June 14, 2011
EDITOR’S NOTE: Last fall when Bike Friday faced the challenge of our tikit stem recall, Richard King appeared out of nowhere to lend his assistance. An independent engineer with experience in failure analysis and stress analysis, King came up to Eugene at his own expense, and visited Bike Friday. He reviewed our testing procedures as well as our solution, and gave us valuable independent confirmation that our solution was sound. Shortly after that, Richard became a Bike Friday owner. He recently sent us this note:
From Richard King:
“Last year was pretty momentous for me.
“I had both hips replaced (titanium stem, cobalt socket, high density polyethylene liner). So that’s titanium times two.
“Then I decided to treat myself to a Bike Friday Super Pro for my 60th birthday. I got a good deal on because of the Bike Friday planner program.
“I had the great pleasure of working with Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz to customize it. The Super Pro has a titanium seat post, so that’s the third titanium.
“The Super Pro rides like a dream, nimble and fast, and is a great climber.
“Once I got dressed in my time trial get-up (a borrowed skin suit), I asked my wife to take a photo.
“It had to be taken on my trainer because my wife refused to be seen outside the house with me wearing the skin suit and what she calls my ‘conehead’ helmet.
â€œYou’re not seriously going to wear that?” she asked. “OK, I’ll take a picture but leave the garage door closed.â€
“I participated in the Bay Area Senior Games time trial on May 19th. There was a 5K and a 10K on beautiful Caná·‰ada road in Woodside, California.
“Due to a combination of the great bike, my fantastic riding ability, and the fact that there were only two people entered in my age group in the 5K and three in the 10K, I earned two silver medals in the 60-64 group. It was satisfying to actually be faster than one person.
“I got quite a lot of nice comments about the Super Pro. There were a lot of people with high-end composite Time Trial bikes, disk wheels, etc. Mine was the only small-wheeled bike, and it held its own quite well.
“If only it had a more powerful ‘engine’ â€¦
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