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Date: December 1, 1999
Posted by: Colonel Carl Abrams
Email: CAbrams709@aol.com
Encouraging seniors on the pleasure of the Family Tandem

My wife and I are both in our 70's and we ride our Family Tandem every day, weather permitting, all year long. (Today the temperature was 27 degrees, but we took our usual 7-mile round trip to the YWCA for aquaroebics.) We have put over 5,000 miles on our tandem in slightly less than three years. My wife, who suffers from fibromyalgia, insists that the daily ride on the tandem, along with her water exercises, are keeping her mobile and reducing the pain.

She loves the Family Tandem (and so do I) because the low bar makes mounting so easy. We ride anywhere from 7 to 40 miles almost every day. Unfortunately we have to climb Capitol Hill at the end to get back home, but have no problem in low gear.

We mount the tandem on the front of our Motorhome whenever we travel and explore new areas by tandem, rather than hauling a car behind the RV. You may use our words to encourage seniors on the pleasure of the Family Tandem.

Date: November 30, 1999
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Very satisfied; practical

Very satisfied with this bike. It is so practical to fold in my trunk and to take with you. Those tiny wheels look weird though. I do not look and I can not tell I am not on a regular transport unworthy vehicle.

Overall Experience Rating:
Date: November 30, 1999
Posted by: Luis Anaya
Pretty good, but some surprises.

I use my Bike Friday for commuting. My commute is about four miles each way, eight miles total. The area consists of mostly residential streets. A significant portion of the ride is on a two-lane main road in which maniacs ride alongside you at incredible speed. Thank God there is a wide shoulder.

I am, most the time, "out there:" rain, shine, cold weather, etc. Although I have ridden the Friday on longer trips, most of my cycling is through the commute route, which turns out to be a cruise-speed-slow-cruise kind of ride.

I seldom fold it, only when I'm stuck at work too late at night and I need to hitch a ride with one of my co-workers. Folding comes in handy for those kind of situations, hence I bought my Friday in the first place.

The Friday is pretty well built overall. Probably because of its color, black, people do not pay a lot of attention to it, only that it looks like a "nice bike." Handling is pretty good, it is not as twitchy as some other riders experienced. Braking and acceleration are also good, mileage is very poor, I have to fill the tank about three times a day on short rides.

There some surprises on The Friday which did not make me feel very happy, but nothing that could not be solved.

  1. The headset was loose. I noticed how loose it was when I took a gravel road and the fork was moving up and down. I would not have expected that on a new bicycle. It was solved rather quickly by adjusting it. However it took some time until the tool arrived from their store.
  2. I personally had problems going into granny when I took a very steep hill. I think that it is a matter of adjustment but I have not gotten the chance to investigate. Most of the time, on flat terrain, it works fine.
  3. I requested a model in which the seat and the handlebar are at the same height. However, it does not allow you to have the handlebar to be significantly lower than your seat for a more aggressive posture. Probably I should have ordered it with a more aggressive stance. However, I can always use my recumbent if I'm looking for speed. But on the flip side, it is good when I have to turn left on a two-lane intersection in which cars zoom by at 55 mph.

Overall, I'm happy with it. I wish the experience was perfect, but it was not. I am also glad that it does not attract as much attention as my 'bent.

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