Folders are surprisingly nippy as long as you remember to keep the tyres pumped up
Folding bikes are best suited to short rides – especially where storage space at either end is scarce – and mixed-mode travel, and is why they’re phenomenally popular among big-city commuters. The most compact ones will fit under your desk, so you don’t have to worry about theft, and they can be carried onto a train or bus even in rush hour. A folder won’t ride quite like a conventional bike because of the small wheels and the compromises that are necessary to cram the wheels and frame into a small space when folded, but the best modern folders are surprisingly nippy as long as you remember to keep the tyres pumped up. Nothing feels worse than an under-inflated tiny tyre. The small wheels of most folders are a bit prone to dropping into potholes but, if your budget allows, the best folders take the sting out of poor road surfaces with suspension systems.
Against Slower than big- wheeled bikes For Massively convenient to store Allowed on most trains