A folding bike that isn't embarrassing

This is the kind of weather that makes non-cyclists consider a summer of two-wheeled commuting. But surely not with a folding bike? Let's face it, they've still got a pretty bad reputation. Get caught carrying one up the stairs and you're instantly tainted as the office geography teacher - all elbow patches, corduroy and an unhealthy interest in fell-walking. 

But as the new Swissbike LX proves, things have changed. Those that are both discerning and space-challenged can now boast a vehicle that genuinely looks good as well as fold under a desk (it morphs down to 36" x 28" x 12"). American manufacturers Swissbike offers 24 speed frames with off-road wheels and full front suspension that can be folded up in 30 seconds, with no tools necessary. £795

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