New World Tourist

New World Tourist

Starting At $1,290

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You are a bicycle adventurist! Your bike is comfortable enough for long days in the saddle and flexible enough to fold up and fly as checked baggage. Custom fit to your body, your bike is easily loaded with panniers, bags or a trailer hitched behind.

Details:

  • Folds to fit into a space 32 x 24 x 12”  and will disassemble to fit into the Samsonite F”lite 30 suitcase. The case dimensions are 29.5″ x 20″ x 12″
  • For riders up to 220-lbs (100 kg)
  • Lighter frames available for smaller riders
  • Takes front and rear racks
  • Gates Carbon Belt Drive with Internal Hub available

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by Robin Sears on New World Tourist
Performs in mixed flocks

I show up for group rides here in Lima on my chique black NWT and the people think they'll drop me at the first city pothole/hill/dirt road/puddle/barking dog. But no. Whether we are with roadies or mountainees, my machine and I continue to stun and amaze with our prowess in all those conditions in mixed flocks. We can't quite make it through deep mud (maybe it's my technique), but we do well going across streams, up and down rough dirt tracks and roads, and through cow patties, and we burn the mountain bikes on pavement - up, down or flat. To say nothing of folding up neatly to carry into meeting rooms at the Ministry of Environment or weaving our way through Lima traffic.I did switch the front shifter to a rotating thing with trim because I couldn't manage to adjust the front derailleur quite right to eliminate annoying rub (and no, I am not engaging in chain-stretch gearing).I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the NWT. Thanks, Bike Friday, for making wonderful bikes that wow people.

by Leslie on New World Tourist
Don't underestimate my clown bike

I bought this bike new in 2010; my city did not have bike racks on the fronts of all its buses, Amtrak allows this bike on (simply folded), even when there is no baggage car, and I needed a bike with lower gearing for a Trans Am trek.Funny now, looking back at my other bike, how much better equipped this bike was over my previous touring bike. Always take the time to calculate gear ratios/inches when considering a new bike. Suggested low end for climbing serious hills/mountains is 20 gear inches. The NWT screams past this at a little over 18. The fastest I ever went on this bike was 49mph. Extremely stable with front and rear panniers.Suitcase: great for air transport, fair as a trailer. I have used the suitcase as a trailer twice. Once for a 2 week trip in the rainy Netherlands and once for a 3 day weekend. In the Netherlands, with mostly flat terrain, it tracked very well and I didn't notice it much. However, the suitcase has no ventilation, so my wet/damp tent dampened everything else in the trailer. I had no way to segregate it, as I would have with panniers. If I had to do it over, I would repeat that method, since I did not have to stow the suitcase (but might devise a bungee net for the top of the trailer).Buy the Cane Creek headset, get a tandem handlebar stem/and a short bit of handlebar tubing to attach to the steering tube (and take advantage of that vast real estate) and consider a thudbuster seat post. The bike has a slight learning curve; it is a little squirelly. It goes around obstacles much more easily than a regular diamond frame, but the little wheels will find the bottom of a pothole more quickly.My NWT has over 15,000 miles on it and of my 7 bikes, sees the most use.

by U Kim on New World Tourist
Rugged little bike

I've had tons of fun on this bike over the years. I got it over 10 years ago. I opted for a single chainring and H-bars to keep it simple. I regret the H-bar and will eventually convert to drops. As I've gotten older and more sensible, I ordered a new steerer tube extension to raise the front end. BF had this made and shipped in a week. I have the suitcase trailer, but I don't enjoy riding with it. I use a rack and panniers most of the time.This bike is fast enough most of the time. Climbing is a pleasure with the smaller wheels and low gear ratio. The Capreo hub helps, but I would consider the new internal hubs if I were buying now. I'm running chunky Schwalbe Marathon tires to avoid flats, but you can also get fast Continentals for events. (I do NOT recommend the slightly larger 451 wheels like my wife has on her Pocket Rocket. Tire options are much too limited, and they're not really much faster.)One thing I highly recommend is upgrading cable housing. The long bendy run of cable from bars to rear derailleur makes for miserable shifting with standard housing. I've set up my wife's bike with housing stops at the guides and Nokon sealed housing. Shifting was vastly improved. See if this is an option when you buy.We're off to Barcelona this week. Should be fun.

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FEATURES

Packable

Packs into a Samsonite TravelCase that meets most airline requirements for regular checked luggage.

Travel-Friendly

The Samsonite TravelCase easily converts into a trailer that can be pulled by your New World Tourist.

High-Quality

Built to ride thousands of miles of adventures around the world.

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by Robin Sears on New World Tourist
Performs in mixed flocks

I show up for group rides here in Lima on my chique black NWT and the people think they'll drop me at the first city pothole/hill/dirt road/puddle/barking dog. But no. Whether we are with roadies or mountainees, my machine and I continue to stun and amaze with our prowess in all those conditions in mixed flocks. We can't quite make it through deep mud (maybe it's my technique), but we do well going across streams, up and down rough dirt tracks and roads, and through cow patties, and we burn the mountain bikes on pavement - up, down or flat. To say nothing of folding up neatly to carry into meeting rooms at the Ministry of Environment or weaving our way through Lima traffic.I did switch the front shifter to a rotating thing with trim because I couldn't manage to adjust the front derailleur quite right to eliminate annoying rub (and no, I am not engaging in chain-stretch gearing).I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the NWT. Thanks, Bike Friday, for making wonderful bikes that wow people.

by Leslie on New World Tourist
Don't underestimate my clown bike

I bought this bike new in 2010; my city did not have bike racks on the fronts of all its buses, Amtrak allows this bike on (simply folded), even when there is no baggage car, and I needed a bike with lower gearing for a Trans Am trek.Funny now, looking back at my other bike, how much better equipped this bike was over my previous touring bike. Always take the time to calculate gear ratios/inches when considering a new bike. Suggested low end for climbing serious hills/mountains is 20 gear inches. The NWT screams past this at a little over 18. The fastest I ever went on this bike was 49mph. Extremely stable with front and rear panniers.Suitcase: great for air transport, fair as a trailer. I have used the suitcase as a trailer twice. Once for a 2 week trip in the rainy Netherlands and once for a 3 day weekend. In the Netherlands, with mostly flat terrain, it tracked very well and I didn't notice it much. However, the suitcase has no ventilation, so my wet/damp tent dampened everything else in the trailer. I had no way to segregate it, as I would have with panniers. If I had to do it over, I would repeat that method, since I did not have to stow the suitcase (but might devise a bungee net for the top of the trailer).Buy the Cane Creek headset, get a tandem handlebar stem/and a short bit of handlebar tubing to attach to the steering tube (and take advantage of that vast real estate) and consider a thudbuster seat post. The bike has a slight learning curve; it is a little squirelly. It goes around obstacles much more easily than a regular diamond frame, but the little wheels will find the bottom of a pothole more quickly.My NWT has over 15,000 miles on it and of my 7 bikes, sees the most use.

by U Kim on New World Tourist
Rugged little bike

I've had tons of fun on this bike over the years. I got it over 10 years ago. I opted for a single chainring and H-bars to keep it simple. I regret the H-bar and will eventually convert to drops. As I've gotten older and more sensible, I ordered a new steerer tube extension to raise the front end. BF had this made and shipped in a week. I have the suitcase trailer, but I don't enjoy riding with it. I use a rack and panniers most of the time.This bike is fast enough most of the time. Climbing is a pleasure with the smaller wheels and low gear ratio. The Capreo hub helps, but I would consider the new internal hubs if I were buying now. I'm running chunky Schwalbe Marathon tires to avoid flats, but you can also get fast Continentals for events. (I do NOT recommend the slightly larger 451 wheels like my wife has on her Pocket Rocket. Tire options are much too limited, and they're not really much faster.)One thing I highly recommend is upgrading cable housing. The long bendy run of cable from bars to rear derailleur makes for miserable shifting with standard housing. I've set up my wife's bike with housing stops at the guides and Nokon sealed housing. Shifting was vastly improved. See if this is an option when you buy.We're off to Barcelona this week. Should be fun.

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