Pride and Prejudice
Have too much pride to be seen riding a folding bike? Think someone will mistake you for a clown? I’ve been able to partially overcome my fear of foldies, or rather my fear of being seen riding a foldie, and the inevitable comments made by on-lookers. Folding bikes are actually a hoot to ride, and certainly practical for small spaces. But I still wouldn’t be caught dead on a recumbent. I haven’t even been willing to try one, for fear I might enjoy it. I’m also a bit leery of bikes with front and rear suspension… too soft and comfortable. And I would be afraid to get a bike with an electric assist motor, because I would be tempted to use it all the time and become an even worse wimp than I already am.
Anyway, a male Facebook friend “liked” a picture on a website that is all about scantily-clad female models posing provocatively with bicycles. And I, not exactly the target audience for this type of entertainment site, noticed the handlebar attachment bolt on the bike in the photo, and stupidly commented : “Looks like the handlebars of one of those eastern bloc folding bicycles. Too bad that model is in the way.” That was probably not the sort of comment this Hungarian page usually gets, but they were kind enough to post a link to a website photo of the bicycle, without any well-endowed girl blocking the view.
It’s a cute little folding bicycle. Nothing special. But I noticed that the bike is made by Toxy, and a trip to their website turned up the very interesting Toxy Flite Evo.
It manages to combine everything that makes me cringe into one award-winning package. It’s a folding, recumbent, full-suspension bike with a bionx electric assist hub! And it’s cute as the dickens! Fortunately, it’s expensive and it’s in Hungary. Otherwise, I might be tempted.