Folding Bikes Blog

Bikes aren’t the only things that fold

You can never have too much of a good thing…

One of the best features of Montague’s folding bikes is that they ride just like non-folding bicycles. If someone blindfolded you and gave you a Montague to ride (amusing mental image, but don’t try it at home), there’s no way you’d be able to tell you were riding a folding bicycle. Montague folding bikes handle just like every other conventional bicycle you’ve ever owned, but also fold easily, in about 20 seconds, for commuting, travel, or easy storage in your closet, trunk, RV, boat, small plane…you name it. And if a little is good, a lot is better, right?

If you love folding and unfolding your Montague as much as the great ride, you’ll want to check out these items (worth a look anyway, even if you’re more into the riding than the folding). How better to complement your folding bike than with folding accessories?

Folding Pedals

folding pedalsFolding pedals are a great space saver if you’re storing your bike in cramped quarters. Folded up, they can reduce the width of your bike by up to 4 inches! Folding pedals aren’t as durable as standard platform pedals though, because the spindle only goes half-way through (this is what allows them to fold). They’re fine for recreational riding, but if you’re thinking of trying out a mountain stage of the Tour (or any other ride that involves significant sustained pressure on your pedals), you might want to stick with standard pedals, or at least carry a set with you in case your folding pedals aren’t enough.

Folding Baskets

If you want to add some carrying capacity to your folding bike, a folding basket is the way to go. Folding baskets can collapse when not in use, which means you won’t have any extra drag riding with an empty basket and you’ll be able to store your bike in a small space without having to take the basket off. Folding baskets can attach to the handlebars on the front of a bicycle, or to the seat post or rear rack at the back.

folding bike basket

Folding bike basket from Wald Sports

Folding Pumps

A key item for any commuter – the folding pump fits easily in a backpack, saddlebag, or clipped to your frame. If you find yourself with a flat tire several miles from home, a gas station, or your nearest bike shop, you will be so happy to have it. If you don’t have one with you, then hopefully a better prepared passing cyclist will be so kind as to stop and let you use their folding pump to fix your flat…

folding bike pump

Folding pump from BikeSomewhere.com

Folding Goggles/Face-Windshield

Whether or not you’re into folding bikes, if you ride in the cold or wind, you’ll appreciate folding goggles. Folding goggles fold down to a conveniently small size, and can be kept in your backpack or coat pocket. They have no breakable parts, so you won’t have to worry if they wind up in the bottom of your bag underneath books, groceries, or whatever else you have in there. Unlike most sunglasses, they also wrap around the side of the face, protecting your eyes from crosswinds. Also useful when passing street cleaners or leaf blowers.

folding bike glasses

Folding goggles from ridepw

Do you own any of these folding accessories? Do you have a favourite folding accessory not mentioned above? Let us know how they’ve worked out for you!

Ride Safe!

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5 Comments

  1. Tim
    Posted December 29, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    So I guess if a little is good… a lot is better. Never knew they made that many other folding accessories, but if it can make the whole package more compact, then that seems like it would only increase the usefullness of a full-size folding bike. Pretty neat stuff, I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for those pedals.

  2. Posted December 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

    The folding pedals are a great addition, especially if you are bringing the bike on public transportation. The folding pedals make the bike about 4″ narrower.

  3. T0TTE
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’ve replaced the standard folding pedals that came with my Strida 5.2 (i.e. VP-F55) twice.

    First with the MKS FD-7 which I didn’t like at all due to all the grease one gets in the hand when folding.

    Then a few months ago, I switched back to the VP brand and the VP-F80 model which I’m happy to report that I’m more than happy with. They handle easily, and feels very stable. They are designed in a totally different way than all the rest, so the halfway spindle problem is non-existent.

    I’ve just ordered my first Swissbike, and the folding time isn’t a big issue for that bike’s use cases, so for that one I think I’ll go with detachable (QRD) Wellgo pedals. One ordinary MTB model, and one clipless for more serious riding.

  4. T0TTE
    Posted January 25, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I’m not getting one of these myself, but there’s actually a folding helmet as well

  5. Posted January 26, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the feedback! Enjoy your SwissBike and let us know if we can help with anything.

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