It’s always a good time to learn how to cycle. Cycling is a great way to get some exercise, have fun with friends, and commute to work quickly.
However, finding the perfect bike feels like a daunting task, especially if you’re a beginner. From gears to wheels to budget, there seem to be more factors to consider the more you look.
It’s great that these guides are comprehensive. However, if you are a bike novice, it might be too much. Bikes nowadays come with a lot of features that cater to the needs of bike experts. Hence, you don’t need to worry about the number of gears. Try getting a single-speed bike! You will learn more about cycling techniques from them. So, if you are looking for a fuss-free folding bike that’s easy to understand, look no further than the CarryMe, a lightweight foldable bike designed by Pacific Cycles.
If you cannot balance, cannot cycle, or are trying to build the confidence to start cycling, try the CarryAll folding trike!
Single-speed over Multiple-speeds
Guides frequently mention buying a bike with multiple speeds/gears. Generally, you can climb hills easier and go faster with more speeds. However, this is not always the case. Some people rarely gear shift, since they are worried about something going wrong. A lot of people instinctively shift to a lower gear when approaching a hill, which causes them to lose momentum and climb the hill slowly.
However, on a single-speed bike, gaining and losing momentum is more direct. Hence, a single-speed bike will teach you how to control momentum. Hence, you can enjoy cycling more on a single-speed bike as you don’t need to worry about gear shifting.
Furthermore, it also means more parts to maintain. A single-speed bike doesn’t have front or rear derailleurs and shifters, which is the most common cause of bicycle malfunctions.
Hence, if you want to learn how to cycle, start with a single-speed bike!
Small Wheels vs Large Wheels
Although the CarryMe has 8-inch wheels, that does not mean it is slower. With the large crank, you can pedal far. It is also more stable compared to a bike with larger wheels, hence it is easier for beginners to use.
Furthermore, in exchange for total distance, smaller wheeled bikes can manoeuvre easier. The small wheels mean that they are responsive to steering, which is helpful on wet surfaces and for making tight turns. It is also easier to avoid hitting people. Hence, it’s perfect for short-distance commuting and leisure cycling.
Thanks to its small wheels, the CarryMe is very light and compact. Most bikes require a bike rack. However, the CarryMe takes up very little space, especially when folded. You can roll it into public transport. You can even take it into markets and malls if needed, or even pack it on overseas trips with its travel case! It even has small rear wheels that allow you to roll it around like a trolley. Furthermore, at 8.4kg, it is the lightest folding bike on the market.
Can’t Cycle But Want to? Use the CarryAll
If cycling is too much for you right now, Try the CarryAll tricycle! It is designed with non-cyclists in mind. With the CarryAll, you can cycle with ease.
It resembles its sister bike, the CarryMe. Both take 15 seconds to fold and unfold. However, there is one big difference. Instead of two, it has three 8-inch wheels. It’s uniquely compact, especially compared to the usual bulky trikes. The CarryAll is the only adult folding trike in the world. It’s even usable as a replacement for PMAs (Personal Mobility Assistants).
Why buy CarryMe or CarryAll from a Bike Store?
You can buy a CarryMe or CarryAll at MightyVelo’s online store. Compared to the other methods, it is the cheapest, fastest and most reliable way to get a new bike.
MightyVelo, Singapore’s premier folding bike shop, is the official distributor for Pacific Cycles in Southeast Asia. Hence, you can be sure of the quality of the bikes. Beside the CarryMe and CarryAll, we also sell foldable gravel bikes such as the Birdy GT, or folding road bikes like the JK11 Road.