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Jakarta Post

Folding bikes looking for space in the city

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 29 2009   /  12:39 pm

The use of bicycles is becoming a routine part of life for many Jakartans, who bike to work during the week and take advantage of empty streets on car-free days. Given that there is not much space in the capital, many cyclists need a bike that can be easily carried and stored; enter the folding bike. Ridwan Arief, a member of the Indonesian Folding Bike Community, id-foldingbike, has four folding bikes. "Bicycling is a hobby that sometimes goes beyond the joy of riding. I also enjoy collecting different kinds of bikes," Ridwan said. Folding bikes cost between Rp 1 million *US$100* and Rp 50 million. "Collectors don't care about price. They want the satisfaction of having it," he said. Their ordinary bike contemporaries find visiting malls troublesome, as they must park their bikes outside, along with motorcycles. But riders ...