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Fun Things to do with your Folding Bike

Here at Montague we tend to focus on how great our folding bikes are for commuting – since they’re so easy to put in the trunk of your car or take on the train, they make bike commuting a viable option, even if you live too far from work to ride your bike the whole way. And to top it all off, you can even fold the bike up and store it under your desk. But Montague folding bikes aren’t just for commuting – they’re simply great bikes, no matter what kind of riding you’re into. So on that note, here are some places you can go and things you can do with your folding bike that don’t involve riding to work.

Travel

One of the best things about a folding bike is that it’s so easy to travel with. You don’t need to worry about taking the bike apart (and more importantly, putting it back together) to get it to fit into the car or bus or plane – you just pop off the front wheel, fold the bike, and you’re pretty much good to go (although you’re probably out of luck if you were hoping to fit it in the overhead compartment).

If you’re thinking about travelling abroad, a Montague folding bike is a great option. You never know what kind of road conditions you’re going to encounter, especially in older cities where there could be cobbles, or in busy city centres, where potholes can make for tough riding conditions. The full-sized wheels of a Montague roll right over uneven surfaces and offer a much smoother ride than small-wheeled folders, and if you decide to go with one of our folding mountain bikes with front shocks, you’re set for pretty much anything.

Folding bikes are also great for travel in Europe, where they are considered luggage on most trains, and can be taken aboard and stored in the luggage area at the end of the car – no special ticket or fare is required. The same policy is in effect for most Amtrak trains in the U.S.

Boating

Montague folding bikes are also very popular with boaters – and for good reason. Whether you’ve got a sail boat or a power boat, are out for a day trip or an extended multi-week voyage, a Montague folding bike stores easily on deck or down below in the bulkheads, and is great for riding around on shore and in port towns. If you’re mooring your boat, you can put your folding bike into the dinghy. Montague’s aluminum frames also withstand exposure to salt water better than steel frame bicycles.

Camping

If you’re car-camping or in an RV, Montague folding bikes are great to have along. Since they fold, they take up minimal space, allowing more room for other gear. They’re also rugged enough to handle most park and wilderness trails.

Look out for wildlife!

If you’re looking to explore the National Parks, dozens of them allow bicycling and camping, but make sure you ride only on approved roads and trails. If you’re hiking and biking your way through a National Park, a Montague folding bike is perfect because you can always strap it to the outside of your pack and carry it through the areas where riding is not allowed.

Where have You been with your Folding Bike?

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, so they say. What have you been up to with your folding bike? Have you taken it with you on vacations or camping excursions? Let us know, and we’d love to see your photos.

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8 Comments

  1. Dr.Amin Hanafy
    Posted July 14, 2011 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I really enjoy my montague folding bike at least four time a week,it even fit in my CLK 320 trunk ,and a major part to maintain my health.

  2. Posted July 14, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    That’s what we love to hear Amin! It’s so easy to hop on your bike and go for a ride if you can easily store it in your trunk and bring it wherever you go.

  3. Harry
    Posted August 6, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

    I have a Ptr, its a good bike. a gripe – i use it to move around for photography and have to to carry all gear on person, very inconvenient, especially in summers its murder. seat post racks cant take much wt and racks for disc brakes…. well why buy a folder?? make the Octagon stem standard on all models- age and old injuries combined make my Ptr experience just a little….. I need the Octagon!

  4. Posted August 8, 2011 at 5:51 am | Permalink

    Hi Harry,
    Thanks for your feedback – glad you like the Paratrooper. There are sturdier rear racks that work with the Paratrooper – when you’re looking, just make sure you find one that is disc brake compatible, so that the rear stays don’t interfere with the brakes. As for the Octagon, you can retrofit your Paratrooper. Just ask your local shop to order one in and install it for you.

  5. Harwell
    Posted September 25, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

    How much (ballpark) does it cost to upgrade a bike to the Octagon? I’m interested in buying a Boston 8 but it doesn’t come with an Octagon stem as standard.

  6. Posted September 26, 2011 at 8:05 am | Permalink

    @Harwell Suggested retail price on the Octagon is about 40 dollars. The installation cost will depend on the bike shop you go to.

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