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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: Robert Davis
I recently rode Cycle NC on my pocket rocket; 720 miles in 14 days. The rear hub noise stayed with me the entire ride. It's random, comes and goes at will (mostly comes) and just about drove me crazy. I called tech support and was told to put a few drops of oil in the rear hub. That didn't help. I was planning to do Bike South 2000 on Pocket Rocket next June, but I can't listen to that noise for 30 days. I need help with this problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Posted by: Mark Wheeler
I bought my Pocket Rocket in the winter of l999. It took me about six months to learn to ride it and get the right things on it. For example, the Sachs hub will not shift under a load, so you must hesitate while you pedal when shifting to a lower gear.
At the top the of hill, likewise shift down quickly and listen for the click, then do the fine tuning with the regular derailleur.
I also found the following: seat post shock absorber makes the bike much more comfortable. Those small wheels do not absorb much of the road shock. A round mirror on the left drop bar is the best. Do not wrap a mirror around the left hood as that somehow interferes with the Sachs shifting. A Topeak rack that mounts of the seat post is more convenient than the heavy duty rack sold by Bike Friday--you can put a day pack on the Topeak.
The rear tire wears out a lot faster than the front. Before you take a long trip, try changing the tires in your own driveway--it is a challenge to get the bead off the rim. Be patient and you can do it. Be sure to let all of the air out of the tube when you take off the bead.
I had great fun with the bike in Vermont. I took it in the case up to my room, assembled it, then brought it down the stairs. The manager was dumb-founded that I had managed to "sneak" the bike up-stairs. Having this bike gives you a lot of extra time to ride, and not worry about calling around to rent a bike in a strange city.
Give the Pocket Rocket a try. It is great fun.
Posted by: Wil Wilkoff
For the last three Septembers, my wife and I have gone to France and cycled. The first two times we rented bikes at four different locations, often finding the equipment not up to the distances we are accustomed to riding.
This year we took two Pocket Rockets, and it was a fantastic experience. No extra charge on the plane, handled the Metro in Paris and the train down to the Dordogne without a hitch. They are smooth riding and fit us perfectly. My wife's has now become her favorite bike. We traveled inn to inn carrying all of our belongings in two small panniers per bike. The bikes handled this load and the steep terrain of the Dordogne without a whimper.
While I was initially hesitant about the Sachs internal hub gearing, I am sold on it now. The learning curve was short and gradual. I had an unfortunate tire cut on the second day, but had been warned that tires would be hard to find and so had brought a spare. Changing the rear tire, which I did three times, was easy. Two of our companions had full size wheel folding bikes that they had to lug in large body bags. It took two of them to lug one bike, and in Paris they had to take two taxis because they took up so much room. My wife and I could wheel our suitcases around easily ourselves. Another companion had shipped his bike from the States via UPS. It arrived three days late and cost him hundreds and hundreds of dollars.
If you enjoy seeing the world at bicycle speed and don't mind looking a little geeky, Bike Fridays are the way to go. My wife and I look forward to many return trips to France over the next decade.