Archive for April, 2012
Check out our new color module, which can help you decide what color combinations you like best for your Bike Friday.
Simply go to any specific Bike Friday model page, for instance, the New World Tourist Select.
Click on the AVAILABLE COLORS box, and a new Bike window should open up.
Select the frame color you would like by clicking on the color to the left. Then select a decal/cable housing color to match with it.
At this point we only can show a New World Tourist frame. But tikits, Tandems and others will soon follow.
Enjoy! And, as always, tell us what you think!
1 comment April 7, 2012
As usual, it began with a test ride.
Read the reviews from Dr. Andy Ng, our new dealer in Malaysia.
1 comment April 6, 2012
Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley stopped by Bike Friday on April 3, and participated in a roundtable discussion with some local business leaders including Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz and Bike Friday General Manager Hanna Scholz.
Merkley’s visit is part of his “Made in Oregon Tour.”
Joining the discussion wereÂ Ann Bunnenberg, ofÂ EGI;Â Brett Williams, ofÂ Life Technologies;Â Steve Miller, of BulkÂ Handling Systems;Â John Harrison, ofÂ Willamette Valley Company; andÂ Nikos Ridge,Â Ninkasi Brewing.
After spending nearly 45 minutes listening to the business leaders, Senator Merkley took a tour of Bike Friday’s Factory, hosted by Hanna Scholz.
Add comment April 3, 2012
Cool rivers in Austin
Distilled the sounds of south by south west
A bike box
Trains and purple lights under bridges
Tracks rolling to New Orleans
The dearest family
They shared their hotel room
And the streets of chaos
Gators love marshmallows
Brown moccasins are aggressive
People in cars can be too
Waiting out storms
With a family of eight
Plus five for a night
Plus we got to climb trees
And swing swings
And witness bees
The journey unfolding
On a bicycle built for me
Manufactured in Eugene, Oregon
To witness strangers
Who become friends
Embracing with love
Love that is not created
. . . and it is everywhere
Add comment April 2, 2012
[EDITOR'S NOTE: A customer recently asked Bike Friday Head Designer Rob English about combining a NuVinci 360 hub with a Gates Carbon Belt Drive system. Previously Bike Friday did not offer that combination. Now we proudly can offer it. Here is what Rob had to say:]
We hadn’t previously offered the Gates Carbon Drive with the NuVinci, initially because of the availability of the proper cog and because the gearing ends up very low on the tikit’s 16-inch wheels.
However, it is actually not any worse than the 60×22 Alfine 8-speed. The NuVinci runs from a 0.5 reduction to a 1.8 overdrive. So with 60×24 drivetrain this gives 20 to 72 inches. Not ideal, but useable. I had a tikit with 53×18 and the 8-speed for a while, which gives 25 to 76 inches.
That was fine for around town on the flat. If we could persuade NuVinci/Gates to do a 20T sprocket at some point that would be ideal (24 to 86 inches). But the last time I spoke with them they were clear that it would only be a 24T.
I would say that if the gear ratios will work for you, then the Gates+Nuvinci would be a reliable, durable solution, and knowing that the cog is available we can certainly build it for you.
16 comments April 1, 2012