A hybrid bicycle versus a folding bicycle! About 5 years ago, this comparison wouldn’t have even mattered. That’s because I was riding a Raleigh Detour hybrid bicycle with 24-speeds. And I didn’t know anything about folding bicycles. In fact, I never saw a folding bicycle before.

Every day I rode my hybrid bicycle to work, 2.5 miles each way. That makes a total of 5 miles total every day, 5 times per week.
Every day I rode my hybrid bicycle to work, 2.5 miles each way. That makes a total of 5 miles total every day, 5 times per week.

I bought this hybrid bicycle from Bike Zone for only $400 on sale, and it was trouble free for over 3 years. It was comfortable. Could handle rough terrain. Had plenty of gears to climb all the hills on the way to work. And rolled fast, once I put the thinner, higher pressure tires on it.

Over the course of three years, I removed the suspension seat-post. The fat cruiser seat. The heavy steel handlebars. Added some aluminum Shimano pedals. And added a few other touches such as a handlebar mirror, bolt on grips, a rack, fenders, and some bright lights.

A hybrid bicycle is great for city commuting because they are versatile, comfortable, durable, and can carry all your stuff with panniers attached to your rack. Check out those panniers I bought for a great price from Amazon!
A hybrid bicycle is great for city commuting because they are versatile, comfortable, durable, and can carry all your stuff with panniers attached to your rack. Check out those panniers I bought for a great price from Amazon!
My dad loved my bicycle so much, that he went out and bought a similar one from Bike Zone. The only difference was that his was made from steel instead of aluminum, and was a 7 speed.
My dad loved my bicycle so much, that he went out and bought a similar one from Bike Zone. The only difference was that his was made from steel instead of aluminum, and was a 7 speed.
Together we rode all over the city. We rode to the Lake by way of Turning Point Park. Went to restaurants. The stores. Coffee shops. Even rode on the Erie Canal all the way to Spencerport.
Together we rode all over the city. We rode to the Lake by way of Turning Point Park. Went to restaurants. The stores. Coffee shops. Even rode on the Erie Canal all the way to Spencerport.

You name it! We did it!

The problem was that we didn’t always have a place to lock them up when we went places. And a few years ago, Dad moved into an apartment and had no room to store his bicycle.

Once we discovered folding bikes, we gave away our hybrid bicycles and never looked back. Now when we go anywhere, we can bring our bicycle in with us. And at home, we can store them easily. Plus, we can put them in the trunk of a car if accepting a ride home. Or can bring them onto a bus if we want to ride only part of the way, or the weather gets bad.

But above all, Dad’s Dahon Speed D8, and my Tern Link D8 ride just as good, if not better than our old bikes. Take that folding bike doubters!

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