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The opinions expressed here are from Bike Friday owners who have chosen to share their views. Many are clearly thrilled with their bikes. Some offer us insight on possible improvements. Simply select a Bike Friday model from the list on the right, and you'll get reviews specific to that model.
Posted by: David Miller and Ann Hastings
Alas, Bike Friday opted to suspend marketing of our model, the TiLite Tandem Traveler XL. Ours is a 2004. It's similar to this bike, but with the lightweight stem and titanium main tubes and seat masts. Ours is all Ultegra with Dura-Ace cranks. We really love this bike and want to tell about our front disc upgrade. Not long after we first started riding the bike we had an opportunity to do some fast descending near Mountain View, CA. It was a great rush until I saw the stop light as we came around a curve at about 45 mph. It was all I could do to haul the rig down in time using those little Ultegra brakes. After mulling this over and considering other factors such as the potential for a high-speed blowout with rim brakes, I did a little research and consulted my son, Eddie Miller of Bicycle Village in Colorado Springs. It turns out that Avid makes a disc brake that's compatible with STI levers. One thing led to another, and before long Bike Friday had hooked us up. In addition to a new front wheel, they had to creat a new fork because the disc fouled the old fork. After a good day or more of hard work by the mechanic at our LBS (John at Urban Bicycle Gallery) it was ready to go. As you may know, the traditional place to put additional or upgraded brakes on a tandem is the rear wheel. Everything I've ever understood about the physics of stopping, however, implies that the most powerful brake should be on the front. So that's what we did. We kept the original Ultegra rear brake. The front disc works great and I'm very happy we have it. The improvement in stopping power is very significant. So far we haven't had an opportunity for a long, fast descent, but we have demonstrated it in the occasional panic stop, with excellent results. Thanks.
The Tilite is now available under a slightly different classification - as an upgrade to the Tandem Traveler. Same flavor, different name.
Posted by: Chris Chambers
My wife and I first heard about Bike Friday about two years ago, and after a test ride of a couple of models, I was hooked. After some research, and some saving, we finally placed our order for a Traveler XL. I specifically wanted a sport tuned tandem that was stiffer than the folding models. I weigh quite a bit more than the average bike industry expects to ride their bikes, and when I saw that a 240+ rider can get on the XL I was very pleased. We picked up the bike, and after a bit of patient coaching from the Bike Friday staff, we had the bike in the suitcases, and we were on our way home. Our first ride was simple, we put our two kids into our Burley DeLite and went for about ten miles, then back to the house, dropped the wife and kids off and I went on for another ten miles. The tandem XL is quick to accelerate, and very nimble. The light weight is nice when I am towing the family, or just on it by myself, and the easy step over height is wonderful for getting on and off. The staff at Bike Friday has been helpful and accessible. Thanks Bike Friday!
Posted by: Jeff Singleton
Frustrated at being left out of group rides with the fun-loving adults, my 8-year-old daughter demanded a solution. Road bike? Trailer? Boarding school?
My goal was simple: find a lightweight tandem which would let me (a fairly strong rider, 5'11", 145lbs) take my daughter (4'4", 60lbs) on 20-30 mile rides maintaining 18-22mph. Rejecting tempting solutions from Santana, Cannondale and Burley as way too expensive or too heavy, I remembered Bike Friday and discovered the 34 lb. XL.
My XL arrived on time, configured exactly as I requested. There were no assembly instructions in the carton, however, and at 8:00pm that evening the carefully wrapped pile of tubes and cables seemed intimidating. But by 11:00pm, I had constructed something that could be pedaled with gears that shifted and brakes which braked.
The performance of the XL has exceeded my expectations. In our hilly surroundings, my daughter and I fly down the hills, cruise the flats and climb with determination. Next summer, Italy!