The Joey Commute is the bike to tackle the urban environment. Using the fantastic Shimano Alfine 8 speed hub gear for drive and the Avid BB7 disc brake at the front wheel for stopping has created a highly effective, low maintenance commuting machine. Strength and robustness is afforded by using smaller 507 wheel rims shod with 1.75" wide Schwalbe Marathon tyres.
As usual Airnimal have got the gearing pretty spot on, offering a range from 33 to 103 gear inches, which is ideal for most urban commutes.
We like the fact that Airnimal have upgraded from the Shimano Nexus Inter 8 hub gear to the Alfine, which has improved sealing, improved internal efficiency and quieter operation, as well as delivering a neat rapid fire shifter.
Adding some accessories like a Joey Commuter Kit and mudguards would make this a perfect folding commuter bike with the ride quality of a full size bike.
On top of commuting duties, this bike could very easily be used for light utility rides.
Usually stocked at our York Railway Station branch.
Satin Black, Satin Black and White, Cambridge Blue
Airnimal folding bikes set out to give true full-size bike performance in a compact collapsible format. Driven by the desire to be able to take your best bike with you wherever you go, be it bus, train, car or plane, the concept was brought to the market. The brand offers two basic road-based models, which are both available with a variety of different specifications: the Chameleon and the Joey.
Both bikes are classed as collapsible rather than folding because they involve a level of dismantling. However, within 30 seconds they are ready to be carried aboard a bus or train in carry-on size. Within 3 minutes, they are packed into a case ready for airplane travel.
It comes with two wheel sizes: sporty 520 rims with thinner high pressure sports tyres and rims, or the versatile and slightly smaller 507 size. The latter come with thicker tyres, better suited to touring and more varied road conditions. Due to historically varied wheel sizing standards both are nominally "24 inch" but the 507 is the more common (24x1.75). Essentially, the Joey will deliver large wheel performance in a foldable package but at a more affordable price than the Chameleon. Racks and mudguards are available for all models (but do complicate the fold).
We love these bikes because they offer a very practical solution to a classic conundrum: how to bring your best bike with you on your travels. We think they've succeeded.