Car racks may become a thing of the past, thanks to the improving quality of folding bicycles.
Forget those strange-looking contraptions with tiny rubber tires.
Today’s folding bikes are big, sturdy and, best of all, cool looking. We tested a new folding
mountain bike by Swissbike that performed admirably.
The TX model looks like a bonafide mountain bike with front shocks, front disc brakes, an 18-inch frame and 26-inch knobby tires.
Within 30 seconds or so, we had the bike folded to a size of 36 inches by 28 inches.
We are also happy to report that the bike did not fold up during an outdoor test ride.
The bike, weighing 30 pounds, was agile and rugged.
Our only critique: The rear rubber brakes lose friction when they get wet and the pedals are too small.
June 16th, 2008 at 10:08 pm