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Date: March 31, 2009
Posted by: Ethan B
Email: wulfi@hotmail.com
Best mixed mode commute option out there.

I ordered a Season tikit last year in preparation for a move out of the city. I had a 2 mile commute, I now have a 32 mile commute. While I'm a pretty avid cyclist I don't see myself riding 64 miles a day to and from work on a regular basis. I wanted to keep my life car-light so I needed a folding bike I could take with me on the commuter rail, bus, or T (Boston's light rail/subway system.)

I'd heard about Bike Friday when I was working at a bike shop in my late teens and early twenties, so I decided to look into them. Their reputation precedes them. The customer service is top notch (Thanks Paul!) and the bike has been absolutely awesome (I liked it so much I bought a Model T tikit for my girlfriend for Christmas.) I carpool into the city and ride to work from there, it's so easy because I can simply put my bike in the trunk of my ride's car (I even managed to fit my bike and my girlfriend's bike into the trunk of a compact two door car once).

I can bike to and from the commuter rail station and home and use it around the city during the day when I need to run errands. It shortens the amount of time I spend on these shorter trips drastically over trying to take public transit, drive or walk. I can make it to the train in record time! Plus, since I can just fold it up and bring it inside I don't need to bring a lock with me everywhere! I've only been doing this commute for about a week and a half and already I'm completely hooked on my Season tikit, it rarely leaves my side. The fold is really fast and easy. I love the looks on people's faces when they see me roll my bike out of the train station and then presto chango I'm on my bike and riding on to my destination.

The tikit is surprisingly comfortable despite the reputation that 16" wheeled folding bikes have. The fit was very well done and was exactly what I asked for. They also fit my girlfriend's bike to her very well, which is especially impressive since she's about 5'2" with short legs and I'm 6'2" with long legs! In short I've been very happy with my Bike Friday Season tikit experience!

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Date: January 19, 2009
Posted by: J. Butterworth
Season tikit = wow!

I'm proud to have it join my family of bikes! Just like any other Bike Friday, the tikit provides a quality ride. It's is easy to forget that I'm riding a hyper folder when I'm zipping confidently around town. The mechanics of the fold are a truly amazing. That is some impressive mechanical design!

With regard to the Season tikit in particular, the worry-free Nexus hub is a great choice for an everyday commuter bike. The gear range it provides is more than ample. As a bonus, I can be as rough as I want with the folded bike without worrying about a derailleur. Plus, the Nexus can shift gears when you are at a standstill. I went on a quick trip to the store with my tikit yesterday.

To the delight of a nearby ten year-old, I folded it up in front of the store. "Whoa! That was soooo cool!" He exclaimed. His mother seemed to be equally impressed, but managed to control any verbal outburst. Yeah, getting referrals from this bike is going to be easy!

Anyway, great work Bike Friday! I am very excited about my newest bike.

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Date: May 29, 2008
Posted by: Doug in Denver
Tikit vs Air Glide for business travel commuting and touring

Last December, I took my Air Glide on a business trip to Paris. I rode from the airport (using the Travel Trailer) through the city to various hotels and meetings. The ride was great but the effort to pack/unpack and fold/unfold multiple times was frustrating. It was from my last hotel room that I started researching the tikit online. In January, I bought a BTO Travel tikit. I have since used it instead of renting a car for trips to Seattle, Hartford, Orlando and Denver. Now each business trip has become a personal adventure! The quick fold and integrated cover allow me to store it inside my hotels and business places without hassle or worry. It is also a big hit with the mechanical engineers I visit--many of whom are concerned about personal health and environmental issues. The airport packing and unpacking times are only 25 minutes, end-to-end, including the trailer assembly/disassembly and shuffling things to my business suitcase to satisfy airline weight restrictions. Since both Bike Friday models can tow the same trailer, the differences for touring are in comfort and gear carrying capacity on the bike. The tikit ride is less comfortable than the Air Glide but I suspect no less so than any of the other Bike Friday models with a standard down tube. I used a Terry Mens Liberator Gel saddle on both which I like. My Air Glide has front and rear racks which can hold standard size panniers for light or self-contained touring. I have not loaded it up with four panniers so I cannot comment on how this affects handling. I bought a seatpost bag with my tikit which holds the minimum gear I need for fair weather riding. I have since purchased the new rear rack and use a racktop bag which holds all I usually take on a day ride. Recently I determined that my Novara Transfer Panniers (from REI) will fit on the rack with just enough foot clearance. I will verify this on some training rides soon. The longest I have ridden my tikit so far is 40 miles in one day with a loaded trailer. It performed well. Later this summer I hope to try the panniers for "light touring" between hotels and restaurants.

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