First impressions Link P9 review

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First impressions Link P9 review

I grew up riding traditional road bikes and when I first heard about a new type of bike that could fold up I was skeptical. If a bike can fold does that mean its frame is less durable? Can a folding bike go as fast as a regular bike, or is its speed limited by its smaller wheels? Is a fold up bike safe? I pictured the bike folding under me mid-ride, leaving me clinging to a unicycle like husk!

Finally, a few months ago I had a chance to try out a few different models of fold up bikes and I'm happy to say my fears have been put to rest!

The folding bike frame is durable!

The first folding bike I ever rode was the Tern Link P9.

As soon as I saw how well the Link P9 was put together I knew that I should have never been worried about frame durability. Although the advent of bendable joints makes the bike easily collapsible, the joints snap together perfectly and can easily hold as much weight as any traditional road bike.

Folding bikes go as fast as you can pedal them!

My second question was answered by the unshakable laws of physics: smaller wheels spin just as fast as bigger wheels. As I rode the Tern Link P9, not only could I keep up with other bikers but, from a stand still, I could actually accelerate faster! Also the smaller wheels provide a smaller turn radius, which comes in handy if, like me, you are a city rider and must constantly be prepared to swerve out of the way of oncoming traffic, bike messengers, and the elderly.

Link P9 folding bicycle in Boston

Folding bikes are great for commuters!

Obviously this Tern Link P9 fold up bike opens up many possibilities for the savvy commuter. For one, a fold up bike easily fits on the subway. Just the other day I tried to bring my normal road bike on the subway on my way to work. It was crowded and in spite of my efforts to shove the bike through a mob of angry New Yorkers, I didn't quite make it and the door closed on the back wheel--- paint was chipped, commuters were annoyed, chaos ensued. All of this, of course, could have been easily avoided if I had owned a folding bike.

As it stands, I still haven't been able to purchase a folding bike of my very own, but I no longer have any misgivings and I look forward to my next ride! I think I'll start checking out other Tern folding bicycles too.