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New World Tourist - 69
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Date: February 18, 2014
Posted by: Edwin Wilkerson
tough little bike,

I have toured in Europe several times and the Bike Friday is awesome. The bike is easily put together you can ride from the airport or easily get on a train.

I would not travel in Europe without a Friday. I have a New World Tourist and I have towed three suitcases with it (over a hundred pounds) stacking the cases one on top of the other.

I pushed that little bike to the limit. One day we rode from the Czech border to Vienna almost a 100 miles up and down steep hills. The brakes help up just fine and the trailer held together!!!!!!!!! Two suitcases and a 30 lb bag.

I was pulling the extra suitcase and bag because riders were too weak to keep up (I didn't mind because they would buy me food and beer).

A Friday is the only way to travel, I am looking into buying a Llama it has a heavy duty frame and will work with 2.5'' tires.

In Europe we had all different kinds of roads from cobblestone to dirt so a Llama is your best over all bike.

I strongly recommend towing a 100 lbs a few hundred miles for training. When I came back I was super human on my Colnago!!!!!!

I find I ride just as fast on a Bike Friday. There is a 5-mile climb I do behind my house and I rode it just as fast on the Bike Friday as I do on my Colnago.

PS. be careful if you tow 3 suitcases on top of each other they will fall over going off curbs or big bumps, two suitcases work just fine, and be sure to bring replacement parts for the hitch it's hard on the rubber hose and the connection

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Date: June 18, 2012
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Posted by: Henricus
Early World Tourist

I bought the 600th Bike Friday, a New World Tourist, in 1993.

Over the years I've upgraded the crank, derailleurs and shifters. The original had Suntour and Sakae components and I now have Shimano Ultegra integrated shift-brake levers and Ultegra/105 crank/derailleurs.

I ordered the bike with 451 rims to get a racier ride on the 100 psi tires. I'm not really sure if that was a great decision because of the easier availability of 406 tires, but I've had no problems and enjoyed the quick ride.

Through many folds and travels, including shipping by airmail, it's continued to function, although once I opened the case to find my rear valve sheared off at the rim, probably by something that shifted -- the suitcase was also cracked.

One small problem is that the front derailleur often needs adjustment after folding and travel. I would love to have a NuVinci and drive belt system to fix that, plus eliminate the grease stains.

Although the bike is heavy by 21st century standards, it's still fast. I flew to France with it in 2011 and traveled around Avignon and Tours with no problems, towing the trailer.

In 2012 I will take it to the northern coast of France and into Belgium: Calais-Dunkerque-Oostend-Bruges-Gent.

Back in 1993-94, my wife and I toured Mallorca with our New World Tourists and reported on it in the BF newsletter. Later we flew to Hamburg and then rode on to Copenhagen using the travel system.

Overall, my Bike Friday has functioned as advertised for a long time, and the service from Green Gear has been courteous and efficient.

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Date: May 31, 2012
Posted by: Paul Weaver
Posted by: PD Weaver
Happy Recruitee

After 15 years away from biking, at our 45th college reunion in 2009 my former roomate, a very experienced bike tourer and early adopter of the New World Tourist, urged me back to the saddle with visions of European adventures together.

After I suffered thru the logistical nightmare of schlepping my full-size Specialized Tri Cross to and from Germany last summer, he sent me off to Eugene and Bike Friday.

I love everything about the bike, the business, and the staff. There is almost no place left where you can get this kind of personal attention coupled with technical expertise.

I have a perfectly fitted, tricked out custom New World Tourist that has already made three flying trips: at 38 pounds with case ( I skip the packing materials provided and use clothes), I have room left for gear and no bag fees.

Mine is geared to climb with weight, and boy does it do that, but also cruises just fine. On really bumpy or high speed roads, one does occasionally pine for the 27" wheel ride, but the overall performance makes up for it.

In tight medieval cities and jumping on and off for photo opportunities, you really come to love the handiness. It may look like a toy -- mine is screaming yellow for visibility -- but is a serious, big time touring machine. The intimate experience of biking on it in new places is the best travel experience of my life. My Bike Friday draws a wonderstruck and admiring crowd wherever I take it.

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