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Pocket Llama review

2012 Pocket Llama Select.

2012 Pocket Llama Select.

There is an active cycling website in Singapore, togoparts.com, that offers reviews of bikes as well as other interesting tibits.

Here is a new review of a Pocket Llama Select on the website.

Add comment January 28, 2013

Introducing the 2013 Select Group

The 2013 Pocket Rocket with the Select Group includes a SRAM Apex group.

The 2013 Pocket Rocket with the Select Group includes a SRAM Apex group.

Some say the third time is a charm, and when it comes to our third season of offering the Select Groups for our most popular models, well, we have to agree.

The Select concept began to allow our experts to easily share their wisdom and insight with you by putting together optimum component groups for each of our core models.

The goal is to offer you a great performance for the best price. By continually searching for the perfect mix to offer, and listening to your feedback from countless miles for experience, we’ve come up with our best packages to date.

NOTE: Our tikit with the Select Group will be unveiled February 1.

The Select Group simplifies the order process. You choose the frame size [52 cm, 56 cm or 60 cm for 20-inch bikes], crank size [175, 170 or 165], your frame color and your decal/cable colors. It’s that easy.

You can submit an order request for a Select online.

You can make changes to your design and create a Custom Select model that’s as individual as you are, just contact a Bike Consultant.

All 2013 Bike Fridays will include a Threadless Headset, which has become the industry standard while the Threaded Headset has become more and more rare. The change will provide Bike Friday with more options to offer to you. [NOTE: The upgrade is for 20-inch Bike Fridays. The tikit already uses threadless headsets.]

Engineer Rob English points to the benefits of the Threadless Headset:

  • It is easier to take the stem on and off since there will be no threads to slide over.
  • The steerer is stronger because there are no threads.
  • The headset is easier to adjust since it only takes a 5mm wrench.

The change allows Bike Friday to offer more price points for headsets, including the Bike Friday Threadless Loose Ball, Bike Friday Threadless Sealed Cartridge, Cane Creek and Chris King.

Introducing the 2013 Select Group for 20-inch Bike Fridays

New World Tourist with the Select Group: The 2013 Select Group is nearly the same for the New World Tourist, our most popular model. Why is it most popular? We have a solid package that delivers high performance and durability for touring, commuting or just enjoying a wonderful ride. The 2013 group will include a new Bike Friday cartridge threadless headset, FSA Gossamer Cranks (165, 170 175), 27-speed SRAM X-5, SRAM trigger shifters, Primo Comet tires and Bike Friday H-bars. Saddle and Pedals are not included. Its retail price will be $1998.

Pocket Llama with the Select Group: The availability of a heavy-rider upgrade or the flexibility to go with tires as wide as 2.25 make the Llama a popular choice. The 2013 Select Group will include a Bike Friday cartridge threadless headset, Avid disc brakes, FSA Gossamer Cranks (165, 170 175), 27-speed SRAM X-5, SRAM trigger shifters, Cane Creek Thudbuster seatpost, Schwalbe Big Apple tires and Bike Friday flat bars. Saddle and Pedals are not included. Its retail price will be $1998.

Pocket Rocket with the Select Group: The 2013 Select Group will include a couple of enhancements based on your input to bring the Rocket more in line with its drop bar, road performance heritage. The Select Rocket includes a Bike Friday cartridge threadless headset, a 20-speed SRAM Apex group, Apex Double Tap integrated shifters, Apex cranks and Schwalbe Durano tires, as well as FSA brakes and 4-bolt ahead stem with unsplit drop bars.. Saddle and Pedals are not included. Its retail price will be $2298.

Silk with the Select Group: The 2013 Select Silk will include a Gates Carbon Belt CDC Drive to go with Alfine 8 Internal Hub, Nexus Twist Shifters, Avid disc brakes and Kenda Kontact [406] tires. Saddle and Pedals are not included. Its retail price will be $1998.

 

Add comment January 22, 2013

Leo’s Electric Blue

Two new Bike Friday colors developed by our own Leo Shotridge, are Amethyst (top) and Leo's Electric Blue. They are shown above in late afternoon sun.

Two new Bike Friday colors developed by our own Leo Shotridge, are Amethyst (top) and Leo’s Electric Blue. They are shown above in late afternoon sun.

Due to popular demand, here is another photo of Leo’s Electric Blue out in the sun.

Leo's Electric Blue in the sun.

Leo’s Electric Blue in the sun.

 

Add comment January 15, 2013

Bike Lanes are Good Business

The Landlords in Portland have begun to understand the value of cycling infrastructure. It’s just part of the culture of Portland that is leading the way.

While you check out the article, also take a good look at the organization presenting this blog, PeopleforBikes.org.

It’s one of the organizations out there that can help you make a difference in the world.

Add comment January 9, 2013

Focus on Quality in China

Our Bike Friday Dealer in Beijing is AITA Cycle, and co-owner Xiangyu Zhao is dedicated to presenting Bike Friday as the Rolls Royce of folding bikes to a hungry market in China.
The high end cycling market in China is booming, and the media is picking up the story.
The international TV network BLUE OCEAN NETWORK produces a series called Amazing China, and recently did an episode featuring AITA Cycle.
It’s a interesting look into the cycling world in China. The topic was also addressed in an article that recently appeared on CNBC.
As for Xiang, he is a young, motivated businessman who leaves no stone unturned. His showroom is stunning (see the episode above).
He visited the Bike Friday Factory in the spring of 2012 to learn as much as he could about us.
Xiang Zhoa visiting the Bike Friday Factory in Eugene in June 2012.

Xiang Zhoa visiting the Bike Friday Factory in Eugene in June 2012.

1 comment January 7, 2013

Ready at a Moment’s Notice

With no glimpse of the sun for more than three days, expectations focused on a possible photo or two of the haze and mist as I rolled out of Mt. Shasta City after a breakfast burrito and latte.

Rounding a corner, the view exploded like a bolt of lightning.

A soft haze blanketed the dark green forest in the foreground, for sure.

But beyond that the sunlight blasted on the stunningly white peaks of Mt. Shasta set against a spotless blue sky.

Wow.

 

For many, the true beauty of Bike Friday is that it can be stowed in the back of your SUV beneath a blanket, or the trunk of your car. You can always have your bike with you, without it being obvious to anyone.

While Bike Friday owners are famous for their epic adventures intricately planned and executed, for some of us, it’s the spur of the moment surprises that rock our world.

Convenience that Bike Friday offers some of us is having your bike with you at all times.

Driving home from a folding bike demonstration at the train station in Sacramento, I spent the night in Mt. Shasta and hoped for some free time to steal away a ride. I typically have my Pocket Llama in the back of my SUV, tucked beneath a blanket, so it’s always there for me.

Having just done a demo for the company, well, I had more than one Bike Friday in the back, but the New World Tourist with the NuVinci hub screamed to be ridden up the Ski Highway. Who am I to say no?

Memo to self: You don’t have to duck or scrunch down to get into the shot taken on the timer if it’s a vertical photo.

There might be no better situation for NuVinci than climbing a big hill. The weight watchers will argue that pulling a 5-pound internal hub up a hill is no picnic. I’ll argue the pros outweigh the cons, pun intended.

Imagine being able to find that perfect cadence for a climb, and being able to maintain it, the entire climb, with just a flick of your wrist. Sweet.

Something about a snow-capped mountain that raises my heart-rate more than a beat or two.

It didn’t take long before some gravel road, then a trail, called for exploration. No worries, the bike was up for it.

So I took the first turn possible, pedaled my way to the first trail — which at this point of the year was more like a soft creek bed.

Having some fun on the rollers, and again, using the timer on the camera.

In a blink, I found myself even farther removed from any possible brush with humans. The silence overwhelmed me. The fresh mountain air invigorated me.

Finally, I just pulled over and sat. Soaking in the moment.

It’s not just these out of the way adventures that await if you always have your steed ready to ride

I managed to hit Sacramento a few hours early for the demonstration, which allowed me some time to tool around California’s capital city with my camera. As usual, I opt for the NuVinci hub whenever I get the opportunity. This time on the Carbon Infinity tikit.

Again, you never know what surprises lurk around the corner.

I found the Sacramento River Promenade, and decided to steal away a few minutes riding along the swollen waterway. I couldn’t believe my eyes.

I’m used to getting caught off guard by a great view.

Most, however, pertain to things in this century. Or thereabouts.

I’m not sure what’s more surprising, seeing a ship like this or
realizing how sweet the camera is on my iPhone.

Of course, you can’t ride around Sacramento and not find yourself at the Capitol.

I found myself there as they prepared for the official Christmas tree lighting ceremony. They let me take a few shots before putting up the fences.

Bike Friday lobbies for the fold.

The Carbon Infinity tikit looks right at home, rubbing elbows with the movers and shakers of the Golden State.

 

Sacramento is such a wonderful mixture of everything California has to offer, from big cities, to palm trees to its Western Frontier heritage.

Then again, you can really appreciate the essence of any place. When you’re traveling by bike.

 

Add comment January 3, 2013


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