Ride your folding bike like it has another life

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Rider with his folding bike outside entrance to the train station

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Repurpose your folding bike to another style

“I have been riding since I was a kid and used to be a mountain bike rider, so I suppose going up and down over the curbs and riding this way, I have a skill set I am not really conscious of when I ride. I am a bit faster than most people, I guess, who ride a foldable. I think I tend to ride this bike like it is a BMX.”

Notes: OK, truth is, folding bikes, their riders, tend to seem conservative in their riding. Appear to be – I almost regret penning that statement, already.  The bikes serve a purpose. Then, over this summer, I have seen  pair of riders who have missed that memo. At a Critical Mass ride, a folding bike rider was leaping up and off the curbs channelling Peter Sagan.

Then I came along this rider near the palace in Brussels, skipping across the cobblestones. I slipped in to follow and followed his the line. A quick gesture that he was going on the sidewalk to avoid the traffic. Then, 20 metres later, a jump back onto the road. I followed his to the descent where he slipped ahead, past the buses. I caught him because he stopped at the entrance to the train station. It was a fast ride.

But if nobody tells you how to ride a folding bike, maybe they can break free of their stereotype.

Of course, if I want to challenge my idea of folding bike owners, I might have to visit the Brompton World Championships. They seem insane.

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