The foldable bike may be the best friend of any traveller- not only it gives you the chance to put in a good work out, but it also folds nicely and fits into small spaces, like the trunk of your car, a larger kayak, etc, as well as its compactness allows easy storage at home. I found the perfect bike on line a couple of years ago and I can’t believe I lived without this bike until now. I use it to commute, for leisure rides and always take with me wherever I go – especially practical for running errands in the city, exploring ports-of-call when on the ship or when on a holiday- gives me the chance to reach sights, near by markets and beaches and never worry about traffic, parking space or dealing with the ever so pleasant cab drivers…:-)
The bike I am bragging about is a Citizen bike, which you can see on the Shop page of this site, and purchase from the Citizen bike site or on Amazon, the later is a different brand, but seems like an equally user friendly model.
Citizen bike offers you a range of 5-6 models (from $169- $419 without accessories), all foldable, meant for commutes in the city, but some models great for a rougher terrain, most available in 2 wheel sizes (16″ and 20″), a range of gears (3-6) and all in really awesome colors. The best part- you need no tools, the bike arrives fully assembled and all you need to do is unfold it and voila! – you have your easy, convenient and affordable transportation. The bikes come with 30 days satisfaction guarantee and 1 year warranty.
As the actual site states, the Wall Street Journal nailed it: ” The folding bike goes cool!” and it most certainly does- with its design, user friendly features and multi purpose application, the bike simply rocks. Oh, did I mention it is only 30 lbs? No kidding, I can carry it with one hand and it makes a very cool accessory for both men and women.
Needless to say, living in a cabin on a ship, I ordered the smallest possible Citizen bike- Tokyo (16″ wheels, 6 speed gear system) for its ultra-compact features and portability. Of course it had to be in the trendy orange color and since I took it for its inaugural ride about 2 years ago- it has become the source of lots of joy for me and pure envy on behalf of my fellow crew members, as well as the locals in Mexico and the Caribbean and I simply can’t wait to take it to Europe next year, where it will stand out with its uniqueness and allow me to sightsee and reach short distances in the most convenient possible way.
Well, check it out for yourselves- isn’t it the cutest bike ever? I get constant compliments and while I am in no way affiliated to Citizen Bike as a company, I gladly offer you my recommendation, as I believe that good quality and practicality should always be encouraged and advertised.
Needless to say- I went crazy wit the accessories- I did order the much more comfortable seat for only $18 extra dollars, the bag ($29.00), LED lights $12, a bottle and a holder- $9 and the locking mechanism, to not only pimp my ride, but naturally- to enhance the riding experience… 🙂
There are plenty more accessories to choose from, I regularly go back the website to check them out.
Another great accessory is the arm mirror, which I found incidentally on Amazon as well. It is great, as it doesn’t require to be mounted on the bike itslf, you can use on different bikes and let’s face it- it is just too cool!
Whether you choose to own a bike or rent one, have fun exploring or commuting, while giving yourself a good workout. The foldable bikes are an excellent choice for those who love to travel and exercise.
P.S. There is nothing better than a nice glass of wine after an exciting day on the bike. Below- in my cabin on the ship-as you can see I did not even bother to fold the bike- it really doesn’t take much space either way and I just love having it around 🙂