Always pimp your (folding) bike to your own style

Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga mechanic holding up one of the bikes with one hand to demonstrate the light weight.

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Flaunting the weight of the Ahooga foldable.

“There are always decisions to make when you look for a folding bike. I wanted something a little stiffer, like mountain bike and the X-type riding. It is a faster bike. If I had  my way, I would have the handlebars lower so you have a more aggressive, racing position. But I have already changed the crankset for something stiffer, harder to ride. I do not want an electric bike. I like to pedal the bike.”

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My Ahooga Christmas present

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with her folding Ahooga bike on the Grand Place in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Bright red has to be the ideal Christmas present colour

“I have always been on a bike. It is the fastest way to get around  in the city.  For my Christmas present, my husband bought me this folding electric bike. The battery is there and it is really light. Just 13kgs. We have a home with a long stairwell and this is easy to manage. For me, it is perfect.

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Belgium’s Ahooga folding bike steady first steps

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike at the bike polo event during European Mobility Week

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Mobility Week, perfect environment to ride the Ahooga.

Ahooga Folding Bikes: “We have sold over 300 of the bike so far, so that is over one per day, and that is right on target. And we are making changes, so the braking will be even better – but the basic bike has not changed. It weighs about 10 kilograms, so it is very light for a folding bike. And now we can Continue reading

Ahooga folding bike and its career break origins

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga foldable bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Fresh from the drawing board and welding shop, a Belgian foldable bike.

“We were working together in the same IT company and he took a year long sabbatical, went to the Solvay Business School and, two days before he defended his end of term paper, he thought, ‘This is not what I want to do’, and he decided to go for a bike project. He came and said he wanted to do this and would I be with him. I said, ‘Yes’. He had a few sketches and then took classes on welding and then went to the UK to build his bike with the same people who worked on the Moulton. Designed in Brussels. First versions built in the UK alongside experts and artisans. And now we have signed with a Belgian company to produce it.”

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Starting with the prototype, a new Belgian folding bike goes Ahooga

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Ahooga bike co-founder with the folding bike

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Ahooga was at the MAD Bike exhibit with other Belgian frame builders – a sign of Belgium returning to the craft.

“You can only get this online right now, but we will open in Brussels soon. This bike was built with my partner’s bare hands. This is a Brussels bike. The prototypes are being built by us. We thought most folding bikes did not address all the problems we identified. We talked about ecology, environment, mobility and so on.  The standard bicycle does tackle that. What they do not tackle is fatigue, weather, sweat, security. So we thought we could do something here. And we have come up with an ultra-lightweight, folding, elegant, one piece folding bike. And a model with electric assistance.

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