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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: Edwin Wilkerson
I have toured in Europe several times and the Bike Friday is awesome. The bike is easily put together you can ride from the airport or easily get on a train.
I would not travel in Europe without a Friday. I have a New World Tourist and I have towed three suitcases with it (over a hundred pounds) stacking the cases one on top of the other.
I pushed that little bike to the limit. One day we rode from the Czech border to Vienna almost a 100 miles up and down steep hills. The brakes help up just fine and the trailer held together!!!!!!!!! Two suitcases and a 30 lb bag.
I was pulling the extra suitcase and bag because riders were too weak to keep up (I didn't mind because they would buy me food and beer).
A Friday is the only way to travel, I am looking into buying a Llama it has a heavy duty frame and will work with 2.5'' tires.
In Europe we had all different kinds of roads from cobblestone to dirt so a Llama is your best over all bike.
I strongly recommend towing a 100 lbs a few hundred miles for training. When I came back I was super human on my Colnago!!!!!!
I find I ride just as fast on a Bike Friday. There is a 5-mile climb I do behind my house and I rode it just as fast on the Bike Friday as I do on my Colnago.
PS. be careful if you tow 3 suitcases on top of each other they will fall over going off curbs or big bumps, two suitcases work just fine, and be sure to bring replacement parts for the hitch it's hard on the rubber hose and the connection
Posted by: Robert Waybright
I had been recovering the past few days from a medical procedure, and the weather has been lousy as well, but this morning I got up and took the Silk for a test spin before the storm is supposed to hit....
All I can say is "WOW"!!!!
That bike is the best I've ever had, hands down!
The Alfine 11 hub shifts amazing and the gear ratios are almost identical to the previous New World Tourist that I had beforehand.
I'm totally diggin' the stealthy-silent shifting and silent pedaling! Now I can sneak around at night into the woods to stealth camp!
Thanks again for helping me select the right gear ratios as well as the components!
It's been a pleasure doing business with you!
Posted by: Eric Moore
I've had my Silk about a week now. Mine is Ink Black and has an Alfine 11 IGH, CenterTrack using an FSA Energy crank, Avid BB7 disc brakes, 451 wheels with Alex r390 rims, an American Classic front hub (didn't think I would use the Alfine generator hub), Duranos, narrow almost straight bars with what I would call a rapidfire shifter and a custom ultralight stem.
I added an FSA carbon seatpost, a Flite titanium saddle and Tioga Spyder pedals. Soon I think I will be getting Silk fenders from the BF parts store.
I also have an Air Friday, an old Pocket Rocket Pro, and a Pocket Rocket fixie, so the ultralight stem and the size of the frame was built to match the spec on the other bikes.
My ultralight stem is very short and low. With the narrow straight bars, it makes this bike look and feel kinda like the formula one bikes in the 80s, but I have other full sized stems that I could easily swap in to make this bike a full-fledged touring machine.
In its current setup with the low stem it is used for daily commuting about 6 miles each way.
I only have good things to say about the bike and Bike Friday. Obviously I am not only a loyal customer, I'm also in love with the idea that these very kind and service-oriented folks really are my personal custom bike factory -- and they build them for what I think are very reasonable prices.
Walter is my bike pusher of choice. On to the specifics:
Brakes - I've had disc brakes on a couple other bikes. Love the performance, hate the tweaking. BF did a great job installing and truing the rotors on my bike -- the brakes are noise free, rub free, and stop faster than I can even think about.
Shifting - there is a little bit of training needed for the Alfine 11. You don't want to shift to an easier gear under load, it doesn't always work, but you can shift two steps with the rapid fire shifter, and you can shift while at a stop. Shifting to a harder gear is never a problem, with or without load. The shifts are very quiet and confident. Some folks have commented about the inefficiency of IGH's. I don't really notice it, maybe because the other bikes I'm riding are single speeds and fixies. The Alfine does add quite a bit of weight to the wheel, but the range of the gears is so great, and the operation so quiet that it is well worth it.
Handling - my short stems make for very quick handling. Takes a while for some folks to get used to it. For me it's like driving a Miata compared to a pickup truck.
The Silk inspires even more confidence than my other BFs. I'm not sure why. Someone said the wheelbase is shorter, but I don't know if that is true. It just reacts well to my every move. I even took it on a trail for a bit (I don't do many trails) and found it very stable and predictable.
Finish/Aesthetics - I got a basic black bike because I have a kid in college,so I felt like I shouldn't spend the extra bucks on paint. I asked Walter to make the bike as black as he could. I even told them to make the decals black, which ended up looking silly (my own fault), but the rest of it is wonderful - black seat collar, black crank, black bars and brake handles, black hubs, even black spokes. They came through bigtime on making it black, and it looks pretty damn cool. Now I just gotta figure out what to put on the main tube. The quality of the paint and the build is outstanding. I couldn't be more pleased.
Performance - This bike makes no noise. You hit a bump -- silence. You squeeze the brakes -- no screech. You coast -- nothing. I do a lot of yelling to warn folks I'm behind them. It feels like the bike is solid as a rock. It is not the fastest bike in the world, but who cares. I'm not riding it to win races. But it cuts through corners like a knife and is one of the most fun bikes I have ever ridden. Even if you are not going fast, you feel like you are.
Convenience - I'm a commuter. I now get a better job evaluation because people don't see me in bike ready dress anymore. Not worrying about a greasy chain has made the trip up the stairs carefree. The belt is definitely an improvement and a non-issue. We'll see how I feel after the first flat. Can't comment on the fold yet, but not having to worry about the chain should be a big improvement there too. The combination of great design and great service makes me one very happy customer.