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folding bikes A folding bicycle is one of the best ways to get around an urban area. We get so excited about the new folding bikes in our store, that most of the folding bike reviews listed below are written by enthusiastic NYCeWheels employees.

Don't let that stop you - we'd love to hear about your folding bike too! Many of our customers have submitted tales about their own folding bicycles - including Steve Boss's Brompton 20000 Mile Commute.

If you've got a folding bike review of your own, we'd love to post it in this section. If you're not much of a writer, but enjoy taking pictures or making movies, that's okay too! Just contact us and we'll tell you exactly what you need to do.

Dahon Formula S18: Speedy Ride for a Sweet Price

The Dahon Formula s18 is an all purpose, high performance folding bike. Fit with great components, disc brakes, and 18 speeds, the Formula is ideal for everyday commuting or recreational joy rides! Here's an in depth review of the Formula S18 by guest blogger Tracy Dong!

Dahon Formula S18: Speedy Ride for a Sweet Price
Tern Node D8---Bigger Wheels, Bigger Fun!

The Node D8 is a slightly larger version of Tern's best selling folding bike, the Tern Link D8, sporting 24 inch wheels that provide a smooth and comfortable ride. One of the best commuting folding bikes on the market!

Tern Node D8---Bigger Wheels, Bigger Fun!
Tern Eclipse and Verge S11i Folding Bikes Review

This article looks at the Tern Eclipse S11i and Verge S11i, two commuter folding bikes that represent the ultimate in comfort, performance, and fun! The Eclipse offers big 24" wheels that can tackle rough streets, while the Verge offers a more compact package.

Tern Eclipse and Verge S11i Folding Bikes Review
Tern Joe P24 Folding Bike Review

With the Tern Joe P24 folding bike, versatility is the name of the game. Full sized wheels and wide tires make for a smooth ride, while disc brakes and a triple chainring makes the Joe P24 a great performer.

Tern Joe P24 Folding Bike Review
Guest Article: year one with a Brompton

This guest article from the author of the Old Dirty Brompton blog looks at exactly how much you can do on a Brompton folding bike in a year--from races, to saving money on gas, to getting free beer, and more!

Guest Article: year one with a Brompton
Tern Eclipse S11i vs Pacific Cycles IF Mode comparison review

The Tern Eclipse S11i is an 11-speed commuter's dream, and the Pacific Cycles IF Mode is a gorgeous, futuristic, 2-speed designer bicycles. Both are great for commuting--and impressing your friends.

Tern Eclipse S11i vs Pacific Cycles IF Mode comparison review
Comparison Review: Dahon Vitesse D7 and Tern Eclipse S11i

The Dahon Vitesse D7 is an awesome folding bike that packs in almost every commuter-friendly feature you can ask for, and an internal gear hub to boot! How does it stack up against Tern's ultra high-end Eclipse S11i?

Comparison Review: Dahon Vitesse D7 and Tern Eclipse S11i
Montague Paratrooper Folding Bike Reivew

24 speeds, knobby tires, big shocks, and a military-inspired folding frame, make the Montague Paratrooper great for tackling trails of all kinds. The Paratrooper is certainly one of the coolest folding bikes in the shop.

Montague Paratrooper Folding Bike Reivew
Tern Link P9 folding bike review

The Tern Link P9 is a compact, versatile folding bike. With a speedy but straight-forward 9-speed drive train and attachment points for racks and fenders, this little bike can do it all--and look great in red and black to boot!

Tern Link P9 folding bike review
Customer Review of the Montague Crosstown Folding Bike

Al is a longtime NYCeWheels customer who has written previously about his Dahon Mariner D7. Now he gives us an in-depth look at the Montague Crosstown folding bike, a full-sized, smooth riding hybrid.

Customer Review of the Montague Crosstown Folding Bike
Dahon Vector P8 Review

Review of the Dahon Vector P8 folding bike, a fun and useful bike that has a wide gear range, highly responsive brakes, and attachment points for racks and fenders. With a newly lowered price, this bike is a steal!

Dahon Vector P8 Review
Montague Crosstown Review

Review of the Montague Crosstown folding bike, a full-sized hybrid-style city bike. The Crosstown is a comfortable and versatile bike equally at home on the daily commute as on a weekend joyride.

Montague Crosstown Review
Review of the Dahon Mariner D7

A review of the Dahon Mariner D7, a versatile utility-oriented folding bike that specializes in surviving salty environments.

Review of the Dahon Mariner D7
Customer Review of the Dahon Mariner D7

Happy NYCeWheels customer Al wrote this review of the Dahon Mariner D7, comparing it to several other folding bikes. He notes how good the Mariner D7 is for commuting and how well it performs as a city bike.

Customer Review of the Dahon Mariner D7
IF Reach folding bike review

A review of the IF Reach, a super-fast 18-speed folding bike which can be rolled when folded, and features front and rear suspension. This is one of the most unique folding bikes built for speed.

IF Reach folding bike review
Barcelona Brompton Review

Miles gives the lowdown on the David Torrents-designed limited edition Brompton S6L. The bike features a bright blue and orange color scheme, unique artwork on the frame, and includes a matching custom S-bag.

Barcelona Brompton Review
Dahon Vitesse D7 vs. Tern Link D8

A comparison of the Dahon Vitesse D7 and the Tern Link D8, two extremely popular utility bikes that offer different gear mechanisms and special features. The Dahon folding bike's internal hub gives it a technical edge, but the Tern bike has a lower price point.

Dahon Vitesse D7 vs. Tern Link D8
The Unique Beauty of the Pacific IF Mode

This is one of the most beautiful folding bicycles I've ever seen and anyone who is interested should get their hands on one and try it out for a bit. I guarantee the first time anyone folds an IF Mode they will end up with a big ol' smile on their face.

The Unique Beauty of the Pacific IF Mode
Montague Paratrooper Review - Folding mountain bike

The Montague Paratrooper is a folding mountain bike designed to deliver comfort, durability, performance. All that in a package that folds up to half the size of a regular bicycle for storage and transportation.

Montague Paratrooper Review - Folding mountain bike
Summer in February: The Dahon Vector X27h and Me

On a warm day in February, Mark took home the new Dahon Vector X27h folding bike. Compared to every other Dahon folding bike, this new bike was faster, more maneuverable, and certainly more noticeable as it sped through the city streets with its bright yellow tires.

Summer in February: The Dahon Vector X27h and Me
Central Park and the Dahon Vector X10

Spring has finally sprung! And what better way to celebrate than to take the super light, super fast Dahon Vector X10 folding bike over to Central Park. Mark did a loop around the park with this new folding bike and wrote about his ride.

Central Park and the Dahon Vector X10
Dahon Ciao D5, A Comfortable Folding Bike

The Dahon Ciao D5 is one of the most relaxed folding bikes we've tried out. It has a very low frame, perhaps the easiest to step over of all Dahon folding bikes. That, in combination with a 5 speed internal hub, makes it one of the best folding bikes for people who just want an easy going bike they can fold up and throw in their trunk or store in a corner.

Dahon Ciao D5, A Comfortable Folding Bike
Peter's Dahon IOS P8 Review

The Dahon IOS P8 folding bike is one sweet ride. Peter got a chance to review this cool full sized folding bike and didn't want to give it back. The IOS P8 has a couple of really cool features that make it a great bike for folding bike commuters and city riding. It also features a unique stem that is adjustable through 270 degrees, very cool. Read Peter's IOS P8 review to learn more.

Peter's Dahon IOS P8 Review
Dahon Mu Uno: Fast, Fun, Feather Light

The Dahon Mu Uno is one awesome folding bike. Peter took this single speed folding bike out for a spin over the weekend and reports having a blast. With no gears or handbrakes to worry about you can totally concentrate on the ride. The coaster brake is a fun and refreshingly retro and at only 22 lbs this folding bike is light, light, light!

Dahon Mu Uno: Fast, Fun, Feather Light
Tearing Up The Pavement on a Dahon Vector X20

Mark took the speedy Dahon Vector X20 folding bike home one night and we never saw him again... You know what, I bet this bike would probably make a great getaway vehicle if it came down to a police chase. Plus, it can fold small enough to fit in the back of a Ford Bronco.

Tearing Up The Pavement on a Dahon Vector X20
Mark Dashes Home on the Dahon Dash P18 Folding Bike

Mark sped home on the brand-new Dahon Dash P18 folding bike, one of the unique Midtown Mini designs. Though it doesn't fold as small as the traditional Dahon folding bikes, it's a pretty quick bike.

Mark Dashes Home on the Dahon Dash P18 Folding Bike
Dahon Dash P18: Peter's First Impressions

Peter got a chance to ride the Dahon Dash P18 folding bike and wrote a review of the experience. The main thing he noticed was how responsive and quick the Dash P18 felt. If you're looking for a high performance folding bike with the stiffness and efficiency of a road bike the Dahon Dash is a good folding bike to consider. Take a look at Peter's first impressions to learn more.

Dahon Dash P18: Peter's First Impressions
Inside The Brompton Touring Pannier

I got my Brompton Touring Pannier a while ago and I am loving how much storage I get out of it. With the Brompton Touring Pannier I can go grocery shopping, commuting with all sorts of extra stuff, and tackle long distance rides no problem. Of all Brompton bags I currently have a bit of an obsession with the Touring Pannier. Read on to find out what's so great about it.

Inside The Brompton Touring Pannier
Review: One week on a Brompton folding bike

Josh has been riding a Brompton folding bike for the past week.
Josh says: You really can have a bicycle that folds down to about the size of a briefcase and is still comfortable to ride. In fact, the bicycle's a lot more than just comfortable. I keep looking for excuses to ride it around longer even after I get to where I'm going.

Review: One week on a Brompton folding bike
IF Mode Bike Review

When I saw the IF Mode for the first time I knew I had to ride it. I have a soft spot for really cool designs and Pacific Cycles really hit it with their IF Mode bicycle. I took the IF Mode out for a test ride to see if the bike matched the hype and found myself enjoying every moment. There are some really innovative features of the IF Mode which make riding one a unique experience.

IF Mode Bike Review
IF Mode Folding Bike Stops Traffic Due To Impeccable Design

Mark took the new IF Mode folding bike on a jaw-dropping ride down 3rd avenue. The flawless design caught the attention of many passing cyclists and pedestrians. Many of them asked how it feels to ride a folding bike that looks this good.

IF Mode Folding Bike Stops Traffic Due To Impeccable Design
Strida 5.0 - 1 Year Anniversary

As our local Strida expert Jared approaches his first year anniversary with the bike, he comments on some upgrades, pros, cons, and a 42 mile five-borough ride with the unique folding bike.

Strida 5.0 - 1 Year Anniversary
Strida 5.0 Usability Review

The Strida 5.0 made a huge impact during Bike Month, with some Strida fanatics doing an hour-long video review of the unique folding bike. If you've got some time to kill, here's an hour long Strida movie.

Strida 5.0 Usability Review
A Night Out With a Brompton

Mark took a Brompton M3L out for a spin after a few days of working at NYCeWheels. He spent an evening riding and carrying the folding bike around Manhattan. After taking it into a restaurant, a bar, and a taxi, he was impressed at the portability of the Brompton bike.

A Night Out With a Brompton
My Brompton & me

Steve is one of our biggest Brompton folding bike advocates. He's been mistaken for a NYCeWheels employee more than once, and I'm sure he's contributed to dozens of Brompton sales. Steve's favorite feature on the bike? Eazy wheels. This is a story of a man and his bike. If you ever run into Steve, ask him how many round trips he's made with his Brompton.

My Brompton & me
Strida 5.0 - Week 2.0

Jared commutes every day on his Strida 5.0. We asked him, as the local Strida expert, what he thought of the unique, lightweight, folding bike. We got a lot more information than we bargained for.

Strida 5.0 - Week 2.0
David Henshaw's Brompton Bicycle | review by Tony Hadland

The only folding bike that people fold when they don't need to! This comment on the Brompton sums up the genius of the design. Created a third of a century ago, the Brompton still sets the bicycling benchmark for compact portability. Now, David Henshaw has produced the book that many have long awaited - a comprehensive, readable, informative and beautifully illustrated history entitled simply Brompton Bicycle.

David Henshaw's Brompton Bicycle | review by Tony Hadland
Brompton, the best folding bike ever!

Sung recently purchased a green Brompton M6R folding bike from us and he's quickly fallen in love with it. The order was placed entirely online and all of our contact was through email; although we're in different states, the entire process was simple and effortless. The internet has allowed for yet another pleasurable customer relationship.

Brompton, the best folding bike ever!
Brompton folding bike commute, NJ - NYC

Martin rides his Brompton S6L-X 32 miles a day from New Jersey to New York City. We asked him to write a review of the famous folding bike to see how he liked it. With one of the lightest Brompton configurations, how could you not love this bike?

Brompton folding bike commute, NJ - NYC
Swift folder review by A to B magazine

A to B Magazine from England reviewed Brooklyn's own Xootr Swift folding bike and compared it to other English folders. Though a bigger folded package, they were impressed with its ride and saw how practical it would be in a place like New York City.

Swift folder review by A to B magazine
Brompton folding bikes against the rest

Leonard Rubin reviews leading folding bikes compared to the Brompton folding bike. This is a detailed review in which the Brompton owner, Leonard, compares his folding bike with a variety of other folding bikes on the market. Detailed, with pros and cons.

Brompton folding bikes against the rest
Mike's New York City commute on a Brompton Folding Bike

The Brompton folding bike, the perfect folding commuter bike for New York City. Mike moved from the city to New Jersey, so he must bring his bike on the PATH train. He found that a Brompton is a much better idea than a full-size bike.

Mike's New York City commute on a Brompton Folding Bike
NYC Commute via Brompton Folding Bike

JL's Brompton folding bike commute from Long Island to New York City. He test drove a Brompton during his visit to NYCeWheels and enjoyed it so much that he just bought it on the spot. It's now completely changed his lifestyle for the better.

NYC Commute via Brompton Folding Bike
Reach folding bike review by B.L. Goh

A very detailed and in-depth review of the Reach folding bike by B.L. Goh. This three-in-one folding bike can also be a fast road bike, a leisure bike, or a commuter bike. It only took one ride through the Pacific Northwest to come to that conclusion.

Reach folding bike review by B.L. Goh
Brompton NYC riding

June took an early morning cruise through Manhattan on her brand new Brompton folding bike. Sightseeing through Central Park and riding along the Hudson River Greenway, the Brompton was the easiest way to get around in the city.

Brompton NYC riding
Muhamadian and his Brompton folding bikes

Here's a picture of Muhamadian posing with his beautiful Brompton folding bikes and lovely family. He can easily fit both of his folding bikes in the trunk of his van without a problem. Now they have bikes to take with them on trips!

Muhamadian and his Brompton folding bikes
The Best Tern Verge X20 Review

The Verge X20 climbs and descends beautifully. Except for really fast paced or high mile road rides, I can't see missing my road bike. This is more than I ever expected from any commuter bike or, much less, a folding bike.

The Best Tern Verge X20 Review
Tern Link D8 bike review by Roberto

The Tern Link D8 is probably our most popular Tern folding bike. It has fenders and a rear rack so it's pretty well setup for every day riding. With puddles on the ground you can be assured your clothes will remain dry. The Link D8 is the least expensive Tern which still uses the high quality Tern Bike hinges.

Tern Link D8 bike review by Roberto
First impressions Link P9 review

This first impressions review of the Tern Link P9 doesn't go into technical details, it's from the perspective of someone who's just encountered the folding bike. You'll find no technical references to OCL Joints or whatever - just an honest report of what the reviewer thought of when he wrote this Tern review.

First impressions Link P9 review
Tern LINK Bike Compairson by Seth

This article compares the Tern Link lineup with basic descriptions of each bicycle which allows you to narrow down your search. Seth has lots of experience with folding bicycles we were very excited to have him reviewing the Tern bikes for us. If you like the Tern Link frame read this article on all Link folding bikes.

Tern LINK Bike Compairson by Seth
Dahon Formula S18 -high performance for an affordable price

Now offered at a new price point, almost $200 cheaper than the original listing, the Formula is truly one of the most astonishing deals you'll ever come across. Lets take a look.

Dahon Formula S18 -high performance for an affordable price