Review of Tern Folding Bikes for Cycle Touring

Folding bikes offer additional flexibility as they can be packed up and put on a kayak or inflatable boat for example. Storage is the main benefit, although there is a philosophical angle behind the benefits of small wheels vs big wheels in terms of rolling resistance and weight. Here is a nice set up I was lucky to come across in Cornwall.

First impressions of the set up

  • Pannier racks for carrying luggage
  • Mudguards give protection to yourself and luggage from road spray
  • Small wheels roll fast
  • Hub gears are low maintenance
  • A built in lock is convenient
  • The Ortlieb luggage is waterproof and reflective
  • A bar bag is convenient for wallet phone etc
  • Bar ends and ergonomic grips are comfy for longer journeys
  • A belt drive instead of a chain is more efficient and less prone to. Dirt
  • Durable and puncture resistant Schwalbe tyres
  • Avid BB7 brakes cable operated easy maintenance, powerful, don't wear the wheels out
  • Comfy leather Brooks saddle
  • Fold-up for convenience and access where you couldn't take a bike usually


  • Small wheels not good for potholes
  • Smallframe suboptimal for long-distance
  • Ground clearance is less with small wheels


  • These aren't my bikes. If they are yours, please get in touch. I photographed them in St. Mawes, Cornwall.
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