1st Manila Folding Bike Festival

If youre a folding bike enthusiast, all roads lead to BSide Collective at Malugay St. in Makati.  Bside being the haven of alternative visual, music, and fashion artists now hosts health enthusiasts and quirky collectors of a gem we know as folding bikes.

You can see this cute transport almost anywhere and is even allowed in LRTs for easier commute. From the trusty “tupayb” or “2,500 bike to sky-is-the-limit budget you may have, its a sin not to have one in your household for errands or just uplifting your quality of life.

The photo below are my folding bikes that just give me joy to look at and incredible fun to ride

This is my ixi folding bike. Its a breakable/detachable type of folding bike. It is belt driven, funcitonal, sleek and has a modern twist to a foldie representing my taste for gadgetry , technology and futurism.  I got this from Ariel Arias of Folding Bike Pilipinas and he was encouraging me to place it under exhibit. Unfortunately its so fun to ride, my nephew wouldnt stop and rode it till it got flat and worse.

This is my Peerless GoGo bike. This one is incredible cute and a headturner specially if I walk in a cafe or jollybee holding this when im on commuting public transport. Unfortunately it has no gear to help me out on hills. But if portability is your priority this is your cute weapon of choice. Quirky, classy and functional as well.

Wikipedia defines the folding bike as

folding bicycle is a bicycle designed to fold into a compact form, facilitating transport and storage.  When folded, the bikes can be more easily carried into buildings and workplaces or on public transportation (facilitating mixed-mode commuting and bicycle commuting, and more easily stored in compact living quarters or aboard a car, boat or plane.

Folding mechanisms vary, with each offering a distinct combination of folding speed, folding ease, compactness, ride, weight, durability and price. Distinguished by the complexities of their folding mechanism, more demanding structural requirements, greater number of parts, and more specialized market appeal, folding bikes may be more expensive than comparable non-folding models. The choice of model, apart from cost considerations, is a matter of resolving the various practical requirements: a quick easy fold, compact folded size, or a faster but less compact model.[1]

As regard to the types of folding bikes we have :

Folding mechanisms are highly variable.

Half or mid fold Many folding frames follow classic frame pattern of the safety bicycle‘s diamond frame, but feature a hinge point (with single or double hinges) allowing the bicycle to fold approximately in half. Quick-connect clamps enable raising or lowering steering and seat columns. A similar swing hinge may be combined with a folding steering column. Fold designs may use larger wheels, even the same size as in non-folders, for users prioritizing ride over fold compactness.

Triangle hinge A hinge in the frame may allow the rear triangle and wheel to be folded down and flipped forward, under the main frame tube, as in theSwift Folder and Bike Friday. Such a flip hinge may be combined with a folding front fork as in the Birdy. Swing and flip hinges may be combined on the same frame, as in Brompton and Dahon, which use a folding steering column. Folding mechanisms typically involve latches and quick releases, which affect the speed of the fold/unfold. Bike Friday offers a model, the Tikit, featuring a cable-activated folding mechanism requiring no quick releases or latches, for increased folding speed.[8]

Break away and other styles Bikes may partly fold and partly disassemble for packing into a standard or custom sized suitcase for air travel (e.g., Airnimal and Bike Friday). Other variations include the bicycle torque coupling is a proprietary connector system that can be retrofitted to a standard frame. The Giatex folds and retracts, adjusting to the size of the rider. The Gekko folds from the seat tube like an upside down umbrella. The iXi literally breaks into 2 halves. The Strida has a triangular frame and folds to resemble a unicycle.

Folding mechanisms may incur more cost and weight, allow folding smaller, and tend to use smaller wheels. 24 inch wheels are the largest for which flip hinges are generally used, but smaller wheels, typically 16 or 20 inches, are more common. Smaller size does not mean lighter weight, as most of these designs forgo the bracing benefits of the diamond frame, and must compensate as a step-through frame does, with thicker metal. The step-through design is a boon to a wider range of rider size, age and physical ability. Another system found on folders such as Montague Bikes utilizes the seat tube as a pivot point for the frame to fold. This system uses a tube within a tube design to give the bike more torsional stiffness. It allows the user to fold the bike without “breaking” any vital tubes down, preserving the structural integrity of the diamond frame. This system is operated by a single quick release found along the top tube of the bike.

As I said.. this saturday June 23, all roads lead to Bside.  As folding bike groups bike their way to malugay. Get together and everyone  meets up there as early as 10am. Organizers are there as early as 7am. The map to the venue is as follows:

Schedule on the festival is as follows:

10am is registration, fellowship, entering your bike to the contest and theres even bike blessing

1 pm is bike contest, exhibit, bazaar sale, there’s even free souvenir shirt silk screen printing

5pm concert  and partying follows!

Check out what the news has to say about the event

Its only a one day event! be sure to be there!