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New World Tourist - 70
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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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Date: May 29, 2012
Posted by: Steven Brown
Posted by: Steven Brown
Expect some hassles

We ordered two NWTs for our tour in Cuba for August 1. When we originally ordered them from the sales rep at BF we were not sure if the 3.5 weeks lead time would be sufficient to get our bikes delivered, but were assured they would be.

These are not custom fit bikes and would be shipped very quickly. Our Bike Fridays arrived on time. Packed beautifully.

After much anticipation we assembled my wife's NWT and enjoyed the detail the folks at Bike Friday provided. They even painstakingly labeled the plastic containers so we could have a good chance of folding it all back together.

Little screws were present for future accessories we started dreaming of. Now it was my bike's turn for assembly and sadly it turned out that the handlebars were not appropriate for a medium size frame bicycle.

They didn't fit together very well at all and measured substantially shorter than my wife's small frame NWT. Imagine how your wrists would feel when riding a bicycle where your hands almost touch one another. The handlebar length is more suited to a child's bike, I think.

I immediately called in as we are on tight deadlines for our upcoming vacation and needed to rectify or find another bike fast ... and spoke with a friendly gentleman named Tim in the service department who recommended sending a new handlebar bar over but that it would take a week to arrive.

In the meantime he recommended to cut out some of the grip material and reposition the shifters. I appreciate the time he took to help and did follow his instructions but the bike is still not ready to use: when I use the bike it forces my wrists to an unergonomic retracted angle that aches after a few minutes.

I was so excited to get my Bike Friday, dreaming of all the new upgrades and miles we'd add on... but at this point regret buying this bicycle. Shipment was on time as promised but I sincerely wish that the bike would have been checked out for rideability prior to shipping.

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Date: May 14, 2012
Posted by: Bob Rosebrough
Email: bobrosebrough21045@yahoo.com
My NWT

In July of 2011, I fractured my when the front tire blew on my diamond frame bike. I elected to have the hip reconstructed rather than replaced as a reconstruction would allow cycling without the worry of an artificial hip's reliability. Rehab took several months and the the hip joint was patially frozen with little flexibility, even in February of 2012.

The only option I could see for me to continue riding would be to purchase a Bike Friday of some sort. I decided on a NWT with the help of Larry Black of Mt. Airy Bikes in Mt. Airy, Maryland.

We sort of designed the NWT as a sort of sport tourer (compact double crank with a 10-speed cassette and bar end shifters). Never doubt the wisdom of ordering through a competent dealer who can almost read your mind!

The bike arrived in Mt. Airy toward the end of March with only few quibbles (no seat post shim). The bike felt a bit skittish at first, although not riding for almost seven months could have had a lot to do with that feeling. I doubt that I will ever use the folding option of the bike as it fits rather nicely in the back of my Elantra hatchback.

In fact, for all I care, the frame could have been welded at the folding joint! My only real complaint has been the Continental Sport Contact tires supplied with the bike. Although rugged and fairly comfortable, they are nearly impossible to mount and dismount to fix a flat.

I gave up and ordered Primo belted to replace the Continentals when needed.

Overall riding impressions. The frame is STIFF and does not flex a bit, a nice surprise considering the complexity of the joints. The bike feels a bit doggy climbing hills although, again, this could be because of my ongoing rehab with my lower parts. All of this may be academic, however, as I still can't get my leg over one of my diamond frame bikes (57 CM Paramount). I am resigned to the NWT being my one and only bike for the future.

All in all, this has been a good purchase. Bob Rosebrough Columbia, MD

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