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Tesla’s Frunk? Our Bikes Fit With Room to Spare.

We found this great little post on the Tesla website.

1 comment February 21, 2016

Di2 Electronic Shifting: What You Need to Know

Hey, did you charge your bike?

If Shimano — and now Campagnolo — have their way, this might become a more common question with the introduction of electronic shifting.

With battery life extending several months, charging will be a very infrequent occurrence.

For folding and travel bikes this actually makes a lot of sense — electric wires don’t care about tricky routing and potentially getting kinked during packing.

We have installed Shimano’s Ultegra Di2 on several Bike Fridays and it works very well. It even plays nice with the Capreo cassette.

We have done builds with a 56T chainring for a tall 56×9 top gear, and also with a compact 34/50 crankset for more mountain friendly gearing.

The frame does require a few special modifications.

First, we add braze-on mounts for the battery on the back of the seat tube. The battery then sits neatly tucked out of the way between the seat tube and rear wheel.

Added braze-on mounts for the battery.

There is a mount for the junction box on the front of the seat tube.

The front derailleur requires additional bracing for the motor to push against, so we add some reinforcement to the hanger.

Reinforcement to the hanger for the front derailleur.

And finally we can leave off the gear cable loops on the mainframe, as there is only the rear brake cable to run.

Once it is all setup, shifting is perfect; the front derailleur even trims itself as the chain moves up and down the cassette.

But does anyone need electric shifting? Yes, electric shifting has a very low impact on the joints in the hand and wrist, ideal for those suffering from arthritis. So if you’re experiencing pain or fatigue from shifting, you should consider the Di2 to  greatly extend the time you spend riding.

Hands down, our most popular bikes to convert to electric shifting are the Pocket Rocket Pro & Super Pro. Whether its for health, sport, or pure joy the Di2 will surprise and impress you. Check in with your local Bike Friday dealer to see if they have a Di2 to test ride.

19 comments February 9, 2016

Yes, the Haul-a-Day fits on a Portland Bus Rack

Set the Haul-a-Day at its smallest frame setting, 46 cm, flip the front wheel around and it fits on a bus rack for Portland, Oregon as well as Seattle.

Set the Haul-a-Day at its smallest frame setting, 46 cm, flip the front wheel around and it fits on a bus rack for Portland, Oregon as well as Seattle.

It might take a little bit of work, but not that much considering the rewards.

The Bike Friday Haul-a-Day, our new Cargo Bike, will fit on some mass transit bus racks.

It fit on the rack in Seattle, and Raz learned on Saturday it will fit on the racks in Portland, Oregon, too [photo above].

The Haul-a-Day is garnering a lot of attention. Here is a great blog post from one of those interested parties who joined us for a test ride session at VeloCult in Portland.

Add comment February 9, 2016

You Won’t Believe What This 80-Year-Old Did on Her Bike Friday

Dolores McKeough north of San Francisco, nearing the end of a long adventure.

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been nearly five years since Dolores McKeough sent us this email, reminding us that it’s never too late to chase your dreams!

Hi, I got home 24 hours ago.

What a fantastic, beautiful summer. The adventure, fun, stress, friends made, country seen, and on and on.

The trip started innocently enough with friend Cathy in Tampa on April 3. It ended yesterday after I biked from Malibu where I was camping with three companions, whom I met in Big Sur, to Santa Monica where I folded my Bike Friday into it’s suitcase (after I took the wheels off since it had been serving as my trailer).

So many good things happened on this extravaganza trip including the folding experience in Santa Monica. I didn’t want to disassemble the bike on the beach, although it was a beautiful day, there was too much sand.

So, I went to the REI store where Robbie, the bike repair manager, suggested I use part of his work space. What a generous offer. I took him up on it and had the trailer wheels and attachment off in no time. I then folded the bike (taking the accessories off is the most time consuming part of the process) and put it in the suitcase (the former trailer).

The suitcase with the bike weighed in at 52 pounds at the airport (even though it was two pounds over the allowance Suncountry let it go). My duffle bag with camping stuff, clothes etc weighed in at 28 pounds. And, I had two carry-ons.

So I figure the bike plus all my stuff was about 85 pounds. That’s a lot of weight to ride across the country and partly up and down two coasts. But, I did it and feel great.

I just added it up! I think I rode about 1,000+ miles from Mt. Dora, Florida, to Williamsburg, Virginia; then 4,500 TransAm miles from Richmond, Virginia, to Florence, Oregon; then 1,100 miles from Florence to Santa Monica California.

That’s 6,600 miles on my Bike Friday with 85 pounds, from April 3  til August 29. That impresses even me.

As you know it is not simply the miles that count but the terrain, the road surface, the elevation, the weather …

It was wonderful. The picture was taken North of San Francisco. Note the long sleeves; the weather did not warm up til Santa Barbara.



Dolores’ amazing journey was made possible by using our Travel System – an airline checkable suitcase that carries your bike and converts into a trailer! To learn more about Dolores’ bike, the New World Tourist, and our clever Travel System follow the links.

5 comments January 20, 2016

How a Custom Bike is Built: A Photo Essay

To celebrate Bike Friday’s 20th Anniversary in 2012, we commissioned a limited-edition 20th Anniversary New World Tourist that we custom built with as many top shelf MADE IN USA elements as we could. Although we don’t offer that particular model now, this photo essay shows the care and skill it takes to handbuild a custom Bike Friday in our Factory in Eugene, Oregon.















1 comment January 13, 2016

7 Steps to Buying a Bike on a Budget

Bike Friday owners at VeloCult

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Before opening Bike Friday in 1992, Co-Founder Alan Scholz owned and operated a few bike shops, and spent time as a national level racer.  Here are his expert tips on how to spend your money wisely when buying a bike.]

By Alan Scholz

Here are the basics I learned long ago about buying a bike on a budget, in order of importance.

1. Make sure you get a good frame in the right size. Get help making sure the frame fits your body by someone who is knowledgeable about fitting. Look for the best frame you can afford for the right type of riding you plan to do. Nothing else matters as much if you are on a budget. Everything else can be upgraded later if you are short on funds. Good designers, cyclists, and shop employees know this. It’s a good test of their basic knowledge.

2. Ride the saddle if it came with the bike just long enough to see if you can put up with it. If the bike does not come with saddle and pedals, thank the designer. That means they invested that money into the frame and wheels for you! Get a saddle that works for you — it is worth the individual focus. Price and weight are not good criteria to use to choose a saddle. You need to test ride a number of saddles and buy one  that is acceptable.

After you have been riding a while, you will be ready to trade up to a better saddle. When your butt is new to cycling, an acceptable saddle is as good as it gets. When you can ride 15-25 miles a day regularly get a nice saddle if you feel you need a different shape. Don’t believe anyone who says “this is a men’s saddle, or this is a women’s saddle.” Get one that fits and feels good. Ignore the rest.

3. If you can afford it, get a good set of wheels. After getting a frame that fits, wheels that are relatively light will give you by far the most bang for your buck.

4. If you are pushing your budget, buy cheap heavy tires. You will be replacing tires eventually, and then you can get some good tires. Wearing out tires will happen sooner than you think. That’s when you can buy better tires. You will be best served to really enjoy your bike, although frame and wheels will do the most toward that goal.

5. Next change your steel stuff out for entry level alloy if you must limit funds. Steel chainrings, brakes, seatposts, and derailleurs are a dead give away that they are sub-standard for someone who wants to be a real rider and can afford more than the minimum frame and wheels. They may work fine but they were put there to save money and they are heavy. Your motor cannot be changed. Weight matters. Used parts are often a good choice, but you need to really know parts design. Brand is not always a clear indicator. Ask a knowledgeable friend or expert consultant.

6. If your ship has come in, you can be picky but not arrogant about parts and prices. People who ”buy” into the sport usually do not become good nor happy cyclists. The most pricey and light gear will not perform for you out of the box if you have not already gained top level skills to utilize and appreciate them. From the experience in my shop days starting hundreds of folks to cycling, it takes as a minimum, three progressively better bikes as an adult to get to the top level, best for you. It doesn’t matter how much money you have.

7. Full Custom is usually not available or understandable to you until the third level of bike and thousands of miles. Small custom builders must charge 2-5 times as much as off the shelf mass produced bikes. If you do not know that they still mostly make less than minimum wages doing so, you will not appreciate their output anyway. Your best choice then is to buy an off the shelf imported bike and think you got a good deal. All small manufacturing concerns, one person to 60 people are squeezed by this math. Imports are cheaper because the factories are larger and they have the economies of scale. But they often also practice a lack of respect for good design that a small custom builder will have. Inexpensive or dear, a bike can serve you well if you take the time to choose. Take a ride with the local bike club and you will find there are far more important skills than a full wallet to keep up.

6 comments January 6, 2016

Camper Silk Feedback


Then there's a couple of small ponds that beg for a nice shot of reflection.

Bike Friday’s Silk. Is it worth it?

This vibrant exchange popped up recently on a camping enthusiast site. Real talk by real people.

Add comment May 17, 2014

Eugene Bike Culture


Mike Cheek welds a Bike Friday frame.

Here’s a neat story about bicycle building here in Eugene, Oregon done by our local weekly newspaper.

Add comment May 15, 2014

Celebrating 80

Our friends at Adventure Cycling posted a neat story about Bike Friday owner Lou Schweickart celebrating his 80th Birthday on the Southern Tier route.

Check out his Bike Friday!

Happy Birthday, Lou!

1 comment May 14, 2014

Tribute to Graham Day


Graham and Margaret Day.

Graham and Margaret Day.

[EDITOR’S NOTE: Graham Day passed away on April 15, 2014. According to his wife Margaret, Graham died at home, peacefully and with the whole family around him. You can leave a tribute to him in the COMMENTS section below.

The Days came to visit the Bike Friday factory in 1995 to pick up their Bike Fridays, and to check out the company. After getting a tour and meeting with Co-Founders Hanz and Alan Scholz, they promised to introduce Bike Friday to Australia.

They did exactly that, with a passion and determination unmatched in the history of our company. To date the Days are responsible for more than 300 referrals.

The Australian Bike Friday Club is one of the most dynamic, vigorous clubs in the world. Its annual Gathering [see Robbie Dow’s report below on the 2014 event] is the gold standard for the Bike Friday Community.

We hope all Bike Friday owners take a moment to share the wonderful memories of Graham and Margaret Day, and tell the tales of their incredible impact on our company.]

A tribute from Bike Friday Co-Founder Alan Scholz:

As a cycling Oregonian from the Emerald City it was my good luck and pleasure to have ridden tour with Graham Day in OZ.

We live a long way apart — Oregon to Australia — but the dynamic duo of Graham and Margaret has been an important part of my life since meeting them 19 years ago in 1995 when they visited to pick up their Bike Fridays. I hope they knew, and know, I love them.

Even though I build many travel bikes for the intrepid traveling cyclists of the world, I am pretty much of a stay at home guy. My world has felt much bigger ever since my trip to Australia. That wedge into my consciousness to include far away Australia into my world made, I feel, my life a great deal more substantial.

With the fine folks I continue to meet in that part of the world through them, I can truthfully say that Australians are some of my most favorite people.

Of the few travels I have done, one stands out in my memory above others. That was a trip to do the yearly Australian Bike Friday Club Gathering in the early part of this century. The trip in many ways was overwhelming.

But I want to say to all as I cannot to him, one of my most favorite and stand out memories was riding, talking, and being in a group with Graham. I remember one corner we waited on together out in the country somewhere. We were fixing a flat or waiting for someone to catch up, but it stuck in my mind. It was one of those moments where you say to yourself, “I enjoy this moment and this person is somehow part of enjoying it. I really like being around them. They are safe, they are gentle, and they care.”

I have carried in my heart since that tour with the fine Aussies, Graham as fine of a friend as you could have. One you do not need to confirm that he is there or has your best interest at heart. I am sure that many from his extensive family and friends will miss him. I will carry him in my heart along with the rest of that exceptional experience that he, Margaret, Bronwyn, Dave and all the others enabled.

I feel loss with his passing and send my love to Margaret and all those others that were/are part of Graham’s life. And know you feel as I do, he made our lives better.

From the Bike Friday Oregon side to the Australia Bike Friday side.

Alan Scholz

1 comment May 9, 2014

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