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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: Paul & Maureen Webb
Posted by: True Blue Riders
Our True Blue Tandem Traveler XL was the second tandem we bought. Our first is a Santana Noventa, just so you know what this bike was up against!
We LOVE the Tandem Traveler XL. We had a great customer service experience and I enjoyed playing around with the new bike builder, trying out all the combinations.
We waited with great anticipation while the bike was built. Finally the huge box arrived and that weekend we spent an enjoyable couple of hours getting it assembled. No real hitches, just wanted to be sure we did it right.
We had questions about the fit, as the captains position seemed short and the stokers really long, but after getting a longer extension for the stoker stem, everything is good.
Riding is a blast. We love the low gears, and it is just fun to toodle around town with, but it will also get up and go when we ask it to.
As we got both the front and rear racks, as well as the dual leg kickstand, this will certainly be our touring bike in the future, thanks to the LOW gears.
It is a very different experience from the Santana, but it is perfect for what we wanted; a packable bike to take traveling.
We appreciate that we can partly dis-assamble it and put it in the trunk, with fewer security concerns and better air-flow on the car. Re-assembly gets easier each time we do it. Bottom line: a perfect complement to our Santana, and a really fun bike to ride.
Posted by: Eric Moore
Posted by: mooreeri
I scored a 20th anniversary NWT at a very reasonable price. This is my fifth Bike Friday so don't expect an unbiased review :)
I use my bikes mostly for cheap transportation -- commuting, errands, and maybe an occasional group/charity ride.
I have become very accustomed to small wheels. I am not keen on high speed, in fact I'm pretty much of a chicken -- often applying the brakes on the downhills. So being at the head of the pack has never been a priority.
For me, riding is about enjoying propelling yourself without hurting anyone else, getting some exercise, and saving the car-gas-bucks so I can buy more bikes and equipment, pay for two kids' college, and eventually go on some adventures.
This bike gets me very ready to go on adventures -- moreso than a Pocket Rocket Pro, Pocket Rocket fixie, Air Friday, or even the Silk.
I love those bikes but this very well equipped New World Tourist outshines them on comfort, practicality, and ease of use.
In case you don't know about the 20th anniversary NWT, it is a diamond frame (good for me since I hover over 200 pounds currently) in big fleck metallic green with 406 wheels, and an emphasis on American made parts.
Some really nice parts they are too: White industries crank and hubs, Paul brakes, Thompson seat post, 2 sets of fenders -- 1 set beautiful, 1 set functional (not sure every one of these bikes came with 2 sets), a titanium bottom bracket, and an SRAM drivetrain. The Chris King headset, the crank, and the hubs are just plain gorgeous and work so well that you forget about them. The crank has a clip that makes the pedals removable with no tools -- nice touch.
BF provided a Titanico saddle that I gave a try, but ended up putting on my favorite Flite titanium instead. I ordered a custom sized stem to make this bike fit me.
The bike is pretty light, especially for a NWT. It also came with front and rear foldable/packable racks and front and rear Ironweed panniers.
The racks also have flecks of metallic green in them if you look closely -- another really nice touch.
This is my first 406 wheeled BF, and I can see why they are so popular. Now when I get on a 451 wheeled BF it feels harsher, but granted maybe a little bit faster.
When I get on the NWT, even with the tires pumped up to 100 psi, it feels cushy but not inefficient. Plus I get a lot more stability and grip in gravel, and everywhere else too.
I'm not selling the 451 equipped bikes yet, but I might start looking for a little wider 451 tire.
When you get top end components everything just works, so you think about the ride and not the bike. This bike feels like it disappears beneath me. I'd swear that it wants to move, and it feels like it is coasting more of the time than my other bikes.
Maybe the sizing is more right or something. It just feels like it makes the ride easier. I put on the fenders, racks, and panniers on and loaded it up, with some balancing of the load. It felt almost as easy to ride as with none if it on, but of course I noticed the weight on the hills.
The curved wood fenders are beautiful, but they are a little fiddly to put on. I had to remove the wheels and try a few things before I got it right.
The BF plastic fenders are not as pretty but you can put them on in two minutes, they weigh nothing, and they do their job well. The bike also came with the travel case and all the packing materials, so it has stayed in perfect condition even after a few shipping events.
I find myself staying on the big chainring (it is a double, not a triple) but I also have not hit the fastest gear yet, so I think this gearing is right for me, especially once I am loaded and hit some hills.
The brakes work very well in dry or wet. I had a little challenge learning to adjust them, but got it down pretty quickly. I also played with the SRAM thumbshifter (carbon!) location, cut the handlebar width by a little under two inches, and got everything tweaked just right.
Now that I have it dialed in I just hop on and go. I have light platform pedals so no special shoes, no special clothes, and I am very comfortable for many miles.
This bike has quickly become my go-to bike out of the 10 or so in my stable. When you get on and go fast enough, quiet enough, and effortlessly enough that you forget about the bike, it is a wonderful thing. I feel very lucky to have this bike.
Posted by: lani schultz
Posted by: Wondering Soul
Frida, a Pocket Llama, is now just over 3 years old but has cycled over 12,000 km covering Asia and Vancouver, BC, area, through hills, gravel, dirt, flood, etc., all with her original parts and components!
She has earned the respect from many cyclists and bike mechanics with her performance. There was no other problem but four flats for that long stretch.
Her maiden voyage was crossing India from Agra to Kanyakumari, reaching the tip of the subcontinent after two months on the road.
In the Fall of 2013, it traveled from Shanghai to Singapore for three months when finally the chain worn out and the tires had so many cuts that finally they had to be replaced.
Between the two big tours, she had reached the beaches and mountains of Vancouver area, Southern Vancouver Island and the Pacific Northwest.
Frida is truly the Little Bike that could and definitely would take up any challenge thrown at her without hesitation.