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We offer free, tracked UK delivery on orders over £10, with delivery starting from £1.99 for orders below this value. We also have a selection of premium shipping options available including timed slots, Saturday delivery and Collect+

All of our bicycles are fully built by our experienced and certified mechanics prior to delivery; all you will need to do is turn the handlebars and fit some pedals.

Bicycles are shipped from a different warehouse to other items and so may arrive in advance of any other items you have ordered.

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90-Day UK Returns for all items

We want you to be 100% satisfied with your shopping experience at Rutland Cycling, so we offer a 90-day exchange or refund on any unused item (within the UK).

We've chosen to offer products at the very lowest prices, rather than provide a free returns service. If you do need to return an item, we provide printable postage labels and collection services at a small cost for all items - including bicycles.

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When you buy a new bike at full RRP from rutlandcycling.com, you can now benefit from the added reassurance of our Rutland 30-day test ride. Once your new bike arrives, you can ride it as your own for 30 days, and we're confident you'll love it! However, if it's not right for you, we'll exchange it for another model. (There's a nominal charge of £10 for us to collect your bike - just make sure you keep the box your bike arrived in.)

On which bikes is the 30-day test ride available?
The Rutland 30-day test ride is available on all full price, non-discounted bikes available for home delivery on rutlandcycling.com. It is not available on discounted or special offer bikes, click and collect bikes, bikes bought on finance, bikes bought through Cyclescheme, or bikes bought in store. This offer is only available on bikes delivered to mainland UK addresses.

How many times can I use the 30-day test ride?
We will allow up to two exchanges within this scheme.

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You can apply for Finance online or in store. To apply online, add your selected items to your basket, then checkout as normal. Select Finance as your payment method, fill in the application form, then complete your order.

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Folding Bike Guide

   Words by Mark

   on 23/12/2016 10:56:00

What is a Folding Bike?

Folding bikes are a great way of incorporating cycling into your daily life. They are particularly popular for people who live in urban areas and those who might not have the storage space for a normal bike at home because of their compact size and versatility.

Public transport and commuting are where folding bikes come into their element. Your daily commute to the office may be too far to cycle and traffic ridden by car, but the trip to and from the nearest bus stop or train station is often much more manageable. Folding bikes are ideal for this type of commute and is a far quicker and much more environmentally friendly form of transport.

Are there different types of Folding Bike?

Generally speaking, most folding bikes are very similar to one another. Most will have 16 to 20-inch wheels and disassemble into a small package when folded (with varying degrees of ease and size). What makes folding bikes so unique are the variety of hinges and quick release mechanisms on the frame, which allow the bike to be folded in different directions.

There are some manufacturers that design folders with larger wheels, which comes in handy if you need to cover greater distances or carry more speed. These bikes will look like a normal bicycle when assembled, but will be more difficult to store when folded due to the larger wheel diameter.

Unlike other categories of bicycle, the essentials of a folding bike are the same. What makes them different to each other is how people customize them for their needs, such as variances in luggage options or colour schemes.

What type of Folding Bike should I buy?

The perfect folding bike for you will depend on a number of factors, such as how often you need to use your folding bike, how much space you have at home and how far you want to ride it.

16 to 20-inch wheel folding bikes are very competent machines and will be ideal for most urban commuters, or those looking to enjoy short trips at a reasonable pace. So if you intend on using a folding bike every day, the ease of assembly and low weight nature of these type of folding bikes make them the ideal choice for the daily trip to the office.

Riders who want to venture a bit further afield may want to consider folding bikes with more traditional wheel sizes. These will carry more speed on the road and allow for greater distances to be covered, but may be a bit more difficult to carry and store once folded.

Whatever the case, it’s useful to know that Brompton offer an incredible variety of customization options for their range of folding bikes. So even if you can’t find the right folding bike for your needs off the shelf, you can probably design it for yourself with their online bike builder – you can build your Brompton to your specifications and get it delivered to your nearest Rutland Cycling store.

Folding Bikes

What should I look for when buying a Folding Bike?

Frame

When looking for a folding bike, the frame is the most important element in terms of compact disassembly. Brompton have become the icon of this category due to the way in which their bikes are designed to fold up, using a hinge in the middle of the frame. It is also worth considering what the frame is made from, as heavier materials will make assembly and portability that little bit more difficult.

Gears and Drivetrain

Folding bikes are often designed with single-speed or hub-geared drivetrains, a lot like standard urban bicycles. Some will come with a wide range of ratios to allow for flexibility in riding, such as Brompton’s touring folder.

Wheels

Wheel size is another important thing to consider, as it will be the defining feature of how your folding bike rides. Larger diameter wheels will roll over and have less trouble tackling potholes or rough roads, but will limit how small the bike can be folded up. Smaller wheel diameters are surprisingly quick and allow for much easier storage and portability.

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