Next year my wife and I will be spending about three months in Europe. We will lease a new car in France and drive through Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, Spain and Portugal. One of our plans is to spend a couple of weeks cycling down the Rhine and Moselle rivers. Although bikes can be hired in Germany to do these rides it’s not that cheap and we figured that it would be a time consuming hassle to return the bikes to their place of rental, plus it would be nice to use the bikes in some of the smaller towns we’ll visit.
A good friend of mine, Paul has a very high quality folding bike and he travels overseas on business frequently and sometimes he takes his bike with him. For example, Paul was in England last week and he rode his bike around Oxford for a couple of days. It’s Paul’s enthusiasm for folding bikes that helped us to decide to buy two of them for our up coming trip. The fact that the bikes were on sale was icing on the cake.
Today we went cycling at Homebush Bay with our new bikes.
The picture below shows our two folded bikes in the back of our car. Normally I have to put down my back seats so I can fit one bicycle into the car, but as you can see, our folding bikes don’t take up much space.
The bikes are also extremely quick to un-fold and it only takes about 30 seconds to do so.