Flying on a feather light folding bike

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Roberto holding the X10As a rider on the smaller side of the spectrum, it can be difficult to find a bicycle that is manageable in terms of weight and size. For that reason I naturally gravitate towards folding bikes. So when given the chance to test ride one of Tern‘s top tier models, the Verge X10, I readily accepted. The first thing I noticed was the color accents of this lightweight folding bike, the stripe of orange is eye catching and really garners attention. In fact, I was barely a block out of the shop when the first a passerby stopped me to comment on the X10′s nice looks!

Feather light folding bike

The weight is the second great feature of this speedy folding bike. I have a history of fumbling with weighty standard bikes and even other folders, so I was delighted to find that the 21 lbs of the Verge X10 required next to no effort at all to deal with. The ease of managing this bike while it was folded brings me to the critical phase of any folding bike foray, the unfolding. Unlike many other older folding bikes, the hinges on the Tern Verge X10 are rounded and fit nicely with the contours of your hands, reducing the strain of locking the appendages into place.

Responsive shifters

Tern Verge X10 folded in the sunlightShifting from lowest gear to top gear was nearly instantaneous and very smooth, which is very helpful when riding NYC streets, where keeping up with traffic and ahead of honking taxis is a must. Despite having to deal with New York’s notorious pitted city streets, the ride quality of the Verge X10 did not suffer as much as I had expected. The well-designed hinges and curved frame really dampen some of the shock that would otherwise be inflicted.

Fastest folding bike

Tern Verge X10 folded in the sunlightAll folding bikes are different – some like the the smooth Link D7i, are great for rough weather riding, others like the well-equipped Eclipse S11i, are loaded with features and make the perfect commuter bicycle. The straightaway is where the Verge X10 shines. The combination of a lightweight frame, high quality rapid fire shifters, and a high gear range, makes this bike incredibly fast and incredibly responsive, able to accelerate to high speeds with very little effort.

It is a perfect fit for avid cyclists and biking neophytes alike, who want something with a sporty aesthetic as well as the portability and convenience of a folder. This Tern is a great compliment to any folding bike enthusiast’s collection.

If you like the sound of an ultralight, super fast folding bike, the Tern Verge X10 is the bike for you!

Until the next ride, happy cycling.

-John

Dahon JiFo 16- Ultra Lightweight folding bike

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Sometimes you don’t want to ride all the way to work, and sometimes you just can’t because of dangerous roads or impassable roadways! Using a folding bike might be the answer to your conundrum. With a lightweight folding bicycle you can ride to the bus or train station, board your bus or train, then once there just ride that last mile to the office, that coffee shop meeting or class at the university.

Compact Folding Bike, Big Ride

The Dahon JiFo 16 is a compact folding bike that’s great for multi-modal commutes. When folded you can take this folding bike on buses and trains, and if you’re taking a taxi, it’ll fit easily into the back seat or trunk.

With the 16” wheels (the same size as the Brompton folding bike), you’ll get quick acceleration and responsive turning in traffic which is just what you want from a compact folding bike.

Easy to use

Dahon Jifo Folding bike

One of the best things about the Dahon JiFo 16 is the easy folding system, and the tiny footprint once it’s folded away. Once folded down, which takes just about 7 seconds, you’ve got a bike that’s just 23.9″ tall,10″ deep and 23.4″ wide.

The easy folding process of the Dahon JiFo 16 will make your multi-modal commute a snap. Pushing your compact folding bike through a busy transit center is a breeze, and when you get to your bus or train it takes just seven seconds to fold and you’re ready to roll which is important when you’re running a few minutes behind!

Single Speed is all You Need

If you’re riding just a mile or two to and from a transit center, the single speed Dahon JiFo is perfectly suited to get you where you need.

Even with just a single speed, this folding bike is a great lightweight commuter. With no derailleurs, shifters or extra gears, the Dahon JiFo 16 weighs in at a svelte 20lbs, which makes getting up hills that much easier, or lifting your bike into the trunk of a taxi.

The Dahon Jifo is made from Aluminum

The frame and fork of the Dahon JiFo 16 are made from lightweight aluminum, as are the brakes and handle bars. This makes for a sturdy folding bike ride without the extra weight.

You’ll be able to fly up the bike lanes on your way to the office with such a sturdy bike between your legs. The aluminum build ensures less flex and more power where you need it – to the pavement beneath your wheels!

Lightweight and Ultra Portable Folding bike

Dahon Jifo Folding bike

If you’re looking for a lightweight folding bike, the Dahon JiFo 16 is a capable machine. It’s loaded with solid components, and it folds up to become an ultra portable, multi-modal commuter machine. Fold it up, take it on the bus, and ride that last mile to the office with ease.

As an ultra portable folding bike, you’re still getting the Dahon quality you know and expect. The Dahon JiFo 16 can save money on your commuter costs and help you shed a few pounds in the process.

Seth