Best folding bike: 5 lightweight bikes, perfect for commuters

It's worth investing in the best folding bike if you're looking to follow government advice and make your commute safer and greener – these bikes are commuter friendly

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Considering investing in the best folding bike? Whether you're trying to take government advice into account and avoid public transport where possible, or are simply looking for a greener way to get to work, our top picks are commuter friendly and can be folded away as soon as you get to the office. 

This is not only good news if you're concerned about the potential for bike theft, but also if you don't have anywhere to store your bike at home, or if you decide you don't fancy cycling in the torrential rain and opt to take public transport instead.

Check out our top picks below, then head over to our fitness hub for more advice on staying active.

Best folding bikes

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1. Brompton B75 2020 Folding Bike

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It's certainly not cheap, but the Brompton B75 2020 Folding Bike (opens in new tab) is a great option if you're looking for something sleek and lightweight that can be stored easily, carried in and out of offices, up and down stairs, on public transport and more.

Beautifully designed and engineered, this folding bike from Brompton – one of the market leaders in folding commuter bikes – can take on whatever city cycling throws at it.

If you're looking for something lightweight and built to last, it doesn't get much better than this option from Brompton. Plus, it's worth considering that many retailers offer pay monthly options that may help you spread the cost of a folding bike over a prolonger period of time.

2. Carrera Transit Folding Bike

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Perfect for those seeking a lightweight bike that's not as expensive as most models on the market, the Carrera Transit Folding Bike (opens in new tab), £385 at Halfords, is not only lightweight – it's only 14kg – and easy to transport, but it's pretty stylish too.

Thanks to its aluminium frame, this lightweight bike can reach pretty impressive speeds for a commuter bike. Plus, its three gear system makes it relatively simple to tackle anything city biking might throw at you.

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Carrera Transit Folding Bike | £385 at Halfords (opens in new tab)
Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, this folding bike from Halfords is perfect for commuters and city biking.

3. Raleigh Stowaway 7 Folding Bike

Raleigh Stowaway 7 Folding Bike

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Another slightly more affordable option, the Raleigh Stowaway 7 Folding Bike boasts an impressive seven gears and v-brakes designed to make city cycling a breeze. Plus, thanks to its in-built mood guards, it's not incapable of tackling trickier terrains too.

It weighs the same amount as the Carrera Transit Folding Bike, which isn't too heavy but also isn't as light as some of the more expensive options available on the market. Overall, a great option for those looking to ditch the car and get cycling.

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Emily first (temporarily) joined the Real Homes team while interning on her summer break from university. After graduating, she worked on several publications before joining Real Homes as Staff Writer full time in mid-2018. She left the brand in 2020 to join the police force but continues to love a second-hand bargain and sourcing unique finds to make her rented flat reflect her personality.