Traveling With Folding Bikes By Power In Motion

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Traveling with folding bikes by Power In Motion! In this featured post and video, Power In Motion is going to show you how to travel around the world with your folding bike.

Power In Motion originally went Google searching to find material, and then talked to their suppliers. But instead of getting the information on traveling with folding bikes from Google, Power In Motion instead, decided to find someone who has actually traveled around the world with a folding bike.

What is a folding bike? A folding bike is a bicycle that’s designed to fold into a compact form. This provides easy transport and storage. When folded, the bike can be more easily carried into buildings. On public transportation. And more easily stored indoors, in a car, boat, or even travel on a plane.

What are the main benefits of a folding bike compared to a regular bicycle?

  • Free and unrestricted carriage on public transport.
  • Relatively theft proof.
  • Space-saving at home and elsewhere.
  • Urban multi-modal travel (such as rail/folding bike) is usually cheaper than using a car.
  • High resale value.

The best folding bike brands

Dahon- The worlds largest manufacturer of folding bikes. Dahon was founded in 1982 by David T. Hon, a former laser physicist, and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California, with assembly factories in China, Macau and Bulgaria.

Brompton- Brompton was founded in 1976 by Andrew Ritchie. Andrew named the company after the Oratory, a landmark visible from is bedroom workshop where the first prototypes were built. At the time he was a gardener.

Tern- Tern was founded by Florence Shen and Joshua Hon, wife and son of David T. Hon, founder of the established Dahon brand of folding bikes. Initially the company was subject of litigation between Dahon and the founders, but a settlement was reached in 2013.

Montague- Montague Corporation was formed in 1987 by David and Harry Montague. Prior to the foundation of Montague Bikes, Washington-based architect Harry Montague began making plans to build a full-sized folding bicycle that could accommodate his 6’2” frame.

NOTE: There are hundreds of other folding bicycle companies you can buy from. But these are the most reputable ones that I recommend.

Traveling with folding bikes

In this video, Power In Motion introduces you to Pauline. Pauline is a Power In Motion customer who along with her husband, Warren, purchased a few Tern Link D8 folding bikes. And then traveled around the world together.

Pauline and her husband Warren, traveled all over Calgary, where they are from, to places such as, New York. Ontario. Houston. Vancouver. Florida. And many other locations.

During their travels they found out what works best for them

Pauline and her husband discovered the best luggage to use while traveling.

How to get the folding bikes onto a plane in the most efficient way.

And the most cost efficient ways to travel with a folding bike.

Pauline and Warren like to be self efficient while traveling

While traveling, Pauline and Warren found the best ways to be self efficient.

They don’t like to rely on taking cabs to and from the airport. Instead, they’d prefer to take a train or bus to the airport. And then when they arrive at their destination, be able to unfold their bikes, and go exploring, while saving money and time.

How does Pauline and Warren like to pack while traveling?

Pauline and Warren found out during the very first trip they took, that packing their clothes in nap-sacks was the best way.

Then, they put the remaining clothes into zip-lock bags, and duct-taped them all round the bikes.

Both these strategies kept the combined luggage size of the bikes and clothes down to the required 62 linear inches (Length + Width + Height), required by airlines. And under 50 pounds, which is another airline requirement, in order to avoid extra luggage fees.

NOTE: Luggage over 50 pounds may cost an extra $100 or more, depending on the airline.

Pauline and Warren love the Benefits that their folding bikes provide to them

Pauline and Warren love their tiny, Tern Link D8 folding bikes. These tiny folding bikes give them freedom to explore once they reach their destinations.

This allows them to ride the parks, which they enjoy the most, while eliminating the need to rent expensive, heavy, cumbersome bikes.

NOTE: A few times Pauline and Warren had to pay extra fees. But found it worth it to have their own convenient and comfortable bike with them at all times.

How to fold your Tern folding bike while traveling

To learn how to quickly fold your Tern Link D8, check out my post called, “Folding Bike On C Train (Calgary Transit).”

How to fold a Tern folding bike

  1. Remove the kickstand.
  2. Drop the seat post.
  3. Fold the pedals.
  4. Remove the frame safety pin.
  5. Fold the main frame and connect the magnets.
  6. Drop the handlebar.
  7. Tie down the handlebar.
  8. Cover it with the cover bag.

Best bags to use while traveling with your Tern folding bike

AirPorter-Slim-Fit to fly

AirPorter Slim for traveling with folding bikes
AirPorter Slim for traveling with folding bikes

$300

The AirPorter Slim is a premium suitcase designed to let you bring your bike wherever your travels take you.

Simply fold your BYB, put it in the suitcase, and you’re ready for check-in.

So bring your bike on your next holiday, and spend less time looking for a rental, and more time riding.

  • Premium hard-shell suitcase custom-designed for the Tern BYB, no bike disassembly required.
  • Hinomoto spinner wheels for effortless rolling.
  • Durable and lightweight shell, made from premium polycarbonate.
  • Top and side handles for easy handling.
  • Fits Link and Verge bikes with some disassembly (Tern Flightsuit recommended)
  • Includes protective padding for the folded BYB.
  • Built to last with serviceable, replaceable hardware.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 525 x 325 x 828 mm (20.7” x 12.8” x 32.6”) ( excludes wheels)

Weight– 5.42 kg (12 lb)

Load capacity– 25 kg (55 lb)

Volume capacity– 132 Liters

Compatible bikes– BYB without disassembly. Link and Verge bikes with disassembly.

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Polycarbonate

Where to buy: Buy here

PopCover-for the BYB

Tern PopCover
Tern PopCover

$50

Designed for the Tern BYB, the PopCover is ideal for multi-modal commuters. Just pop it open, cover your bike, and you’re ready to roll into train stations or buses. Removing their PopCover is just as easy: Simply twist it and store it into the flat pouch that attaches to the BYB’s Metro Transit Rack-and off you go.

  • Opens in seconds and slips over your folded BYB- so you can roll and store your covered bike.
  • Dual-mode: Covers the fully folded BYB, or the BYB with handlebars up.
  • Fits into a flat, compact pouch that attaches to the Metro Transit Rack.
  • Lightweight, water-resistant fabric.
  • Snug fit and clean look.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 30 x 30 x 3 cm ( 11.8” x 11.8” x 1.2”)

Weight– 430 g (1 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– BYB

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Nylon

Where to buy: Buy here

Stow Bag-Soft Case storage for the BYB

Stow Bag
Stow Bag

$120

Designed exclusively for the Tern BYB, the Stow Bag offers padded protection and adjustable straps so you can easily bring your bike everywhere-from trains, buses and cars, to weekend getaways and longer trips out of town.

  • Padded lining protects the folded bike.
  • Made from durable, water-resistant nylon fabric.
  • Stores the BYB in vertical and horizontal positions.
  • Internal pockets for pedal or tool storage.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps.
  • Can be folded and strapped to the BYB Pack Rack

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 36 x 12 cm (14.2” x 11.4” x 4.7”)

Weight– 1.2 kg (2.7 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– BYB

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Nylon

Where to buy: Buy here

QuickCover-Seamless multi-modal commuting

Tern QuickCover for traveling with folding bikes
Tern QuickCover for traveling with folding bikes

$30 for Medium, $32 for Large

The QuickCover lets you roll, store, or carry your bike while covered. It’s unique design shrouds the bike, yet leaves the bottom open-so your bike is ready to roll, and your cover is extra quick to take on and off. Best of all, since it’s light and stuffs down small, you can keep it with you so you’re always ready to bring your bike on trains and buses.

  • Zips on and off in seconds-so you can roll, store, and carry your covered bike.
  • Lightweight with integrated stuff-sack for always-available convenience.
  • Unique design covers the bike, but leaves the bottom open-so it’s ready to roll.
  • Drawstring closure for a snug fit.
  • Ripstop construction, for durability and water-resistance.
  • Fits 20” (M), 24”, and 26” (L) Tern bikes, even with racks and fenders.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions-Medium Folded: 245 x 120 x 50 mm (9.6” x 4.7” x 2.0”) Extended: 108.5 x 80 mm (4.3” x 3.1”) Large folded: 270 x 115 x 50 mm (10.6” x 4.5” x 2.0”) Extended: 108.5 x 90 mm (4.3” x 3.5”)

WeightM: 174 g (0.4 lb) L: 187 g (0.4 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikesM: All Verge, Link & Swoop bikes. L: All Verge, Link, Eclipse, Node, & Swoop bikes except Cargo Node.

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Ripstop 70D

Where to buyBuy here

CarryOn Cover-lightweight cover for multi-modal commuting

CarryOn Cover for traveling with folding bikes
CarryOn Cover for traveling with folding bikes

$45

An easy-to-use, lightweight cover is an essential accessory for a portable bike. Perfect for trains, subways or buses when you need to bag your bike, the CarryOn Cover helps keep you and others free from grease and grime.

Terns CarryOn Cover is one of Tern’s most popular accessories, and makes it easy to carry or store away your bike. It’s fast to get on and off, has a comfortable carrying strap and has a built-in storage bag that quickly straps to your bike so it’s always with you when you need it.

  • Cover your bike in seconds-without lifting.
  • Quick-fasten internal straps carry the weight of the bike securely.
  • Stay-in place shoulder pad for comfortable carrying.
  • Stuffs in own built-in storage bag with no-slip surface and quick strap so you can mount it to your seatpost, handlepost, rack, or under your seat.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 90 x 80 x 260 mm (3.5” x 3.1” x 10.2”)

Weight– 446 g (1 lb)

Load capacity– 18 kg (40 lb)

Volume Capacity: N/A

Compatible bikes– All Tern bikes except Cargo Node, Joe Tour, eLink, HSD, GSD, Vektron and Roji.

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Nylon

Where to buyBuy here

FlightSuit-nine-piece padding kit for transport

FlightSuit nine-piece padding kit for transport
FlightSuit nine-piece padding kit for transport

$75

The Tern FlightSuit lets you pack your 20” or 24” Tern bike for safe travel in your own case or box. The most common use is with the Samsonite F’Lite 31” for many  20” bikes.

The 9-piece kit includes a large suitcase pad plus custom pads and protectors for your bike.

Pads are made of durable 240D nylon for repeated use and bonded with 5 mm, dual-layer padding to protect your bike during transit.

Easy instructions printed right on the suitcase pad shows you hot to fit the bike into your suitcase.

NOTE: Suitcase not included

9 Piece kit includes:

  • Suitcase Pad
  • Seatpost Sock
  • Pedal Bag
  • Handlepost Sock
  • Handlebar Sock x 2
  • Frame Dropout Protector
  • Fork Dropout Protector
  • Dropout Sock

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 460 x 340 mm (18.1” x 13.4”)

Weight– 750 g (1.7 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– All Tern bikes except GSD, HSD, Joe & Cargo Node

Compatible items– AirPorter, AirPorter Mini, AirPorter Slim (only Link and Verge bikes needed) Suitcases with inner size of: 20” bikes: 75 x 54 x 32 cm (30” x 21” x 13”) (e.g. Samsonite F’ Lite GT 31 Spinner) 24” / 26” bikes: 80 x 65 x 29 cm (31” x 26” x 11”)

Material– Nylon 240D

Where to buy: Buy here

Stow Bag-protective soft-case storage

Stow Bag
Stow Bag

$100

The Stow Bag is portable storage for a folded Tern bicycle. Internal zip pockets can hold a pair of detachable pedals or a set of tools.

  • Padded lining protects bike and surroundings.
  • Made from durable nylon fabric.
  • Heavy-duty metal zippers and buckles.
  • Internal pockets for pedal and tool storage.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– Unfolded: 1040 x 127 x 965 mm (41” x 5” x 38”) Folded: 44 x 35 x 9 mm (1.7” x 1.4” x 0.4”)

Weight– 1370 g (3 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– All Tern bikes except GSD, HSD, Joe & Cargo Node.

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Nylon

Where to buy: Buy here

AirPorter-Tern bikes to go

AirPorter
AirPorter

$350

I you’re taking a trip, and can’t bear to be traveling without your Tern folding bikes, you’ll want to keep it cozy and protected in an AirPorter suitcase.

The AirPorter rolls easily, making travel with your Tern bike a convenient affair. The AirPorter has a linear measurement of 76”, which is oversized, but we’ve found that a nice smile at the check-in counter works well for avoiding an extra charge. It’s worked for us every time.

  • Rugged nylon, semi-hard case protection.
  • Telescopic handle and smooth-rolling inline skate wheels.
  • TSA-approved combination lock.
  • Includes: padded chainring protector, wheel separators, and tube protectors.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions– 35 x 69 x 88 cm ( 13.8” x 27.1” x 34.6”)

Weight– 9.1 kg (20.1 lb)

Load capacity– N/A

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– All Tern bikes with disassembly except GSD & Cargo Node. All Link bikes without disassembly.

Compatible items– FlightSuit

Material– Nylon

Where to buy: Buy here

Body Bag-long and flat storage

Body Bag for traveling with folding bikes
Body Bag for traveling with folding bikes

$125

The Body Bag is a long and flat storage bag the fit Tern bicycle. It’s good for use in storage, closets, or behind the sofa. It’s perfect for bike rental stores or tour outfits that need to pack bikes quickly and compactly for storage or transit to a ride location.

Made from rugged polyester, robust seat belt webbing, and dense foam padding. Comes with it’s own hook so you can even hang it off the floor and out of the way.

  • Padded protection for your bike.
  • Hangs vertically with included hook.
  • Made from durable polyester fabric.
  • Heavy-duty metal zippers and buckles.
  • Padded shoulder strap.

GET THE FACTS

Colors– Black

Dimensions- Unfolded: 1440 x 700 x 80 mm (56.7” x 27.5” x 3.2”) Folded: 540 x 370 x 75 mm (21.3” x 14.6” x 3”)

Weight– 1380 g (3 lb)

Load capacity– 20 kg ( 44.1 lb)

Volume capacity– N/A

Compatible bikes– All BYB, Verge, Link & Swoon bikes except Verge Tour, S8i & eLink

Compatible items– N/A

Material– Nylon

Where to buy: Buy here

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