Accessories: Your bike is what you make it
January 10th 2017
“Can I add this accessory to my bike?” is a common question we’re fielding. I can’t even remember the last time the answer was a No, because CHANGE Bike frames have nearly all the dimensions of a standard commuter/hybrid bike or hardtail mountain bike. This means that nearly all the accessories that work with those bikes also work with these bikes.
Here are some common (and uncommon) ways CHANGE Bikes get modified.
1. Wheels and tires.
This has been a big month for wheels. One customer is moving from narrow custom french rims and tires to the wider wheels on a CHANGE Bike 609 mountain bike. Another customer is moving from the rims and tires on a CHANGE Bike 609 to the rims and knobbier tires on a CHANGE Bike 612.
That’s one of the beautiful hidden values about disk brakes; it doesn’t matter what width your wheels and tires are, or even the diameter. One serious mountain biker even swapped out his 26″ wheels for 27.5″ wheels from a bike shop and had this to say:
When you look at the flexibility you have to swap in and out with standard off-the-shelf parts, it’s amazing to remember that we’re still talking about a folding bike!
NOTE: Given the frequent interest in larger tires, we have placed an order for the gnarly-tired CHANGE Bike 612 and will be carrying that in stock.
2. Bike racks.
Bike racks are another common question. Can a rack just be added to the bike and still allow for easy folding?
Yes and no. The commuter bike frame and the mountain bike frame have different requirements.
3. And beyond!
There really is no limit. We have customers modifying bikes in opposite directions.
In Germany, there’s a concept called a “Mom bike.” It’s a bike designed for more upright riding comfort, with raised handlebars, easy access to the water bottle, and a wider, more padded seat–and starting to be marketed in the US as a “comfort bike.” Can a CHANGE Bike turn into one of those?
Absolutely. We finished modifying one this morning.
Meanwhile, another customer has e-mailed his excitement about adding drop-style handlebars to turn his commuter bike into a speed machine.
Finally, no discussion of accessorizing a bike to perfection is complete without this photo…
What does your perfect bike look like? You can make it a reality with a CHANGE Bike.
Bob Forgrave is president of Flatbike, an
ecommerce company offering full-size folding bikes
and kits to make any bike take up half the space.