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 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.
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.
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…
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.
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!