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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.
My tikit is a utility bike with incredible usefulness. It maintains my sanity. Because my job demands frequent travel and because living in hotels and eating restaurant food erodes my spirit, I pack a bicycle whenever practical. My Bike Friday tikit makes it easy. Last night, after work, after dinner, after the sun went down, and after the nearby office buildings were virtually emptied, the Texas Tikit rolled. In the summer night breeze and through the urban landscape, we cruised for an hour, cleared the mind, and refreshed the body.
Posted by: Doug in Denver
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.
Posted by: Alvin Leer
We live in a world of business where often the pursuit of profits is the sole focus and centrality of a company's existence and activity. With this myopic and short term view, many times moral values are conveniently cast aside, justified in the name of the almighty $. Honesty, integrity, trust and even promises made are merely cards on hand that are optional, used only if they serve to increase ROI. I received a Fed Ex parcel recently from Bike Friday. My tikit had a few nagging problems (mentioned in earlier post) which I brought to the attention of BF's technician Hugh Larkin before my Sumatran trip. He emailed to say he would send the replacement parts and that the order is set to ship by Friday, 4/18 and it DID. The cost of the parts and postage, NO CHARGE as the bike was under warranty. The bottom line of Bike Friday's books may be down about US$50 but this is a smart investment they made - for they have won mine, and many other customers loyalty and support for years to come. On the other hand, I have experienced bike dealers that fail to keep their promise to customer satisfaction, thereby unknowingly killing many "gooses" that would lay them many golden eggs. But that is another story altogether. A simple promise made, feelings of dissatisfaction fade. Magic. Kudos to Bike Friday again! No wonder they are so profitable and successful.