Synonymous with biking for more than a century, Schwinn is still on a roll.

By Kathryn O'Shea-Evans
Updated: February 02, 2017
Nigel Cox

As anyone who’s graduated from training wheels can tell you, a Schwinn makes the perfect traveling companion. Since it was created in Chicago 114 years ago, the bicycle has racked up a range of impressive innovations, from its balloon tire to its rear light. Hardwired for exploration, Schwinns quickly took off around the nation—generations of youth ran away from home on their Varsities and Fastbacks. Today, the brand’s seven-speed World Folding Bike is ideal for modern trailblazers. Introduced this year, with a collapsible aluminum frame and a canvas travel case, it rides as smoothly along Chicago’s North Shore as it does on the Rue de Rivoli.