Francis’ foldable Q Bike

A couple months ago, at LCSG’s Safe Cycling Clinic, Francis came to the event on one of the smallest and most compact folding bikes I have ever seen.
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I’ve seen it before when I saw him eating lunch near my office…
francis has a new bike. it's more compact than a brompton. #tinywheelenvy

…and I actually saw it on the newspaper photos when they did the “folding bikes in the MRT” launch in Kuala Lumpur and I asked around for info on the bike but I never really knew what it was. All I did know was it was made in China, and that sometimes it was called the “Mosquito”. Francis calls it the “Q Bike”.

Being so small and compact, naturally a great number of people were intrigued by the Q Bike. The first thing people notice about it is that it’s a lot heavier than it looks. It was perhaps around 13-14kg without anything loaded on it. Good thing that like the Brompton and CarryMe, this bike had rollers to enable rolling the whole thing in it’s folded state.
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To fold the Q Bike, one unlocks the main latch on the frame. It releases the frame and folds it upright, sort of like the Jango Flik.
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Check out the rear. There’s a belt drive on one side and and chain on the other.
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You can already roll it around this way if you like. To make it even more compact, you can fold the wheels upward by releasing the hinge on the forks.
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The result is a tiny tiny package of a bike that puts the Brompton to shame. 12″ vs 16″.
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Riding the bike around was a different story altogether. I wasn’t really comfortable on it, but that’s just me. It comes with some form of suspension but I felt like I was gonna break the bike. LOL. If it was lighter and a bit sturdier, this would be a great bike for multi-modal commuting. It’s so small you can even wear it in a backpack if you could take the weight.

For more info, you can check out the China retailer here. Just remember to Google/Bing translate the page if you can’t read Chinese characters. If you’re in Singapore and interested in this bike, contact Francis for more details.

12 thoughts on “Francis’ foldable Q Bike

  1. I have 20 inch wheels on my Dahon folding bike. So I would get impatient after awhile on much smaller wheels like that. However the bike would be great for short work commuting rides or at least rides under 50 km to do errands, go to work (and tuck under the desk), visit friends in town, etc. People do many trips like that during the week when they don’t have a car.

    • This is the kind of bike to solve the last mile problem in Singapore. The island has a pretty efficient public transport system of shuttles, feeder buses and MRTs. However, we can’t bring folding bikes on them during peak hours. Having a bike this small could counter that and eliminate having to wait for the feeder bus with the rest of the population.

  2. By the way, you have clean looking bikes in many of your blog post photos! People must polish their bikes or Singapore is not as dusty as other cities???

        • So long as you aren’t in the industrial areas where lots of trucks pass, it will be clean and well maintained. That’s one of the good things about living here. Visually, Singapore is showroom worthy.

          • I understand that Singapore is clean..partially because there is a $500.00 fine if one litters. If that’s the case, it’s quite strict. That doesn’t quite happen in many municipalities in Canada –meaning imposing a law of throwing coffee cups on the ground. It’s just not seen as socially acceptable compared to ie. 25-40 yrs. ago. –which I’m glad.

            But of course, if it’s hazardous substance (chemicals, large scraps of construction material, oil/fuel, etc.) yes, one would be fined. If one is in a protected/designated park, forest, doubly so.

            Have you been in Canada/U.S. at all? Cycling is different from the standpoint of: lonnnnnnggggg distances. :)

          • I understand that Singapore is known for being a “fine” city. It’s obvious given the number of signs about town. They’re not strictly imposed though (meaning, you don’t normally get ticketed), as behavior of the locals have already changed since the 80’s and 90’s. People here are disciplined — it has both it’s good and bad points. I think the signs are kept more around for the large influx of foreigners including myself who need to integrate with local culture better.

            I’ve traveled around Canada and the States when I was younger but never on a bike though! Would love to do that someday. Of course long distances are longer there! Our tiny island is only 128km in circumference! That’s not even a century mile, haha! It’s great at times to be able to say, “Yeah, I cycled the entire country today.” If people here want to cycle “long distances” they need to cross the border into Malaysia! :)

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