Do you use a folding bike?
What is your experince?
I was in Mati, Greece for a gathering of an organisation.
We had great time.
However, one of the usual challenges on "business" trips came with full resistance on me - how to do exercise in a busy day full of adventures, meetings, new countryside and so on.
The Akropolis - I learned so much about in my history classes, and finally I see it in real life.
I had my running gear with me, it's just the shoes, and the t-shirt and shorts, so not much space. I think I did well in the past two weeks, I did a couple of long runs and short ones.
I discovered running on business trips is also a great way to connect with the location, gets me out from the hotel, makes me discover small streets and new environments, shows me a new face of the place that otherwise I wouldn't see.
In Athens, I stayed a friend, and he had a folding bike, a Dahon. I got excited, because I wanted to try a folding bike for long. I mean I did short rides in shops, but I never had the experience to make an extended test.
From the Akropolis museum
So now I had the chance, as Spiros had let me try his bike for four days! :-)
- Firm ride
- Small wheels no problem at all
- The fold was bigger than I expected
- A latch mechanism to keep it folded is a must (if it swings when folded, it's not nice)
- Fenders are a must for rain
- I could bring up and down to the hotel room, or tuck away in the corner of the conference room
- Other people got interested in the topic, and raised a discussion in folding bikes - this was like evangelizing exercise in a subtle way
- After my first ride, the biking experience was in my awareness, and the resistance to overcome to get out to bike became smaller
- I could ride in street clothes without being sweat
- It was a single gear, but even modest hills were ok to ride
- I missed a gear to go fast
So if you ride a folding bike, I'd be interested in your experience!