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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: F. Felix
Posted by: ffelix
I love my tikit!
It is unbelievably convenient to throw in the trunk for car trips -- no roof racks, no reduced gas mileage, no wind noise.
SO much easier than a car in the inner city or in National Parks, just park outside and pedal in.
SO much easier than a regular bike on trains, stairs, in hallways, elevators, hotel rooms, etc. I end up riding much, much more in these situations than I used to with a regular bike.
A word of warning: I put a Spongy Wonder saddle on as an experiment and the metal base shredded my small car's headliner...use a normal saddle with a padded rear section to avoid similar problems.
The tikit is really fun for long-distance or credit card touring, too, especially with a Teeco pannier. The small wheels and unconventional frame are not a problem, even on the graded dirt roads of the Costa Brava.
The handlebar riser is a bit flexy on the climbs, but it's not a big deal; you quickly get used to it. But there are a few issues with this bike that make life trying.
One problem is that a folded tikit doesn't *quite* fit into the big lockers at museums and other public spaces that won't check a bike at the coat check. I used to just use the bike cover and call it a baby carriage, but many places won't check those anymore, either. So, I have to go through conniptions to get security to let me into a controlled area to lock it up (Tikits get swiped quickly if you leave them on a bike rack).
Another issue is the suitcase trailer. It works great, especially the compressor-fitting connector. But it is not effortless to fit the bike into the suitcase for travel -- it's not nearly the quick and dirty exercise that folding the bike is. It's just a bit tight, so things have to be lined up perfectly.
You definitely have to take the rack off to get the bike to fit. And I have yet to have an airline trip where the baggage monkeys didn't manage to mangle my chainring, even with two crush protectors.
The ring is an odd size, so it's hard to find a replacement and expensive if/when you do (no prayer in Italy). Bike Friday should really carry them in their store. I just give in and take the ring off when flying now. More hassle. The drive train is the only part of the bike that I think is not well designed (depending on your configuration, I suppose).
I have to be very careful not to bounce too much coming off bumps & curbs, or the chain drops off the front chainring WAY too easily. Also, the chain guard is too small and the chain sometimes rides up onto it, despite me shortening it a few links. I can avoid problems by being attentive, but I don't think I should have to do this.
The chain-angle is severe. The derailleur works great...as long as it is VERY precisely tuned to prevent skipping gears (another thing the baggage monkeys are good at messing up). Also, folding and unfolding the bike can shift the cable runs, screwing with this delicate balance. I now cable-tie my cables tightly in place under the bottom bracket to prevent this maddening problem. Derailleurs just seem to be a really dubious idea on this bike. The internal hub works magic, however. No mess, no fuss! And the new configuration with a Nuvinci hub and carbon belt drive should solve most/all of my drive train issues. The new tikit frames seem stiffer, too, which is nice.
Posted by: Mike Oles
Yes, that Carley Simon song, Anticipation, a 1971 hit, is how I was feeling about my Tikit since I ordered it in February, then decided to upgrade it while it was being built. At last, we settled on the final components, then off it was shipped on April 22nd. ANTICIPATION since then and even since February. As the days dragged on , I kept looking at the FedEx website to track the shipment. Finally it arrived in Connecticut this morning, so I was Anticipating it every few minutes I’d look out the window for the FedEx guy. Nobody came. I kept looking at my iPhone to see if there was more detail in the tracking. At one point it said Package Delivered. I said to myself they must do the paperwork in advance because I didn’t hear the FedEx guy/gal. I opened the front door. There it was.
Ohboyohboyohboy. I’m 67 years old but I was like a little kid. I knew I better open it, read the instructions, go slow, because so many times I’ve messed up brand new stuff in my haste. I opened up the suitcase and there it was in all its glory. I looked at the manual, then spotted the DVD. I figured I’ll look at the DVD and see if it gives me enough info to get started.
I’d play little sections of it making sure that I was doing stuff right all along. I’d rewind a little, look it over a little. Within an hour I was out riding. And folding and unfolding my
What a work of art, really. Within five minutes of my getting on it someone remarked, nice bike!!!!. But the real fun was folding and bringing it into stores. Yeah, there’s nothing like that feeling. No locks no chains, no nothing, just me and my bike and all the conversation that follows.
I’d like to thank the entire Bike Friday staff for making this a very sweeeeet day. I look forward to many many rides, tossing it into the back of our SUV from time to time, without all the hassle of the taking off the front tire of my roadie.
It seems to have a lot of range in the gearing, more so than the one I traded in, New World Tourister.
Thanks to all, very much.
God’s peace to all,
Deacon Mike Oles
Posted by: Ty Smith
I looked at a lot of folding bikes over the last year. Bike Friday, Brompton, Dahon etc. My wife Tanya, an avid researcher, spent a lot of time as well. She asked me, "What is important to you? Do you really need the compact fold of the Brompton, or do you want a folding bike that rides like a real bike?" That really got me thinking.
Well, I test rode a Season tikit at Warm Planet Bikes in San Francisco, and also tried a friend's Brompton. I also tried a Strida and a Dahon. My wife kept researching. I kept looking at bikes.
I kept coming back to Bike Friday.
Last month, I finally bought my Season tikit a month ago after about a year agonzing over my decision. It is in Green Gear Green and I have named it Kermit! (You know, "It's not easy being green.") It has been fantastic! I knew I would like it, but I can't believe the difference it has made in my commute.
It has made in a huge difference in two areas primariy. One is getting on and off the train. The other is getting in and out of my building at work. I live in San Mateo, CA and commute to San Francisco, CA via Caltrain.
With our local Caltrain, there has been a problem for years in bike capacity. At least once every couple of weeks, I was bumped from the train and had to take the next one.
Now that I have the tikit, I get on the train with no problems. In the first two weeks alone, I was able to get on at least four trains that I would ordinarily been bumped off. The folding bike is always allowed!
My other issue has been my workplace. Frankly, it is NOT bike friendly. Before my tikit, I had to take my bike through the loading dock, down a one-floor freight elevator to the basement, and then try to sneak my bike onto another freight elevator up to the 10th floor where my office is. I say sneak, as the building has a "NO BIKE" policy. They want me to put my bike in room designated for that purpose in the basement. Just getting my bike in and out of the office took 10-15 minutes extra, time crucial if you are trying to make the train home.
Well now I pull up to the front of the building, fold my Season tikit, and walk right in and take the main elevator. The security people smile at me and nod as I go by. No hassles! I also can stick my tikit right under my desk, so that I can easily leave in a moment's notice. I honestly think that with the increased time I get at work, the tikit will be paid for in no time at all!
Oh, and here's the other thing: It is a joy to ride! The other day, a group of my fellow commuter's asked about it. They genuinely liked it, including one freind who has Brompton with a three gear internal hub (He was jealous, in a good-natured way, about my eight year nexus hub), but one of them made a bit of a derisive comment and said his folding bike, a citizen, only cost him a few hundred dollars, and insinuated that I was stupid for spending what I did for my Season tikit.
I noticed he had a regular commuter bike, and not a folder with him, asked him why he wasn't riding it at the time. He said that the ride was somewhat clunky and the fold was cumbersome, but he liked it just fine. I smugly thought to myself that he just made the point of the tikit for me. Why have a folding bike that, frankly, sucks? Why not pay for quality, and have a bike that you can actually enjoy?
Anyway, I could go on about all the other things I like about my tikit, but I think that would require a few more pages... long story short, I am an extremely satisified customer!