Carrera Transport Folding Bike
halfords best folding bike
the Carrera Transport is the best folding bike in Halfords 'core-range' without a doubt. the quality of the build with decent upgradeable parts make it a very good choice for a folding bike for life, rather than a cheapy folding bike for just holidays and runs to the shops
12 August 2012
I purchased 2 of the Carrera Transport Folding Bikes and am so pleased with them. Both bikes fit in the boot of my car for transporting so that my wife and I can do the trails and canal paths. The steering takes a bit of getting used to as they have the small wheels, but that doesn't take long. They are very easy to fold up once you get the knack, so a bit of practice advised. Just ask the staff for the best method of folding, they are very helpful and show you the way. All in all excellent bikes.
19 May 2012
great folding bike. very light. 8 speed gears.
my missus went up hill on holiday that she would
struggle to get up with her old 18 speed bike .its well built and very easy to fold. highly recommended product
06 May 2012
Exactly what I needed
I decided to purchase a folding bike as I have no safe storage outside, and my previous bike was stolen.
I decided on this bike as it was lighter than some of the others (I need to carry it up & down 2 flights of stairs every time I go out), & I know Carrera makes good bikes.
I commute 5.5 miles to & from work every day & cycle anywhere I need to go as I have no car. Living in Manchester the roads are all fairly flat, but the surface can be terrible in places. This bike is perfectly comfy & gets me from A to B with no problems at all. I find it quick & easy to fold away & put back together.
At just over 5' & small framed I find the bike is a good size, I can imagine it would feel less stable if I were taller.
Overall I'm very happy with my purchase so far & it does exactly what I need it to.
27 April 2012
I have had this bike over a month now and am pretty impressed. It is - at present - solely for commuting. I have not had any problems with it, but wouldn't expect to anyway.
Not the lightest bike I'm sure, but I have never owned a fold-up bike before. In this price range I think it is probably right. Seconds to fold up and fold out, but not as small as one might like. Still it goes on the train alright although it is not great on the luggage rack.
The gearing is very impressive too and gains speed quickly.
Getting the hang of this bike took me a couple weeks, but this was due to the lighter frame and thinner wheels.
13 April 2012
Decent entry into folding bikes
I am usually a mountain bike owner and rider and needed a bike that I could take into my house, place in the car, and take into the office based on tight space. I decided to look at folders. My first experience of folders was when my Mother had a Cinzia around 27 year ago, they have come a long way since then! Of course I would love a Brompton but they are twice the price as the Carrera for their entry model, maybe one day..... I have been commuting daily to work and back which includes coming home for lunch for two weeks now. The Carrera rides really well, I have set everything up to my liking and I don't have any aches and pains as yet! The spread of gearing works well, I have read about it not being very fast but I can crack on just as fast as on a mountain bike, infact I would argue that in top gear (8 not 9 like it states on the website spec list) the gearing feels like that of a mountain bike. Inevitably, the only thing that takes getting used to are the small wheels as the geometry makes it more responsive to turns of the bars, and thus, quick steering. It folds pretty easily, not super compact like a Brompton but again, see my previous coment about price. The right plastic folding pedal broke after day three, I rode it to Halfords (with a 'locked on' pedal) and they replaced it. After reviewing pedals on the net I purchased some folding alloy MKS FD-7 pedals based on the reviews as being the best folding pedals. It feels a similar weight to a 'normal' bike so I wouldn't want to cary it far, but when do you need to carry it far anyway, just wheel the thing and fold it at the last minute surely!? The only thing that concerns me is the daily usage on folding and unfolding that I do. Will it withstand this over a period of time? I guess I will find out.......
19 November 2011
Great choice! Really easy to fold/unfold after the first time :) light to carry but not for long time if you are little like me, but indeed you can store it easly.
Having a small problem with the gear but surely can be resolved.
The wheels are bigger than other folding bike and this makes me feel more secure.
Could not ask for anything better, i really recommend this bike.
15 October 2011
I purchased this boxed up rather than prepared by the shop. Great service from Halfords when ordering and collecting the bike. It comes fully assembled, just need to realign the handle bars so that they line up with the front wheel, and tilt the handle bars to the correct angle. Remove all of the protective wrapping on the frame, check all nuts etc are tight (some were loose - supplied tools were all that was needed) and ready to go. Lovely ride and good gear range, I think the long seat and handle bar stems give some flex which takes out bumps. It is easy to fold although quite heavy (well, same as a normal bike). Three little gripes: 1) the seat stem is a little scratched now from moving up and down, 2) had to move the bell a little as it touched the grips and did not 'ding'! 3) the lock for the folding catch on the main frame is a little fiddly to grip and lift up, might be tricky with gloves on or frozen fingers. And be aware, the long seat stem and small wheels moves your body centre of gravity back, so when powering (!) away from stationary the front wheel feels like lifting up a bit giving momentary light steering, so just lean forward a little. It comes with mud guards, panier rack, reflectors and bell. Absolutely superb value, and even better if you use the regular 20% off web deal.
30 September 2011