I Folded Up My Bike and Put It In My Closet: The Curve

Living in a New York apartment means never having enough space. Some people have bike rooms in their apartment building in New York, but mine doesn’t. What’s a person to do? One option is to just deal with it and find some way to hang a bike or just dedicate some of your precious floor space to a bike. Another way is to find a bike that you can fold up and put away when you’re not using it. That’s what I did.

The Curve by Dahon, selling for about $400, has 16” wheels, much smaller than typical bike wheels which are around 24”. With those smaller tires, it’s more difficult to go really fast. I don’t think that’s a problem given that I ride my bike in New York. It’s also got 3 gears which has been fine for city riding so far.

The Dahon site says the Curve will fold in about 15 seconds. I bet it’s more like 45 seconds for me, but I’m sure that will just take some practice. It weighs 25 pounds.

If this bike isn’t geeky enough for you, check out the post that holds the seat, it has a “hidden” floor pump to fill the tires with air. Cool.

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