Abio Bikes, Inc., unveiled its new line of folding bicycles that promises to kick-start a Ã¢â‚¬Å“chainless revolutionÃ¢â‚¬Â for urban commuters and around town recreational riders across North America.
The companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new generation of greaseless and chainless folding bikes will liberate pedal pushers from conventional chain versions by providing a cleaner, greener and more maintenance-free bike.
While demand for folding bikes has been gaining speed in recent years — especially among budget-minded and eco-conscious users in large metropolitan areas — the roll out of AbioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s new chainless technology eliminates the grease factor, which has been the messiest complaint city riders have had about folding bicycles.
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Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chainless bicycles are a great thing, especially for those who donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to fuss with maintenance and lubrication,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Abio Bikes Founder and Co-Owner Teck Chu. Ã¢â‚¬Å“With this advanced biking system owners can now spend less time tinkering and more time on the road.Ã¢â‚¬Â
AbioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s belt-drive Ã¢â‚¬Å“VerdionÃ¢â‚¬Â and shaft-drive Ã¢â‚¬Å“PenzaÃ¢â‚¬Â models are specially designed and built so there are no greasy or exposed moving parts.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get much better for carefree and convenient two-wheeled human-powered transport,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Mike Tran, co-owner of the New York City and Vancouver, B.C.-based company that produces the exclusive line of green-tinted, trendy-colored bikes.
Just as important, these versatile and durable chainless bikes deliver an Ã¢â‚¬Ëœincredibly smooth ride and are easy to fold, carry and store,Ã¢â‚¬Â he adds.
These diminutive yet stylish folders weight less than 30 pounds, and can compactly fold and unfold in Ã¢â‚¬Å“fifteen seconds flatÃ¢â‚¬Â making them a great option for carrying from storage to street to transit and back again.
Folding bikes allow owners to fit them in buses, trains, planes and even cars, says Tran, who keeps one in the back seat of his Mini Cooper for noontime spins and nearby errands.
The Euro-sleek design also provides for easier storage in space-restricted apartments, offices and workplaces, where they can slip into a closet or under a desk.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Whether youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a city dweller, dorm-bound student, adventure traveler in need of extra wheels or just simply short of space, our folding bikes offer a high-performance ride with the added convenience of portability and stow-ability,Ã¢â‚¬Â noted Tran.
Abio Bikes come 95 percent assembled, which means only minor tightening and adjustments are needed before hitting the road. Consisting of 20-inch tires, quality components and special folding mechanism to ensure safety and a smooth ride, all Abio bikes have a five-year limited warranty from material defects and a one-year warranty on all original components.
Besides the obvious health and environmental benefits, riding a chainless folding bike is also a lifestyle choice.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everyone is concerned about the oil we use and the pollutants we put into the atmosphere,Ã¢â‚¬Â says Chu. Ã¢â‚¬Å“By riding this next wave of folding bicycles, people are making a statement that they want to travel in a clean and green way with no grease, no gas, no oil, no noise and zero emissions.Ã¢â‚¬Â
List prices on Abio Bikes belt- and shaft-drive chainless folding bicycles start at $790 and two models are now available online and through select retail outlets. For a list of North American retailers or to order online, log onto www.abiobikes.com.