Folding bicycles are extremely beneficial when it comes to city commuting.
They can be folded up, making them very practical to take almost anywhere.
You can put them under your desk at work. Bring them into stores and restaurants. Combine them with public transportation, and in certain conditions bring them onto a plane.
No more worrying about riding in bad weather or locking your bike up, allowing thief’s to steal it.
Now wherever you go, your bicycle will always be near your side, ready for whenever you need it.
As great as folding bicycles are, they do come with their own types of problems.
Folding Bicycles Are Not Super Portable
Folding bicycles can be brought into restaurants and stores.
They can be put into the trunk of your car.
Can be carried onto buses and trains.
Even brought as carry on luggage onto planes.
So then what makes them so tough to transport?
Your typical folding bicycle weighs between 25-30 lbs.
Try carrying that much weight up a flight of stairs, or for longer distances. Smaller individuals and most women are going to have sore arms afterwards.
The Sinclair A-Bike Set A New Standard In Weight And Size
Released by Sir Clive Sinclair in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2006, the A-bike is the smallest and lightest folding bicycle to ever be manufactured.
Weighing only 14 lbs, the A-bike was designed to be easily carried onto buses and trains, and then used to finish a short trip to your final destination.
What Makes The A-bike Different?
If you’re looking for high performance, this isn’t the bicycle for you. Having only 8 inch wheels and a short wheelbase, this bicycle is meant for ultimate portability. Plus it uses band brakes that aren’t capable of stopping at high speeds.
Also due to how the frame folds, and being made out of aluminum and plastic, its only capable of holding a person weighing only 187 lbs.
How Does The A-bike Ride?
I carried the A-bike to the bus stop. Hopped on the bus, and got off at the Transit Center.
With no idea as to how it rode, I unfolded it and started riding. At first it felt super wobbly but after a few minutes I was riding it with no problems.
The steering is very stiff and makes it more challenging to steer then a regular bicycle.
Going up hills can also be challenging, because it’s a single speed and the wheels have high friction due to the band brakes.
Many people have bashed this little folding bicycle for the following reasons, and to that I say fair enough. My dad bought one and he got rid of it after a few rides. This tiny bicycle isn’t for everyone.
What Could Be Better About The A-bike?
The steering could have better bearings, making it much easier to steer.
It could use a stronger frame so that individuals over 187 lbs could ride it.
Regular brakes could be used instead of band brakes that require frequent adjusting.
Changing the wheels or chain requires taking the whole bicycle apart, making it a difficult job.
There’s no way to buy replacement parts, so once anything major breaks, this is a throw away product.
My Final Verdict On The A-bike
I love the concept, and how affordable it is to buy. For only $100 this tiny folding bicycle was available on amazon.
Riding this tiny folding bicycle was a lot of fun and very easy to bring onto a bus. I had no problem fitting it in the small areas between the seats, even when the bus was completely packed. This prevented me from having to stand during the whole trip home.