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Date: April 2, 2012
Posted by: Colleen Welch
Posted by: Super Biker Woman
Email: Kdcnmom2@aol.com
Riding my Bike Friday in the Land of Kiwis

I just returned from a five week bike tour of New Zealand.

Due to New Zealand's narrow roads and the Kiwi's reputation for fast driving, I did not take the flight case (I have it and will use it on my next overseas tour to Germany).

Instead, I wrapped Betsy (my Flag Red BF NWT) in bubble wrap and placed her in the black standard size BF bag. She arrived unscathed in Kaitaia, New Zealand (that's 3 plane changes). I began my ride in Kaitaia and noticed right away how stable my NWT rode fully loaded. She climbed the hills with ease.

At first I was somewhat unsure going downhill with too much speed. Soon, however, I realized Betsy was just as stable going downhill at a speedy clip as any other terrain.

The H-Bar is ultra-comfortable -- so much so, that I could ride without gloves when it rained and I didn't want to get my gloves wet.

With the 1.75" Schwalbe Marathon Plus Tires the ride was very smooth. I also had a couple of bus rides on the North Island to avoid riding in Auckland.

I just folded Betsy, put her into her bag (which, when I wasn't using it, I was able to easily carry folded up and bungy corded to the front of the rear rack), loaded her on the bus, and didn't have to pay the extra $10 for a bike.

Piece of cake! I have a full-sized touring bike. I don't think I will use it to tour anymore. I will only use my Bike Friday NWT!

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Date: January 22, 2012
Posted by: Brian Ogilvie
Posted by: brianogilvie
Email: ogilvie@pobox.com
It really is performance that packs!

I've had my NWT for nearly two years now, so I felt like I now have enough experience to review it. My full review is posted at Crazy Guy on a Bike, but in a nutshell: the NWT is a fine touring and randonneuring bike.

It's comfortable, handles very much like a 700C touring bike, carries quite a load, and packs into a standard-sized suitcase (for US-based airlines).

It's not ideal for people who need to fold the bike several times a day, but for everyone else who wants a packable touring bike, it's well worth considering.

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Date: December 12, 2011
Posted by: Heinrich Mueller
Posted by: heinim
NWT Frustration I bought the NWT about 10 weeks ago and have done around 700 km until now. I upgraded it with a Chris King headset, Shimano XT derailleurs and Schwalbe Marathon plus tyres. The bicylce has a very comfortable ride and I did several rides of more than 100km, one 160km - without any physical problems. Would I buy one again? No, definitively not, for the following reasons: as a folding bike the folding process is just a mess, when in hurry folding it on the train platform you find yourself at the end carrying the bike with two hands (one for the steering bar the other for the rest) .In the train you have problems storing it so that it does not fall and get damaged. I think most other folding brands are standing alone when folded. I also suppose the weakest point is the rear folding mechanism because you put it exactly on it when storing it folded. I also think that with the breaking cable I’ll have sooner or later problems due to how they are folded. The quality of the painting is not satisfying after a ride in the rain I can see rust in different places. I have constantly problems when changing gears: front smallest, rear largest ring, maybe 24 gears is too much for a bike with such a small base. I own a Brompton: the folding process, the ride and also the quality is far superior (of course the folded bicycle is smaller, but that’s not the issue here). So I’ll try to sell the NWT asap.
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