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 maximum 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 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 about 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 easier to steer.
It could use a stronger frame so that people 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 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 trip home.
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