The Best Folding Bike

A folding bike may be the most convenient mode of transportation on two wheels: It can get you from point A to point B just as readily as a full-size bike, but you can stash it in a car trunk, tuck it under a desk, or store it in a closet, on a boat, or inside an RV or van. To suss out which folding bike does it all best for most commuter riders and utilitarian users, we pedaled and shifted, folded and unfolded, and carried and maneuvered 13 popular models from nine manufacturers. After our 85-plus hours of research and testing, the well-designed Dahon Mariner D8 edged to the front of the pack, combining a comfortable ride and easy folding with good-quality components, all for a reasonable price.