What are the Best Folding Bikes for Boats?

By fbhut | Uncategorized

Nov 23
folding bikes for boats

One of the most exciting parts of yachting for most of us is the opportunity to explore new destinations. As you arrive in a port, you’ll be forced to walk around unless you bring your own transportation.

And, there is nothing better for you to get to a remote villa or the local store from the marina than by boats. However, boats have limited space for storage.

Folding bikes for boats are full-size road bicycles that fold into themselves for stowing easily onboard boats without taking up too much space.

How to Choose a Folding Bike for Boats

These factors are important to take into careful consideration to select the right one for your unique needs and requirements:

Foldability

There are two main things to think of in terms of the folding aspect of a bike: its size when it is folded and the folding speed.

The folding speed will prove to be crucial to take into consideration if you will be folding and unfolding the bike several times a day.

A quick folding bike will take about 10 seconds with some of the slow ones taking 10 minutes or even more for the disassembly. What is recommended and what’s preferred by most is a folding bike for boats that don’t require any tools to fold and unfold.

The folded size of a folding bike is, in general, proportionate to the given wheel diameter. The volume of a bike increases by about 100 cubic liters for each wheel diameter.

Smaller wheels have a smaller fold. Those that have bigger wheels have a bigger fold, but they are more stable and allow for faster steering.

Performance

The well-performing folding bikes for boats can feel as stiff as the regular bikes. This makes them very pleasant to ride on.

You’ll be able to pump out up to 150 km each day and do so comfortably due to these factors: the gear ratios, your position while using the bike, wheel size, and the handle post or frame stiffness.

The folding bikes for boats that perform best tend to use twenty-inch wheels or more; however, you should remember that just because a bike has the biggest wheels doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best.

Differences in the handle post or frame stiffness, parts used on the bike, and frame design can still have a significant impact on a folding bike’s performance. You will need to do several test rides for various folding bikes if you really want to see which one is most suitable for you.

We’ve found that the weight of a bike is not particularly important for speed and touring performance; however, a lightweight folding bike is definitely nicer to carry around when folded.

Dahon Mariner D8 Folding Bike, Lightweight Aluminum Frame; 8-Speed Gears; 20” Foldable Bicycle for Adults, Silver
EuroMini ZiZZO Campo 28lb Lightweight Aluminum Frame Shimano 7-Speed Folding Bike 20-Inch (White 2019)
Dahon Mariner D8 Folding Bike, Lightweight Aluminum Frame; 8-Speed Gears; 20” Foldable Bicycle for Adults, Silver
EuroMini ZiZZO Campo 28lb Lightweight Aluminum Frame Shimano 7-Speed Folding Bike 20-Inch (White 2019)
Price not available
Price not available
-
-
Dahon Mariner D8 Folding Bike, Lightweight Aluminum Frame; 8-Speed Gears; 20” Foldable Bicycle for Adults, Silver
Dahon Mariner D8 Folding Bike, Lightweight Aluminum Frame; 8-Speed Gears; 20” Foldable Bicycle for Adults, Silver
Price not available
-
EuroMini ZiZZO Campo 28lb Lightweight Aluminum Frame Shimano 7-Speed Folding Bike 20-Inch (White 2019)
EuroMini ZiZZO Campo 28lb Lightweight Aluminum Frame Shimano 7-Speed Folding Bike 20-Inch (White 2019)
Price not available
-

Fit and Size

It is rare for folding bikes to be available in various frame sizes. If you are not too fussy and you are of average proportions, this won’t be an issue.

But, for those that are out of the middle height range, you’ll have to compromise. It is still a surprise that folding bikes are not available in a wide range of sizes.

The importance of the fit and the size will greatly depend on how you’ll be using the folding bike. For covering long distances from the marina using a folding bike, you are going to want the one that fits you well.

If you will just cover short distances and potter around cities, then the fit is quite irrelevant. Of course, this is except for the seat height as our bodies are going to compromise for shorter periods. If you find reputable brands that offer various frame sizes, consider yourself lucky.

If you are particularly heavy or tall, you would want to look more closely at the frame size and do more thorough research.

Wheel Size

Folding bikes usually come with 27.5, 26, 24, 20, and 16” wheels. It is best to choose the wheel size for a folding bike based on how you’ll use it.

If you also have more space to allocate for its storage on your boat, you can opt for the larger one with larger wheels. If not, then go for ones that are more compact.

Tires

You always have the option of upgrading your tires. A good set of tires for folding bikes for boats is one that is suitable for where it will be used in.

You would want extra features like puncture protection which will be useful regardless of where you will be riding the bike.

For instance, if you are planning on riding the folding bike primarily on concrete or paved roads, a slick tire will offer better maneuverability. If speed is also important to you, then a slick tire is the best option as it enables greater speed.

Take Note: There are just a few kinds of tires that are available for folding bikes. This is why the tires that come with a model are a huge factor to consider when selecting the bike itself.

Price

Unlike the standard bikes, you’ll get away with having a more affordable folding bike. The reason for this is because you will likely cover shorter distances with it.

That said, investing more money into a bike will get you one that’s more compact and higher performing. We would recommend allocating at least $500 as the starting point. The quality stuff starts kicking in at $1,000.

Conclusion

Folding bikes for boats are like standard bikes in the sense that there isn’t one that’s fit for all occasions. They’re all about compromise.

Larger bikes have larger wheels, so they tend to perform a lot better. They are, however, less suitable to carry around from their larger fold.

As for ultra-compact folding bikes, they’re not as great at covering long distances; however, they’re the easiest to transport.

A good balance between folding size and performance is a 20-inch wheel size. Folding bikes with this specific wheel size perform exceptionally given they have a sturdy construction and smart frame design, plus they are easy to transport or store.

SaleBestseller No. 1
BV Adjustable Bicycle Bike Kickstand with Concealed Spring-Loaded Latch, for 24-29 Inch Bicycles
  • Tool-less adjustabe length - Spring-loaded latch for adjusting the length of the kickstand
  • Non-slip sole and wide reinforced plastic foot prevents slipping and sinking in mud
  • Steel hexagonal bolt prevents the foot from sliding off the kickstand and deters vandals
  • Any angle stance (great for balancing bikes on uneven ground)
  • For bicycles 24"-29"
SaleBestseller No. 2
Bicycle Repair Bag & Bicycle Tire Pump, Home Bike Tool Portable Patches Fixes, Fixe, Inflator, Maintenance For Camping Travel Essentials Tool Bag Bike Repair Tool Kit Safety Emergency All In One Tool
  • Limited product inventory, bike tool kit, bike repair kit, bike kit, bike tire repair kit, bicycle tool kit, bicycle repair kit, bike tire patch kit, mountain bike tool kit, bike patch kit, bike tools kit set, bike repair multitool, Experience The Best Bicycle Repair In New Mountain Bike Tires Repair Tools.
  • Complete Basic Mountian Compact Professional Accessory, Trike Biking, Cycling Trek Road Survival Assembly Fix Multi-tool Mechanic Parches, Supports The Repair In A Harsh Environment And Immediately Continues To Ride Without Danger.
  • Bike Repair Kit With Pump And Bag, Bicycle Tube Repair Patch Tool Kit, All Accessory Better Than Other Similar Products—compared To The Repair Function Or The Quality Of Accessories.
  • You Can Use A Nylon Velcro To Cling Tightly To The Bicycle Stand And Ride With You Wherever You Want, Without Losing It. Increasing Your Safety Is Our Belief In Our Customers.
  • This Product Is Produced For Experience The Most Convenient Bicycle Indoor And Outdoor Tire Repair, Experience And Suggestions Or Problems, We Agree With All Your Views And Fulfill Commitments.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Gradient Fitness Marine Anchor, 3.5 lb Folding Anchor, Grapnel Kayak Anchor Kit Also for, Canoes, Paddle Boards (SUP), Jet Ski Anchor (3.5 lbs)
  • Folding Anchor: Our 3.5 lb 4-fluke folding anchor is compact and convenient. Included is a padded draw string storage bag that is perfect for the outdoor person on-the-go.
  • Convenience: The anchor folds into a 12” x 3” size and slips into a fully padded storage bag that will prevent scratches to your board, kayak, or Jet Ski.
  • Marine Grade: The anchor is rust resistant with 25 feet of green/black marine grade rope (7mm thick). It also includes a PVC flotation buoy and stainless steel snap hook for quick and easy connections.
  • Designed for the Outdoors: From SUP Yoga, jet ski anchor, to fishing from a kayak anchor we’ve got you covered. The anchor is easy to use, storage friendly, and ideal for environments of any kind.
  • Born in the USA– Gradient Fitness is proudly owned and operated out of Rochester, NY. We stand behind our products! Not satisfied with your product? Return it to us within 90 days and get 100% of your money back!
Bestseller No. 4
Coghlan's Bear Bell with Magnetic Silencer, Black
  • Bell with magnetic silencer rings warning of your presence to bears and other animals when moving around, hiking, or walking outside
  • Magnet in bag eliminates noise when not in use
  • Attaches to clothing, boot, hat, daypack and backpack with a hook and loop closure
SaleBestseller No. 5
WOTOW Bike Repair Tool Kit, 16 in 1 Bicycle Multitool with Bike Tire Levers Hex Spoke Wrench, Multi Function Accessories Set for Road Mountain Bikes
  • Built to Last --- WOTOW 16 in 1 multi tool is made by Chrome-Vanadium Steel, corrosion resistant and capable of withstanding high amount of turning force when in use.
  • Riding Companion --- Equipped with Allen Key (mm): 2 | 2.5 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6, Socket Hex Wrench (mm): 8 | 9 | 10 and a Socket Extension Rod, Flat Wrench (mm): 8 | 10 | 15, Spoke 14GE, Slot & Cross Screwdriver, WOTOW bike multi function tool kit always have your back in each trip.
  • Compact & Easy to Carry --- Only at 3.5*1.8*1.1 inch (L*W*H) when folding, mini enough to throw into saddle bags or pocket, portable to carry anywhere and not add load to cyclists.
  • Tire Levers --- 3 Nylon tire pry bars are included in the tool kit, easy for cyclists to remove the inner tube and provide assistance during repairing for a flat tire.
  • Extra Allen Wrench --- A separate Allen wrench is designed to tighten the bolts if the tool get loose, or to loosen it when the hinge too tight in the first use.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which accessories do I need for my on-board folding bike?

This depends on how you’re going to use your folding bike. We would suggest buying a helmet, some lights and even a bell.

A bell is truly not essential but it’s an extra safety feature that we like to see included in bikes for beginners. Having blinking lights and a bell might save your life out there! Add fenders (mudguards) when they’re available because the smallest bit of mud will destroy the paint on any bike.

In case you have to mount them yourself, pick up a screwdriver with the appropriate sizes of hex head bits. In most cases it’s just 2-3 screws per wheel that need removal, then boom they’re off and ready to mount!

When it comes to fenders, make sure you get front and rear ones. The front should be long enough to protect the fork from getting sprayed by water, whereas the shorter rear one is usually more than enough for keeping your behind dry.

How do I get my folding bike on and off board?

Depending on the size of your boat, you might find it difficult to get your bike on and off at certain points. The difficulty of this process can be reduced by using a ramp if possible.

If your folding bike has a quick-release seatpost just like the ones on full-sized bicycles then it should be easy to get on and off board without much fuss. However, it’s always possible that the clamp might not fit in some situations so you may need to find some other way to hold your seat safely during transportation, probably by duct taping it steady somewhere on the boat! Just kidding… But seriously speaking, there is also plenty of options online for getting a clamping system that fits your model of bike.

One thing you can do is to use bungee cords to create slack so the seat doesn’t wobble too much every time the boat hits the waves. Another option would be removing the seatpost altogether, stick it in your boat bag then reattach later on when you’re ready to ride.