Tern Twins Tour the Town, by Turbo Bob

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There is no bike thrill quite the same as having a folding bike at the ready during your travels. The only one that comes to mind is having a matching pair, and we do. Our Tern Link P9s seem to be the go to bikes when we are on the road, and once again this month they brought the fun. With no need for a bike rack and minimum security worries, that convenience matches that of the bikes themselves.


Tern Link P9 at LBGP Finish Line

My wife has taken up Dragon Boat racing with a local group. With a big national meet in Long Beach happening, of course our folding bikes were part of the trip. Although both won’t fit in the trunk of our mini-car, one does and the other sets in the back seat on a old sheet. The bags and other gear fit easy as can be too. Even though this motel we stayed in had some extra room to fit full-sized bikes, many we have stayed in don’t, another big plus these Tern folding bikes give us.

Our motel was a couple miles from the venue for the races and parking there was at a premium. In the morning before each day we just loaded down our panniers and hitched our folding chairs on our shoulders for the ride to the races. It was fun staying out of the car and getting some fresh sea air before each day began. From the look of the bikes all over at the event, we weren’t the only ones using two-wheels in such a manner.

There were some long gaps between many of her races and although she stayed around, I didn’t. I took my Tern link P9 down to the beach path several times during the day and soaked in all the great stuff a beach town has to offer. Long Beach is a known bike friendly town with plenty of room to ride and fairly courteous drivers to share the road with. It is great to ride together, yet sometimes a solo cruise can be even better.

I stopped in at a few bike shops and watched the water activities from the shore in other places. None of the shops I checked out had folding bikes and they enjoyed seeing mine. Like so many other times, I folded and un-folded it just to show how easy it is. They marveled at the technology and the small footprint it took in the folded form. I get this reaction all the time, from people on the street, other people on bikes, and even the pros.

At the end of each race day we headed back to the motel to take a break, get cleaned up and pack the bikes for a fun evening beach ride to dinner. These bikes both have the cool BioLogic clip on tail light / reflector, yet we have them hooked-up with more lights than that. On the seat posts are Serfas Thunderbolts that really rock and NiteRider headlights up front that do the same. The other fun and safe lighting pieces we have on these bikes are the LightMeUp Safety wheel lights. So with each ride we could see and be seen for the long night cruises.

The first evening we rode quite a way up the coast to one of the area’s bigger tourist traps. We rode by the well attended national beach volleyball tournament too. After a while we found the perfect place for dinner, Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. We had never eaten there and riding the Tern folding bikes it seemed appropriate. We dined outside and were able to keep the bikes close at hand the whole time. My wife was a bit tired by the time we got back to the motel, but we were both happy and ready for a good sleep.

Tern Link P9
The next day went much the same. I was out riding getting back to the races in time to see her heats. I rode a little further this day to check out a couple E-bike shops that are in town. Still, I made sure to time things right so as not to miss any of her races. That night we ate a little closer to the motel. Everywhere we rode in the night air was kind of special as our bikes are quite a sight. On top of the folding part, the lighting really catches one’s eyes.

During the three day weekend we stopped many times to answer questions about the bikes. Fold-up bikes are becoming more popular and the people’s responses were all so positive. There is a big trend towards bicycles (like it ever stopped?) and folding bikes are a big part of it.

Well, no medals for my wife, but as we drove home we both felt like winners. Get your fold on with the Tern link p9.

Turbo Bob.
“I am a bike enthusiast: there’s a certain amount of romance to bikes. They’re both beautiful and utilitarian.”—Dave Eggers.

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Tern Link P9 – Folding Bike Nirvana

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Tern Link P9—Folding Bike Nirvana, By Turbo Bob

Turbo pedals the Link P9 on Catalina Island

Turbo pedals the Link P9 on Catalina Island

It’s been almost two months since my new Tern arrived and what a great two months it’s been. Unlike other bikes I receive from NYCeWheels for testing and reviews, this gem is all mine. If you haven’t had a chance to ride this sleek folding bike, I suggest you move on it and here are the reasons why, (in no particular order).

The Tern Link P9 looks great

Yes, this bike has the look that says, ‘ride me‘. In a stealthy all black paint scheme, it is just too hot. The lines flow in the nicest of ways. Some bikes are all about performance and quality (and the Tern has all that), but when it comes to appearance they fall flat. Not the Tern Link P9, it will motivate you to get out and show your style.

Link P9 folds quickly and easily

With its quick and easy fold, you will find yourself riding more because it is so convenient to keep this bike near your side. Just a few movements take it from a small, lightweight package to a ready-to-ride speed machine. The well done hinges are firm and quick to use. When folded, it is easy to store or transport, ready for a fast getaway.

The Link P9 is very lightweight

With a 100% aluminum build (not counting the tires and such), the Link P9 practically floats. Whether riding or carrying it, you can feel its sense of near nothingness. People spend tons for bits and pieces to lighten their bikes, here all the good stuff is already on-board. I can’t imagine needing even one up-grade for this feather.

The Link P9 has a great feel

Tern Link P9 is right at home

Overlooking Avalon Harbor, the Tern Link P9 is right at home

With the most rigid of frames and appointments, no flex is to be found. The ride quality and handling are astounding for a bike like this. The steering geometry is much to my liking too. Forget everything you knew about folding bikes as you mount up on the Tern. I continue to find myself moving fast and making confident moves every time I ride my new P9.

Link P9 stops on a dime

Speced with some awesome V-brakes, I have never felt I needed more. Smooth and powerful, they do the job all too well. A recent ride in the hills of Catalina Island confirmed that the braking system on this Tern Link P9 is up to any task I can dish out. They match the whole package perfectly. Just one more (important) thing I like about my Tern.


A comfortable Folding Bike

Here too, things are covered well. The race type saddle is a good fit. The ergo grips add to the experience. The cockpit position works well for my large frame and that of my wife’s smaller torso too. Everyone that I have let ride it has agreed that it is sized in a way that covers most any height of rider. Plus, the bike rides so well, that the comfort is in your mind more than your body.

Tern Link P9 offers the highest quality

Here is one thing that sticks out like a sore thumb. Every item that is included on this bike is high-end. The spec list reads like that of a track bike. At the price-point the Tern sits at, this is just one more of the things that makes me excited. This has got to be the best equipped bikes I have every owned. I sometimes wonder if I should memorize every part name and spec for fun.

The Link P9‘s gear train

The 9 speeds at the flick of your wrist cover most every terrain just fine. I have climbed some fairly steep grades in low gear, and top gear is for flying. The derailleur never skips a beat while it follows your commands. It is just a tad noisy in low gear under a heavy load, but that is to expected with a bike with just one front chain ring.

Wheels and tires on the Tern Link P9

Once again, some great pieces are part of the package. The Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires are all I could want. The solid rims and spokes should do the job for a long time. The sealed cartridge hubs are hooked to the bike with quick-release skewers. They look good and work.

Some closing thoughts on this great folding bike

So there you have it. This Tern Link P9 is one great folding bike. I have been enjoying it to the fullest and have many more fun rides planned for it in the future. It fits my needs and makes me happy. I don’t think you could ask any more than that from a bike. The fact that it folds just adds to the picture. NYCeWheels will be glad to let you try one out or, if you aren’t local, ship one to you for some fun times of your own. Get on the bandwagon and ride the Tern Link P9.
Thanks for listening, Turbo Bob.
“I was more relieved that anything. People were sick of me winning–I don’t blame them. It’s hard when you win all the time, because then winning isn’t special anymore.”—Juli Furtado, after finishing second to end a winning streak of seventeen of eighteen races in 1993, including all six national championships series races and nine World Cup races.