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.
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.
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.