16 Folding Bikes You Can Store Anywhere (With Pictures)

Most bikes look more or less the same, but luckily there are a few brave designers who rethink how bikes should look, and what they should be capable of.

We, therefore, asked Mads from Cykelvalg to find us some examples of how designers are rethinking the classic folding bike.

This is what he came up with: 8 folding bikes that are really rethinking how a folding bike should look.

The first folding bike was invented in 1893, and the classic Brompton folding bike design is almost 40 years old.

Electric Bike Concept

This electric folding bike will also work as a charger for your laptop, cellphone and other electronic devices you might have.

All the protruding parts on the bike can be folded together, so the bike takes up very little room when stored.

Yuji-Fujimura

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folding bike space saver

Back lights on (folded out)

The bike was designed in 2008 by Yuji Fujimura. There isn’t hardly anything written about it online though, so this one probably never got to production.

Bergmönch Backpack

This Bergmönch folding bike can be folded together and worn as a backpack.

Perfect for when you are trekking in the mountains and don’t want to carry your downhill mountain bike with you. It even has full suspension just like a downhill mountain bike have.

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The Bergmönch Backpack is designed by the bike company Koga.

Locust

Everything folds on this bike.

And when the parts are folded together, they all fit inside the round frame, that matches the size of the wheels perfectly.

locust-bike

The Locust was designed by Josef Cadek in 2006.

Grasshopper

This one can be converted into a trolley, so it’s easy to transport (most folding bikes needs to be carried around when folded – and they often weigh 12-15 kg or more).

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The Grasshopper was designed by David Goncalves in 2008.

Bendy Bicycle

This bike isn’t really a folding bike in the traditional sense.

Instead, it’s a bike with average size wheels, that can be folded on the middle, so you can wrap it around e.g. a pole, to protect it from theft.

bendy-bike

The Bendy Bicycle was designed by Kevin Scott in 2010.

Cart Bike

Initially, the Cart Bike looks like most folding bikes.

But the real magic happens, when it is folded together and works like a shopping cart instead of being just another bike.

cart-bike

The Cart Bike was designed by Hyuk-Jae Chang in 2010.

One

Folding bikes are impressive, but this bike takes the folding concept to a whole new level!

When the One is folded, it’s smaller than other folding bikes, and it also doesn’t have any protruding parts.

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The One was designed by Thomas Owen.

Grasshopper

Almost all folding bikes work like ordinary bikes when they are folded out, but here is one that is a bit different.

When this one is folded out, it will work as a recumbent bike with all the many advantages of such bikes (recumbent bikes are generally considered faster and more comfortable than other bikes).

grashopper-bike

The Grasshopper was designed in 2007 by HP Velotechnik.

Brompton Cloud Blue Superlight

blue Brompton folding bike INSTAGRAM @bromptonjunctionny

The Brompton Cloud Blue Superlight is perfect for city cruisers and weekend warriors, giving you smooth sailing on streets and trails. Its nifty folding feature makes it super easy to tote around on buses or stash away in small spots at home.

With its 6-speed gears, the Superlight M-bar also handles hills and rough roads like a champ, giving you a comfy ride every time.

Plus, the Dynamo lighting system keeps you visible in the dark, so you can ride safely anytime, anywhere.

Brompton Folding Bike with a Brooks Saddle Accessory

foldable back wheel bike INSTAGRAM @leiturasfrancesas

Here’s a must-have folding bike accessory for Brompton fans!

The Brompton Brooks Saddle brings together style, comfort, and practicality in one sweet seat. Made by the famous British saddle maker Brooks, it gives riders a super comfy ride on their Brompton folding bike.

Crafted from top-notch leather, this saddle shapes to your body over time, giving you a custom fit and unbeatable comfort on those long rides.

Mighty Velo CarryMe

yellow CarryMe folding bike INSTAGRAM @mightyvelo

Check out the CarryMe – it’s the lightest aluminum folding bike in the world, weighing in at just 8.4kg!

It’s compact and so easy to fold up. When you’re not riding, just fold it down in 15 seconds flat and roll it along!

Its nifty foldable frame and lightweight build make it a breeze to stash in tight spots. It’s ideal for city commuters squeezing onto packed trains and buses.

Minimo Folding Bike

red minimo foldable bike INSTAGRAM @oldandbikebandung

Looking for a folding bike designed and made in Japan?

The Minimo folding bike is perfect for you. Made with convenience and portability in mind, this little guy is super versatile and functional.

Thanks to its cool folding trick, the Minimo shrinks down to a tiny size in no time, so it’s perfect for squeezing into small apartments or tossing onto buses and trains. Even though it’s small, it’s still tough and light – a testament to Japanese engineering!

Hummingbird Bike

yellow hummingbird foldable bike INSTAGRAM @hummingbird_bike

From platform to pedal in seconds, travelling through the city is easy with the Hummingbird folding bike.

This bike’s made from carbon fiber, so it’s super light at just 6.9 kilograms – one of the lightest folding bikes out there.

And its folding trick? Easy peasy. Simply fold the pedals and handlebars, then, unlock the mid-frame hinge, fold the bike in half, and secure any latches or locks to keep it compact.

Foldable Electric Bikes

gocycle Folding bike INSTAGRAM @gocycle_official

The Gocycle folding bike is loaded with cool features like electric assistance, built-in lights, and even smartphone connectivity – making it stand out from the rest.

When you’re done riding, it folds up nice and neat into a compact package – great for multimodal journeys!

It’s a smart, all-in-one solution for city biking, though we’re crossing our fingers for a lighter version soon.

Carbo foldable bike INSTAGRAM @ridecarbo

Speaking of lightweight electric bikes, meet the Carbo E-Bike – the streets say it’s the world’s lightest and toughest folding electric bike out there!

Constructed from lightweight carbon fiber, this bike offers impressive durability and agility while maintaining a feather-light weight for easy transport.

Plus, it’s got some advanced features like built-in lights, smartphone hook-up, and a long-lasting battery. I think it’s the perfect e-bike for urban cyclists!

Alternative: Foldable E-Scooter

modern foldable bike INSTAGRAM @banggood

Fancy a foldable electric scooter instead?

Weighing just 14.5 kilograms, the HIMO Electric Scooter H1 is a breeze to carry around, perfect for anyone on the go. It folds up neatly, so you can stash it pretty much anywhere, like in your car trunk or under your desk.

But don’t let its compact size fool you – this thing packs a punch. With a powerful motor, it can zip around at speeds of up to 18 kilometers per hour, making city commutes a breeze.

Other great bike ideas

Bike frame with flexible storage (elastic)

Yeongkeun Jeong from Seoul, South Korea came up with this great idea.

When you live the slow life in the city, and prefer to go grocery shopping on your bike, this is a great way to get some extra storage.

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The band is made of elastic material, and you apply tiny silicone stickers, to keep the band in place.

It adds stability to the structure, and you can wound the rubber around the triangle any way you like, to make it more personal, and work optimally for the things you’d like to store on your bike.

First, you apply the small silicone stickers on the frame:

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Then you stretch the rubber band around the frame:

rubber-bike-storage

It’s an easy idea to do yourself, and the great thing about this design it that it will help you transport irregularly shaped items, that won’t fit on the bike’s luggage rack.

It’s a great little project that you can do with stuff you have lying around the apartment, so you might be able to reuse and recycle some old straps.

Read here for more indoor bike storage ideas you’ll love.

DIY bike bar – Bike picnic idea

This DIY bike bar is such a fun idea for a bike picnic – and a brilliant use of space.

These guys built a mini bar into the unused space in the bike frame.

The bike bar has room for 1 bigger bottle and a few smaller ones, Cups, coasters and other nig-nags you might need for the perfect bike picnic or date.

A funny DIY idea for a Saturday project.

The sides of the mini bar flip down and become a small table. A very civilized and stylish way to enjoy a drink while on a bike ride.

DIY bike bar for bike picnic
bicycle-bar-GoDownsize DIY bike bar for bike picnic

To top it off this small triangular bar is outfitted with dual speakers, to set the mood for your bike picnic in the park.

I’m sure this bar is very inexpensive to build, and can probably be built mostly from scrap.

Bring Your Kids On The Bike

Here is a bike that will help you get rid of the car – or at least one of them 😀

Look at this picture, and tell me – isn’t this just amazing? I would love to ride like that if I have kids.

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carbo-bike Xtracycle Edgerunner Bike

What is the yearly cost of a car? A little googling and you will come up with something in the range of $ 8.000 pr. year. On an average income, you would have to work at least 10 hours per week to earn this.

So imagine you lose the car. You will get 10 free hours per week, and have the freedom to ride a bike like this.

You will have freed up time in your life to be able to spend the time it takes, to ride this awesome bike, instead of sitting in the car.

..And we haven’t even considered all the fresh air, the exercise and the quality time you will spend with your kids on these rides.

Total no-brainer to me!

We got rid of our car a little more than a year ago, and we haven’t really missed it.

When we do miss it, we just remember the number of hours we would have to work to own it, and we quickly come to the conclusion that our life is much richer now that we don’t have a car.

Of course, we need a car sometimes when we go visit friend and family outside the city, but then we just rent a small car.

Try to calculate how many times you can rent a car – or even take a cab – before you start reaching the amount of money equivalent to owning a car.

To check out this bike and other bikes from this company go to xtracycle.com.

More folding bikes

I think we will see a  lot more folding bike designs in the future, as bikes continue to find their way into our cities.

Bikes are the perfect green alternative to cars, and with a nice space saving design like this, it will make perfect sense to buy a well-designed bike, that you can bring into your small apartment.

It is very important to be able to bring your bike into your apartment, so it won’t get stolen during the night, and to be able to do this you need a lightweight design, so you can carry it. And one that folds away easily, so you can squeeze it in wherever you have a little extra space.

 

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