With the proliferation of folding bikes, people are turning to more traditional models to make sure their families can ride in a car-free future.
But while they may be more economical, they’re less fun.
Here are our tips for folding bikes.
BIKES Weigh the bike up for safety.
With folding bikes in the home, there’s always the worry of falling over, of hitting your head on the handlebars, of rolling or rolling down a hill.
That means you’ll need to weigh up the bike in the backseat before it goes in the car.
That’s why we recommend you buy a folding bike seat that is adjustable to your body weight.
If you’re riding a single-person bike, make sure the seat stays on.
Otherwise, it’s more of a safety hazard to ride with the bike too low.
It’s easier to keep your legs crossed if you keep the bike upright, too.
We also recommend that you use a folding seat belt, even if it’s a standard seat belt.
If your child is riding a folding-bike, ask him or her to stand on a folded bike seat.
Then, when they’re ready, they can ride on the seat.
For a child under 12, ask them to stand in a bike carrier, with their feet firmly planted on the ground.
This will help protect their legs.
We recommend that parents wear safety glasses while riding bikes.
The lenses are a little smaller than the front-facing ones, so they won’t get in the way of your eyes and ears.
A folding bike is also ideal for babies, who might not be able to see the road ahead.
Bicyclists are not permitted to wear helmets on bikes, but they’re still expected to wear a helmet if they get into an accident.
If there are any helmets, make them for your child, too, especially if they are at the front.
If a child is not wearing a helmet, ask if the parent has another one, too; this can make it easier to get your child out of the car safely.
If they don’t have one, they should have one by the time they reach the age of 16, when the federal minimum age for driving begins.
We have more on folding bikes and how to ride them.
For more on bicycles, check out the National Bicycle Alliance’s site.