Columba Folding Bike W.Shimano 18 Speed Review
Good Full-Sized Folding Bike for the Price
The Columba 26” Folding Bike is the best entry-level, low-priced folding bike for those who are looking for a reliable personal mode of transportation for work and recreational riding in urban areas.
Features and Specs
Shimano 18 Speed
Weight & Height
Rider’s height (Suggested)
34 lbs (15.4 kg)
Up to 200 lbs
5' 3" - 6' 0"
(Riders 5’ 10” to 6’ 2” may
Front handle stem( quick removable) with silver color cap made of alloy& PVC black bell.
Front/rear steel hub
Steel kick stand
Pros of Columba 26" Folding Bike
- Entry-level price under $300
- Color options are available for a slight increase in price
- Unlike other folding bikes, this one can be stored either fully or partially folded
- Has holes to install standard bike luggage rack and water bottle holster
- Great for Students at College to get to/from or around Campus
- Fits inside compact car and most trunks
- Great on paved and well-maintained roadways
- Good for moderate inclines but wouldn’t try to ride up a steep grade
- Very quick to fold and unfold
- Full-sized 26” wheels makes it a better ride
- Slightly shorter wheelbase than a regular bike but still a comfortable ride
- Easy to take on any city bus, subway or commuter train
- Fairly well-made for this price bracket
Cons of Columba 26" Folding Bike
- Weighs 35 lbs. making it on the heavier side for folding bikes
- Prepare (with tools) to install front wheel on arrival
- If you tie a lock system around the top tube area when riding it, tangling is likely
- Difficult to carry up more than one flight of stairs or for more than a few blocks because of weight
- You cannot turn and peddle at the same time or your foot will hit the tire .. so there is a small learning curve involved
- For paved roads only so limited to using in urban areas
- Brakes, seats and handlebar post may need professional bike repair to set them properly before use .. usually only the seat needs adjustment on arrival, however
I have been trying out several folding bikes in order to find out which one I want to buy. Luckily, I have a lot of friends that ride bikes to work rather than buy a car or take a taxi, bus or subway.
I moved from Florida to New York City and the reasons for owning a car now is only to drive out of town for the weekend. Otherwise, it is a real pain.
You might drive around the block for an hour to find a parking lot with space available. Monthly parking garages charge between $300 and 600 a month for a space and apartment houses with garages charge about the same for tenant parking-sometimes the fee is hidden inside the amount of rent.
Driving around any given block takes about 35 minutes with normal traffic and about 90 minutes during rush hour – not that anyone is really rushing anywhere. These are just some of the reasons that I am considering buying a bike as my main transportation to work.
That said, two of my neighbors have different folding bikes and let me try them out for a weekend. One neighbor owns this Columba model which is how I had the opportunity to ride it.
I rode the bike to my workplace just to see how long it would take and if I wanted to make this a daily habit. The ride was smooth and the bike went over potholes and street bumps without a hitch.
It didn’t require a huge amount of leg strength to ride a fair distance and took small inclines with no extra effort at all.
The bike’s owner did give me a lesson in turning and made sure that I was comfortable doing it his way before he let me out of his sight. He said he wiped out the first time he made a turn as he would on his regular bike.
I returned part way on the subway and didn’t have any real trouble folding and unfolding it or carrying it down and up the stairs to the street. I’m sure that I would be more likely to take the subway home or to work if we had a thunderstorm.
I put the folded bike in front of my seat and it didn’t make a run for it when the train took off or jerked to a stop which was a really good thing to know.
Best Situation for Owning
Not every folding bike is suitable for all situations and when I took it down a dirt road on Sunday, neither the bike nor I were very happy. It slid sideways and acted like the dust was quicksand. Still, on pavement, it was terrific.
I would recommend this bike for anyone living in a town, city, village with roads that are fairly well maintained. Even though it scooted over most potholes I noticed, it probably isn’t a good idea to ride on roads that are full of holes, uplifted areas or sharp debris.
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