Though folding bikes are just starting to gain popularity in Chicago, they have, in fact, been around for a very long time. For us at Rapid Transit, as for millions of people around the world, they are a tried and true urban transportation alternative. If ordinary bikes give you freedom to move around the city with ease and sidestep traffic woes, folding bikes crank that freedom up an extra notch. For the urban commuter, they offer the ultimate in versatility and flexibility, allowing you to combine biking with transit, taxi cabs, and giving you access to storage and security options unavailable to standard bikes.
If you want an efficient and flexible urban bike, compact enough to fit in a smallest living space or under your office desk, portable enough to take on the train, or virtually any vacation, that never, ever needs to be locked outside, then you want a folding bike.
Because they are easy to take in and out of buildings and to store at home or at the office, folding bikes rarely -- if ever -- require a lock. Their portability makes them a flexible commuting choice, allowing you to quickly adjust your transportation plans if the weather or other factors prevent you from completing your commute by bike. They fit a wide variety of riders, are easy to mount and handle, so they can be shared by members of the same household, or loaned to out-of-town visitors.
And that's just for local riding.
Folding bikes are also unsurpassed for leisure international travel, and come in tremendously handy for car-based road trips, business trips, car or train weekend trips, airline personnel, and those lucky few with private boats or aircraft! For the traveler with a folding bike, the world is your oyster.
We offer a stock selection of folding bikes from Brompton and Tern. However, many customers prefer to order a customized folding bike of their dreams, even if it takes a little longer.
Tern bicycles have a very quick turn-around, while Bromptons, which are made to order in England, can take a few weeks weeks. We now offer an online Brompton Bike Builder, so that you can envision, create and order the perfect Brompton for you!
A number of other folding bikes are available from well-established companies such as Bike Friday, Dahon and others. Bring us your ideas & dreams, and we will do our best to make them a reality.