(Save $4,000+) Rare Vintage Scholz Family Air Friday, 56cm/Med, # AL03

by Bike Friday
Published: September 19, 2019 (2 years ago)
Bike Friday Factory

A true one of a kind bike

Bike Friday Co-founder (Alan Scholz) and Bike Friday President (Hanna Scholz) first Air Friday

We both have so many bikes (since our family has designed and built them for 30 years). The attic and garage has become toooo full! We would love for someone to actively enjoy this beautiful one of a kind bike. We believe bikes are meant to be ridden! – Hanna Scholz

Frame Number AL03
Size 56cm/Med
Built year 1999

This Air Friday has an interesting Scholz Family History. First built as Alan Scholz’s first Air bike he then handed it down to his daughter, me, Hanna Scholz (now Bike Friday President) to be my first Air bike.

The Bike Friday Air bikes were originally created for triathletes doing the Ironman in Hawaii. Knowing that athletes could really have their race messed up when their baggage was lost, Alan and Hanz designed a bike that could fit in an athletes carry-on luggage (the Airline regulations before 9/11 were more open). The Air Friday frame fit into a carry-on roller case and the wheels fit into cloth bags that looked like musician’s cymbals. The whole package could just be walked onto the airplane and put in the overhead compartments. When 9/11 happened and the airlines tightened up their regulations, metal tubing in bike frames were no longer allowed.

This one of a kind paint job was an inspiration from my daydreaming about fun colors and wanting my bike to be super special. I spent many hours in the paint room experimenting and came up with this. There has never been another like it, as I became so busy with my growing business responsibilities, I never made it back into the paint booth. I always wanted to and fifteen years later, I still think about fun creative paint jobs sometimes.

Unfortunately the frame, originally built for Alan, was just not the right size for me and has never been comfortable for me to ride. The un-painted stem was an attempt at improving the fit. This unfinished work of art has been sitting in the attic for way to long so I decided someone should have some fun with this special bike! Perhaps I could be convinced to come back to the paint booth to finish the stem…
– History written by Hanna Scholz (second generation)

Special Features:
Bike weight as shown: 21.7 lbs.
Ultegra cranks and rear derailleur
RSX STI shifters
Sachs 3x Dual Drive hub
Stem can be painted color of your choice. (Perhaps by me)
Can be made ready for more miles of adventure (rider needs to be 150lbs or less)

Equivalent New Price: There is nothing like it! We haven’t built Air Bikes in over 10 years. So a guess estimate is that if we did build a bike like this now with a one of a kind paint job it would likely be around $6,500. With high end components added to the frame it could easily be over $8,000.

Vintage Collectible Price*: $ 2,500

*Sold as is, this frame no longer includes frame warranty
*Alan and Hanna will sign the frame before it ships to you*Includes Certificate of Authenticity and Letter of Provenance signed by Alan and Hanna