Folding bike are set apart from other machines on the market by one defining characteristic: they fold. The collapsable nature of these bikes means that they’re ideal for anyone who wants to cycle to a train station, and take their bike with them for the journey into the unknown on the other side (or the standard 2 mile radius from London Bridge).
One of Britain’s most successful Olympians, Jonathan Edwards still holds the world triple-jump record 12 years after retiring in 2003. In the years since, he has become a familiar presence as a sports commentator, and fell deeply in love with cycling – in step with the rest of the nation – at the 2008 Olympic games, where Britain’s cyclists won 14 medals. “I remember being in the stadium in Beijing, commentating, and BBC1 cutting away from the athletics to go to the cycling, which was almost unheard of then,” he says. “Maybe it did have an effect, subconsciously.”
Cycling quickly became a passion for Edwards, and has provided a return to the rigours of athletic life. “My wife would say I’m obsessed , I would say I’m borderline obsessed,” he says, “I like the training and the numbers, I like to measure my heart rate, watts, time; it takes me back to what I knew and loved as an athlete – that simplicity of training, goals to aim for. I like that, I like feeling fit.”
Edwards has an enviable collection of road bikes, including one given to him by Sir Chris Hoy. In the city, however, he finds riding a standard bicycle a nuisance, especially in London, where he spends much of his time. As a newcomer to folding bikes, he assesses the six candidates – folding and unfolding each one again and again with suspicious incredulity. After spending the best part of a morning riding around on them, however, he seems positively invigorated. “There’s a kind of ethereal, spiritual aspect to cycling,” he says, “being out in the open, under your own steam. You’re doing it yourself, you’re not being driven in a bus – it gives you a very different perspective.”
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According to TMR reveals that the global market for folding bikes is set to surge at a CAGR of 5.2% during 2017 to 2026 and reach a valuation of US$ 213,206.0 Mn by 2026-end. Folding bikes are finding practical uses is recreation and daily life. Increasing awareness about health and growing concerns over global pollution is expected reflected favourably on the global market for folding bikes in the forthcoming years. In addition, folding bikes are gaining popularity among people who are shifting towards healthy and eco-friendly solutions that also carry an element of style. The growth trend is likely to continue with more people inclining towards healthy and green living. On the other hand, challenges associated with design, safety and performance limitation remain a major growth deterrent. Factors as such as expected to support the growth of the market during the forecast period.
Leading players in the global folding bikes market are Di Blasi, Bobbin, Raleigh Evo-2, Dawes Diamond, Tern Verge X20, Pacific Cycles, Tern Link, Schwinn, Strida LT, Independent Fabrication, Gocycle, Brompton, Montague Crosstown, Bickerton Junction 1707 City, Dahon, STRiDA EVO, Vilano, SwissBike, Tern Joe, and LightSpeed.