I am a big fan of Tern folding bikes. To me they offer the perfect balance between the efficiency of a full size bike and the convenience of a foldie.
First things first, the Tern bikes look great. Sleek lines and smooth paint jobs are evident across the entire range. But the brand also offers so much more than that.
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When it comes to a smooth city ride, the Tern Link P9 delivers. With 20inch Schwalbe Marathon Supreme wheels and a light frame the bike is efficient and will negotiate pot holes and speed bumps with ease. The tyres are also puncture resistant.
The Tern Link P9 has nine speeds, with a wide ratio from wide to small which means hills are tackled with ease and it is very easy to build up speed on the flat. A chain guard protects your clothing while the gears are changed with the use of a twist grip shift mechanism.
Across the bike, features are evident that suggest time and care has been taken by the brand it create a folding bike that really delivers. Measurements on the back of the seat post mean you will not be fiddling around to get the right seat height every time you unfold the bike while the metal piece in the right hand grip is actually a multisize allen wrench. It also features mudguards and a back carrier.
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My only gripe with the bike comes with the folding mechanism. Unfortunately, the bike does not fold that efficiently. The hinges and hardwear itself are perfect but the bike is quite awkward when folded and not ideal if you’ll be doing any kind of distance with the bike folded. It is perfect if you only want to fold it from time to time but if you are travelling by train or bus everyday and negotiating stairs and walkways then this might not the perfect choice for you.
Small magnetic disks have been placed on the wheels to help to keep the bike together when folded but I find that these are pretty useless. A rubber strap keeps the handlebar in place which is something at least.
This bike is reasonably light and offers a smooth fast ride.
The bike is not the best when it is folded. In fact it is quite awkward to lug around.
Overall I think this is a great bike for longer commutes to work and for those who want the feel of a road bike but the option to pop it in the back of a taxi or on a bus from time to time. It is a great option if storage space is a little on the small side at home.
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