There’s tremendous freedom in being a private pilot. You can select exotic airplane camping getaways, fly to small local airfields to get away from the crowd—and then what? You’ve got limited mobility to leave the airfield once you land. Folding bikes for pilots solve that problem.For years, pilots have struggled with the next step. A full-size bike offers a lot of mobility, as long as you are willing to sacrifice vacation time in disassembling for transportation and reassembling it for riding. A folding bike saves time, but the pothole-sized wheels, small frame, and limited gearing also limit it as an enjoyable transportation solution.
A full-size bike that folds in half bypasses this dilemma. The full-size CHANGE frame from Flatbike optimizes for the riding experience, while the ability to fold it in half eliminates the need to spend an hour breaking down and reassembling your bike.
Folding a full-size bike in half won’t get it down the size of a tiny folder with 20” wheels. Is 35” x 30” x 15” small enough? The best judges of this are probably pilots themselves; with room for two bikes now as cargo, pilots tend to purchase CHANGE bikes two at a time to share their adventures.
All CHANGE bikes for pilots from Flatbike have the ability to fold in half in 30 seconds, including a folding frame and convenient pop-off pedals. Yet they are also the only folding bikes in the world to be certified for ruggedness (EN 14766 for mountain bikes), thanks to a patented design that retains the familiar and time-tested “triangle” shape of a standard bike frame.
Now, instead of choosing between full-size and folding bikes, you’re free to choose what type of full-size folding bike makes the most sense for your personal riding needs—mountain bike or hybrid?
The CHANGE 612 folding mountain bike features 26” tires, Shimano 30-speed gearing, hydraulic brakes and Fox air shocks—everything you need to take your adventure from a smooth landing into an adventure in the rough outback.
Meanwhile, the CHANGE 702 folding commuter hybrid is optimized for street riding. So you’ll see industry-standard 700c wheels and 24 speed Shimano gearing on a 23-lb bike that folds up to fit in a SmartCar. Perfect for getting to your hotel or exploring the nearest town by road!
“THE BIKE IS DOING REALLY WELL. IT’S VERY COMFORTABLE AND RESPONSIVE. IN ADDITION, I FITTED TWO BAGS TO IT, BOTH OF WHICH LOOK LIKE THEY WERE DESIGNED FOR THE BIKE. I’M THINKING ABOUT PUTTING DROP BARS ON THE FRONT AND USING IT IN MY NEXT TRIATHLON. IT WOULD CERTAINLY MAKE TRAVELING TO THE RACE EASIER, AND I THINK IT WOULD PERFORM WELL ON A HILLY COURSE.”
You can see CHANGE bikes in person at the 2018 Arlington Fly-in at the Flatbike booth.