How convenient would it be to fold your electric bicycle and carry it around anywhere you’d want to! No more struggling carrying 25 kgs all the way up to your room just to charge it for the next day. The idea sounds great, isn’t it? Foldable electric cycles are quite a rage of late. With the latest advancements in the bicycle industry, these cycles are a popular choice among students, commuters and travellers.
Not only because these are eco-friendly forms of transportation but the ease of use and portability are two of the most important factors why foldable electric bicycles already gained massive popularity in the US and UK while in India, it is gradually gaining attention. Oh! Talking about the prominence of foldable electric bicycles in India, did I tell you that Hero Lectro launched their brand new foldable electric cycle model, C9, in August 2021? School, college or office, you can ride it anywhere and enjoy a maximum speed of 25mph every day. But before I tell you the features of Hero Lectro C9 (which I can’t wait to share!), today, I am here to discuss why considering a foldable electric cycle is worth it.
Compelling Benefits of Using a Foldable Electric Cycle
- Saves Space
This is the first and most important reason, at least to me, why considering a foldable electric cycle is a feasible decision, especially if a one-room or studio apartment is your home sweet home. Gone are the days when bicycles were bulky and carrying them around would require a strategy and days of planning. The main advantage of foldable electric cycles over conventional electric cycles is that the former occupy considerably less space. No matter how small your room is, the compact design of these bicycles allows you to easily fold and store it anywhere indoors.
Also, thanks to their smaller wheel size!
Folding electric cycles come in a wide range of wheel sizes, from 10 inches to 26 inches. And the most popular sizes are 16, 20 and 24 inches. The 16 inches are the most compact ones and smaller the wheels, smaller is the frame size after folding and ultimately, lighter and more manageable.
Folding bicycles with 20 inches wheels are comparatively larger but cost lesser and offer better stability. Surprisingly, most of the folding electric cycles have 20-inch wheels. If you’re looking to strike the perfect balance between good performance and folded size, you can consider the 20 inches wheels.
The 24 inches wheels are the largest of all the sizes. It can only be your choice if you’re uncomfortable riding smaller cycles. You may not want to carry it around always but electric folding bicycles with 24 inches wheels are much more portable than regular cycles. You can still fold it and keep it inside your car trunk! However, it is not suitable for multi-mode travel.
If saving space is your top concern, it is recommended to opt for 20 inch folding electric bicycles and enjoy the best of both worlds – superior stability and compactness.
- Easy to Store and Carry
Imagine you’re travelling to a restaurant or at your friend’s place riding your electric cycle but unfortunately, there’s no parking lot to keep your two-wheeler. Now, what to do? This is where foldable electric cycles step in! With their easy to fold design, you don’t need to worry about parking facilities when travelling to work or to someone’s place since these cycles can be folded and kept anywhere in the room.
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Even at home, the folding frame of the cycle allows you to put away the two-wheeler in one corner, behind the door or closet or anywhere convenient. Thanks to their space-friendly design, it doesn’t matter whether the building has a bike rack or not. Being foldable means you don’t need to think, ‘Oh! But where am I going to keep my bicycle?’ even before you decide the place you want to visit. Or even worse, ‘I can’t go to that café because there’s no parking space for my foldable electric cycle.’
Such a relief, right?
- License Isn’t Necessary
Besides not requiring fuel for functioning and being foldable, can you tell me one more difference between foldable electric cycles and fueled bikes and cars?
Well, you’ll be glad to know that if you’re driving a foldable electric cycle, you do NOT need a license. And the reason is simple. This type of cycle is operated manually and as per the law, it doesn’t need a license to operate.
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- Improved Theft Protection
FOLDABLE. ELECTRIC. BICYCLE. The first two words are enough to tempt anyone to steal it from you! Even if you don’t agree with me, I bet, this type of cycle is more attention-grabbing than the usual electric cycles for their super cool foldable design. Worried that your cycle might be stolen? You don’t need to worry because you’ve got two options – either lock it at the parking facility or carry it with you. By doing so, you can have peace of mind knowing that your precious foldable electric cycle is there with you, completely safe.
- Navigate Traffic Smoothly
Now, there’s nothing you can do when you’re in Bangalore or Mumbai, sitting inside your car hours after hours, waiting eternally for the traffic to move.
And that’s inevitable when you’re travelling in a car.
On the other hand, electric foldable cycles are a great way to get around town. They’re compact and light, making them perfect for navigating tight spaces that would otherwise be inaccessible by a car or bike.
- Easy to Maintain
You won’t believe it but this is true! This kind of bicycle may look like it follows a complicated maintenance regime but that isn’t true at all! Folding electric cycles may be superior to other usual bicycles but the former doesn’t follow any specialized cleaning routine. Besides keeping the battery fully charged, a folding electric cycle is maintained the same way as a conventional electric cycle.
- Hassle-Free Transportation
Electric cycles are usually pictured to be either waiting patiently on the roads or inside garages, until the next ride. But I am talking about the usual electric cycles. With folding electric cycles, that is never the case. You might want to carry them with you while going to the office or elsewhere. Or suddenly, you’re caught in heavy rain and think it’s too dangerous to cycle home but you have your bicycle with you. If you have a foldable electric cycle, it’s easier to jump into any public transport – cab, bus or metro. Due to its foldable frame, the bicycle takes up less space and some folding bicycles can also fit inside your backpack. So cool!
- Can be Your Ideal Vacation Commute Partner
Wanna know a secret way of saving money when exploring new cities? Carry your bicycle with you! Well, that’s only possible (and more convenient) if your cycle can be folded. Whether you’re travelling by flight or train, you can fold your bicycle and keep it on the upper berth inside the train or cargo hold of the aircraft.
And once you’re in the new city, unfold your bicycle and…….whoom! No need to spend money on booking cabs, buses or other transport!
- Unisex Design
Last but not the least, the unisex design of the folding electric cycles make them as appealing to women as men. These cycles are thoughtfully designed to cater to the specific needs of both genders. Take the instance of Hero Lectro C9. Not only does it have appealing looks but the features are convenient and comfortable for both men and women. Be it the maximum speed, power, handlebar or range, women and men can make the most of their rides on this bicycle.
Final thoughts: The electric vehicle industry is currently booming all across the globe. As a more affordable and eco-friendly alternative to fuel cars, the benefits of using an electric vehicle, car or bicycle, are being realized slowly but steadily. Added to that, folding electric cycles are already grabbing attention significantly, including in India. In tandem with robust construction, excellent stability and high performance, you can also enjoy the convenience of folding up and carrying it with you or keeping it anywhere inside your room. So, these were some of the major benefits of having a folding electric cycle. Do you wish to add more points? Please feel free to comment below!
A digital content writer by profession and a tech enthusiast by heart, the world of Electric Vehicles has always left me fascinated. And I am sure there are many like me who wish to know more and more about electric cars and bicycles. This has led me to share all the hottest news in this industry with my readers! Exploring new places, trying out different cuisines or binging on Netflix always brings a smile, of course when I am not writing!