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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: Karen Gilligan
In the one year we have owned our AirFriday's, Gerhard and I have traveled with them twice to Mallorca, Spain, once to San Francisco, and once to the area outside of Lisbon, Portugal referred to as Sintra and Cascais. We can't imagine a better way to travel and explore the world (except maybe on a sailboat).
About AirFriday: Already, we are the glowing braggers of our purchase decision. Using cycle racing nomenclature, we are Cat IV riders (meaning a strong interest in high performance cycling, but without highly-developed skills or stamina). As such we find the AirFridays to be every bit as good in serving us as our more standard performance road bikes. The only exception for me is the feeling of less control when traveling at high speed down the steep switch backs of Mallorca or the Berkeley Hills. I suspect this has something to do with the balance on the smaller wheels.
After our first attempts at building up, then breaking down the bikes... requiring much patience and at least a mild passion in gear know-how... we are aficionados of the process. It takes us more or less 30 minutes to either disassemble and pack, or re-assemble the bikes. We each have the different luggage choice and both seem to require the same amount of effort to pack.
While Gerhard continues to believe in the benefits of his stow aboard approach, I find it to be cumbersome and a nuisance to drag around the soft-sided luggage and separate wheel pack. The airline staff has been increasing the penetration of the evil eye when they see us board with the bulky gear.
I find it much more peaceful, liberating, and worth the risk of lost luggage, to use the hard case and travel with it in the belly of the plane. I did run into an incident at the airport where I was late for a weekend getaway to Seattle and found that the airline would not service me because there was not the required half hour before departure to load the hard cased bike on the plane. With great disappointment, I had to give up the weekend trip. If I had the soft case then.... Both types of luggage do an equal job of protecting the equipment from damage.
Even though I experienced a few scuff marks on my frame from poor packing my first trip, we otherwise have experienced no damage to the equipment. The only ongoing challenge once the bike is assembled is the relative constant adjusting to our derailleurs. I don't know whether it is our rather novice knowledge of adjustment techniques, or simply the fate of a bike which must be dis-assembled then re-assembled.
About Mallorca: excellent for seasoned road cruisers. While the roads are the typical narrow roads of Europe, and without shoulders, we found them to be in good condition and well-maintained. The motorists are accustomed to sharing the roads with cyclists, except for the rather large group of visiting tourists. It is not unusual to receive the occasional "Corsa, Corsa" encouraging cry from a passing car. There are many cyclists on the roads or in the cafes to befriend. The roads are hilly and steep on many parts of the island, with very flat areas elsewhere. Once could spend a couple of weeks of 30 mile rides exploring the island.
About the Lisbon, Portugal area: We stayed in Sintra and attempted to sightsee by bike. We found the roads to be in poor shape (narrow, pot holes, rough surfaces, sand) and the motorists to be annoyed by our slower progress. In addition the frequent traffic jams with the exhaust fumes and slow progress made for relatively unpleasant cycling. The nice thing about the area is the number of destinations within relatively short distances. We traveled by car further away from Lisbon, wondering if cycling might be more enjoyable away from the madding crowd. Our conclusion is that the cycling would be a pleasure, but the destinations would be less compelling (no cozy inns, desirable restaurants, interesting historical sights or shopping within cycling distance). Maybe it takes a local to know better.
About San Francisco Area: Cyclers' heaven. You haven't cycled unless you have done so here!
Posted by: Colonel Carl Abrams
My wife and I are both in our 70's and we ride our Family Tandem every day, weather permitting, all year long. (Today the temperature was 27 degrees, but we took our usual 7-mile round trip to the YWCA for aquaroebics.) We have put over 5,000 miles on our tandem in slightly less than three years. My wife, who suffers from fibromyalgia, insists that the daily ride on the tandem, along with her water exercises, are keeping her mobile and reducing the pain.
She loves the Family Tandem (and so do I) because the low bar makes mounting so easy. We ride anywhere from 7 to 40 miles almost every day. Unfortunately we have to climb Capitol Hill at the end to get back home, but have no problem in low gear.
We mount the tandem on the front of our Motorhome whenever we travel and explore new areas by tandem, rather than hauling a car behind the RV. You may use our words to encourage seniors on the pleasure of the Family Tandem.
Posted by: Marilyn Smith
Stan bought a New World Tourist in December '95. It makes him feel like a little boy again. He'd thought his mountain bike would do that, but the Friday is definitely more fun.
He bought me a NWT for my 43rd birthday in '96. Its first serious test ride was a 9-day camping tour in the Wallowa and Blue Mountains of northeastern Oregon. At least one 7-mile climb every day. I was skeptical about the internal 3-speed hub, but as I almost scampered up those hills without worrying about throwing the chain as I downshifted to granny, I forgot about it. I've done 9-day camping tours with it every summer since. I take my '91 Specialized triple ring "big" bike on day rides in the summer, sometimes. The NWT is my club bike, my century bike, my tourist, my pal.