Tern Link P7i

Versatile rigs for commuting and general urban adventure make up one of the fastest-growing categories of bikes. Here are four of our favorites, from fold-up commuters to high-tech European cruisers.

Link P7i

Link P7i    Photo: Inga Hendrickson

Folding bikes tend to excel at either folding or riding. The Link nails both. Its hinges are seamless and sturdy, and the fold-down process is so intuitive that you can do it in less time than it takes to say “Hold that bus!” Yet, once you’re pedaling, “that funny little bike is darn efficient,” as one tester put it. That’s because the Link uses high-quality cycling-industry spec, including a seven-speed Shimano Nexus hub and tough Schwalbe tires. Warning: watch your back when lifting—the heft of the heavy-duty aluminum frame belies its diminutive size. 31 lbs

Brand: Tern Bicycles $1,200
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