German sports obsessive Puma has made a glow-in-the-dark folding bike. But is it worth swinging a leg over?
You might have noticed that the Glow Rider looks a little unusual. That’s because it features not one, but two unique tricks. Firstly, it comes coated in glow-in-the-dark paint, to improve its visibility at night. And its downtube (the bit that runs from the fork to the pedals) is made of a cable that doubles as a lock, with the bike folding in half when not in use.
Do these innovations work? Read on to find out, but first here's what the Glow Rider does well: it looks great. The simple brakes and singlespeed gears with carbon steel chain also mean you can be a complete socketphobe and still ride this for ages without problems and it's really easy to fold up to boot.
Perhaps too easy, in fact – our test bike's folding clasp undid itself mid-ride. Fortunately, the retaining bolt the clasp holds didn't slip, but those absorbent padded shorts came in handy. Extreme tightening (not ideal if you are a socketphobe) sorted it.
After that, the more minor issues – the bike is slow, heavy and wobbly. The cable lock also won't stop most have-a-go scrotes from having a go – they'll simply either cut the cable, then walk off with a bunch of parts, or more likely leave you with a bill for a new cable.
And that glow-in-the-dark paintjob? It only works in pitch darkness, which means it's useless on a darkened street if there's a car with its lights on. Plus, for the privilege of riding such innovation, you're paying top money.
In all, if style is far more important to you than roadworthiness, and you're only ever going to ride a mile or two anyway, take the Glow Rider for a spin. But we’re going to stick to jogging in our Pumas rather than shelling out for its bikes.
Puma Glow Rider review
The Glow Rider isn’t as thief-proof as it claims and only makes you more visible in pitch black darkness