Sales of folding bikes are going through the roof as cyclists wake up to just how useful a fold-up bike can be. The new generation of lightweight folding bikes are fast, easy to transport and store, and a whole lot of fun to ride. Once only used by cool commuters, all types of riders are now enjoying foldable bikes, improving their physical and mental wellbeing as they pedal. Here are 5 health benefits to folding bikes.
Commuting = training
A fold-up bike can transform the daily commute into a fun-filled ride that will improve your fitness. The best fold up bikes such as the Brompton M3L are lightweight, making them easy to fold up and carry on or off a train, bus or even plane!
If you’re caught in a daily commute, it can be challenging to get the advised 150 minutes of exercise we all should be doing every week, but not with a folding bicycle. You can ride as little or as long as you want, and use public transport for the rest of your journey.
Small wheels, big efforts
Fold-up bikes typically come with smaller wheels (up to 20”) than road bikes, mountain bikes and hybrid bikes. Unless you’ve got a foldable electric bike, you will find that the way you cycle and the effort you expend is different.
While many road bikes and mountain bikes can have 20 or more gears, most fold-up bikes have much fewer, in some cases just one! This means you need to adapt your style, increasing your cadence (what professionals call spinning).
As well as being a tremendous amount of fun, riding a fold-up bike can improve your pedalling efficiency and your bike handling skills as you manoeuvre the small-framed bike through traffic and other obstacles.
Whether you’re a robust roadie or mountain lover, you’ll benefit from the impressive workout you’ll get from your new folding friend.
Short journeys, lifetime benefits
Every day we take many small journeys that can all be made more enjoyable and more productive with a folding bike. Whether you’re popping to the shops to get some bread or milk, or nipping to see a friend you can enjoy exercise throughout your day with a fold-up bike.
If you’re stuck in a lunchtime rut, jump on the bike and explore somewhere new to eat. Don’t spend your break in a book or staring at a screen, unfold the bike and find some freedom.
All in the mind
Cycling provides incredible stimulation for your brain as well as your body, with scientists concluding the aerobic exercise can reduce our sensitivity to anxiety and stress.
Even moderate amounts of exercise (around 20 minutes) were proven to have a positive effect on mental wellbeing, and the more you exercise, the better you feel!
A fold-up bike is the perfect stress reliever for all riders of all ages and can be used to provide that life to your mood when you need it.
Sometimes the inspiration to ride can come quickly but can be extinguished pretty sharply when the thought of unpacking the bike from the garage or shed comes to mind.
Having a fold-up bike stored somewhere easily accessible within your home means you’ll have no excuse not to get cycling as soon as you feel the urge. Store it somewhere with your helmet, jacket and set of lights and it’ll be ready to go as soon as you are.
Choosing the right fold-up bike
There are a wide variety of fold-up bikes for all types of rider and all sizes of wallet. At Halfords, we stock Brompton folding bikes and others, including folding bikes from leading brands such as Carrera and Raleigh.
If you need some help and advice on selecting the right fold-up bike, our folding bikes buyers guide is packed full of expert insights into these mini marvels.