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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: Snne Byard
Just a brief summary to say that traveling with my AirFriday in Italy (September/October) for a one-month series of tours was a snap (hopping on trains, packing up and moving on, dealing with airlines).
I went to the David Phinney-Connie Carpenter Bike Camp in Tuscany first. Got some weird looks from the racer types but the bike gained respect as the Camp wore on. Next several weeks I traveled into the Veneto and Dolomite foothill regions on my own and with La Corsa Tours. Again some weird looks but the bike drew admiration and respect as the days wore on and its climbing, descending and flat-out capacities proved just as good as all the regular sized ti and racing bikes. I had thought that perhaps it would be squirrelly on the steep fast descents but it rides them like silk.
I had to take several trains to get to different destinations and a few taxis. No problem, unlike traveling before alone or with my husband and our full-sized bike boxes; I could hop any train without having to rush to the bike car, search out a special bike train or have my bike shipped on a separate train. When I had to, I could change trains and platforms within minutes. No searching for a station wagon taxi to transport the bike box and no frustrating searching about in oversized luggage at the airport. Naturally, no charge.
In August, my husband and I took a shake-down one-week tour out of Aspen and over several passes with our AirFridays, trailers attached. We unexpectedly enjoyed the much "cleaner" sleeker look than when we ride loaded with panniers. Some people didn't realize we were touring. For example, two elderly ladies in the Redstone Campground asked us: "Are those trailers your computers?" So cute! Anyway, after touring self-contained for years and making an effort to keep our loads tight, compact and neat, we still felt like we got a better reception from those individuals who used to look a bit askance at our loaded bikes. Also, we enjoyed the simplicity of not digging around in four panniers to find out stuff. We used large, zippered, see-through comforter bags inside. One for riding stuff, one for the other stuff. We learned to pull out a raincoat or store a jacket in the trailers without dismounting (just stand over the bike backwards, flip the clips and open the lid.)
Descending was not a problem and we were hauling down Independence Pass corners. We have Sachs triples and low gearing for the steep passes which give us the advantage we need when pulling a trailer and came in handy when confronted with 19% (!!!!) extended grades in the Italian Dolomite foothills (steep, double digit grades are not that rare on European backroads).
Posted by: David Hunt
I was interested in a bike that had good on-road performance, but wanted to keep some flexibility for more rugged use. I settled on the AirGlide. So far, I have made two trips and confined my riding to the road. It has been excellent.
I am used to riding a high performance road bike, and I do not feel compromised on the AG. It remains to be seen how it works with wider, off-road tires, but I am expecting good results.
Very satisfied with this bike. It is so practical to fold in my trunk and to take with you. Those tiny wheels look weird though. I do not look and I can not tell I am not on a regular transport unworthy vehicle.