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Bike Friday Excerpts

Here are some excerpts from articles about Bike Friday, or you can link to complete articles:

September 2015
Haul-a-Day Review by Sandra Allen

"You know that classic scene from E.T. that every cyclist loves to reference? Elliot on his bicycle flying through the sky, red hoodie up, E.T. tucked in the front basket. I feel like Elliot in that scene when I ride the Haul-a-Day. Maybe it’s the big basket in the front, or the upright riding position, or the fun, red colour of this model. It just feels like flying on this beautiful bicycle. I get compliments on it ALL the time, and the girls I nanny used to always ask why people were staring & waving at them all the time. I’ve had to explain that we just look so cool & unique, so that’s why all the attention!

"I find the basket and 2 huge saddle bags handle all my loads perfectly. The basket is so solidly attached to the bike frame itself – and the wheel turns freely below it – which allows the bike to turn smoothly even in tight places. I don’t think I could handle the loads I do without such a low step-through and the small wheels. This makes it super sturdy and stable when loaded to the brim with cargo or kids or both! I am a small person and manage the bike just fine; I’ve even read an older child could use this cargo bike, which I believe is the only one on the market able to adjust for such a wide variety of people. Great disc brakes ensure I can stop no matter what and the SRAM dual drive 24-speed lets me gear down if I get stopped suddenly and really tackle those hills with ease."

Bicycle Times
February 2015
Haul-a-Day Review by Adam Newman

"I enjoyed the practicality of the Haul-a-Day because when unloaded it didn't have the massive cruise-liner feeling that many cargo bikes have. The majority of the long-tail bikes I see here in Portland are ridden by women with children on the back, and Bike Friday says it is targeting these customers with a bike that is lighter, more maneuverable and less intimidating than a "full-size" cargo bike...

"That's not to say it isn't up to the task of serious carrying capacity. I used it to shuttle hundreds of wooden stakes around a cyclo-cross course and the saddlebags easily accommodated the extra-long cargo. As further proof of its bonafides, the Haul-a-Day made a splash at the Portland Disaster Relief Trials, a day-long competition for cargo bikes and riders to simulate the (sometimes crazy) support that a human-powered machine can provide when disasters strike. Tasks include carrying a wooden pallet, five-gallon buckets of water, and a carton of eggs. Bike Friday engineer Willie Hatfield took the win on a Haul-a-Day with a wild paint job."

Ultra Cycling
January 2014
Pocket Rocket Pro Review by Douglas Hoffman 

“I rode the bike hard at times: standing sprints up hills (trying to keep up with 3 young people on one Honda Rebel Motorcycle, yelling, “Come, come we race!”) and braking hard (on a descent a water buffalo, easily 1000 pounds, burst forth from the bushes on the side of the road). I also rode the bike on familiar roads here in the Catskills, climbing Meads Mountain and descending McDaniel, roads I have ridden many, many times on bikes I know well. There is nothing this bike does not do well. It would not be the first bike I would reach for if the only factor were the ride. I own beautiful bikes built for me by Spectrum and Serotta. For most days I would reach for one of them. But the fact that I can consider this bike, which weighs under 20 pounds and fits in a suitcase, against them at all, the fact that I give up so little in handling, braking, climbing, and descending, as compared to bikes that are arguably the best in the world, is an astonishing testament to the abilities of Bike Friday.

“I would recommend a Bike Friday to anyone who is looking for a folder and would urge them to do as I did, contact Bike Friday, tell them what you are looking for, listen well and then make choices. The people at Bike Friday know what they are doing, and the engineering work behind their designs, much of which was done by legendary bicycle builder Rob English, simply works.”

Los Angeles Times
October 2013
Silk Review by Roy Wallack  

"Solid, fast, quiet, maintenance-free ride. No chain and external gears to oil. The bar-end handlebars provide superb leverage during out-of-the-saddle hill climbing. The belt-drive is smooth, and it's silent as midnight."

Bicycle Times
October 2013
Editorial Review of Tandem Traveler XL by Trina Haynes

"[My daughter] Darby and I rode the Traveler XL mostly on mixed-surface rail-trails and city bike paths. Right out of the gate, the bike was super-easy to manage. I didn't have much experience riding a tandem, and Darby had none, but we were able to get up to speed easily and maneuver well without incident. The 20" wheels combined with the low-slung frame made for a super-low stand-over height, which was totally user-friendly. In fact, my six-year-old son -- he has to learn forwrd a little, but is still able to pedal and experience the awesomeness that is tandem riding.

"Stability is the key component here. Because the bike is so long and low, the center of gravity is also very low, making the Tandem XL handle easily, even with us newbies piloting.

"The 24-speed drivetrain offered more than enough gears to get over short hills and long climbs alike. Darby and I consistently made it up grades that surprised us and could hit some really good speeds going downhill and on flats."

Adventure Cyclist
September 2013
Editorial Review of Silk by Patrick O'Grady  

"A Bike Friday will look and feel especially otherworldly if you just spent quite a bit of time riding a pair of brawny, knobby-tired 29ers as I have for road tests in future issues. But you know what? You get over it, and pretty quickly, too. Mostly you never see the bike you're riding anyway, and the Silk rides quite nicely, thank you."

"The ride is as smooth as (what else?) silk, with the steel frame's 73-degree seat- and head-tube angles, long seatpost/seatmast combo and 1.5-inch rubber serving up plenty of what the cool kids call 'vertical compliance.' The 20-inch wheels fairly leap away from a stop sign, and the Avid discs let you reconsider once you see the cement mixer."

"On short acquaintance the belt stands head and shoulders above a greasy chain..."

Adventure Cyclist
June 2012
Editorial Review of New World Tourist by Patrick O'Grady  

“Abandon your preconceived notions and ride the damn bike. Like any other two-wheeler, riding a New World Tourist is way more fun than many other things you can do with your clothes on, and it’s a good deal more versatile than whatever a wanna-be racer is riding.”

“Without racks and bags, the New World Tourist accelerates, corners, and brakes like a cat in a dog park. The straight-gauge, 4130-chromoly, made-in-Oregon frameset provides a comfortable, bump-muffling ride, and once rolling the bike doesn’t feel as though it weighs nearly 29 pounds (that’s with pedals, racks, and kickstand).”

Momentum magazine
February 2012
Editorial Review by Gwendal Castellan

“Riding the tikit felt fast and zippy, the core of the frame is incredibly stiff and responsive. All the flex of the bike was in the seat post and the head post, which smoothed out the bumps in the road. The tikit was one of the faster folding bikes that I have tested. The Nexus eight-speed hub was problem-free and provided a broad range of speeds that met the needs of riding in a hilly city.”

Bicycle Times magazine
February 2012

Editorial Review by Adam Newman"We’ve ridden and written about some folding bikes in the past year—and there are more on the way—but the Bike Friday stands out as the first one I’ve sampled that performs as well as a traditional bike. While others have steep head tube angles and short wheelbases that give them a darting, twitchy ride, the New World Tourist is nearly as long as a standard bike, giving it a smooth, comfortable ride and relaxed handling. All the contact points match my regular bike exactly. If I were riding blindfolded, I could probably still tell it apart from one with larger wheels, but not by much. Even when standing and pedaling while climbing or sprinting, the front wheel tracked straight ahead.



Men's Journal
April 2011
Editorial Review

"While most folding bikes ride on 20-inch wheels, the eight-speed Bike Friday tikit has 16-inch rollers, so it's easier to carry up stairs. Since each bike is built to order, you can spec it out as you wish. Even better: It folds faster than the Diamondbacks' bullpen."

TESTERS SAY: "On smooth asphalt, I felt like I was riding a full-size roadie ..."

Bicycling 2011 Buyer's Guide
April 2011
Editorial Review

"A truly versatile bike in a compact package, this built-to-order folder is at home both as a commuter and back-road wanderer. Rolling on 18-inch wheels, it folds to carry-on size in minutes, getting you off the train and on your way to work or parts unknown quickly."

"What Bike Shall I Buy?"
from Bicycling Magazine
January 1, 2008 by Ron Koch

Bicycling Mag review Jan/Feb 2008

"A folding road bike for business trips ... who else could provide such an animal but Bike Friday? "

Bike Friday is still the design to chase
from Los Angeles Times
September 2005 by Geoffrey Mohan

"This Pocket Rocket Pro model is the closest to a racing bike and probably is still the design to chase. Stiff, responsive and fast. But 20-inch wheels and long stem made for sketchy handling in stiff crosswinds. Spend more and get the carbon fork for a smoother ride." [BF note: Carbon forks are no longer available.]

Outdoors: Carry-on Cruisers
from Newsweek
"Tip Sheet," September 20, 2004.

"...With 27 speeds and high-end components, the Rolls-Royce of foldable touring bikes is the New World Tourist (from $960 to $1,575, bikefriday.com), which fits in a standard-size suitcase and assembles in minutes. With wheels this convenient, who needs to rent a car?"

The Voice: Phil Liggett
from Bicycling Magazine, December 2003
by Phil Liggett

A great article about the famous English Voice of the Tour de France. And buried on page 3, is this quote:

"He rides whenever he can, and he's famous for bringing a Bike Friday when he travels."

Bike Friday Folding Bikes
from Consumer Guide
October 2001 by none
New World Tourist

"Folding bikes: To many people, the mere concept seems bizzare. Images of futuristic, palm-sized bikes that can fit in your pocket and cartoonish scenarios of bikes folding up as they are being ridden crop into our heads at the mere mention of folding bicycles. However, Bike Friday, a company in Oregon, has been quietly making some of the nicest folding bikes in the world for a while now; bikes that are so well-built, sturdy, and downright normal-riding that you forget they're, well, weird-looking. The New World Tourist is a typical example. Its 20-inch wheels and compact frame seem a long way away from the seat and handlebars, which are perched precariously atop implausibly thin tubes. But it works. In fact, it works so well that a lot of folks forget that they're on a compact, foldable bike. These bicycles are ideal for traveling. The New World Tourist folds to fit in a standard Samsonite hardside suitcase--not included in the base price--and is offered with a variety of different component packages. The base model features solid components, including niceties such as a Sachs 3x7 rear hub and a flat, mountain bike handlebar. It accepts tire widths from 1 inch all the way up to 1.75 inches and has some very sturdy Tektro linear-pull brakes. The New World Tourist will accommodate riders from 4 feet 6 inches to a towering 6 feet 8 inches tall, and every model is custom built to fit the customer. This is a tremendously versatile--and unusual--bicycle that's fun to ride and performs as well as many other traditional models."

Wheels In A Case
from Pacific Yachting
February 2000 by none

"Bikes -- especially mountain bikes -- can be a real convenience for exploring your next landfall. But conventional bikes are a huge hassle to stow on a boat. The Bike Friday is a 21-speed machine that hides in a suitcase. Unfold the bike and the case becomes a two-wheeled trailer. For boaters, the manufacturer offers an anti-corrosion treatment. If you have special physical needs, the manufacturer will custom-build."

from Porthole
February 2000

"Since 1985, Green Gear Cycling, an Oregon company, has been building foldable bikes that fit in suitcases. Called Bike Fridays, these portable bikes are terrific for traveling - whether you plan on touring or racing. You can fold one up in a few minutes and take it on a bus or train. A kit converts your suitcase to a trailer; so you can unpack, hitch up and ride from your hotel. Because they're inside suitcases, they travel for free on airlines. The new Bike Friday AirLlama is a rugged, dependable expedition bike that is equally at home on the road or off the rood. It's got a titanium suspension beam and steerer tube front suspension for mountain biking or touring. Each bike is custom-built down to the engraved brass nameplate and guaranteed to fit. They're priced from $2,295 to $3,000 depending on options and accessories."


Hitchin' A Ride
from Plane & Pilot
January 2000

"The folks at Green Gear Cycling take the prize for the most clever, innovative bike we've seen. The Bike Friday folds to store in its own suitcase and slides effortlessly into the back of your plane or the belly of an airliner (saving excess baggage fees). A kit converts the suitcase into a trailer. Add the saddle bags and you have some serious transportation. Small wheels on the Bike Friday make for custom-fitted bicycles, adaptable for people from 4'6" to 7' tall. Fourteen different frame styles include dozens of options. The company will gladly send you a video and a product selection guide or connect you directly with satisfied customers from around the world."

A bicyle built for three
from American Way
January 2000
Amway Family Tandem

"The family that plays together can stay together on the new Family Tandem Triple from Bike Friday. The collapsible, packable bike - which breaks down into two hard-shelled suitcases weighing fifty pounds total - seats three pedal-pushers, two as short as three feet. What price fun? $1,800. To order, call (800) 777-0258 or visit www.bikefriday.com. - E.G."

Meet the AirLlama
from Cathay Pacific Discovery
January 2000

"Bike Friday is a company based in Eugene, Oregon in the northwest of the United States that builds specialist bicycles. Its latest offering should prove a boon to frequent flyers who like to get some exercise in when they're on the road or who like to get off the beaten path when travelling.

The AirLlama is an all-purpose mountain bike that packs away into a suitcase small enough to be booked in as checked luggage without the problems of special bike handling fees. It's amazing but true. Bike Friday will build you your own personal, mead-to-measure AirLlama, complete with engraved brass nameplate, for under US$3,000.

The bike is perfect for the serious rider who needs to train while travelling, the business traveller who wants to ride while out of town, and the adventure tourist who needs a rugged, dependable expedition bike."