7 Well-Designed, Affordable Folding Bikes
(For the Efficient Biker)

The Greener Square Review

SOME OF OUR TEAM’S FAVORITE FOLDING BIKES

As environmental junkies, we love biking! So, for this list of our favorite things, we selected our favorite affordable folding bikes. Each is not only well-designed and constructed to be lightweight and portable, but each is also affordable. After searching the labyrinth that is Amazon for folding bikes that balance both quality and price, we’ve picked these seven to showcase. Also, as a somewhat scholastic platform, we feel it’s only right to talk about the environmental benefits of biking. Did you know — a study by the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) found that carbon emissions from cycling are over 10 times lower than those stemming from the average passenger car. Moreover, biking is one of the healthiest modes of transportation — and, because of wind resistance, when you increase the speed with which you bike, you can actually burn more calories than you would running that same distance. Check out this article to read more about this finding. In conclusion, get one of these bikes to lower your carbon footprint and get healthy. Let us know what you think of these great bikes in the comments section! Happy riding! 

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1. Mu P8 Folding Cloud White Folding Bike | BY: Dahon

WHY WE LIKE THIS

The Mu P8 is one of Dahon’s most versatile, well-reviewed (4.5/5 stars), and aesthetically appealing (at least in our opinion) bikes. It is incredibly light, durable, and stylish with a sleek white and black frame. Additionally, it’s designed to be super portable. You can carry it anywhere and store it any place that’s convenient. It also doesn’t sacrifice this cool, versatile design for speed and efficiency.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ 8 Speeds

+ Folded Size 30 × 79 × 66 cm (11.7″ × 30.8″ × 25.7″)

+ Folding Time 15 sec.

+ Weight 11.2 kg (24.7 lbs)

+ Suggested Rider Height 142 – 193 cm (4’8″ – 6’4″)Max. Rider Weight 105 kg (230 lbs)

2. Speck Folding Seven Speed Bicycle | BY: Retrospec Bicycles

WHY WE LIKE THIS

A very cool, retro-inspired folding bike. This bike features a lightweight aluminum frame, making it lighter and more durable than its steel or chromoly competitors.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ Seven-speed bike with front and rear Prom ax hand brakes.

+ 29 lbs

+ Lightweight aluminum frame, up to 30% lighter than steel or chromo.

+ 20″ Wheels with Kenda West commuter tires with smooth rounded tread with large water dispersion grooves

+ Folding time of about 10 seconds with folding handlebar tube, top-tube and pedals

3. Aluminum 7 Speed Folding Bicycle, Sedona, 12-Inch/One Size | BY: Allen Sports

WHY WE LIKE THIS

A 5/5 reviewed folding bike, with a lightweight aluminum frame and 7 speeds, making it great for either casual strolls or quick commutes. The UrbanX uses a patented press-linkage folding design on the frame and headset which makes folding and storing this bicycle super quick, simple and easy. It also ships ready-to-go.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ 6061 Aluminum Frame

+ 7 Speeds

+ 451 MM Wheels deliver improved performance and handling over the standard 20″ or 16″ found on most folding bicycles

+ Patented frame release levers allow for a less than 8 second fold time. 

4. Vybe D7 Folding Bike Obsidian Rack and Fenders | BY: Dahon

WHY WE LIKE THIS

A 4.5/5 reviewed, lightweight folding bike with a sleek, retro design. This folding bike promises convenience and superior riding comfort.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ 7 Speed Shimano

+ Folded Size: 67 x 34 x 83cm (26.4″ x 13.4″ x 32.7″)

+ Suggested Rider Height 142 – 193 cm (4’8″ – 6’4″) Max. Rider Weight 105 kg (230 lbs)

5. Speed Uno Folding Bike, Shadow | BY: Dahon

WHY WE LIKE THIS

This is probably our favorite bike out of the lot in terms of design and overall look and feel. The Dahon Speed Uno folding bike is a newer, simpler design that is even more affordable. At 24-Pound, the Speed Uno folding bike is one of Dahon’s lightest bikes. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ Folding single-speed bike with rear coaster brake

+ Ideal for urban commuting on flat streets

+ Magnetic latching system holds bike together when folded

+ Lightweight chromoly frame weighs 24.2 pounds

+ 230-pound max weight; measures 11.7 x 30 x 25 inches folded

6. Urban X 7-Speed Aluminum Framed Folding Bicycle | BY: Allen Sports

WHY WE LIKE THIS

This is another lightweight, well-reviewed folding bike by Allen Sports. It’s a brighter design, good for those that prefer a pop of color. It also features the same patented high-quality folding features and mechanisms promised by Allen Sports.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ 6061 Aluminum Frame 

+ 7 Speeds 

+ 451 MM Wheels deliver improved performance and handling over the standard 20″ or 16″ found on most folding bicycles

+ Patented frame release levers allow quick and easy folding of bicycle in less than 8 seconds

7. 20″ Lightweight Aluminum Folding Bike 16 Speed Foldable Bicycle Disc Brake, Rack and Fenders | BY: K7S

WHY WE LIKE THIS

Last, but certainly not least, is a super versatile folding bike by K7S. It gives riders a wider range of speed options (16 total), and features the same lightweight aluminum frame. What’s especially cool about this bike is that its a manufacturer is based in California, USA — meaning the shipping is relatively faster.

Here are some specs. provided by Amazon.com:

+ Alloy foldable bike ,with 20″*1.5″ tire. Dual disc brake

+ Shimano Altus 16 speed rear derailleur

+ Include fender and rear rack,alloy adjustable kickstand.

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Greener Square started from a desire to solve the problem of uninformed and unsustainable consumerism, a determination to peel back the label and make healthy, socially and environmentally responsible brands and products easily accessible…it started from a reverence for the environment! Our inspiration came from the market square: a place where people can find natural and locally crafted clothing, furniture and food, socialize with a like-minded community, and learn about how items are made directly from the vendors. So, what is Greener Square? It is a platform for conscious consumers, for products only from mindful brands that value people, animals and the planet. Greener Square is a source for information, a guide for informed and “greener” choices. It is the “greener” Market Square. It’s time for the Greener Movement. But, what is the ‘Greener Movement’, you ask? “Greener” is the next step in the “green” movement. If “green” means good for the environment, “greener” means good for the environment and the people. We feel there is often an experience of cognitive dissonance between actions that are ‘good for you’ and ‘good for the environment’. In other words, we found that when one sees or hears that something is said to be ‘good for the environment’–that it is sustainable, organic, or ethical, let’s say–one may mark said thing as being firstly beneficial for the natural world and secondly for people, or their individual health. One may even think, “Oh, this thing or action is not right for me because I’m not engaged in sustainability.” But, it is right and good for you! We promise! The mission of Greener Square is to blur this damaging line and make clear that practices and products that are environmentally responsible are innately good for you, as we humans are part of the ecological fabric of the planet. If we do what’s right and healthy for nature, we do what’s right and healthy for oneself and others. We believe this is a cause to get behind! A good ‘movement’ to get behind — a Greener Movement!

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