slightly overwhelmed by the choices of foldable bicycles online. Almost every online bike shop in Singapore has a model of folding bicycle. Which is better is harder to tell now as you can’t test ride bikes since retail stores are closed.
If you are looking to buy a good folding bike online, there are a few things you should note. Read on to find out how you can better choose a folding bicycle from an online seller!
Choosing a Bicycle Store
The first, and most important, step is finding a reputable store that sells good quality folding bikes. If you search for folding bikes online, you will find a large increase in the number of stores selling them. You’ll have to weed out the best of them from the crop. Look out for these pointers when deciding.
Firstly, looking for a company that has been selling folding bikes for a few years. The longer they have sold folding bikes, the more knowledgable they are about the bikes. You can quickly scan their about us page to see how long they’ve been around. You should also look for reviews from Google.
Secondly, make sure they have a variety of folding bicycles to choose from. The more of a variety, the easier it will be to find one for you. Also, check that their bikes are either Taiwan or German made. Folding bikes from these two countries are of quality build and make. Each bike is put together with care and precision to give you the best ride experience.
A company that has all these qualities are Mighty Velo! We have been specialising in folding bicycles for over 15 years. We introduced popular brands like the Birdy, IFMove, CarryMe, Reach and CarryAll to the South East Asia market and grew their popularity here. All our folding bikes are manufactured in Taiwan by Pacific Cycles. Our Birdy bike models have been designed and engineered by German engineers, Riese and Mueller.
Choosing your Folding Bicycle
Now that you’ve found your store, its time to find your folding bike. Always look for a bicycle that matches your ride style. Researching on a folding bicycle is a good way to see if it fits you. This may take some time, but you will be investing in a folding bicycle for the CB and beyond. So put in the effort and you’ll surely enjoy and appreciate your folding bike when it arrives.
There are a few crucial things to consider when buying your folding bicycle. The first of which is the number of gears it can offer you. A good folding bicycle needs at least 8 gears. Any less and you’re going to be struggling on slopes and rougher roads. 8 gears give you the minimum amount of variety to conquer most routes in Singapore.
Secondly, make sure that the folding bicycle has 18” inch or larger tyres. The larger the tyres, the further you can go with less effort. Many think that a 16” or even 14” inch tyre is enough. That is not true, you will struggle to go the distance if you don’t have a minimum of 18” tyres.
Birdy New Classic
If you’re looking for a good entry-level folding bicycle with these two qualities, the Birdy City and New Classic are great options for you. The Birdy New Classic has an 8 speeds Shimano Acera derailleur and tough 18” inch CST tyres. It is a great folding bicycle for cyclists who want to do some solo leisure cycling.
The Stand out feature of the New Classic will be its frame. The retro tubular frame is a throwback to the first generation Birdy bikes. When the original first-gen Birdys were discontinued, many bike collectors and Birdy fans were saddened. A rise in demand for the tubular made Pacific Cycles bring it back in the form of the New Classic. The solid aluminium frame provides little flex and is super sleek looking. The New Classic has become a hit with the die-hard Birdy hand and bike collectors over the years because of its frame.
The Birdy City is a step up from the New Classic, with upgraded parts that make it a better entry-level bike. The biggest stand out compared to the New Classic would be the frame. The City has the new Birdy monocoque frame. Made of a single welded piece of aluminium, this frame provides extra rigidity and stability for the rider. It doesn’t flex a lot when riding on uneven surfaces and at faster speeds.
The Birdy City also comes equipped with a Shimano Sora 9 Speeds derailleur as well as 18” CST tyres. The trigger shifter on the City allows for easier and smooth shifting. The Shimano trigger shifter also comes with an indicator which will allow cyclists to see what gear they are on.
Both the City and New Classic models also come with both front and rear suspension. This is a must for any good folding bicycle. The full suspension system gives you a lot more comfort and stability as compared to a single-side suspension. It also ensures less wear and tear on the fork of the bicycle frame.
If you are looking for a folding bike that can climb slopes easily, the Birdy Touring is perfect for you. It offers the widest range of gears of any Birdy bike, with 24 speeds. It has 8 external gearings and three housed inside a Sturmey Archer hub.
The Touring comes with a set of 18” Big Apple tyres as well. These tyres are thick and cushioned for extra comfort when on uneven surfaces. This combined with the front and rear suspension gives you a very comfortable ride experience.
So now you know what to look for when ordering a good folding bicycle online. If you are looking to find the best model for you, head on over to our online store to check out our bikes. We have a variety of Pacific Cycles folding bicycles, each one suited for various styles of riding. Don’t wait any longer, visit us online at shop.mightyvelo.com today!