We’ve been thinking for some time now on how to make life easier when transporting touring bicycles on public transport. The restrictions and a variety of rules, especially on trains, can make journeys very stressful with loaded cycles. So, we’ve decided to give folding bikes a go for our upcoming winter trip to Portugal.
Rather than splash out on expensive, yet superior folders such as Tern or Bike Friday, we chose the Carrera InterCity from Halfords. At £350 each, we can try the folding touring option out without breaking the bank for now.
Our first excursion is a trip down to Ramsgate in Kent. It was easy and straightforward on both the London Underground and Southeastern Trains from St Pancras, and they easily fitted in the boot of a taxi to our accommodation.
On our first short ride around the town we were surprised how comfortable the bikes were. It seems like our Ortlieb panniers will fit okay, but we’ve yet to try them fully loaded.
All will be revealed later, but so far so good.