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Commuting by folding bike with Decathlon

Many people in London have been affected by the disruption at Waterloo which has rippled around the whole South West trains network. The entire Chessington branch line is currently closed so there aren’t actually any trains running to my office at the moment!

This is where trying to commute to work by bike is a much more appealing option than a tram, then a train and finally a bus on traffic congested roads. If you have a long-ish commute then it might not be possible to ride the whole way, but a folding bike enables you to cycle a few miles and then still be allowed to hop on public transport during peak hours with your bike.

My parents have had Brompton folding bikes for about ten years, and I’ve always thought I would love one too but quite honestly, they are ridiculously expensive! Maybe one day, but right now I can’t justify that kind of outlay so the Decathlon B’Twin Tilt 500 was the perfect choice for me.

In actual fact over the last few months, I’ve fallen in love with ‘Fernando the Foldie’…

Folding bike decathlon

I’ve written about Decathlon products before – their running clothing, and the amazing number of sports they stock kit for all under one roof – but I’ve never tried their bikes. I suppose I was slightly sceptical to start with, with my other bikes being expensive Trek and Liv models, but the Tilt 500 is such a great bargain!

At £250 it has 7-gears, mudguards, a kickstand, and folds up into a pretty small package in about 30 seconds. It takes a little practice to perfect the fold/unfold process but after a few goes you’ll have it down, and will be able to speed into the station and onto that train in no time! Folding up so small means that it stores away in my flat really easily too, and while I’ve only ridden it in daylight (summer) so far, the bike actually comes with lights – white on the front and red on the back which I was really impressed with.

Folding bike decathlon

All of the accessories that are already included really do make it the perfect package just to hop on and cycle, and while the Tilt 500 might have small wheels, it’s surprisingly nippy! Some evenings I’ve been jumping on it to whizz the two miles over to my gym as it’s so handy to grab and go, and it gives me a little warm up too.

The only problem I’ve found so far is that it doesn’t fold up as small as a Brompton, and is a little unstable once folded. If you compare the two side-by-side the Brompton has a flat base when folded, and the Tilt 500 has a tendency to fall over so you have to make sure you have something to lean it against! It is also quite heavy (12.75kg), so if you had a long way to walk I would suggest wheeling it unfolded until the very last moment.

That being said, at a quarter of the cost of the leading folding bike brand I would 100% recommend my B’Twin!

Have you ever ridden a folding bike? Would you cycle commute to work?

Beki x

NB: I was sent the B’Twin Tilt 500 to review but as always all opinions are my own. 

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7 Comments

  • Reply Chloe

    Oh, I love to try one of these!

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    August 24, 2017 at 8:44 pm
  • Reply Lewis

    Did you have any problems with the hinge? I see they exclude from the warranty!

    November 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm
  • Reply Max Shumpert

    Congratulations on commuting! 🙂 I’m a big fan of cycling and commuting is an everyday thing for me. There are some studies that suggests cycling helps improve cognitive thinking, increases energy, boosts muscle growth, and enhances your aerobic and cardiovascular fitness. Each time you commute, you sneak these health benefits in your body making you both physically and mentally stronger in the process.

    November 13, 2017 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Berlin Wilton

    I commute by train with my btwin fold up. I live in cape town South Africa. Really enjoy it as I meet different people dialy .

    May 18, 2018 at 4:25 am
  • Reply Ramees

    I love to ride a folding bike. It easily handles and smooth riding. This article is informative and valuable.

    April 11, 2019 at 7:42 am
  • Reply Peter

    Thanks a lot for this useful review. I’m looking to get a Btwin folder but wanted to hear first hand experiences of people who had regularly commuted with them given the weight and folded footprint issues that you mention. From what you say it sounds like a viable option, so I’m encouraged. Thanks!

    May 13, 2019 at 12:26 am
  • Reply bettedam

    from what you say, its an interesting option. My Dahon got stolen here in Brussels so I need a new one 🙂

    August 27, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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